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Vienna 6 weeks stay - any weekend getaway options from Vienna??

Vienna 6 weeks stay - any weekend getaway options from Vienna??

Dec 8th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Vienna 6 weeks stay - any weekend getaway options from Vienna??

Hi..........
the trip of my lifetime is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm going to be in Vienna for work+ travel for 6 weeks....rented an apartment for 45 nights......will be going on 3rd Jan.........Have mostly Sundays free.......wanted options for 1 day trips from Vienna............
was planning to do Salzburg , Innsbruck , Graz , Linz - each on one weekend as in depart at night sleeper train and get back by the next day sleeper train(since i plan to buy austria pass)............
I have a 3 yr old with me too................
Any options about additions/deletions of cities which i can see???
dont know hw much i can do with the cold n snow..........
Hw about Venice??was planning to go on 11th night sleeper train , do sight seeing for the day and come bac 12th night by sleeper train( i think its a 9 hour journey by train)........plus it will be the first day of venice carnival...........do you think it will be a good idea with a 3 year old???
last 4 days of my trip i'm stopping over at zurich n only doing zurich in these 4 days..........
please get back with your suggestions.......
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Dec 8th, 2011, 10:38 PM
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The Wachau valley and Krems monastery probably would be a good day outing. Friends rented bicycles and went along the Danube.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...7623313123155/

and if you have not had enough Baroque, try Wilhering which probably can be reach by bus from Linz:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...57622926792957

For a more sober outing, Mauthausen is on the other side of Linz.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauthau...entration_camp
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Dec 8th, 2011, 11:11 PM
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No need for sleeper train--

Vienna-Salzburg 2 3/4 hours

Vienna- Graz 2 1/2 hours

Vienna- Linz 1 1/2 hours.

No need for a expensive pass - cheap fares available and frequent service

train info

www.oebb.at

new Vienna- Linz - Salzburg service by Westbahn firm begins next week.

www.westbahn.at

watch for info about kids- most times under 6 ride free.

Frequent service on these routes - no need for overnighter and not available any way.

Schonbrunn Zoo is an ideal outing with a child. Nice surrpoundings and fine exhibits.

Palace Schlosshof - east of Vienna makes fora nice day trip.

Summer Palace nicely restored - gardens - restaurant and for a child interlude a nice petting zoo with goats - sheep etc. that like kids .

Even a stable for upclose look to the horses.

Many museums have childrens sections for a little play.

the Vienna tourist website will have info on Vienna for families .

www.wien.info

Your child rides free on public transport in Vienna.
You may find the monthly ticket for unlimited ridership to be a bargain - the system is clean , safe and allows transit to all portions of the city.

Melk Abbey is nice and easily reached by regional train.

Limited visiting in winter- check website for tour times.

www.stiftmelk.at

Budapest less than 3 hours by train- special discount fares if purchased in advance .

Venice is nice but very crowded in Carnaval - consider this with a young child.

Prague - less than 5 hours a good visit.

Even Munich 4 1/2 hours.
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Dec 9th, 2011, 03:47 AM
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thanks a lot molker...that info seems very helpful....so u feel that munich/prague would be worth it and i should leave out venice.....even i think so now...maybe italy separately some another time.........
please suggest one out of prague & brno or munich..........
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Dec 9th, 2011, 03:49 AM
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thanks michael....will check out those places.....
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Dec 9th, 2011, 07:23 AM
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Venice is well worth a visit - over night train an option for this journey - but Carnaval- ultra crowded more expensive than normal - perhaps consider it at another time.

Cities to visit - much depends on your interest-

Bratislava - less than 1 hour - but not that interesting - a 1/2 day worth-

Prague and /or Munich - you know your likes -

many would prefer Prague - for architecture - city center.
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Dec 9th, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Instead of Krems monastery I meant Melk Abbey. There is a town of Krems in the Wachau and a Kremsunster monastery/abbey in a different location.
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Dec 9th, 2011, 07:34 AM
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Kremsmunster
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Dec 9th, 2011, 07:56 AM
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other things you might think about a bit closer to Vienna:

tram and then bus to the top of the Kahlenberg [nice sunny day only]

train to the charming village of Gumpoldskirchen

train to Baden - a typical spa town with Beethoven's house.
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Dec 9th, 2011, 09:06 PM
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thx annhig but there s gonna be snow all around so do you think visiting villages would be worthwhile???
Hows Budapest??
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Dec 9th, 2011, 09:30 PM
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pls suggest one out of prague / munich.......m totally confused.......
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