Vienna: part 1
I realize that I am almost a month behind in finishing my blogs about Europe but life got in the way. So I’m just picking up where I left off and pretending nothing happened, okay?Alright then.
Vienna was the city I knew the least about on this trip and the one where I’d done little to no research (thanks for picking up the slack there, Lindsey) and thus I was ready to be surprised. I knew it was beautiful, but I had no idea of the grand scale of opulence and beauty we were going to experience. But first! I must back up and tell you how we got there.
We didn’t buy train tickets from Bratislava to Vienna because they’re about $14 each, one-way, and we searched guidebooks and the internet for information and basically figured out there are many trains daily and you buy the tickets in station. Okay. That said, we ended up taking an Uber door to door - which was fantastic and so cool and I love technology in 2016. We crossed a border in an Uber! We saw things we would not have seen from the train, we drove through cute Slovak and Austrian towns, and we did not have to haul our luggage in and out of two taxis and a train. We felt like true jetsetters. I recommend this method if there’s 2-3 travelers in your group. The Uber was approximately $61 total.
Yes, this was slightly more than we would have paid for train tickets and taxis (if you’re wondering, the bus never crossed our minds) but not by much. The taxi from the Bratislava train station to our Airbnb apartment in itself was 15 Euros, so you do the math.
Back to Vienna! Upon arrival, we checked into the Intercontinental, which was a fantastic hotel with great service that seemed to cater to the business crowd. It was in a great location and our room overlooked Stadtpark and the city. We freshened up, bundled up because it was cold and grey, and strolled through Stadtpark to Meierei im Stadtpark - which was bright, airy, spacious, and overlooking the park. The food and wine selection were delicious and the service was was I would have expected at a restaurant connected to one with Michelin stars and owned by the same group or chef.
After our leisurely lunch, we started strolling towards the central part of Vienna with no real agenda other than to acquaint ourselves with the city, take pictures, and observe the beauty and grandeur of the city. Until next post, Adieu!