The Oktoberfest runs from Sept 16th – October 3rd 2017
What do hostel workers need most after an exhausting summer season? A sixteen-day beerfest, along with a hostel full of intoxicated guests. NOT, you would think, but we actually still enjoy this.
OK, we could do with less puke in the elevators, but there are the bizarre moments making up for the downsides. Like the guest we only saw wearing a helmet (“to avoid injuries when passing out”) or the guy wearing a zebra costume for breakfast. I asked him where he got that one from, to which he replied: “I don’t remember, I woke up in it”. Or the guy who returned at 3am with nothing but his underpants (he couldn’t tell how that happened, but we know it). We have seen it all, and whatever you do, we won’t tell your girlfriend. Here”s how to Oktoberfest:
Avoid the weekends.
Especially Saturdays. Especially the Saturday on the second weekend, when FC Bayern has a home match. Do yourself a favour and go on a weekday. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, it’s still the biggest party on earth. It’s easier to find accommodation, you”ll have to line up less than an hour for the rollercoasters, you’ll get inside the tents without lining up for hours and a free spot at a table will be much easier to find as well.
Don’t try to reserve a table
Because they don’t accept table reservations when the tent is likely to be full anyway. You just enter the tent of your choice, scan it for empty spots and ask the other people on the table “ist hier frei?” – that”s it, and it’s also a good conversation starter.
First eat, then drink!
Oktoberfest beer is stronger than the regular stuff. It can get quite warm in the tents, so you will be thirsty and might drink more than you intended. The salt on the pretzels will do the rest. Start your day with a hearty lunch – I recommend one of the many beer halls. Augustiner Bräustuben (http://www.braeustuben.de/) serves excellent pork knuckle for just € 9,20. The alcohol will hit you in a much more enjoyable way when you have some lardy food in your stomach.
Leave your stuff at the hostel
The Oktoberfest throng is a pickpocket’s paradise. You won’t want to be paranoid all the time about the contents of your pockets. Also leave your eyeglasses at home, you know, drunk people sometimes throw around their arms in a somewhat uncontrolled manner…
First rollercoaster, then binge drinking
Have mercy with me. I don’t want the contents of your digestive system raining down on me when I queue up. Please! Still, if you are not yet completely wasted, sneaking out of the tent after the first Maß and go for a ride on the giant carousel or one of the rollercosters is definitely worth the experience.
There are 14 big ones and 20 small ones, altogether with seats for 100,000. The first one you’ll see at the main entrance is the Hippodrom, well known for its champagne bar (WTF?) and the occasional celebrity visitor. Schottenhamel is a large one (it seats 10,000) and the tent where it all starts when the mayor taps the first keg. The biggest one is Paulaner Festzelt (capacity 10,900), the best about it is the large outdoor area on its southern side, so you can enjoy the autumn sun. The locals’ favourite is still Augustiner, the only one left tapping the beer from traditional wooden kegs. The tent where the shit really hits the fan is Hofbräu – like the Hofbräuhaus beer hall it’s very popular with tourists who intend to party hard. Mind that the waitresses will ask you to leave when you have an empty stein in front of you and refuse to replace it with a full one immediately. All the tents come with very cheesy oompah-style brass music playing traditional Bavarian songs like “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Country Roads”. You will certainly hate it until you finished your fifth stein, then you’ll love it.
Don’t go to the wine tent
This is a BEERfest, for chrissake! Don’t be a nerd and drink wine. You just don’t!!!
Try not to pass out
The tents close just before midnight and those who can”t make it on their own legs any more will be brought to the slope under the “Bavaria” statue by the security guys – there are hundreds of “Bierleichen” lined up there every evening and the pickpockets will leave you with nothing but your underpants. You have been warned!
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London’s East End, formerly known as “that part beyond the Tower”, is a vibrant area, comprised of a number of boroughs. With an area full of artists and hipsters, the home of the cockney dialect and a history that dates back to medieval times, East London holds many places that are ‘off the beaten track’ and perfect for backpackers to discover.
