Vienna waits for you
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April 8th, 2009 – by: lamadude
We stayed at 2 different youth hostels "Wombats" and "Ruthensteiner" which are the best hostels in town according to every website I consulted, ad indeed both were excellent, with friendly staff, clean rooms and cosy hostel bars. The Ruthensteiner bar closes very early though, but there are other good bars in the neighbourhood, such as the Kangaroo bar (Sankt Pöltner Straße 26) which upon entry turned out to be a Belgian beer bar, which i certainly did not expect from a bar with that name. Both hostels are near the Westbahnhof and Mariahilferstraße, the main shopping street of Vienna.
It was my first time in Vienna, so I had to visit all the touristy sights such as the huge Schönbrunn castle, where we also visited the oldest zoo in the world, the Stephansdom church where guys dressed like Mozart try to sell you opera or theater tickets, and the endless series of extremely ornate palaces and other buildings in the city center.
Vienna is well known for its museums, but since the weather was so nice every day we decided not too spend too much time inside, so if "Vienna waits for you" the museums probably can wait a little longer as well.
Other things we saw were the Prater, a sort of permanent fair/theme park with the famous Vienna giant ferris wheel amongst many other things. We also went to Danauinsel, an island on the Danube river where thousands of Viennese people went to enjoy the nice weather in the parks along the river side.
As everywhere in Austria, the german is a bit different from what it is in Germany. My German is getting a bit rusty since I never really need to use it in Belgium, so it took some time to adjust to the (spoken) Austrian german.
A few days in a such a big and historic city obviously only scratches the surface of what you can do, and I can definitely see myself comming back here later.
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