Thursday, November 15, 2018

Vienna Part 2, Austria

Sun 16 Sep 2018

Our next leg of the trip was going back to Vienna where we started our journey. We took Flixbus from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna Erdberg or Vienna International Bus station. We bought our ticket online here for EUR 9.20 per person. Our bus departed from Cesky Krumlov at 9am and arrived Vienna Erdberg at 12.40 pm with a 15 minute stop about 1 hour to Vienna.

our Flixbus from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna Erdberg

Vienna International bus terminal Erdberg

From Vienna Erdberg, we bought a 24 hour Vienna pass at the vending machine for EUR 8 per person. You need to validate the ticket at the train or bus entrance validation machine before you start using the ticket and just keep it with you for inspection. The pass is valid for 24 hours until the next day at the time of validation. We took the U-bahn from Erdberg to Hbf, changing at Stephansplatz. Then we walked from Hbf to our hotel Austria Trend Hotel beim Theresianum (EUR 70.20 per night) booked via

24 hours pass validated

Austria Trend Hotel beim Theresianum

our room

our room

For today's itinerary, we started with Schonbrunn Palace, taking the 13A bus (valid with the 24 hour pass) from Kolschitzkygasse (near to our hotel) to Pilgramgasse, then taking the U-bahn to Schonbrunn. We didn't enter the Palace, just taking pictures from outside, then we walked to the Palace gardens which is located just next to the Vienna zoo.

Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace
Schonbrunn Palace gardens

Next we made our way to Tulpe restaurant, searching for a halal joint which can make a local Viennese dish, as we read from the review on the internet. We took the U-bahn from Hietzing (near to Schonbrunn Palace gardens) to Meidling Haupstrabe, then walked from there to the restaurant. However, it turned out that the management of the restaurant had been changed and now re-named as Cafe and Keyff, a sort of hip restaurant which served Turkish food. Since we were already there, we made do with having rice with beef and lamb. It was delicious, although we had to wait about 40 minutes before our food arrived.

turkish dish of lamb and rice

turkish dish of beef and rice

Replenished, we continued our Viennese trip today to Prater, an amusement park with one of the oldest ferris wheel ride - Wiener Riesenrad, built in 1897. We took the U-bahn from Meidling Haupstrabe to Praterstern, changing at Karlplatz. Entrance is free into the amusement park, you only have to pay for the rides. There are halal stalls available in the amusement park. Having amused ourselves, we then made our way back to the hotel to rest for the day.

Prater amusement park

Wiener Riesenrad

Wiener Riesenrad



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