Hear about travel to Vienna, Austria as the Amateur Traveler talks to Gerhard Strassgschwandtner who is a tour guide and owner of the Third Man Museum in Vienna. Gerhard was recommended to me by the Vienna Tourism Board as the man to talk to to get to know that wonderful city.
Gerhard says: “It’s a nice blend of tradition and modern, old and new. It was once, a long, long time ago, and an important city in the world. The Habsburg dynasty administered a huge empire, 17 central European countries, via Vienna. They left a lot of great buildings behind. We wouldn’t want to live under this dynasty, these emperors and dictators, but today they left everything behind for us, all their palaces, all their culture, all their galleries and museum collections.”
“The new, since maybe 10 or 15 years there has been a lot of changes, a lot of influxes from outside. Now especially from within the European Union, new cultural input. A lot of cultural events happening, every night, every day.”
Gerhard focuses on a few of the 85 museums but also gives us an insight into the coffeehouse tradition. We focus on the historic center, which used to be enclosed by the 3-mile-long city wall, which has become a ring road. It is a city best approached on foot and by tram.
While tourists are drawn to historic sites like Schönbrunn Palace, the Vienna Opera, the Musikverein, and numerous Baroque Churches, Gerhard also recommends sites of Vienna today like eating at the Naschmarkt or exploring the flea markets, riding the Vienna Bike Trail, or exploring the nightlife and beach bars on Danube Island.
A great way to save money when you visit Vienna is the Vienna Pass. This pass covers more than 60 top attractions, including a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, entrance to the major museums and palaces, the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, and more.
Vienna Online Travel Guide
Viennese Coffee House
Vienna Street Car Museum
Vienna Opera House
Museum of Fine Arts
Third Man Museum
Bicycling in Vienna
Vienna City Information
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