The last day in Vienna - Zentralfriedhof, Kunsthaus Wien, Hundertwasserhaus...
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First things first - breakfast at the hotel and checkout. Breakfast was fine. Actually, the coffee wasnâ€™t fine (and I'm not too particular), but thereâ€™s always tea... Checkout was nice and easy and there were no problems, everything was correct and the receptionist was really helpful in letting us store our suitcases for the day and pointing us in the right direction to find the Zentralfriedhof (main cemetery) where Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Shubert and many other illustrious Viennese people are buried.
We took tram lines this time. Tram #6. I liked it better than the Ubahn because you get to see the city that you are passing through. It was snowing pretty hard â€˘ not such a great day for trudging around a cemetery, but Iâ€™m looking forward to it nonetheless.
When we finally reached the cemetery (if you ever go there be sure to get off at door 2 which is the main entrance) we did get off at the correct stop and worked our way through the snow up the main lane in the cemetery to the Karl BorromĂ¤us-Kirche, also known as the Dr. Karl Lueger-Kirche, which is an important example of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture and was built in 1908 (the year construction commenced). We were able to explore the church freely. There is an elevator in an alcove off the main sanctuary where you can go to the upper and basement levels. I read that there is a bus that transports people around the enormous cemetery, but didn't see it.
After warming up a little inside the church and taking some pictures, we headed back outside into the heavy snowfall and wandered through some of the graveyard and then worked our way back toward the church. As you approach the church from the entrance to the cemetery, on the right side is the area where the musicians are buried.
Finally, after a few pictures we walked back through the snow to the tram again and took it to connect with the Ubahn and then headed for one of the other places I really wanted to see: the Kunsthaus Wien and the Hundertwasserhaus.
Finding this place wasnâ€™t so easy, but finally we found it after wandering all over the place. There is a coffee shop right in the Hundertwasserhaus on the second level, with a terrace, but it didnâ€™t look inviting at all, so we had a coffee across the street at a warm cheerful place called Bakerâ€™s CafĂ© where the view of the building was better.
In front of the building there is a little touristy place called â€śThe Villageâ€ť where they sell Hundertwasser souvenirs. I donâ€™t think that he designed the center, but theyâ€™ve done it following his style. There is a neat bar in the village with a little stream of water running down the middle of the marble bar and ending in a little waterfall. It also is the home of the â€śtoilet of modern artâ€ť kind of a gimmick which is a Hundertwasser style public bathroom which you have to pay 0,30 â‚¬ to visit.
The Kunsthaus Wien is very close to the Hundertwasserhaus and we headed there next to see the exhibits there and feel and see what the building is like on the inside. Basically there are virtually no straight lines; even the floor surface is uneven. Somehow you feel as if you were in a natural outdoor setting in the building. It felt relaxing, warm, and comfortable. The museum gives you a chance to see a lot of Hundertwasserâ€™s brightly colored graphic arts, some of his architectural projects and some insight into his philosophy.
By the time we had seen that, we were rapidly running out of time to get to the airport! We sort of cut the Kunsthaus visit a little short and headed back to the hotel on tram line 1.
Airport check-in with Austrian Airlines at the
â€śYou must self check in at the computer terminals!â€ť
â€śAnd If I want to be checked in?â€ť
â€śThat is not permitted!â€ť
All I can say is that if you donâ€™t speak one of the languages available on the terminals, you would be in trouble! But, seriously, it worked out fine, you just type in your name and reservation number, it lets you pick a seat and it prints the boarding passes. There also are attendants on duty that can help out if you have a problem. Then youâ€™re on your way (unless you have to check something in.
So, now weâ€™re on the plane on the way back to
This is a "must do" while in Vienna.
For a great ending to an afternoon spent in a museum or walking around the city, relax with coffee (adding anything from whipped cream to cognac), accompanied by a fine pastry and a newspaper. Don't worry about being rushed off: You can stay forever and no one will bother you.
About the 72-hour public transportation card
Public transportation in Vienna is really good.
The public transportation is divided into fare zones and if travelling beyond one zone, the prices increase. However, being that the entire city is in the same zone (100) just about everything that youâ€™d want to see during a short visit to the city is located within one fare zone, so, aside from getting to and from the airport you shouldnâ€™t have to pay anything else.
No matter what kind of ticket you have, keep in mind that you can use the same ticket for a journey that involves trips by bus, tram, metro and/or train, and you can change as often as you have to without having to buy a new ticket.
Finally, not only the U-bahn and S-bahn installations, but the whole city in general felt very safe.