Posted on March 8, 2016
We had a lovely experience just outside the city in an AirBNB with the highest ceilings!
We took many different forms of public transit throughout Austria, and overall it was very forgettable. This might seem like a bad thing, but it actually brings to light how wonderful it was — the same way that stagehands go unnoticed until something goes wrong and they get caught in the spotlight. It got us from Point A to Point B in an unsurprising amount of time; it was clean. Also, despite the fact that for whatever reason, the public transit (minus the heavy rail lines) are not integrated into Google Maps, it was still very navigable.
Really all that I can remark on was that on the train from the airport, you had to pull a large lever to get the door to open, rather than it being automated.
I even took a picture because I’m really just that cool.
We did have one cool transit experience, though. From Vienna, we took a Flexibus through Munich and to Zurich – 3 countries in 12 hours – and to get to Zurich, the bus pulled up onto a boat and was carried across Lake Constance!
Plenty of other cars accompanied our bus on the boat ride across borders.
Overall, we had a really fun time in Vienna. We paid $5 each for standing seats (as in no seat, just hanging out with a handful of other people behind a gate like the peasants we are) to see an orchestra concert, went to a language exchange, and most importantly, Nick got his Hobo Gloves.
As we prepared to leave Vienna, I really wanted to focus and remember all the wonderful sights and sounds of the bustling European city. The metro was packed full, and I was doing my best to make myself and my gigantic backpack as small as possible (I was not incredibly successful). Each person boarding the train was off to begin their day, as the morning had just begun. In the subway, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the public transportation, and I reflected on the beautiful buildings, delicious food, and historic feel that we have experienced in the wonderful city of Vienna… when I hear “Low” by Flo Rida blast in the headphones of the man next to me.
Well, there it is. America’s really never that far away.
There is something distinct about a city such as Vienna, however. Such distinction is brought to life by its historical architecture, grand religious sites, and especially the prestige palaces.