I recently had the opportunity to visit Vienna in Austria, for work. With a meeting set early morning, I arrived the day before and made some time to explore the city centre.
Vienna is one of those cities where you immediately feel safe. When I arrived at the airport, I went to an information desk to ask about trains to Vienna Central station (Wien Hauptbahnhof). I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that the ticket was just EUR 4.40 and that the journey was less than 20 minutes. What’s even better is that the train station is directly under the airport so the transfer process is really simple.
As I knew I would be using the train to get around the city, I booked a hotel close to Wien Hauptbahnhof station. The hotel was the Motel One Wien Hauptbahnhof and it really couldn’t have been closer to the train station. See photo below for the view from my room! Despite being close to the trains, the room was very quiet and very comfortable and at EUR 70 per night including breakfast I think it was a really good deal. What was also great about the location was that the train station is like a shopping mall and has everything you could need including restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets. After checking in to the hotel and leaving my luggage, I bought a 24 hour ticket from the information office in the train station and jumped on the metro to start exploring Vienna!
Vienna is a beautiful city, aside from feeling safe and friendly, the city also has many incredible buildings and parks. I am certain that one day is no where near enough to explore Vienna fully and would recommend at least three days, maybe even more if you want to visit all of the museums and the opera too.
Fortunately a friend of mine lives in Vienna so he had very kindly offered to be my guide for the afternoon and took me on a wonderful tour of the city centre. The first thing we did was stop at a pub to drink a local beer and eat some Viennese schnitzel! After fuelling ourselves with this delicious lunch we headed out to spend a few hours walking around the city ……
As I mentioned, one day is certainly not enough time in Vienna, however our tour did allow me to see the highlights. I would definitely go back to Vienna for a longer stay, one that would allow enough time to see the State Opera, visit all the museums in the museum quarter and perhaps even do some shopping!