Hang out in Hackney for the day, enjoying an up and coming neighbourhood. Check out eclectic shops, great streetscapes and stop by the Wilton Way Cafe for great coffee and music to relax after your walk.
Want to run away with the circus? Check out an experience day at Circus Space where participants can get a taste for various circus arts including trapeze, tightwire, juggling and acrobatics.
Getting a drink in London can get a little expensive, but that’s where Happiness Forgets comes in. A little hard to find, this basement bar is located at Hoxton Square and offers a dark, cozy atmosphere and reasonably priced high end cocktails from 5 pm to 11 pm every night.
The house at 19 Princelet Street has a long and often interesting history. It has been a family home, a workshop for weavers and a synagogue. In 1969 a man disappeared completely from the third floor. Due to it’s age and condition, access is very limited, so be sure to check ahead to see when public visits are possible.
If you enjoy theatre and music, you need to visit Wilton’s Music Hall. It’s one of the oldest surviving grand music halls in the world and it opens it’s stage to artists of all sorts. You can also just enjoy the atmosphere with food or drink at the newly renovated Mahogany Bar, the oldest section of Wilton’s, built in 1725.
Wilton’s Mahagony Bar is great for a drink and if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy some live music.
Hidden throughout London are images of the 8-bit video game monsters Space Invaders. Created by a French artist, some can be found in East London. There are more scattered around London, Hong Kong and Paris.
If you’re into streetart, East London is your place to be.
Take a walk around and check out the graffiti and street art. You can see one of the last Banksy pieces in East London, along with many other talented artists. There are many organised tours or you can try a self guided tour.
If you prefer a more macabre tour, you can try out a Jack the Ripper self guided tour. Visit the places where the murders took place and imagine London’s East End in 1888.
Get back to nature in the city with a walk over the green bridge, which connects Bow Common to Mile End Park. Continue on to Victoria Park in the north or walk the Regent Canal along the west side of the park.
Finally, take some time to visit the free Museum of London Docklands, to learn some of the history of the area, from Roman and Viking use of the area to more modern times. You can also shop at Canary Wharf, the modern shopping, food and entertainment district build on the old West India Dock site.
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Spring has almost sprung in Berlin and what better way to celebrate the sun than to spend a hungover Sunday afternoon roaming around buying second hand goodies. And let me tell you, there is no better way to cure a throbbing headache than walking back to the hostel with a freshly squeezed orange juice in one hand and a broken accordian in the other.
Berlin has quite a few markets on offer depending on what you’re in to. This is a list of our favourites here at Wombat’s.
1) Mauerpark Flohmarkt (Sundays 8am – 6pm)
Located an easy 15minute walk from Wombat’s, ‚Mauerpark‘ (literally translating to ‚Wall Park‘ – it runs along one of the few remaining sections of the wall in the city) is easily one of the biggest and most famous fleamarkets in the city. You can spend hours wandering through endless stalls selling all kinds of things from locally manufactured clothing to second hand watches to organic produce.
It can get pretty packed and busy though…so when the crowds are too much for you, grab a beer, have a lie down on the grass and listen to some of Berlins most eccentric street musicians doing their thing. If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to see the ‚Bearpit Karaoke‘ in full swing. If you’ve ever wanted to butcher your favourite popsong outdoors in front of 400 people – Mauerpark is the place for you.
2) Flohmarkt am Boxhagener Platz (Sundays 10am – 6pm)
Smack bang in the middle of hipster suburb ‚Friedrichshain‘ is the small but extremely popular fleamarket on Boxhagener Platz. Join the 20-somethings on their way back from the club, parents with their children and some of Berlin’s most stylish residents trawling through a huge amount of second hand books, records, furniture, clothing and other knick-knacks.
