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Florida gal

One day in Vienna

by Florida gal »

I will be on a tour in a few weeks and have only one day to make the most of Vienna ( sure wish I had more time). I was thinking the hop on and hop off bus may be my best option but can not figure out the difference between the red and blue route and I can not seem to download the map to figure it out. I will be staying at the Stadtpark Vienna Hotel. Thanks...

 

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Pauline Frommer

RE: One day in Vienna

by Pauline Frommer »

I think you'll see more and have a better experience if you DON'T do one of those busses. Often they're not as convenient as promised, as they don't come regularly. As well, a lot of what you'll want to see in Vienna is indoors. Instead try this one day itinerary (from our books and from this site; it can be accomplished via foot and public transportation): http://www.frommers.com/destinations/vienna/353759

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Florida gal

RE: One day in Vienna

by Florida gal »

Thank you. Great ideas on this page

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Florida gal

RE: One day in Vienna

by Florida gal »

My tour group is doing a morning extra side trip to Vienna woods with afternoon free. Would my time be better spent in the city or  is this a must see trip???

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edqer

RE: One day in Vienna

by edqer »

Hi Pauline

 

So, when you say "avoid the busses" - do you mean all of them? Some custom made tours like offered on this site https://www.viennasightseeing.at/en/hop-on-hop-off/ are ok in your opinion? Do these providers use the same busses you do not reccommend or?

 

Thank you

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Pauline Frommer

RE: One day in Vienna

by Pauline Frommer »

Florida gal: unless you're a big nature lover, I'd say stay in the city, as it has so many wonderful things to see and do. As for the hop on, hop off busses, I have yet to take one that I thought was worth the time and inconvenience. You always will see more and, as importantly, have more of a chance of meeting locals, if you avoid them.

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mushroom

RE: One day in Vienna

by mushroom »

One of the most interesting things about Vienna is the "ring",  the huge circle of linked streets that Vienna built in grand style to create a tramway/motorway to cope with all the traffic when immigration into Vienna exploded in the 19th century. The idea of the ring is that from any point on the ring, you can walk (or take a carriage!) into the "inner city"), so the fast way to get about town is to hop on a tram on the ring and get off at the closest point to what you want to see.  However, because building this "ring" came at the height of Imperial Vienna's powers, the "Ringstrasse" is mile after mile of monumental buildings of Imperial Splendor.  So one of the more fun things to do in Vienna can be simply to take a Ringstrasse tram and look out the window and see these amazing buildings, plus a glimpse of the Danube and the great parks of Vienna.  At some point, you need to get off one tram and switch to another, but you can find this information online.

However, with just one day in Vienna, maybe it is better to focus on the famous things in Vienna, and pick the ones that most appeal to you.  Vienna is famous for its historic cafes and elaborate cakes,  for its gardens and palaces,  for its spectacular art museum (the Kunsthistoriches),  for its opera and waltzes and boys' choir plus famous compsers.  It is also famous for its Spanish riding school and for the modern art movement of the Secessionists (Klimt, Schiele, Otto Wagner) and famous for being the home of Sigmund Freud.

So if you pick a few things that interest you most, you will find Vienna is a very walkable city, and you will see a lot along the way going to your sightseeing targets.

 

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billiv

RE: One day in Vienna

by billiv »

I've never found the hop on/off buses to be worth the time and effort.  Having to wait for them to arrive, sometimes finding them full when they do arrive; having to go on the route they want to go on, not the one we want to go on.  All of this adds up to wasted time for us--and time is our most valuable asset while travelling.

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ekaloci3

RE: One day in Vienna

by ekaloci3 »

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