Saturday, October 06, 2018

Vienna, Austria

Monday, 10 Sep 2018

It was a long public holiday, so we took the opportunity for a 11D10N getaway covering 5 countries, starting from Vienna, Austria and ending in Budapest, Hungary via public transportation. We took Qatar airways multicity (KUL to Vienna, Budapest to KUL) which cost RM2832 which we bought only about a month before the trip. I was undecided on the destination of the September trip, among other options, I was looking into Switzerland and Finland as well. But in the end, it was Austria which I chose, for the alpine mountain and lake views.

Our morning flight from KUL was slightly delayed from the 9.40am departure. The first sector of the flight from KUL to Doha was full. The in flight entertainment and meals of Qatar Airways did not disappoint, as usual. We transited at Doha for about 3h40m before continuing our journey to Vienna. Our next leg of the flight was shorter with a smaller craft, 3 seats on each side, with barely a few passengers - less than 20 I think. What more befitting to while away the time by watching The Sound of Music to get a glimpse of Salzburg (which we will be visiting ) and Austria before our arrival.

We arrived Vienna at 9pm, then printed out our pre-booked train ticket to Schladming for the next day at an OBB (Austria's Federal Railway company) ticket vending machine at the airport. We then bought our train ticket to Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Central Station) for EUR4.20 per person. The short train ride to the capital city of Austria only took us 15 mins.

train from Vienna airport to the city

From Vienna Central Station, our Motel One Hauptbahnhof was just a 5 minute walk away. We smoothly checked in our room (EUR 86 or RM411 per night, booked via, showered and rested for the night after a full day of flying. We already had our dinner on board our flight (meals included in flight ticket).

Motel One Hauptbahnhof room

Vienna Central Station view from our room

Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018

The next morning we woke up early as our body clock was still not adjusted to the foreign land we were in now. So we walked to the nearby Interspar supermarket which was already opened at 6am to buy some bread, water and fruits to sustain us on our 4 hour 40min train ride to Schladming later today.

Since it was still early before our departure time at 8.58am, we decided to go to the nearby Belvedere Palace for some picture taking, which was only about 10 mins walking from our hotel. Belvedere Palace was built in the early 18th century by  Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt  as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). Source here

Belvedere Palace
Belvedere Palace garden

We then checked out from our hotel at 8.15am and walked to the train station next door for our next leg of our journey to the charming town of Schladming, about 300 km way.



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