3) Turkish Market at Maybachufer (Tuesdays and Fridays 11am – 6.30pm)
‘Angebot angebot angebooooot!’ Every Tuesday and Friday, Kreuzbergs Maybach Canal comes alive with the sights and sounds of Turkish produce sellers offering visitors to the market the best deals on kilos of oranges/tomatoes/apples etc. etc. etc. It is not for the faint hearted – usually a huge bustling swarm of tourists, locals and families bargaining with shop-owners. Towards the end of the market though, one can relax with a crowd of other exhausted market-goers sitting along the banks of the canal eating Turkish breads and dips and listening to street musicians.
4) Fleamarket at Rathaus Schöneberg(Saturday & Sunday 8am – 4pm)
Held in front of the Town Hall in district ‘Schöneberg’ (where John F Kennedy made his famous Ich bin ein Berliner speech) this fleamarket has more of a local character where Berliners come to buy and sell their Bric-a-Brac. Sellers sit under tarpaulins and sell all kinds of random things out of cardboard boxes. If you have the time to trawl through all the rubbish, it can be totally worth it. But don’t forget…haggle!!
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You want to get some spectacular views of the Austrian capital Vienna, see heaps of great historical sights and meet nice people for good drinks and food? No problem, our womwalk has it all for you – for free!
The walk starts at our wombats CITY HOSTEL “The Naschmarkt”, where you meet up with other travellers taking part. Our certified city guide Charles takes you on a tour along famous Viennese sights like the Naschmarkt, the Opera or the St. Stephen’s Cathetral, giving you first class background information. For time schedules, please ask at the reception! The walk also includes stops at the legendary “Würstlstände” (traditional food stalls) and ends at the “12 Apostel Keller” (“Twelve-apostle’s cellar”), a really old wine cellar in the heart of Vienna – so plenty of typical Austrian food and excellent wines are at your delight! The participation in the womwalk is free and an exclusive service to travellers staying at wombat’s CITY HOSTELs; you just pay for your food and drinks.
All guests taking part so far were excited. The womwalk proofed to be a great opportunity to get a first impression of the city and meet other travellers from around the world. A perfect start for a good stay, for your wombats experience!
For more information don’t hesitate to contact our reception staff in the hostels. We are looking forward to walk with you!
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You could go to neraby Ski Regions from Vienna by train or bus within 2 hours, but you could also do this: Catch a flight in Vienna at 6.35am, fly out to Innsbruck/Tyrol enjoy a day of skiing and get back to Vienna by 19.55pm. Sounds crazy? Indeed it is, but the weird thing about it is, it’s actually offered as an affordable package.
The package includes in detail Flights including taxes (Carry on Luggage max. 8 kg) Transfer to and from the Ski Region Ski- or Snowboard hire on site Ski-Pass Drink Voucher €20,– BestSecret Voucher
The whole package is available from €163,- This is probably the best deal you can get for a ski trip from Vienna. The Region is spectacular and compares to the ski regions near Vienna (Semmering mainly) like a Dodge Viper compares to a Buick. The Drink Voucher is even valid in the award-winning Kristallhütte, well worth a visit. Just to give you an idea, the day pass alone is worth around 50 Bucks. So, pricewise this is a ridiculous offer, really.
When is it available? Between December 19th 2016 and March 2017 only on Mondays and Fridays due to availability.
How can you book it? You can try to book via http://www.abzumschnee.at/home/flugzumschnee/angebote/33, the website is only in German though.
You could ask our receptionists to book for you, but we will talk you into another day trip, as we do care about our environment and flying from Vienna to Tyrol is just sick.
Seriously, this offer is as good as it is sick and it will leave you with the ecological footprint of a chain smoking, truck driving Tyrannosaurus Rex. So, please, spend 50 Bucks less and catch a train to Semmering. That might be less spectacular, but way better for your Kharma.
