Population: 1,651,437 (2005)
Time Zone: CET (GMT+1)
Area Code: +43 (Austria) & 01 (Vienna)
|| General Phrases
St. Stephen's Cathedral
|Hello = Hallo
Goodbye = Auf Wiedersehen
Please = Bitte
Thanks = Danke
|1 = Ein
2 = Zwei
3 = Drei
4 = Vier
5 = Fünf
|6 = Sechs
7 = Sieben
8 = Acht
9 = Neun
10 = Zehn
| 1) Save money when buying rail tickets Vienna is a
surprisingly large city and its public network system
is an integral part of any tourist's quest to see as
much of it as possible. If you are travelling in a pair,
buy '2 for 1' tickets where two people can travel for
€2, rather than pay €1.50 each. Other tickets where
you can make savings on are the day cards (€4.40),
or 3−day cards €12.
2) Trams Number 1 and 2 - Both trams number 1 and 2 loop Vienna's Inner
Stadt on the city's 'Ringstrasse', a collection of 8
streets and one quay. You can jump on
anywhere on the ring in any direction and a
ticket costs €1.80.
The round trip takes approximately 45 minutes
and passes many of Vienna's most impressive
buildings including the Rathaus (city hall), the
Burgtheater (National Theater) and Parlament
which is the seat of two federal assemblies.
3) Visit Vienna's Churches Some of Vienna's most
fascinating buildings are its churches. St.
Peterskirche tucked away between Vienna's premier
shopping streets shouldn't be missed.
Augustinerkirche (part of the Hofburg) is
breathtaking also, as is St Michaelskirche.
Regardless of whom you pray to when in a state of
worship, you should devote a couple of hours to
visiting them. Most have free admission.
4) Get cheap tickets to the opera You don't need to
be a member of Vienna's bourgeois to enjoy a night
at the opera. The hoi polloi can enjoy such
masterpieces as 'La Traviatta' also for as little as
€3.50 (once you don't mind standing). To get these
tickets queue up at the opera house about 2 hours
before the performance at the 'standing tickets' sign
on the right side of the building.