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Vienna Itinerary - Recommendations requested

Vienna Itinerary - Recommendations requested

Old Mar 20th, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Vienna Itinerary - Recommendations requested

Dear All,

We will be in Vienna in the second week of May 2012 for 3 1/2 days. We will be with 2 kids. We have listed down the attractions which we would like to visit. Please feel free to advise us in case we should make any changes or skip some of them or try to do some on the same day if they are in the same vicinity to save on time. We are not heavily into paintings but would like to see just one or two time permitting.

Day 1 afternoon – Arrive Vienna in the afternoon. Refresh and proceed to Naschmark Visit the Hundterwasser museum, if possible. In the evening take the tram ride around the ring area. From where does the tram ride start, at what time and from where do we get the tickets. Is this a hop on – hop off tram? What time does the Naschmarkt usually open & close?

Day 2 - We will keep for visit to Melk-Durnstein-Krems.

Day 3 – We will start with Domkirche St. Stephan (St. Stephansdom) climb its south tower. After a tour of the cathedral, walk up the Kärntnerstrasse to the Staatsoper (Will try to take the tour in English if possible). Can we also take a tour of the Musikverien just to see from inside? Then visit Hofburg Palace Complex (Should we take the Sissi Pass to avoid the queues?)
At the Hofburg Palace visit Albertina, Augustinerkirche, Kaiserappartments (Imperial Apartments), and the Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury), Spanish Riding School and Burgkapelle. Does the Sissi Pass include all these attractions at Hofburg Palace?
How do we time correctly to see the horses at Spanish Riding School and a performance of the Vienna Boys' Choir at Burgkapelle. I guess full day would be required to do all this? Is the Kumsthistorisches Museum And Liechtenstein Museum in the same vicinity? How do we club these so that we do not go back & forth? Take the standing room tickets at Volksoper just to get the feel of the show if possible.

Day 4
Visit Schönbrunn Palace, Zoo, Prater. What are the must sees at Scholbrunn Palace? Can we squeeze in Schloss Belvedere?

Are there any Heurigens closeby where the locals go?
Do you think we must visit Grinzing as it is quite touristy and we are not into drinking wine - maybe a glass or two.

Day 5 - Depart Vienna

We know that the itinerary is very tight but that is okay with us. Only require guidance on how to plan so that there is minimum wastage of time in deciding where to next.

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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Well, the items you have listed in Day 3 would probably fill a week, don't know how you can do that.
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I am also interested in how one visitings the Spanish Riding School. Do you have to make a reservation?
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 09:51 AM
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http://www.srs.at/en/
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Day 3 is impossible.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 10:56 AM
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How old are the 'kids'? Do they enjoy museums that much?

Tickets for a performance of the Spanish Riding School are very expensive. Again, how old are the kids? You could probably watch a morning training session during your visit. Not as fancy but much cheaper.

Performances of the Vienna Boys' Choir are infrequent. There may not be one scheduled during the few days you're in Vienna.
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There are many wonderful museums in Vienna but make sure you go to the Kunsthistoriche. The paintings are just breathtaking.
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Old Mar 21st, 2012, 08:22 PM
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Thanks all for your feedback. Looks like we will skip the Spanish Riding School. Is the Burgkapelle worth visiting irrespective whether the boys are singing or not? Our kids are 11 years and 10 years.

On Day 3 should we restrict to the Hofburg Palace and visit Albertina, Augustinerkirche, Kaiserappartments (Imperial Apartments), and the Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury). Are all these attractions within the same palace. Which are the must-dos and which can we skip?

Time permitting try to do Kumsthistorisches Museum And Liechtenstein Museum. Are these two museums close to each other? How does one go from Hofburg Palace to Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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After months of questions - it is time you take some responsibility to investigate the many websites availablre to you to answer most of your questions-
www.wien.info
a treasure of info about tourist sights.These include maps to show you quickly among other things that the Hofburg and Kunsthistorisches Museum ( closed Monday )
www.khm.at are just across the Ringstrasse from each other - 5 minute walk perhaps.
A quick visit to the Hofburg website would answer most questions- note combi tickets

Liechtenstein Museum is only open for group tours

Hofburgkapelle has a Mass every Sunday with the Vienna Choir Boys a part of it. This is a very small Church - limited time best spent elsewhere and quite often closed too.

Kunsthistorisches is open Thursday evening to extend your eouring time.

Treasury closed Tuesday.
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Old Mar 26th, 2012, 01:39 AM
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Thanks all for the inputs.
Molker, I have already visited the sites listed by you. I do have the timings and the days they are open on. Just to save on time, wanted to be sure that we do not go back & forth. You must understand that we do not visit Vienna every year. Hence, the queries.
Anyways, thanks for the info given by you over a period of months. Much appreciate it.

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