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Touring around London, you will likely find yourself checking out all that East London has to offer. It is a popular location for all ages, but especially for anyone in their 20s. This is an area of the city built around the interests and needs of early 20s individuals. You have the shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and activities that appeal to youth in a way that you cannot find elsewhere. In East London, two of the most popular stops are Brick Lane and Shoreditch. Both offer some exceptional dining, shopping, and sightseeing, giving visitors a memorable experience that opens their minds up to all types of new things.
Brick Lane was once a rundown area of London, covered in slums and known for its proximity to the Jack the Ripper killings. It recently began to bounce back, however, and see an improvement. It is on the rise. The crowds flock to this part of the city to have fun and shop in the numerous vintage stores. Mostly full of pubs and shops, this area is a great place to hang out with friends or to stock up on items that you need. You can check out Blitz, Rokit, and East Gallery, as a few options for shopping and galleries. For food and drink, head over to Cinnamon, The Brickhouse, Big Chill or visit the Brick Lane Food Market on Sundays. Plenty more places are around Brick Lane, too. They brighten and liven up the streets. Even during the day, the streets are alive with musicians, entertainers, and creativity. It brings these streets to life at all times of the day and night.
Shoreditch has even more to offer. This location is a trendy place for younger individuals to grab a bite to eat, go shopping, go partying, and live life. You have everything from Golden Heart, a tavern that will capture your heart from the moment that you walk in, to Cereal Killer Café, a café where you can enjoy cereals from across the globe. Whether you want to party or you want to sit for a quiet meal, there is always something right up your alley.
The huge variety of locations means that it is near impossible to list everything here. You can go have fun in places like Queen of Hoxton or you can go find food stalls and view the beautiful architecture and street art around the city. You can even check out the lively individuals that take to the streets in these locations.
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Travelling light is the name of the game when it comes to backpacking, after all, you have to carry everything you’ve packed on your back. For many first time backpackers, the urge to overpack is overwhelming. A good target is about 10 Kg (22 lbs) of total gear, including the pack.
Aim for carry on size, which means 40L – 50L. If you go bigger, you will need to check your pack when flying, which can cost extra, take longer and you run the risk of lost luggage. Look for a pack that has an internal frame, padded hip belt and lots of pockets. Shop in-store and get some help finding a pack that fits you properly.
A scarf is incredibly useful. Not only can ladies use it to cover heads or shoulders during sightseeing in churches in more conservative countries, but everyone can make use of one as a small blanket while on a train or bus, a pillow to rest your head, something to sit on while outside or even as a towel.
Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, suited for the weather. Hiking shoes or boots are quite popular, as they have a good grip, are a bit sturdier than regular sneakers and are ventilated to keep your feet cool and dry. Backpacking with the wrong shoes might cause serious back pain. Choose wisely.
Universal Adapter Plug
They’re small and lightweight, but essential if you want to charge things. A multi-plug USB charger also comes in very handy for all the devices that are charged that way.
A tablet or chromebook are a great alternative to a laptop. They give you much of the functionality of a laptop but are only a fraction of the size and weight. They are also easier to hide in your pack so they don’t get stolen.
This is where so many people over pack. You want to keep it to as few items as you can. You only need 2-3 full outfits, which you can then wash in the sink (or get lucky and your hostel offers laundry service, btw. all wombat’s CITY HOSTELS do). If you have enough socks and underwear, an outfit can be worn a few times before it needs to be washed.
Make sure that you have a rain-proof coat, since it will rain at some point. A windbreaker can offer a bit of warmth when you need it and help keep you dry. If you’re backpacking in rainy seasons you might also consider getting an extra rain cover for your backpack.
These are great for keeping stuff dry and organised. Bring extra and you can stash a snack or leftover food to eat later at your hostel or on the road.
DSLR cameras take great photos, but are big and require multiple lenses. Consider using your smartphone as a camera. You can pick up lens kits that will fit in your pocket and give you lens options. Selfie sticks double as a monopod for when you need a steady shot.
