Student Life Abroad, Traveling

20 Hours in Vienna

November 1, 2014

I recently got back from my English holiday (6 lovely days!).  But before heading straight to Prague, I spent 20 hours in Austria on a layover. Two countries in one week doesn’t sound so bad, no?

It was my first solo trip abroad since I moved here, so I was really excited. Sure, I’ve flown on my own in the past and I’ve been on a long layover before. However, it was the first trip where I had to figure out EVERYTHING on my own. No family who will let me crash on their couch, nor friends who can show me around.

So here’s some quick advice to make the most out of your holiday:

1. Figure out your where you’ll be staying.  Whether you’re staying at a hostel, a chateau, or a friend’s couch, make sure you have your accommodation at least a week before your trip. You can save so much money!!!

2.Keep a map in your pocket …the paper kind.  I LOVE maps!!! It tells you how to get around and what to see. Of course you have to learn how to read one, but it’s not that hard. I suggest a paper map because 93% of the time, you won’t have access to the internet. Sorry, but Google just failed you!

3. Get a transportation card. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems that everyone’s public transportation is more efficient, colorful, and cleaner than San Francisco’s. Seriously, MUNI needs to step up it’s game! Most cities offer a cheap 1 or 3 day pass geared for tourists, so take advantage of it. I always look forward to riding the metro whenever I’m abroad because I feel like a local.

4. Take pictures! Soon, your Instagram feed will be the fairest in the land. Just kidding! 😉

But here are some that I took:

The map, your new best friend.

The map, your new best friend.

Metro

Metro

Crossing the Danube to get to my hostel

Crossing the Danube to get to my hostel

Meininger Hotel Franz

Meininger Hotel Franz

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Schoenbrunn Garden

Schönbrunn garden

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garden walk

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Danube River

Danube River

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Vienna Opera House

Vienna Opera House

Stephansdom

Stephansdom

Stephansdom

Stephansdom

View from the top of the cathedral

View from the top of the cathedral

Kärntner Straße

Kärntner Straße

Vienna was really beautiful! I wish I had more than 20 hours to explore the city. It looks a lot like Prague, only they speak German.  Hopefully I can come back soon cause I’m definitely looking forward to that slice of Sachertorte from Hotel Sacher! 🙂

Till the next adventure!

Faith

 

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