I am currently staying in Bratislava and Vienna is only an hour on the train. I’ve heard Vienna is expensive, but decided it’s worth going there for a walk about and a beer. It’s easy to get there; a return on the train is €14 (about £11) and at the other end I got a day travel card for €5.
I’ve heard Vienna is big and fancy and when you first get there it is impressive. It started snowing quite heavy as soon as I turned up so my camera ended up covered in snow so I couldn’t take many photos. Most photos came out with snow all over the lense and the rest just look boring because it’s all grey and white.
Vienna is probably full of things to do, but I only ever walk about and take photos. After walking about the main tourist areas I didn’t know what do to. I think I did a lap of the city and my phone says I walked 15km. There are a lot of big fancy buildings, but where in Europe don’t have that.
My hostel don’t have WiFi or plugs in the room so I couldn’t look online the night before and didn’t know what to do in the city. Tourist maps just send you to museums and opera houses. I can’t see myself appreciating opera any time soon so I just went to find a local pub in some backstreet.
In Budapest there was a little pub on pretty much every street (Andersen pub, 250HUF a beer was the best place I found), but in Vienna it was full of fancy bars. I came across what looked like a pub. As soon as I opened the door you get a wall of smoke and load of old Austrians looked at me and laughed. I sit down with a beer watching some old men playing darts and drank my beer and left. It was the English equivalent of a Labour club.
After 4 hours of walking around Vienna I was ready to leave. It’s only an hour away from Bratislava and everything is three times the price. I got myself a wiener (highlight of my day) and headed home.
I wouldn’t recommend anyone to rush out to Vienna any time soon. It is really nice, but for traveling I think you can have a better time somewhere else; Prague or Budapest are only a few hours away. Maybe it’s because I don’t like fancy but it was just an average day out. I had a much better time in Budapest.
As for the rest of the week, I was thinking of going out to another city near Bratislava, but Bratislava is great. My hostel is diabolical so i’ve had to sit in a pub with a €1 pint of proper Budweiser to write this post and check emails.