You should bring your own stuff, because Hostels, Campsites and other Budget Accommodations often don’t offer toiletries. Choose small units or even product samples. Avoid liquids over 100ml. This way you save some hassle at the security checks when taking your backpack as carry on luggage and save some time on the airport.
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There is certainly no denying that travelers are always on the lookout for gifts and souvenirs to bring home, a certain something that will help to remind them of their exciting trip. However, many travelers can often become caught up in buying cheap knick knacks and gifts from tourist traps. It can be considerably difficult to put together a list of top souvenirs and gifts to bring from a UK trip, simply because there are just so many amazing things that you can shop for. To avoid purchasing something you may only decide to throw away in a matter of months, we have put together a short lift of some authentic items that you may wish to consider when travelling to the United Kingdom.
Tea from Whittard and British Tea.
If you are visiting the capital of England, London comes with its very own Whittard tea shop which is a very popular chain tea shop that sells exquisite teas, both hot and iced. They provide a lovely selection of quality teas from across the globe, from fruit infusions and flowering teas to oolong and flavored green. Why not sample a few of their teas from their house blends? If you are not a big tea drinker, they also have a wide selection of coffee and hot chocolate for you to choose from, and not only that, they have incredibly creative flavours such as strawberry, tiramisu, and even salted caramel! If you miss out on shopping in London and are perhaps visiting somewhere further afield, there are plenty of tea shops hidden around most towns and cities. It’s certainly well worth a visit.
Chocolate and Sweets
It’s no secret that British, are absolutely in love with sweets. The British are certainly well-known for making some of the most delicious sweets (candy) and chocolate that is often craved across the globe. The famous British Cadbury chocolate bars taste so much better when compared to the reformulated ones that you can easily find in your local supermarket. Some fantastic favourites to try are Dairy Milk, Wispa and Aero. For travellers coming from the United States of America, the Hershey Company has banned the sale of Cadbury’s chocolate in the US, which means bringing back a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate will certainly be an extra special treat.
There are plenty of museums dotted around the United Kingdom, but for travellers heading to London, you should take some time out to visit The British Museum and V&A Museum which offer more than your regular museum souvenir shop. Admission to most museums in London is free, so you might be able to plan some more money in for a visit to the museum shops. Both museums are known to commission special pieces and gifts for their own lines of accessories, homeware, and jewelry which are based on their exhibits. Not only are some of the most commissioned artists based in the United Kingdom, but the collections are typically only available for purchase at museums. How’s that for a unique gift?
England is a treasure trove of gifts and unique antiques that range from small simple trinkets to extravagant historic artifacts. With so many different shops for you to visit and what seems to be an endless selection of vintage goods for you to choose from, you are bound to discover something that will catch your eye. If you are spending enough time in London, you should definitely focus your treasure hunt on the numerous market places, such as Camden, Brick Lane or the Old Spitalfields Market. Especially on weekends there are markets popping up everywhere in London. In East London you can easily visit Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Greenwich Market to fill your bags up with authentic vintage gifts.
Union Jack Souvenirs
For travellers visiting London, a simple short walk along the streets of Central London will unearth a world of ubiquitous souvenir shops which sell key chains, hats and t-shirts that are emblazoned with the union jack. There are plenty of fantastic places around the London capital where you can discover incredibly interesting keepsakes that will certainly commemorate your trip to the United Kingdom! If you are one of those, who start to think about gifts just when you stand at the airport and realize that your trip is nearly over. Union Jack Souvenirs are obviously the option for you, as you can easily literally get anything labeled with an Union Jack at any British Airport 🙂
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There is a lot to be seen, and our tips how to see Vienna in three days may be a good start.
After breakfast, start the day with a tour of the Imperial Palace, viewing the private rooms of Emperor Francis Joseph (ruled 1848-1916) and those of his wife, Empress Elisabeth. In the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum gives an insight into the life of the beautiful empress.
Certainly a must here: the Treasuries with the magnificent crown jewels.
Time for a little break? Drop into the dignified Demel cake shop, once a Purveyor to the Court (Kohlmarkt 14).
