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Jun 6th, 2009, 11:35 AM
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Hi Ann; You probably know of this town too, but Durnstein is another great little town on the Danube. If you are pressed for time, for us, I would select Durnstein before Krems. Dick
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Jun 7th, 2009, 10:23 AM
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Annhig,

We stayed for five nights at the Austria in 2006. It's a fairly small, family-run hotel on a nice, quiet cul-de-sac. The hotel folks are very helpful and the location is excellent, close to the Schwedenplatz underground station and just a few streets from St. Stephens. Every three or four months we get a chatty newsletter with info on what's going on in Vienna, where the young staff are going to school or from where they've graduated, the new colors that have been added to the breakfast room, the rooms that have been redecorated, etc. It's a modest, but charming place and we'd definitely stay there again.
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Jun 7th, 2009, 02:45 PM
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hi mohun,

that's very helpful, and confirms my feelings about the place from my dealings so far. also, it is convenient for our arrival in Vienna as we hope to travel by hydrofoil from Bratislava; so far as I can tell, the hydrofoil stops about 10 mins walk away from the austria. and I like the fact [I hope] that being in a cul de sac, it's quiet.

Glad to have had your feed-back

regards, ann

PS - did you try hiring a bike in Vienna?
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Jun 8th, 2009, 12:07 AM
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We didn't try bikes, but it could be a good idea if you were touring smaller neighborhoods. Within the inner ring road, Vienna is a big city traffic could be a bit dense in places. Kartnerstrasse is a major pedrian-only shopping street that runs south southwest from St. Stephens all the way to the Staatsoper on the southern border of the inner ring road. I've copied the Hotel Austria June newsletter and attempted to paste it to the end of this post. There's so many great places for strudel, if you're so inclined; I think there's one on Fleishmarkt just around the corner from the hotel. The Shakespeare and Company English bookstore is a couple of blocks awayand the Jewish Museum is also very close to the hotel, as is also quite a beautiful Orhtodox Church. Sites that we greatly enjoyed were the Prater amusement park which has the famous ferris wheel which plays an important part in the film The Third Man. I'm a film buff so I must also mention the Third Man walking tour, complete with zither. Finally, we made a delightful day trip south to Baden (about an hour by train) to see an example of that special Austrian art form, the operetta (in this case die Zirkusprinseen); you don't have to speak the language to enjoy the music and humor in an operetta. Alkso, you should know, if you haven't discovered it already, that "iced coffee" in Central EWurope is not anything like the Starbucks variety--it's cold coffee iced with ice cream and some chocolate at the bo9ttom of the glass with whipped heavy cream on top, a fun indulgence on a warm day. Have a great trip and don't hestitate to write again if you have any questions.
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Jun 8th, 2009, 03:35 AM
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I can also add my recommendation of the Hotel Austria.
You probably already have it but their website

www.hotelaustria-wien.at

I have have friends visiting me who stayed there and enjoyed it.

I hope you arrange boat transfer from Bratislava on the Twin City Liner.

www.twincityliner.com

This is the best series of boats and is a catamaran. Some hydrofoils travel on the Danube. These are old boats , soviet era, and relatively slow and smelly.
They also dock well out of the city center.
The Twin City liner docks in Vienna at Schwedenplatz. Perhaps a 5 minute walk slightly uphill to the hotel.

A nice cafe in the area near to the hotel is Cafe Diglas- excelent pastry.

Nearby also is the restaurant Griechenbeisl also on Fleischmarkt. While many like it , I find it overpriced for quality received. Just my opinion.
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Jun 9th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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mohun,

thanks for the link. in fact I too am a subscriber to the hotel austria newsletter which has already given me some entertainment and useful information. it's one of the things that attracted me to them, that and the excellent position that you refer to. unfortunately, the "third man" tour takes place at 4pm on Friday, when we will only just have arrived in Bratislava, and Monday, when we have tickets for the opera that starts at 7pm. so a two hour tour is not really on, unfortunately. but thanks for the thought.

molker - it's always encouraging when locals recommend somewhere. the twincity liner is the one I'm intending to use - do I understand that you are suggesting that we book? if so, I suppose that I ought to do that soon. we get to Bratislava about 3pm so I suspect that ny midday on sat we'l' have had enough. i will use your link to check the times, thanks.

we will look out for the Diglas [I'm looking forward to Eiskaffee which I've had on trips to Germany previously] and the Griechenbeisl, which we will avoid. do you have any tips for good reasonbly priced eating spots?

regards, ann
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Jun 9th, 2009, 03:28 PM
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molker,

thanks so much for prompting me to book the catamaran. i went on the website and the 14.30 is almost full. in fact we we've decided that half a day will probably be enough for Bratislava, we've decided to take the earlier 10.30 boat, which will get us to Vienna at about midday. if we can't get into our room, at least we'll be able to dump the bags and go and get lunch. anywhere you'd recommend for our first wienermittagessen?

regards, ann
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