The idea for this 4-week trip was that it was going to be a little impulsive, that is I had a rough idea where I was going and a couple of places that I had to be but I was going to decide all the bits in between along the way.
The trouble with this is that it’s August and Europe tends to book up pretty solidly, meaning that what I ‘fancy’ doing is not always available or, if it is it is prohibitively expensive, or it comes with a long, long queue.
I had three days to fill in between Budapest and Paris and a great little bus company called Orangeway on hand, with cheap-ish fares to a number of destinations. However just about everywhere that I tried (Berlin, Ljubljana and Amsterdam to name three) were fully booked. After trying a few combinations (and wishing they had a button labeled ‘where can I go from Budapest on Monday?) I finally found they had just one seat left travelling to Vienna.
So that is how I ended up spending three days in Vienna.
Three days (or in reality two-and-a-half) is probably sufficient for Vienna. It’s not that it isn’t a perfectly nice little city, but three days were enough.
I went up to the funfair at Prater and rode the big wheel that featured in the movie The 3rd Man.
I went to the Naschmarket and the Museum quarter.
I went down to the Danube at Donauinsel, where they have constructed a makeshift beach for the city, but it was raining quite hard by then so I didn’t stick around. The constant drizzle every day was annoying; effectively limiting me to museums and indoor activities.
There is a very efficient metro system to get you wherever you want to go, with clear concise maps. Cost: € 2.20 per trip, or get a card if you’re going to be there longer.
Failing that Vienna is very cycle friendly (so much so that you have to make sure you don’t meander into cycle lanes when you’re out walking, or face the wrath of irritated cyclists)
Also note, Vienna does tend to close down a little early – most supermarkets shut at seven. .