You can then continue to Judenplatz for a short visit to the Judenplatz Museum and the memorial in remembrance of the persecution of the Jews. You can also explore the maze of narrow streets where time seems to have stood still.
Now on to the oldest church in Vienna, St. Rupert’s (8th century), from where you have a nice view of the Danube Canal and Franz-Josefs-Kai. Climb up again to explore the medieval romanticism of Hafnersteig, Heiligenkreuz Court, the Jesuit Church and the quarter around Blutgasse, reaching on these winding paths the very centre of Vienna: St.Stephen’s Cathedral the city’s most famous landmark for just 850 years. If your feet will still carry you, climb the 343 steps of the south tower: the panoramic view is certainly worth it. (Guided tour of the cathedral at 3 pm)
Go for a stroll across Graben with the baroque Plague Column or in the famous Kärntner Strasse, both of which are lined with nice shops and cafés and street musicians or artists playing at every other corner. Walk through the pedestrian zone toward the State Opera and on to the Secession a magnificent specimen of Art Nouveau architecture that has just celebrated its 100th birthday. Take your time to study the Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt.
The buildings on Linke Wienzeile and the subway pavilions at Karlsplatz are more wonderful examples of Art Nouveau by architect Otto Wagner. Roam across the Naschmarkt this produce market is a delight for all the senses – easy to see that Eastern Europe (or even the Orient?) begins in Vienna. Before you plunge into Vienna’s nightlife, you may want to stop by at wombats for a little rest and enjoy the happy hour (6 – 8 pm, 9-10 pm and 12-1 am) in our famous wombar before you go on celebrating in the city… Check out the info wall for any parties and concerts! Nothing more authentic than an evening at a “Heuriger“– one of the wine taverns with gardens in the hilly outskirts, and the more plain and remote they are, the cosier the atmosphere. Therefore, don’t just try places in Grinzing but also in Sievering, Pötzleinsdorf, or on the other side of the Danube in Stammersdorf. In the city centre, there’s still time to wander around the old town. If you feel up to it, finish the evening in the maze of streets called Bermuda Triangle (Rabensteig / Seitenstettengasse) where you find one bar next to the other.
Day 2: From Schönbrunn Palace to the Ferris Wheel
Take tram 58 to Schönbrunn Palace. Here you can enter the extensive gardens, where you are immediately faced with the beautiful palace. The famous glass-and-steel Palm Houseis a 5-10 minute walk through the gardens. Take a walk up to Gloriette where a spectacular view over the palace and the city awaits you at the café. Or you can visit the Zoo, the maze & the labyrinth.
In the palace itself, rent an “Audio Guide” for an individual tour through the magnificent state rooms to see the living and working atmosphere of the Habsburgs.
Now take the U4 back to the city centre where at first you can stroll across Karlsplatz with the Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn pavilions.
Do I hear your tummy rumbling? Sit down in any cosy inn. On the Naschmarkt you can find nice little restaurants!
There’s the guided tour in the State Opera House: the grand staircase, marble foyer and red-and-gold auditorium are well worth seeing. Afterwards, you will pass the Hotel Sacher behind the opera – famous for its chocolate cake – and take in the Monument against War and Fascism by Alfred Hrdlicka on Albertinaplatz.
Not far from here (Neuer Markt/ Tegethoffstrasse), go down to the Imperial Burial Vault, the final resting-place of the Habsburgs’ bones. From here, take the city bus (3A) or walk through Annagasse to Schwarzenbergplatz, behind which rise the exquisite gardens of the baroque Belvedere Palace – enjoy a great view of the city centre from the Upper Belvedere, in which the Austrian Gallery has a permanent exhibit of works by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.
