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Trip Report London, Vienna, Prague Trip Report -- Part 3 Getting to Vienna

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London, Vienna, Prague Trip Report - Part 3 Getting to Vienna

On Monday, we set off from our East London hotel at 4:45 AM and walked the 6 minutes to the bus station. We rolled our High Sierra bags through the still dark streets of old Stratford and caught the 5:00 AM Terravision bus to Stansted, for an 8:30 AM flight.

The scene at airport was quite hectic and the wait for the Ryan Air bag drop, took over an hour. I was glad we got to the airport early. We had time for a breakfast muffin and coffee. The sign at the coffee kiosk read “A Proper English Breakfast”. The wife found that amusing. I explained to her how the British like to speak about a proper cup of tea.

Arriving in Bratislava, we quickly got our bags, passed through customs and went outside of the terminal to the sign that read ‘Blaguss’, to catch the bus transfer that I bought on the Ryan Air website. There was no bus waiting, and it was rather chilly outside, so we went back into the terminal. There, I found out that Blaguss was the name of a bus company and that the next bus wasn’t coming for about 45 minutes.

I found out that Slovakia uses the Euro and not the Czech Krona, so I got money from the ATM, and bought a fresh squeezed orange juice to share with my wife while we waited.
The bus ride to Vienna was quick; I got glimpses of the Bratislava castle, the Danube River and numerous wind turbines along the way.

I had neglected to find out in advance where the bus would drop us off, I assumed it would be somewhere with recognizable sights. When the bus stopped, we were in some commercial district of Vienna and I had no clue where we were. The bus driver pointed us to the metro station across the street, so I decided to use it. If I had known then, the difficulty we would have, I would have taken a taxi. To make a long story short, we trudged up and down a lot of stairs, made a lot of wrong turns, ran across highway exits, and finally made it the our hotel, somewhere around 3:30PM. My wife sat on the bed for a while to regain her composure.

Hotel Rainer is an excellent choice for someone with a moderate budget. The room was nice and quiet and we had a view of ‘Evangelische Kirche’ and the cemetery behind it.
Here’s a picture of the church that I found on the Internet:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/35635269
Here’s a picture of the hotel:
http://tinyurl.com/ln6l4x3

Matzleinsdorferplatz (MDP) station and the #1 tram is right next to the church for a quick ride to the Karlplatz metro station. The S-Bahn also stops at Matzleinsdorferplatz, as well, we had taken it to get to the hotel initially, but never used it again. When taking the #1 tram back to MDP from Karlplatz, you need to know to cross over to the northbound platform to make your exit to the street next to the church. Exiting from the southbound platform puts you in a tangle of highway interchanges and big streets, which are dangerous to cross. It took us a few times to figure that out.

To be continued..

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