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As you know, a few weeks ago, I went to Austria.
And of course, I didn’t just go to Austria, but I decided to visit Vienna!
Visiting Vienna is exciting!
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Now, to be frank, I hate being out of the loop, and I generally prefer to be in the centre of things, and that usually includes staying in the Old Town, or the trendier part of town!
And Vienna didn’t disappoint.
We stayed at a brilliant place called the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, which I found with the help of the Vienna Tourist Board.
Thanks so much everyone!
I’ve already written about the history of Vienna, but it really does bear to be repeated.
Vienna is an imperial beauty!
It’s the capital of Austria and the cultural. economic, and political centre of Austria.
With a population of just 1.8 million, Vienna is the second (2nd) largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin!
Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In fact, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest, are but a few cheap hours away!
As you know, I’m a great believer in train travel, but Vienna is rather far from Berlin, so we flew!
Our non-stop journey from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Vienna (VIE) took just 1 hour and 25 minutes via EasyJet, but of course, you can easily fly into Vienna International Airport, otherwise known as the Flughafen Wien, a destination flown by many major airlines, from many parts of the world!
If you’re flying from Europe, it usually takes between 1 to 2 hours, and is pretty much an easy ride!
I didn’t find it to be necessarily so, as we went in March.
It’s been some time since I had last been to Vienna, so we booked a walking tour. But the tour guide didn’t show up!
We were all sort of hanging around, and (ahem), I’m quite bossy and so at one point, everyone thought that I was the tour guide.
Mind you, if we were in Berlin and that happened, I would happily take the tourists with me, and do the tour myself!
However, Vienna is a place that everyone would like to go to at least once, as it’s rather nice and serene!
Who wouldn’t want to visit?
I’ve been there a few times over the years!
Having said that, the last time that I was in Vienna, “The Tall Young Gentleman” had just been born twelve (12) months prior!
My mother-in-law had decided to give me a weekend break, so I was in Vienna and literally, still breast-feeding!!!
I had tried a Viennese speciality of a glass of beer mixed with fanta orange. A sort of shandy.
It was a mistake.
We went to the Prater.
The Prater is one of Vienna’s most popular leisure areas with a world-famous amusement park opened in 1766!
One of the highlights of the Prater is the Giant Ferris Wheel – a masterpiece of 19th century technology – and one of the largest wheels in the world!
Did we go on the Giant Ferris Wheel back in 2003?
We went on the wheel called the Blumenrad, otherwise known as the Flower Wheel!
The seats are shaped like huge teacups which were twirled around.
I turned a ghastly shade of green.
Let’s just say that it took a huge amount of effort for me to keep things together.
We got off the Blumenrad, and I vomited the wheat beer and fanta orange concoction.
I’ve never had a mixed beer since!
Not. A. Problem.
Lots of people speak English. Or High German, otherwise known as Hochdeutsche!
Ha! Ha! Not unless you want to!
I’ll be honest with you. Vienna isn’t known as a cheap destination.
Quite the opposite in fact!
I can’t give you any details but for the more budget conscious traveller, there are plenty of hostels and other moderately priced accommodation to be had. Book ahead to get good prices.
You know how much I like boutique or art design hotels.
Well, on doing some research, I got into contact with a quirky boutique hotel group called 25hours Hotels.
The 25hours Hotels is a young hotel concept which seeks contemporary answers to the requirements of an urban, cosmopolitan clientele, boasting an unconventional mix of contemporary services, coupled with dynamism, surprise and a touch of adventure!
The 25hours brand is currently focused on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
We went to the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.
Just like the hotel in Amsterdam Zaandam, the 25hours Hotels’ quirkiness is plain to see.
Practically every single room had some sort of association with the circus!
And with one of the hotel motto’s being – We Are All Mad Here – is it any wonder that it was pretty much my type of place!
And surely, there wouldn’t be any looking at the ceiling in boredom, here!
As we were in Vienna to celebrate my husband – The Music Producers’ – birthday, we were upgraded to one of the xl rooms, with a colourful circus theme on the wall!
The room was huge!
It also had a flat screen TV, a free-standing closet place to hang up clothes with long shelves, an imac workstation writing table, a cool vintage sound system bluetooth speaker, an iPod docking station, some leather pouffles, a private terrace with a wooden garden table and chairs, and lots of plug outlets.
