Classic in Vienna

If you are a fan of classical music is undoubtedly a unique experience visiting one of the many classical concerts, which are daily offered in Vienna. At the website http://www.viennaconcerts.com you can find a wide selection of various concerts and operas in Vienna.

We decided to go for a concert in Orangery at Schönbrunn. On the program was a concert of classical music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Strauss family. The Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra Vienna attaches great importance to Viennese-style interpretation of the pieces it plays and excels in interpreting the works of classical Viennese composers and Viennese music with a subtle and individual touch, always adding that „Viennese“ note. Concert is held at the Schönbrunn complex in the Orangery, which is accessible from Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse.

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For us it was an unforgettable experience. Special atmosphere of Orangery and hall acoustics are memorable. In the style of Viennese school is also the reception on arrival at the concert. Special wardrobe for the concert is not required and so at the concert you can see different styles of dresses, from evening wear to sportswear. The concert is really special with that Viennese charm, conductor interacts with the audience and a special intermezzo is a ballet performance while playing classical works of Viennese composers. Definitely worth a visit.

Welcome to the jungle

In the western end of Vienna’s largest shopping street, only 5 minutes’ walk from the Westbahnhof, more specifically to: Mariahilfer Strasse 161 is “Apartmenthotel Stanys”. If you want to stay in an apartment of zebra, elephant or monkey then you are at the right address. The rooms are generous in size, each is also equipped with a refrigerator and coffee machine CAFISSIMO with two capsules. Some rooms also have a kitchenette.

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For those who are traveling by car, the hotel offers a limited number of its own parking spaces for 13 euro per day. Stanys is a good starting point to explore Vienna by public transport. The nearest underground station Westbahnhof (U3, U6) is reachable on foot in just a few minutes. From there it is approx. 10 minutes by underground U6 to Stephansplatz or in the opposite direction with U3 to Schoenbrunn.

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We stayed in an apartment “monkey”. The room was beautiful, bright and spacious and comfortably furnished. Windows are a good quality, so that the noise is not disturbing. The hotel is otherwise one of the smallest, but certainly with a special charm. Front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. For breakfast you can decide spontaneously and costs approx. 6 Euro per person. Our experience with the hotel was excellent and certainly we do recommend it.

Centimeter

One of the things everybody links directly to Vienna is »Viennese Schnitzel« or “Wiener Schnitzel”. So why to resist the temptation and not to try »Viennese Schnitzel« while in Vienna.

Our choice was restaurant chain “Centimeter”. Its restaurants opened in 1996 and are located on various locations in Vienna:

  • Centimeter I at City Hall, Lenaugasse 11
  • Centimeter II at Spitellberg, Stiftgasse 4
  • Centimeter VI Gersthof, Gersthoferstraße 51 and
  • Centimeter VII in Stadtbahnbogen, Währinger Gürtel 1 / Ecke Jörgerstraße.

Their specialities are home-made food, bread measuring one meter and of course huge steaks.

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Our destination was “Centimeter II” due to its location near the famous shopping street »Mariahilferstraße«. The food is delicious, whatever you order. Portions of course are measured in centimeters, and thus very large. If you are not particular eater, we recommend you to split a portion in two. For us this was more than enough.

My recommendation would be mixed salad, with its »home taste« which I love to order every time we are there. Service is fast and very helpful; the prices are moderate, so you get two mixed salads and steak with French fries and drinks for about 20 euros.

SHIP AHOY

Vienna was and remains a place of countless opportunities for adventure, both at day and at night. Again and again you find an adventure that is worth sharing. One of those adventures was also the sailing on the Danube River.

During the search for something new for us to experience in Vienna, I decided it’s time to go on the river Danube. DDSG BlueDanube GmbH offers just that. On their website they offer several options of sailing on the Danube, either way this should be a short sightseeing, evening sailing or many other options with views of Vienna’s sights. All of the above written can be found at: http://www.ddsg-blue-danube.at/de/linie_wien

I booked and paid online in their online shop. If you want to have a seat reserved in advance, this is the option I recommend, otherwise was, according to our experience also possible to buy tickets just before departure, because then the ship has not been booked out.

Our choice was “citycruise” in which we sailed up the Danube from Schwedenplatz and back. The port of “BlueDanube” can be reached by underground U1 or U4, exit “Schwedenplatz”.

Sailing on the Danube offers a different kind of view of many attractions of Vienna usually seen from another side. During our cruise we could observe, among other things: UniquaTower, the Astronomical Observatory “Urania” bathing ship Wien, hotel and office building by Jean Nouvel, Media Tower by Hans Hollein-a, Schützenhaus von Otto Wagner, Ringturm, RoßauerKaserne, U-Bahn-stations Friedensbrücke und Rossauer Ländeerbaut von Otto Wagner, and many more.

Sailing along the river is also a pleasant refreshment in summer days. The ship has a friendly staff that serves drinks (including cocktails), as well as a snack or ice cream. Prices are comparable to other providers in Vienna.

On board the crew started to prepare the ship for an evening celebration, which was later also stirred cocktails. A pity that we already had something else on, certainly the view of Vienna from the river in the evening is wonderful, with music and cocktails can’t certainly do better.

If you are heading to Vienna and want to know some sights from a different point of view, while also be pleasantly refreshed, we certainly recommend this enjoyable experience. The ride is quiet and relatively slow, so it’s nice for old people as well as children.

HB1 DESIGN & BUDGET HOTEL

As a starting point for choosing this hotel was our visit to the famous Schönbrunn, to be more specific, a concert of classical music at its famous Orangerie, “winter Garden” built in 1754.

Hotel HB1 is situated only 10 minutes of walk through the pleasant environment of the local Auer-Weißbach parka from a Schönbrunn Palace. Closest public transportation station Johnstraße / Linzerstrasse (tram) is in immediate vicinity, while the nearest subway station is near palace Schönbrunn (U4 – Schönbrunn) or (U3 – Johnstraße).

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The hotel has bright and modernly furnished rooms with parquet floors. Rooms are equipped with shower cabin with large shower. Hotel offers free wi-fi, signal coverage is ok in rooms as well. We were accommodated in a room with access to the terrace.

Hotel has its own parking garage in the underground floors, with approximately 45 parking places. They are “Viennese” narrow and will take you some maneuvering, but garage used possible space wisely. I recommend you to book the garage together with the room, as you can get special discount offer and park cheaper than if you pay upon your arrival.

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What we experienced as a pleasant surprise is surely Hotel’s Bar and breakfast room, located in the attic at the top of the building. Together, with a tasty breakfast of a good selection and very good coffee you can enjoy its splendid view of the Gloriette of Schoenbrunn. With such a view and a rich breakfast, you’re well fitted for a another nice day in Vienna.

Therefore, If you are heading to Vienna and looking for a place to stay near the Schönbrunn Palace, the Hotel HB1 Design is definitely worth a visit .