The train trip from Bratislava to Vienna is just over an hour so we decided to pay this directly, keeping one daily train trip on our Interrail pass for a longer journey.
Trains run frequently and the fare was €9. Checkout time from our Bratislava hostel was 10am and our check in time to our Vienna accommodation wasn’t ready until 1.30pm, so we grabbed a doner kebab at the Wien HBF and did some tourist research while we ate.
The accommodation in Vienna cost a little more that previous places – €45 per night – but the quality and proximity to the city centre was perfect.
Our own apartment for three days and no shared bathrooms! Trying to find a hotel for that price is impossible in Vienna, and you may struggle to even find a hostel at that price.
Vienna’s city centre is easy to walk around and the impressive Hofburg is in the heart of the city. With only two days to explore, a 72 hour public transport ticket for €17 each makes getting farther afield a little easier.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a popular attraction right in the city centre and its gothic spire is visible from some distance. The Belvedere Palace is another display of wealth from a period of prosperity in Vienna.
Away from the central attractions, the city is like any other with graffiti, rubbish and the usual inner-city problems. I was a little disappointed to see the banks of the Danube covered in so called ‘street art’ and had no desire to do a river cruise.
Two days in Vienna was enough to see the sights, although if a opera, concert or art museum is on the cards perhaps a day or two more may be a good idea. It all depends on what you want to experience.
Bags packed and the train now departing for Munich!