am in vienna for 2 days last week of feb. have a bunch of questions:
- whats the weather like and what would i need to pack?
- how can i save money on food and drinks?
- What are the spots to see and things to do in vienna?
- how does the vienna card work for travel?
- can i get away with speaking english?
I can answer some of your questions, because i live in the south of Germany, where weather and some other things, are not very different from Austria.
The weather in February is cold. U need sweathers, boots, and winter coat. I would recommend a ski jacket, if u have one. Bring a hat, which covers your ears. The cold is enough to make them tingle. It often snows in Feburary. And the day temperatures can drop below zero.
U can save money on food and drinks by buying them in supermarkets. There may be hostels, in Vienna with cooking facilities. Then u would not have to live on bread and cheese.
Stand up cafes, often sell cups of coffee, at a reasonable price, but ones where u can sit down are usually comfortable, but expensive.
I think a lot of people will be able to speak English. In fact, there are a lot of people there, who would welcome the opportunity to show off, and/or practice their English.
I dont know the answers, to the other questions, because i was only in Vienna, for a couple of nights. I do however remember a lot of palaces, around the city. And Vienna is the cultural capital of Austria. If u are into classical music, there should be plenty for u to go to.
I live in styria,but I spend much time in vienna,maybe I can help you..
When your´e interested in culture there many things to see in vienna,for informations about exhibitions and musees check http://www.wien.info,there you will find general informations and links in english...
There are also many historical buildings like schloss schönbrunn,the stefansdom (a big gothic church in the center of the city)and many more...
Take the Vienna card ,cause it includes unlimited free travel with bus,underground and tram,reductions or benefits in museums,restaurants,theatre etc..for 72 hours..
Dont worry about the language,most people speak basic english..
When we arrived in AUT this August I thought people would speak English, at least the basics. Unfortunately we made the opposite experience (even the younger generation was afraid to speak it!), but I do think and hope that Vienna (as a big and hopefully openminded city, which has millions of visitor every year) is different.
Nothing against my homeprovince, but sometimes I wonder if people have their 'own attitude' here, when it comes to foreigners and other languages...
I can only agree with the answers above (what to see and do).
I always recommend to go on google.at and search for things there.
www.oejhv.or.at (hostels in Vienna)
a few I found online:
- Jugendgästehaus Wien-Brigittenau
Friedrich - Engels - Platz 24, A-1200 Wien, Tel: 0043-1-332 82 94
- Jugendgästehaus Hütteldorf
Schlossberggasse 8, A-1130 Wien, Tel 0043-1-877 15 01
- Hostel Schlossherberge Wilhelminenberg
Savoyenstraße 2, A-1160 Wien, Tel.: +43-1-485 8503-700
- Kolpingfamilie Wien-Meidling
Bendlgasse 10-12, A-1120 Wien, Tel:+43-1-813 54 87
- Jugendherberge Wien Myrthengasse/Neustiftgasse
Myrthengasse 7, A-1070 WIEN, Tel: +43-1-523 63 16
Schlossberggasse 8, A-1130 Wien, Tel.: +43-1-877 1501
Fügergasse 3, A-1060 Wien, Tel: +43-1-597 67 29
Grangasse 6, A-1150 Wien, Tel: +43-1-897 23 36
Mariahilferstraße 137, A-1150 Wien, Tel. +43-1-897 23 36
have a nice stay
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I must disagree with some of what has been said. During the last two weeks of February it is very unlikely that you will need boots, especially if you are simply staying in Vienna itself. A sweater and jacket are enough. Also, bring some gloves in case it is windy, which makes it more cold.
To save money, yes, go to the supermarkets or else the stand-up eatting places. At most all of the U-bahn (subway) stations there is somewhere you can buy a sandwich as well.
You do not have to be into classical music to love Vienna. I'm not and it is one of my favorite places in the world. The best areas are to go down to the Graben, which is the main area with Stephensdom. Nearby is the Prater, Karlskirche, and the Rathaus. All very beautiful. Even if you get a little 'lost', it is ok because it is very safe, and every little street has an interesting little cafe or coffee house to see.
Also, you must go to Schonbrun to see the gardens. You can go into the very large gardens area free. It only costs money if you go into the palace itself or the Tiergarten (the zoo). You can easily spend several hours there looking at and imagining going back in time as you walk the palace grounds. At night it is also beautiful because of the lite up fountains everywhere.
All of these places are VERY easy to find - just go to a U-bahn station and they are labeled on the map -- very train system is extremely easy to use.
English. You are perfectly fine using English, as long as you are polite. I am a native English speaker and when someone came up to my friend and I, stuck her face two inches from ours, and said very loudly, "TOILET?!" we were hard pressed to want to help her. Just be polite, be patient, speak at a slower than normal pace, and you'll be fine.
Hey can someone help me with some of the most interesting eating and drinking ideas when in Vienna?
Restaurant Gutenberg on Lügeck (near to the Stephanskirche), is my favorite when I am in Vienna. It is not too expensive, and it serves good food. Don't fall for the Figglmüller hoax as it comes to having the biggest schnitzels in town, theye big, but also the flattest schnitzels you will ever eat!
I would rethink the Vienna card, only take it if you are sure that you are visiting enough attractions to get your money back. If you buy them for the public transport, you are better of buying cards that last 24-48 or 72 hours, and paying 100% for the attractions.