An unexpected trip to Vienna

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I flew from Birmingham to Bratislava with Ryanair on a return ticket costing only £2 (including taxes etc.)!  The flight was on time and as I had not checked in any luggage I was able to walk straight out of the airport.  The plan was to make my way into Bratislava town so I tried to buy a bus ticket but the newsagents was closed and the automated machines only accepted coins, of which I had none and the shops wouldn’t give me change.  Taxies were 500svk but there was no way I was paying that when the bus should have been 18svk.  Anyway, I happened to see a sign for a bus to Vienna for €10 and luckily I still had a €10 note left over from when I had been to Crete.  I had half thought about making the trip to Vienna anyway so I got on this bus, which took about 1.

Opera House
5 hours to get to Vienna.

 

It was getting dark as I arrived in Vienna so my first priority was to get a map and then find a youth hostel.  I asked a policeman and he said that there were no youth hostels in the city centre so I looked at the price of a hotel room - €125!  There was no way I was paying that!  It was about 9:30 at this point and I was beginning to think that I could just stay sit in a bar till it closed then I would probably only have a few hours to wait before it was light again.

 

So, having given up on finding a hostel I walked around a few of the sights for a couple of hours.  As I was returning to the main square I happened to notice an internet café so I jumped in and looked up hostels in Vienna and found one that was about 45 minutes walk from the centre.  It was now nearly midnight so I set off in high hopes only to arrive and be told that it was full.  For some reason I decided to continue walking a bit further and found a hostel with a bed.

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Stephansodom
Stephansodom
Opera House
Opera House
Stephansodom
Stephansodom
Opera House
Opera House
The Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly H…
The Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly …
Heldenplatz
Heldenplatz
Bikes for hire - what a good idea!
Bikes for hire - what a good idea!
Vienna train station
Vienna train station
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