Saturday, July 25, 2009

Seavas Wien! Vienna Travel Tour

After the wonderful 3 days in Prague, I alighted a luxury bus to Vienna, the capital of classical music!

The bus is well equipped, with LCD monitors in the bus for DVD playback, and free drinks throughout the journey. Fantastic value.. I got my ticket for 9 pounds, which is great! If you book earlier, you can get the ticket for 5 pounds! It is http://www.studentagencybus.com/ Check it out.

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Interior of the bus.

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It even has channels for you to listen to.

After 4 hours of bus journey , and a transit change of bus, I arrived in the most desirable place (and probably the safest) to live on earth--- Vienna.

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In the metro station

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Went into Stephenson Dom. Too dark, so didn't take a photo. Will come back on the next day.

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Outside of Stephenson Dom.

The weather was really bad throughout the whole evening. So I gave up on taking photographs on the street. The guide book did emphasising how mild and wonderful the weather Vienna has to offer, enclaves in the Alps area, protected from all kinds of extreme weather… but all I can say is that from my point of view, it is all bollocks.. LOL!

While walking tiredly and enduring the cold + wet weather, I searched frantically for that bloody Ribs of Vienna Restaurant that Ing Chang raved so much… And I can’t find it!

So in the end I changed my plan and look for this unusual restaurant instead—Zwolf-Apoltelkeller. Translated in English The Twelve Apostle’s Cellar. How cool is it if you can dine in the cellar, three storeys below ground? I am sure that you will not get these kind of experience other than in Vienna—and this restaurant is famous for it, with its own wine brewery built in as well.

 

I have trouble finding the restaurant at first, as it has the sign board, but you have to walk past the dodgy looking side alleys, went through the building’s backyard, and walk down the partially dark and narrow staircases. Yes it is walking down wards, not climbing up! I got lost somewhere in between, with no other sign boards to help. But I managed in the end. And the end of the stairs, you will be greeted by ambient lights, live classical music and lively crowd!

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The staircase that leads you into another dimension

Lively crowd

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I sat at this corner

Waiters are all very friendly, approachable. The first thing I ordered—The Schnitzerl + house famous white wine. I know white didn’t matched with red meat, but well, i wanted something sweet. I am quite surprised to see people are allowed to smoke in the cellars. Well I might be too get used to the English environment, where a blanket ban on smoking in the buildings is enforced.

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The grainy photo didn’t do justice for the great meal. It is quite dark in the cellar and my G10 can’t handle it well. This photo was shot in ISO1600 setting, hence the extremely grainy look.IMG_1362

It is great! The pork Schnitzerl is a perfect introduction to Viennese traditional food. The whole dinner cost 12.30 euro, including tax. It is a custom to leave a tip for the waiter in Vienna, as it is an indication of you complaining of the service if you don’t. So 10% will be alright. I happily paid that as the service is great. Overall, it was reasonably priced, taking into account of all the ambient, food quality and hospitality you received.

  

Another corner of the restaurant.

After the dinner, the rain subsided.. I said subsided, not stopped. So you can imagine me still hanging on my dear brolly, wandering through the streets while snapping night photographs. It is indeed extremely safe in Vienna even in the darkest hours. They are not even a soul in some streets and so quiet!

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The corridor of the Staatsoper. Vienna premier Opera House. World famous.

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Staatsoper front view.

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I walked until I reached the Natural History Museum and snapped some traffic photos.

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Then the Art museum. As there is nothing much happening in the city, I walked back to the hostel and have a couple of drinks with my roomies.

Come back here soon for more things happening in Vienna.

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