Arrival in Vienna and an afternoon exploring the Old City and the Ringstrasse
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Landed in Vienna and walked out of the airport. Was not aware of the Schengen Agreement and that I would not have to clear passport control again coming into Austria so was wondering where I had missed the line as I headed out of the airport. Took the CAT (City Airport Train) from the Airport to Wein Mitte Station in Vienna. Walked to the Vienna Marriott, my hotel for the next two nights before the biking trip proper was to start. Of course coming out from the train station I went the wrong way up the road towards my hotel, and went about 400 meters before I realized my mistake. Oh well, a 1/2 mile walk became a mile walk instead.
Settled in at the hotel and then went out to wander the Old City. Since I was staying right on the Ringstrasse there was no problems just wandering into the Old City. Walked to Stephansplatz and St Stephens cathedral. Then just wandered around a bit more to experience the flavor of Vienna. Went back to the hotel and decided to get in a quick run. Ran the complete Ringstrasse around the Old City of Vienna. Got a quick glance of sights such as the Vienna State Opera House, parts of the Hofburg Palace, Parliament, Danube Canal, and the Stadtpark before ending up back at the hotel. Showered, changed, went out for a quick dinner, and then back to the hotel to catch up on some sleep and try to avoid any potential lingering jetlag.