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Prater

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  • Day41

    Wein

    October 24 in Austria

    We got a taxi to the Dubrovnik airport and listened to young driver, formerly from Zagreb, explain about the local real estate prices and rentals. To us it did not seem too outlandish but his salary is quite small he said so it is all relative. Dubrovnik airport is very small and we were shuttled to the plane on a bus. In less than 90 minutes we had landed in Vienna. Vienna only become a destination because China Airlines flew out of its airport. Rather than catch the shuttle into town we caught a fixed price taxi. The hotel is not too bad, a small private hotel, the person next door to us is a permanent resident. We settled in and went to a local shop for milk and other supplies. The cold weather had arrived. It was overcast and very windy. Our 1 month prepaid sim had expired today so we were relying on Google Maps with no directions.
    The next morning we went down to the breakfast room for an organic breakfast, whatever that was going to be. I had organic corn flakes which were made of cardboard whilst MDW had two pots of tea. We then did as the locals were doing and ate freshly made cake. Not a bad idea as it tasted very nice. Brought back memories of my youth when we would sometimes have chocolate biscuits or cake for breakfast, must have been Dad’s European influence. The underground was a minute away, we bought a two day unlimited ticket, validated it at the train station and we were off. We arrived at the centre plaza where the main church was. Absolutely beyond belief. It was so tastefully done yet ornate at the same time. Great sculptures, art work and decorations. Mass was being said when we walked in to have a look but that did not seem to disturb the priest and the two ladies in the front pew. We spent the remainder of the day walking around admiring the architecture. It’s hard to put in words how tasteful yet magnificent it is. This has become our favourite destination these holidays although MDW still has a soft spot for Florence. The wind had really picked up and it was raining. MDW wanted to go to her favourite shop which is usually located in the suburbs around high density low cost housing, get the picture. And it was dark with lots of shadowy alley ways and shady looking characters. The street lighting was minimal but on we marched. The wind had destroyed my $5 umbrella so I had no protection from the wind or rain. Suddenly we were there, well almost because we followed the sign on the building which took us past people possibly doing drug deals and a dead end. MDW was getting frustrated but we walked back a little and found MDW’s planned destination. In we walked but shock, horror, what MDW wanted to buy was not in the store. See MDW has fallen in love with honey cashews and peanuts at LIDL. She was not happy but fortunately I found them in another isle. MDW was happy but now we had to get back. I suggested the tram but had no idea what direction or where to catch it. MDW just asked a couple of girls who happily told us what we had to do to get to the city. We took tram to the underground and now it was about 7pm. The train we needed to catch was packed but we squeezed in along with many others. People would just shove you out of the way as they were exiting which resulted in us shoving other people. We arrived at the centre and headed off for a long desired schnitzel at Figlmuller. There was a queue of people out the door waiting for a table so we joined them in the rain until we eventually were shown a table for two. The schnitzels arrived, bigger than the dinner plate but I managed to eat all of mine whilst MDW did her best but left about half on her plate. We asked for the bill and the eftpos machine was put in front of me and the waiter said I just need to put how much I want to tip. Well my tip is if you are going to charge that much for a schnitzel you should not expect a tip. I indicated I just wanted to pay the amount which did not make the waiter happy, “well no tip then” and his jovial nature had disappeared. Back to the underground, full tummy’s we hopped on full trains and back to our hotel. The wind was so strong someone had their takeaway meal blown out of their hand. The horse and buggy’s had given up with only the hardiest of tourists out and about.
    The next day we decided to get some culture but we tried to wait out the wind and rain. The weather app was saying it felt like 1 degree outside. So after lunch we headed to the museum quarter and spent several hours walking around the museum of natural history. So many exhibits from the smallest to the largest. We possibly saw almost every animal past and present that has inhabited this planet. The buildings in the quarter were also amazing. As we are flying home tomorrow morning MDW did a final bag repack and I weighed them in at under 23kgs.
    Together we saw so much, encountered different cultures, drove on the other side of the road, had a lot of laughs, a few worrying moments and lots of precious memories. The planning went pretty well although we would have changed the length of time we stayed in some of our destinations.
    Thank you for the comments and likes, hopefully it wasn’t too long winded, look forward to catching up with you in the near future when we can show you our 3000 photos.
    P.S. MDW doesn’t know but I am starting to plan our next holiday.. 🤣🤣🤣
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  • Day50

    Wiener Prater

    June 28, 2015 in Austria

    Tonight we went to Wiener Prater where we had schnitzel for dinner! I couldn't help but have a couple beers as well. We went on our two free rides that were included in our package after we had to pay for our rides.
    I paid for a ride called 'Extasy' and I immediately regretted it, it instantly made me want to vomit. I had my eyes closed and was fighting the urge not to vomit the whole time, it felt like the longest ride ever! I got off the ride and walked straight to the bathroom, normally I whinge about having to pay 50c to use public toilets but not this time, I vomited my guts up and they deserved the 50c haha. Apart from getting sick on that one ride, it was a great night!Read more

  • Day20

    Vienna

    July 4, 2016 in Austria

    What a beautiful city! Statues, churches, parks and old buildings with beautiful facades are dotted all around the city. Some of the attractions we visited today ...

