Vienna-Salzburg Excursion

Apr 2nd, 2002, 05:31 PM
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Tony Alahamora
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Vienna-Salzburg Excursion

I and my spouse intend to visit Austria (Vienna & Salzburg)this early May 2002. We plan to travel by eurail.

Since we arrange our trip itinery by ourselves, we have a bunch of questions and by writing this message we look forward to obtain reliable advice on the following things:

1. Vienna, Austria
- Is there any recommended hotel to stay?
- What about the city transportation? is there any tourist transport ticket?
- How to get to Salzburg from Vienna?

2. Salzburg, Austria
- Is there any recommended hotel in Salzburg city?
- What are the worth local tours? and how to book it?

Thanks in advance.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 05:01 AM
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John
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Do try a search on this site of salzburg and vienna to find lots of past threads with excellent suggestions.

I select the hotels I stay at by determining price and location (e.g., altstadt vs suburbs vs country), then checking fodors/frommers/rick steves for recommendations, then checking out their websites, then posting a message here for which of the 2-3 options you like best were visited by fodor site posters.

That having been said, if you like altstad, modest accommodations, in Vienna you might consider hotel Post and in Salzburg the Blaue Gans on Getreidegasse has a wonderful location, good restaurant and nice rooms if you get the "Karajan" upgraded rooms.

The Salzburg tourism website describes hotels, allows you to book online (for a slightly increased room cost) and describes sightseeing/tourist events. We're going to try the FestungKonzerts this time around--dinner and mozart in the castle high above salzburg. A trip to St. Gilgen/St. Wolfgang also is fun.

In Vienna, do take in a concert or opera. We didn't order tickets until we arrived, but were able to get these really cool seats BEHIND the orchestra, literally 25' away from the conductor and able to watch his every move and gesture. It was unforgettable. Schonnbrun Palace is a must. Do a search here--lots of advice from more experienced Vienna travelers.

Enjoy!
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:00 AM
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Tony, my recommendation for a hotel in Vienna is the Admiral Hotel (http://www.admiral.co.at/index1.html). It is right off Mariahilferstrasse and behind the two Museums on the Ringstrasse. Great location and good prices.

In Salzburg, we stayed at the Hotel Trumer Stube (http://www.trumer-stube.at/). Again a good location at a good price.

I think the following websites will give you much of the information you are looking for:

http://www.woodford.redbridge.sch.uk/vienna/
http://www.worldexecutive.com/cityguides/vienna/index.html?src=wexec.guides
http://www.magwien.gv.at/english/transportation/transport.htm
http://www.salzburginfo.at/desk/frame_home_e.htm
http://www.salzburg.com/tourismus_e/stgilgen/s_index.html
http://www.verkehrsnetz.at/verkehrsn...ex_english.htm
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 06:14 AM
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Bob Brown
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In Salzburg, the train station is over a mile from the Old Town Part and on the opposite side of the river. If you arrive by train, I suggest a taxi to your hotel.

We have used two hotels in Salzburg; one was a pension in a suburb because it offered free parking. The other was the Hotel Zur goldenen Ente. The web site for this hotel is no longer operative. I clicked on it the other day, and the page "was not found."
The Golden Duck was an ok place, but it has gotten popular because of Rick Steves book.

There are many places in Salzburg to stay. And I am sure some other recommendations will appear.

Most of the sights and sites of Salzburg are relatively close to the Old Town. The one attraction for which you need transportation is Schloss Heilbrunn. It is a very interesting place to visit. Laying aside the house, the trick fountains in the garden are a marvel of hydraulic engineering. They water squirts from various places on demand via a series of mechanical pumps. The builder, Prinz Archbischof Markus Sittikus used to get a sadistic laugh when he squirted his guests.

In Vienna, we stayed at the Hotel Carlton Opera on Schikanadergasse just outside the ring. Our room was fairly large and comfortable. When the Austrians say "double bed" it is more like our king bed, only a little larger.
The breakfast at both places is built into the room rate, and it is a treat.
All of the hotels I have used in Austria offered a huge breakfast with a wide variety of food.

Others will tell you about their favorite places in Vienna. I liked Schloss Schönbrunn, particular in comparison with Versailles. The House of Music, Das Haus der Musik, is an interesting museum, but I expected more and failed to find it. Given the subjects with whom the museum's creators have to work with (Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Mahler, Johann and Richard Strauss, and Hayden among others, I was disappointed. It is still interesting, and perhaps I was expecting too much.

Check the art museum for a special. Last year by luck we caught the last day of the El Greco exhibit.

As for transportation, we bought the Winerkarte. It is good for discounts at various museums and, for 72 hours, we could ride the subway, street cars, and buses. The street cars are most efficient in the downtown area.
We even used the street car to get to the Belevedere, the home of Austria's must celebrate general, Prince Eugene of Savoy. Today the mansion is a museum, but the gardens are still nice to see.
 
Apr 3rd, 2002, 11:34 AM
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Just got back on the 19th...

Public transportation is excellent in both cities... make sure and get the "Vienna Card" and "Salzburg Card"

Vienna... stay a a really central hotel... Bristol or Sacher... both right at the Opera House and the Karsplatz main Metro station. Eat at the Paulusstaben Restaurant close by (maybe a half block) ... best snitzel we had on the entire trip!

Salzburg - If you see things in this order (and they are all close together in "Old Town") I think they will make more sense. First the Cathedral and Cathedral Museum, then the Monastery of St. Peter and it's graveyard and catacombs, then the Residenz (of the Prince Archbishops), then Mozart's birthplace and first home.... you will get a good understanding of the flow of the history of the area. From there wander up and down Getreidegasse. You CAN do all that the first day if you push, and it will make things "fall into place" for you. Make sure you have some half euro coins in your pocket, there are "info phones" in some of the sites that will give you a good short history of the site. From there just hit the Fodor's guide books and look at some of the other posts on these cities. One thing I will add is that the Nature Museum there is wonderful... but has nothing to do with Salzburg! We came in and left by train and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel which is only a block and a half from the station. Then rode the #5 bus back and forth from the train station to Marketplatz in Old Town. One of the best meals we have ever had was there at the Stiftskeller St. Peter close to the monastery!

Best wishes for a great trip,

Barry

 
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