After the Czech Republic I wanted to go to Budapest. Cesky Krumlov is in the countryside and doesn’t have great transport links so without going back to Prague that only option is getting a shuttle into Austria. As Vienna was in the direction I wanted to go I decided to stay the night here.. and why not!
I arrived at about 6:00pm, checked into my hostel- Hostel Ruthensteiner
and then headed out to explore the city.
I didn’t know much about Vienna at all so I didn’t have any expectations and I definitely didn’t expect the buildings to be as grand as they were and to be so many of them!
From my hostel I had to walk down the main shopping street towards where the museums are and once I reached the museum quarter I couldn’t believe how beautiful the buildings were, it was the end of a lovely warm day so the sun was glowing off all the buildings and I spent the next 2-3 hours just wandering around. Everything is in one area so you can just walk around and not know where you’re going but still end up seeing something amazing.
One of the many museums.
I headed back to my hostel a few hours later and got an ice cream on the way (I was in Vienna!) to get some sleep before doing the same thing the next morning. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t as great the next day but I got a bit more sight seeing in before having to leave at 2:00pm to catch a bus to Budapest at 3:00.
A popular ice cream shop.. i can see why!!
I’m really glad I decided to stop in Vienna as I have never seen a city like it before.
It’s a shame that I didn’t have enough time to visit any of the museums but to be honest I’m not a huge museum person but if you are this is the place for you! Other things that you can do in the city is to visit the opera. If you can’t afford the full price you can wait outside the opera house 2 hours before it starts and if there are still places you can get to see a show for around £3! An amazing bargain, there’s also the Spanish Riding school which you can take a tour round, see a show or watch the morning practise session, this is also a cheaper option instead of seeing a full show and will cost about £10, I wish I could of done this but they don’t run everyday.
Vienna is also the centre of some great day trips, you can go over the border into Slovakia to Bratislava for the day, across the country to visit Salzburg and do a hike into the Alps.
In a way I wish I hadn’t over planned and already booked my bus to Budapest but my main reason was that accommodation was a lot more than I had been paying or wanted to pay. The hostel was £14 a night which was one of the cheapest with decent ratings. It was a good hostel though with a lot of social areas, a bar and a good location.
My bus to Budapest
was with the company Orangeways
and cost me £12
which I booked online and is only a short 3 hour journey.
To get to where the bus leaves I took the underground which costs £1.50 for a one way journey and was very clean and easy to navigate.
Glad i visited, even just for one night!