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Getting To Vienna:
Vienna's Flughafen Wien Schwechat handles over eight million passengers a year, the majority flying to/from London (two hours).
The state-owned Austrian Airlines and virtually co-owned Lauda Air are the country's main carriers, with flights to the USA, Asia and Australia, and within Europe.
The departure tax is factored into the price of the air ticket.
Vienna is Central Europe's main rail hub, so connections to Bratislava, Ljubljana and other major European destinations are good.
London-Vienna via Eurostar to Paris takes around 15 hours.

Getting Around In Vienna:
Vienna has an excellent public-transportation system with reliable, clean and convenient service. Moreover, taking public transportation into and within the city is a lot less stressful than dealing with Vienna's heavy traffic.

Buses
Buses generally fill in the gaps where there are no trams or U-Bahn services such as some outer suburbs and the central Innere Stadt.

Tram (Strassenbahn or BIM)
Vienna's extensive tram network has more than 30 routes. Trams are generally an efficient way of getting around with trams on most routes departing every five to ten minutes. Trams run underground in some parts of the city centre.

U-Bahn
Vienna's five U-Bahn lines are the easiest way to get around the city, with frequent trains running from around 5am till just after midnight. Trains generally run every five minutes during peak periods and every seven to eight minutes off-peak.

S-Bahn
The S-Bahn is like an overground version of the U-Bahn

Where To Stay:
For Old World splendor and lavish decor you might try the Hotel Sacher. It's right in the center of the city, next to the Opera. Even if you decide not to book a room, you can enjoy the ambience of this great hotel while sampling a slice of the famous Sachertorte in the hotel restaurant or in the pastry shop.

Where To Eat:
Traditional Viennese food is generally quite heavy and hearty with meat strongly emphasised.
Drei Husaren.Although only opened in 1933, this place plays heavily on nostalgia for the days of the Empire, with a menu packed full of Austro-Hungarian specialities. Daily noon-3pm & 6pm-1am.
Kervansaray. This is the city's top fish and seafood restaurant, which specializes in lobster (Hummer), though a few meat dishes are also served up. On the ground floor, in the Hummerbar, there's a slightly cheaper array of dishes available.
Steiereck.The Steiereck is considered by many Viennese to be the best restaurant in the city (if not the entire country). It serves up international and Austrian dishes with an emphasis on Styrian cuisine, has an impressive wine list, superb cheeses, and a bargain set brunch for around öS100/€7.27. Mon-Fri noon-3pm & 7pm-midnight.
The Moomba. Upper Circular Road, serves great Australian food.
Michelangelos and Sistina. Authentic Italian food at Holland Village

What To See:
Monument Gegen Krieg Und Faschismus
This Monument against war and Fascism is located behind the hotel Sacher on Albertinapl, and graphically commemorates the suffering caused by WWII.
The monument was sculptured by Alfred Hrolicka in 1988.
Austrian Resistance Museum (Mon, Wednesday & Thurs 09.00-17.00 )
This museum has a range of various displays and exhibits that tell the story of the Austrian Resistance.

Where To Shop:
The biggest and best-known market is the Naschmarkt, extending for over 500m along Linke Wienzeile.
Eduard Kettner.
Furnkranz-Couture.
Wiener Messing Manufaktur.
CF Rothe & Neffe.

Entertainment:
Krah Krah.1, Rabensteig 8. With an excellent selection of draught beers and snacks, this place is always packed. Occassionly, live jazz music is provided.
Atrium. 4, Schwarzenbergplatz 10, U-Bahn Karlsplatz.A long-established lively disco. Extremely popular with students.

 

 

 

       
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