Finally, we have done all the exams! It’s break time so guess what? Travel time! (ok I admit it the trip was happened back in mid-Jan and I wrote this blog back then, please don’t mind me :P)
This time, Vienna, the city of art will be our destination. Let’s immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this wonderful city, where you can see different types of building designs, fine arts and museums!
Austria can get quite cold in such time – in Jan, its temperature in Jan may reaches 2 and may likely drop to -5°C on the coldest days.
Currency & Tipping
Euro is the currency of Austria, card is also accepted in most of the places, however, may sometimes subject to a minimum purchase amount. Most banks in Vienna open from Mon to Fri, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5:30 p.m. (nearly all banks in the center area *1st district are open over lunchtime.)
Tip is traditionally given in many different service areas in Vienna, such as taxis and restaurants, normally at 5 to 10% of your bill but of course, depending on the level of satisfaction with the service you have received!
Also, in Vienna, most of the shops and attractions close pretty early throughout the week where they will also close on Sundays. And only a tiny number of attractions will have their lights on at night, for your reference in case any one of you were thinking about taking some beautiful night views. So, it may be your best interest to avoid going there on Sunday or you may just have to spend your precious travel time in your accommodation 🙁 But of course, some bars and pubs will still be opening.
Need Travel Guide?
By the time we arrive the airport, we may find a brochure at the front desk. It’s a map of the museums in Vienna, do get one and have a look to see if there’s any places or museums that you may want to spend your time in the next couple of days. It has covered most of the information such as address, opening time and special features of most museums in Vienna. Or, simply download ivie – a travel guide app that gives you all sorts of information in Vienna, such as transportation, upcoming events, travel tips, maps and so forth.
Travel passes that gives you hassle-free experience
For those of you who wishes to travel with greater convenience, do have a look at the Vienna City Card where it gives you the access on all transportations in the core zone of Vienna. Also, there’re options for more benefits like museum discounts and airport meet and greet. Price varies from type to type so do choose carefully before buying one for yourself (24/48/72-hour options available)!
Or, if you just want to enjoy yourself a hassle-free journey, simply get the Vienna pass with transportation option (1/2/3/6-day options available) where it gives you access to almost all museums and attractions, which is more expensive but I assure you, it’s worth it.
Do beware that there are two types of Vienna pass, namely the flexi and the normal one. The normal one allows you to enter a great number of museums and on all public transportations for free within the number of days that you have opted for, consecutively, and it will only be activated when it’s used instead of the moment that you make the purchase.
The other one gives you greater flexibility where you can use it only on the day you want, in other words, you can use it flexibly when you feel like to instead of sticking to a fixed amount of days.
Here we go!
Ladies and gentlemen, enough for all the preparations! It’s time to explore!
The airport is approximately 30-minute away from the center area, City Airport Trains would be the fastest way to get there (to Wien Mitte Station). However, you may need to take OBB trains or airport shuttle bus if you were to go Wien Hauptbahnhof.
Moreover, most of the attractions in Vienna are rather accessible as they are all connected or located right next lots of different transportation such as train, tram or bus station (Google map is your friend here). Simply get a Vienna city card if you fancy a hassle-free experience.
As a city of art, you will basically see different kinds of museums everywhere in the center area of Vienna. Ranging from military, pathology and natural history to fine arts, jewelry as well as modern art. So fear not if you are not a big of orchestra or opera, you will always find the very exhibition that you enjoying watching 😉
If you have purchased the Vienna pass, you can enter these museums for free! But do be noted that each attraction can only be visited once with your pass. So do plan your itinerary in advance and make sure you have enough time for each museum – it’s possible that you may spend half a day in just ONE museum!
Welcome to the Museum of Military History!
… and here comes the military Geek me lol
Three main areas can be found in this military museum, namely Sea, Air and land. In each area, you may see the uniforms and armors of various troops or units. There are also war medals, weapons across different centuries like sword, pistol and machine guns as well as paintings of some well-known Austrian commanders and illustration of the wars in the past.
More for the military geeks!
Let’s go to the Welt Museum! In there, you will find even more ancient armors and weapons not only from Austria, but the whole world as well as some of the most important collections of non-European cultures. It’s also a museum of instruments, don’t miss out if you are a fan of that!
Hop on Hop off bus
Benefits for Vienna Pass holders, unlike attractions’ entry restriction, you may enjoy limited access to Hop on Hop off bus!
Do be noted that the green one below is the one for Vienna Pass, not the red ones. In addition, free WiFi and audio guide in 16 languages are provided on bus, but require to be used with earpiece with 3.5mm jack plug. Free earpieces are provided on bus, for those who don’t have one.
Bout’ time to grab some food
Thirsty for more?
Yup, right, time to back for more. Got you all covered, too much military content right? Let’s go to the Natural History and Fine Art Museum!
Instagrammable snaps? Check this out
I heard some of you were looking for a spot for some good pictures? Then both Belvedere and Schönbrunn Palace can be a wonderful place to fulfill your desire 😉
More in City Center?
The very one erected as the Diocese of Vienna on 18 January 1469 out of the Diocese of Passau, and further elevated to an archdiocese on 1 June 1722.
Patience is a good thing 😛
Hey folks, let’s stop here, think it’s a little bit too rich to digest. Shall we rest a bit for now, and come back for more content in Vienna?
Meanwhile, do comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll see you all in the next blog post 😉