Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer in Vienna - Day 3

We left Praha Hlavni Nadrazi (Prague Main Station) and arrived at Wien Meidling train station after 4 hours. We immediately headed outside and searched for taxi. Once we found one, we asked the driver to drove us to our hotel which was Pentahotel.  The driver was very friendly, we had some conversation during the journey.
Pentahotel compound

Vienna is the capital and the largest city in Austria. The official language here is German and they use Euro as their currency. 1 Euro equal to approximately RM4. Vienna is famous for its music culture as when I was there, many brochures about opera and musical theatres could be found everywhere. In fact, I was offered to watch Mozart but I refused because it was quite pricey.

After having a decent amount of rest in our room, we continued our agenda with city tour. From our hotel, we walked a bit further to metro station called Pilgramgasse. From there, we took a metro to Karlplatz which is located in the city centre. There are a lot of attractions around this metro station. Some of them are:

Metro station

St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche)

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Wien Museum

Around Vienna:

As usual, any big city in Europe have a lot of churches and cathedrals. They are very historical aside from having a very stunning architecture designed from the past. They are mostly very huge and to enter these places, certain fees will be charged.

Since it was raining so badly, we did not have enough time to tour all the places. I wanted to go to Schonbrunn Palace because I knew it's a great place to visit. Due to the weather, we only walked around the city centre seeking for souvenirs to buy. Like Glasgow, Vienna also have their own street performers. I watched a trio playing music using violins and a cello.

Generally, souvenirs at the city centre are very expensive and I didn't get to buy many due to budget constraint. I heard that there's a market selling cheap souvenirs called Naschmarkt. We did go to the market on the next day but we were so unlucky because it was closed because it was Sunday.

Finding halal food was quite tricky here. In the city centre, it was quite difficult to find one. We had our lunch in a seafood restaurant instead. However, in front of Pilgramgasse metro station, there is a kiosk selling halal kebab. They uses 'Helal' sign to indicate that the kiosk is halal. However, not all menu are halal as the brother told me that only the kebab is halal (chicken and beef) but not the burgers.

We were in Vienna just for a short visit as tomorrow we would be heading to Budapest, Hungary. If I am going to visit Austria again in the future, I think I will go to Salzburg instead of Vienna.


Miss said...


Unknown said...

hehe best tapi x cukup masa! perlukan lebih masa untuk explore Vienna.. should go to Salzburg jugak.. huhu..

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