    St Stephen's Cathedral is the most important religious building in Vienna. The Cathedral has 23 bells. The largest hangs in the north tower and is officially named for St. Mary, but is usually called Pummerin (Boomer) and weighs 20,130 kilo's. It is said that Beethoven only realised his deafness when he saw the birds fly out of the bell tower while they were ringing, but he could not hear them.

    Hofburg Imperial Palace. The Palace remains the centre of government for Austria. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.

    The Spanish Riding school, is located between Michaelerplatz and Josefsplatz near the Hofburg. The school was named for the Spanish horses that formed one of the bases of the Lipizzan breed. They are used exclusively at the school. It is the traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School.

    The Museums Quartier is a 60,000 m² area in the city, containing Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture.

    St. Peter's is thought to occupy the oldest Christian sacred site in Vienna, as a church has stood here since the second half of the 4th century.

    The Vienna State Opera was hit during an air raid in 1945 during WWII, when an allied bomber allegedly mistook it for a train station. The interior was completely destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt in 1955 following the original design.

    The famous Johann Strauss monument is situated in the City Park. During the demolition of the city walls and the creation of the Vienna Ringstraße, the mayor promoted the creation of a public park in it's place.

    The Pestsäule (The Plague Column) is a Holy Trinity column in the inner city. It was erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679, and is one of the most well-known and prominent sculptural pieces of art in the city. In 1679, Vienna was visited by one of the last big plague epidemics. Fleeing the city, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column should the epidemic end.
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  • Day21

    Vienna Day 2

    July 5, 2016 in Austria

    We spent the day bumbling around the city. Mostly going from one coffee stop to the next. Needless to say, I managed to find more churches to visit 😊

    Vienna's drinking water originates in the Lower Austrian-Styrian Alps. “Vienna has the world’s best drinking water” and free water dispenser's are dotted all around the city. Doggy water bowls are seen all over the city as many locals take their dogs everywhere with them. There many are public water fountains, where you can fill up your water bottle for free. The German term for drinkable water is “Trinkwasser“ Because water should not be a luxury item”, Vienna is the first city in the world to place its' water under constitutional protection. Since December 2001, the city of Vienna has protected its' water for future generations in the Vienna Water Charter.

    The Hotel Sacher is a five-star hotel located in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria, vis-à-vis to the Vienna State Opera. It is famous for the specialty of the house, the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot filling. As neither of us are fans of the Sachertorte, we only walked past the hotel and didn't come in.

    Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. It boasts 1441 rooms and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.

    Trams in Vienna are a vital part of the public transport system in Vienna. They have been in operation since 1865.

    Tomorrow we leave for Munich, where we'll spend a few days with Elke and Dieter.
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  • Day2

    Frohe Weihnachten aus Wien

    December 24, 2017 in Austria

    Den 24. Dezember lassen wir ganz entspannt angehen. Nachdem wir mit Blick auf die Donau gefrühstückt 🍳🥞🥐🥨 haben, genießen wir jetzt erneut die Sonne 🌞 und schlendern in Richtung Prater.

    Krass, wie viele Fahrgeschäfte und Attraktionen so vor sich hin am vergammeln sind. Die gute „alte“ Kirmes/Volksfest aus unserer Kindheit, hat scheinbar so langsam ausgedient! Und so schlendern wir umher und träumen 💭 von damals ....

    Weiter geht es nochmal in die Stadt zum Stephansdom für Oma 👵und Opa 👴🏻 eine Kerze 🕯anzünden und ein Glühwein geht auch noch 😉.

    Heute Abend gibt’s dann ein hoffentlich leckeres Dinner zu zweit!

    In diesem Sinne frohe Weihnachten an Alle und eine besinnliche und hoffentlich friedliche Zeit gemeinsam mit Euren Liebsten! 💝
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  • Day2

    Da muss man unbedingt hin.

    July 9, 2017 in Austria

    Zum Abschluß gehen wir noch in den Prater eine Runde im Riesenrad drehen. In 60m Höhe haben wir einen sehr schönen Ausblick über Wien und den Prater. Beeindruckend sind die vielen Fahrgeschäfte, die wir jedoch nach dem reichhaltigen Essen lieber auslassen.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Prater, Wiener Prater, Prater de Vienne

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