Athens or Vienna

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1. Posted by nschaefer (Budding Member 2 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Hello Everyone,

I'll be in Germany in several weeks and have a few extra days, and was thinking of going to either Vienna or Athens. I have researched both and cannot decide which I would like better. Any suggestions? Things I look for when picking a destination: high viewpoints, architecture, food, nature, and the people in general.

Any recommendations are appreciated,


2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 738 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I'd go for Vienna but they're both good for a few days taster.
Having said that, Germany is a very big place and there are plenty of thinks to see/do between Hamburg, Koln, Berlin, Munich and all points between, so I'd probably spend a bit more time investigation Germany...

3. Posted by JenniferWhite (Budding Member 22 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I would choose Vienna because it is closer and I've read that you explore Vienna in a few days. I believe that going to Greece would be better to spend more days fro you to enjoy more its islands and feel relaxed.

4. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 852 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I would vote for Vienna too. It's one of my favourite European cities and has plenty to occupy a few days - museums, architecture, great food and wine. Be sure to go up on the roof of the cathedral, Stefansdom, to get close to the fascinating coloured roof. And of course eat Wienerschnitzel ;)

5. Posted by wizzmor1977 (Respected Member 334 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

I'd give a vote to Athens, incredible history and Architecture, great food and decent weather, that said Vienna is also great and you could combine it with a worthwhile trip to Bratislava.
Whichever you choose, there is plenty to keep you occupied and interested.

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1180 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

The high areas you mention make me side with Vienna. Austria is beautiful. Athens has history, but the town is pretty grungy.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1142 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Suggest Vienna and environs. There's lots to see and do; and dining is a pleasure.

Austrian Railways offers a variety of discount tickets that can be purchased online with a credit card. Since you'll be in Germany, the journey can originate from several German cities.

Austrian Railways also offers excursions, including this one that involves a cruise on the Danube from Vienna to the Benedictine abbey at Melk:

It's a wonderful day trip to Melk, passing by villages and vineyards.

I travel to Vienna often on my way to visit friends in Steiermark that I've known for more than four decades. Last year, I purchased discounted tickets with Austrian Railways for travel that originated in Milan to Vienna; and from Vienna to Warsaw.

If you have a few more days, Vienna is close to Budapest (also on the Danube) and Bratislava.

If you're looking for reasonably priced accommodations in Vienna and elsewhere in Europe, consider the Motel One chain. I've stayed at the ones at Vienna's Hauptbahnhof and Westbahnhof. You have easy access to public transportation; and there are supermarkets at the train stations. Vienna's Belvedere Palace is a short walk from Hauptbahnhof.

I showed a friend, Barbara, around Vienna for three days last April. It was her first visit. She loved it. From there, we traveled to Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow before going to Lviv, Ukraine; and Kiev to visit friends there.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Sep-2018, at 20:31 by berner256 ]

8. Posted by nschaefer (Budding Member 2 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I decided on Vienna. :)

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1142 posts) 28w Star this if you like it!

If you like opera, but don't want to spend a lot of money, suggest standing room tickets at the Wiener Staatsoper, available 80 minutes before curtain, even for performances that otherwise are sold out.

See this link:

Go early to stand in line as the tickets (I've paid less than 5 euros) are very popular. There are a total 567 tickets available. There's Parterrestehplatz (ground floor), Balkonstehplatz and Galeriestehplatz. Regular tickets can cost more than 200 euros.

After you buy your ticket, you line up to enter the area where you will be standing (there's a bar where you can wrap a scarf or something else to secure your place before leaving).

There's a new subtitle and information system available during performances:

If you decide to visit Budapest, you'll find opera, ballet and other performances to be very affordable. See this link and others:

10. Posted by BKenn (Budding Member 6 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

I'm doing this starting tomorrow! Great info again! :)