Backpack Tales and Diaries from Vienna, Austria

I find Vienna an elegant-looking city. To me, it highly resembles Paris that brings so much class to the plate. Vienna is the capital of Austria in Europe, a city I'd be quick to describe as home to many world-class museums, theaters, and artists.
As I continued backpacking around Eastern / Central Europe, I moved to Austria after spending a few days in Slovakia. Personally, I was looking forward to explore Austria knowing that it's a German-speaking nation. Though very challenging, I've always wanted to improve my knowledge of German language by traveling to countries where it's the native tongue. Many times, my travels point me at destinations I can relate so much.

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Coming from Bratislava, I took an 1.5-hour bus trip to Vienna. Actually, it was the same bus company, Flixbus, as when I first traveled from Hungary to Slovakia. How I admire the bus facilities and smooth-sailing trips around the region. It's something that makes the travel very easy and convenient especially to first timers, leaving a good impression of the place.
At the Austrian border, I just noticed some police authorities came up to check on the passengers’ passports and visas. I’m not sure if it was only a random check, but I just thought that this is worth mentioning to travelers entering Austria by land. As a rule of thumb, always bring and prepare your passport, visa, and other documents especially when your travel includes crossing a border.
The weather wasn’t as good as I wished upon arriving in Vienna. When the bus stopped in front of Wien Hauptbahnhof, the central train station in Vienna, I hurriedly entered before the downpour. From there, I took the metro and hailed at Kettenbrückengasse station where my hostel, Wombat's City Hostel Naschmarkt, is located at.
Honestly, I find transportation expensive in Vienna. With this, whenever I can, I opted walking as means of saving money. A single ticket in Vienna costs €2.40, valid for multiple transfers in the metro, tram, and bus lines but towards one direction only (which means you cannot go on a circular route returning to the station where you came from). There are also different transportation passes, but the most common are:

  • 24h pass: €8
  • 48h pass: €14.10
  • 72h pass: €17.10

To buy a ticket, just go to any machine at the station. The main currency in Austria is the euro (€).
I stayed in Vienna for 2 days only. For me, it was enough based on my liking. I’d quickly describe Vienna travel with a LOT of museums and theater visits involved. Thus, if you’re into arts and architecture, then Vienna is the perfect city for you.
As for me, I’m honestly not a museum person, so I usually ended up just passing by the museum’s facade and stayed longer at the garden or outdoor part of the museum.
Sadly, the bad weather continued throughout my stay in Vienna. Despite this, I made sure that when the rain stops, I cover as many place as possible. What's good about Vienna is that it's a very walk-able city, which means it's convenient to travel on foot and safe to walk even at night.

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Here are a few places in Vienna that I was able to visit in 2 days:
Museums Quartier, Volkstheater, National History Museum, Welt Museum, Fine Arts Museum
Day 1:
  • Mozart's Monument
  • Welt Museum
  • Neue Burg
  • Hofburg Palace
  • Volkstheather
  • Volksgarten
  • Naschmarkt
Hofburg Palace
Day 2:
  • Karlskirche Church
  • Kärntner Straße (shopping street)
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • Mozarthaus
  • St. Peter's Church
  • National History Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum
Aside from transportation, I find the rest of my travel expenses in Vienna heavy in the pocket too. Well, this is in comparison with how much I spent in other cities in Eastern / Central Europe, and Vienna is probably the most expensive.
As a money-saving tip, I figured out that food are cheaper at stands within and around the metro or tram stations. Common Austrian food include wurst (means sausage in English) and schnitzel, which is a German word for breaded deep-fried meat, like veal or chicken, among the popular ones.
L: Mozart Monument, R: Mozarthaus
Austria takes pride of the great musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as one of its most famous citizens. In Vienna, there are several Mozart-related attractions, including the Mozart Monument where his statue was built inside a park and the Mozarthaus, which was his apartment that now serves as a museum and venue for exhibitions. To enter Mozarthaus, there's an entrance fee of €11.
Aside from attractions, Mozart-inspired merchandise are sold like hot cakes there. This includes Mozart balls, a very popular souvenir item when in Vienna.

Do you like visiting museums? How long do you spend time in a museum?

Backpack Tales and Diaries from Vienna, Austria Backpack Tales and Diaries from Vienna, Austria Reviewed by Shelly Viajera Travel on 5.8.19 Rating: 5

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