My husband was very pleased!
There was a small fridge, and an extra toilet, so that I could do my make up in peace. Yay!
The bathroom was a sort of internal interior space with a huge sink, a really nice rainshower compartment that had a glass panel, which also had a curtain that could be drawn.
If you so wished!
I very much liked the orange and lemon infused sustainable organic bath gels, shampoo, conditioner and body moisturiser, which all had hilarious save-the-environment instructions on the bottles! And at the end of a long day were awfully welcoming, as well as plenty of fluffy towels, and free hi-speed WiFi!
I did miss my fluffy dressing gowns and fluffy slippers though!
The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier also had a “mermaid’s cave” which consisted of a sauna, a spa centre, and fitness equipment, free of charge to guests.
You could also have access to a free mini car and bike rental, as well as free bottled water and towels, if you wanted to go jogging!
The lobby was very nice with comfy leather sofas, crisp daily newspapers and glossy magazines. There was also a hotel food truck in the garden.
Being that the hotel is actually located in the Museum Quartier part of the city, the view on the rooftop bar, was pretty amazing!
For breakfast, we had marvellous cold cuts, bacon, sausages, eggs, and baked beans, a variety of sea-food, vegetables, sauces, and cream. As well as a wide stock of cereal, fruit, cake, pastries, pots of tea, coffee local champagne, and juices.
They also had a wonderful array of crunchy Germanic and French home-made bread, and a variety of jams and pickles! Yum!
It was very nice indeed!
The 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier (depending on the room), can be booked from €97.00 per night, which for two (2) people would be €48.50 a pop, and an absolute Vienna bargain!
The buffet breakfast is €21.00 per person. Children up to 6 years old are free of charge. Children from 7 to 11 years old get a 50% discount. Guests can also buy a Grab & Go breakfast from the lobby for €7.00 per person.
Transport in Vienna is excellent.
The trams and horses are romantic, and the trains are easy to use, and very efficient.
You can also walk around quite easily, as Vienna is pretty small!
Once again, don’t forget to buy a public transport Vienna card. However, for ease of transport and discounts to attractions, museums, and restaurants, we used the Vienna City Card for 72 hours. Tickets can be bought everywhere that tourists go to, tourist information points, and on-line!
However, just like in Berlin, and in many European cities, there are no barriers, and we all want to keep it that way, so please buy your ticket!
Apple strudel is king!
I absolutely adore Vienna.
It’s got art and culture and has a vibrant history.
And even though Vienna is considered to be expensive. It’s not as expensive as you think!
Vienna is charming.
I really can’t wait to visit again.
Let’s do it!
This article is part – sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board and I received a press discount from the 25 Hours Hotels but all opinions and the wonderful hot chocolate and delightful Austrian food I happily consumed, are my very own! Thanks so much!
It’s almost Easter!
In April & May, I’ll be visiting Croatia, Sweden & Finland!
I’ll be there. Will you?
If you’re not in Berlin in April, you won’t get any Easter eggs!
Watch this space!
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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!
A win-win for all!
Thanks a million!
Vienna sounds like a great place to celebrate your husband’s birthday. Great choice of hotel. I can see why you would not want to drink beer ever again hahaha .I have enjoyed all your posts on Vienna and will keep for future reference 🙂
Thanks so much Gilda!
Vienna was an excellent choice! Don’t get me wrong, I still drink beer on occasion, but I’m not big on it! And certainly, miced beers are a huge No! No!! 😀
I’m not a coffee drinker either (tea all the way for this Brit!) but those drinks look amazing! Mix with chocolate and I’ll definitely give it a go! I wish we’d had more time to spend in Vienna exploring and eating cake 🙂
Thanks so much Amy!
Me too Amy! Me too! Eating cake in Vienna is the only & best way to explore Vienna! 😀
I really like the look of your hotel. It is a chain I know from Hamburg and Stuttgart, so would try in Vienna.
Thanks so much Stuart!
It’s brilliant! I like it very much too ‘cos even though it’s a chain brand, each hotel is different, artsy, and boutique. Just whatI like. I very rarely go to cookie-counter chains unless they’re luxury oriented, and I happen to be in Asia! 😀
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Thanks so much Dieter!
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