After so much art and history, some diversion should follow. From the South Railway Station (Südbahnhof), the “O” tram-line will take you to the big amusement park in the Prater(Wien-Nord station) – or walk to Südtiroler Platz and take the U1 to Praterstern. Try a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and taste some typical Viennese hot sausages with sweet mustard at a “Würstelstand” (sausage-stand). Or else take in a real meal at the Schweizerhaus, for instance Spiegelkarpfen nach böhmischer Art (carp Bohemian style) or Stelze (roast leg of pork). If you have had enough of the fairground hubbub, go for a walk along the Prater Hauptallee– a paradise for jogging, in-line skating or strolling.
There’s a busy nightlife in the pedestrian zones around Stephansplatz until the early morning hours. No problem finding a nice streetside café or good entertainment in one of the many side streets.
Day 3 Special Tipps
Now that you’ve seen quite a lot of Vienna already, you should have an opportunity to set your own focus of interest But before that, a little tour of the Ringstrasse:
After breakfast, take your constitutional through the Burggarten Park across Heldenplatz and into the romantic Volksgarten Park where the Art Nouveau memorial to Austria’s most famous empress is a must for all fans of “Sissi”. Opposite the Volksgarten, there is the Parliamentwith the Athena fountain. Or have a refreshing walk through the cool Rathauspark past its many fountains, statues and exotic trees.
Facing the Vienna City Hall, there is the National Theatre– its programme is always a controversial discussion matter among the Viennese. Treat yourself to a Melange, Vienna’s most popular coffee variation, at Café Landtmann, a fashionable meeting-place for theatre people and politicians from the nearby government buildings.
The tour ends at the University Buildingand the picturesque neo-Gothic Votive Church behind it. Now plan the rest of the day according to ideas of your own… care for a few suggestions? Interested in whimsical architecture? Then go and see the Hundertwasser House (Kegelgasse/Löwengasse) – a “somewhat different” council house. More of this eccentric building style can be seen in the nearby KunstHausWien (with a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition).
The House of Music(1st district, Seilerstätte 30) is imaginative and unconventional; it presents musical highlights and visions, history and entertainment, according to the motto: “Your ears will be amazed.” Friends of classical or modern art can make a selection from many museums, exhibitions and galleries– for instance, the Museum of Fine Arts (Maria-Theresien-Platz) with its great collection of the old masters, in particular the Bruegel Room.
Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a spectacular cultural complex located on the fringe of Vienna’s old city and one of the world’s nine largest museum districts. It is a sensational blend of revitalized baroque architecture (the former court stables) and impressive modern edifices.
“Westlicht” >smaller art gallery famous for their exhibitions, check out > http://www.westlicht.at/
just 6 minutes with the tram tram 5 (direction Praterstern) from Westbahnhof) to
Kaiserstraße/Westbahnstraße, from there ist a 2 minutes walk to Westbahnstraße 40
From MuseumsQuartier few streets further on, a charming blend of restaurants, shops and crafts businesses has evolved there.
Dip into Vienna’s young and creative scene – the gamut runs from interesting shopping offers to trendy art and a lively nightlife. The city’s old building stock, which was barely damaged during the war, has been carefully renovated and modernised. Now there are many lovely streets with the charm of ages past which can be explored during the daytime or in the evenings – apart from the 1st district, especially the 7th (Spittelberg Quarter) and the 8th (Josefstadt) can be recommended.
Vienna’s English Theatre is the oldest and most established English-language theatre in continental Europe.
Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering), go out at Volkstheater, from there you can go for a walk about 10 minutes Josefsgasse 12 in the 8th district.
Vienna CITY OF MUSIC > Collection of Ancient Instruments
Admire theinstruments on which such musicians as Beethoven and Chopin once entertained the imperial family. Here, in the Collection of Ancient Instruments in the Imperial Palace, you will also find the zither on which Anton Karas played his world-renowned melody for the film “The Third Man.” Open Wed – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering, go out at “Volkstheater”, from there its just a 5 minutes walk to Kunsthistorisches Museum.
with its honorary tombs for numerous prominent artists and politicians and with its Art Nouveau church is a special kind of “museum”.
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