Vienna

Blaithin Watson on 04 January 2015

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Vienna is a stunning city with so much to do. We stayed in the amazing and quite new Palais Hansen Kempinski Hotel; a five star hotel located just off the Ring which is the best place to stay in Vienna.

The building dates back to 1873 and now houses this fabulous hotel which gives it so much character. I thought the best features of the hotel were the breath-taking reception area and the breakfast restaurant called Die Kuche which translates to "the kitchen". It really does feel like your own kitchen and not like a hotel restaurant so it’s almost like a home away from home!

Vienna is really easy to get around and to make it even easier we hired bikes. The Ring area is where all the important and famous buildings are located and the roads all have cycle paths and the whole city is relatively flat so it’s easy going.

We visited the Lippizanner horses at the Spanish Riding School, St. Stephens Cathedral and spent some time tasting the local coffee and the typical Viennese Sacher cake - not to be missed! This area in the city centre is all pedestrianised and this is where you can spend some time shopping.

Just outside the city centre you can find the Schoenbrunn Palace and the Gloriette. We took a guided tour through this area with a local guide: they are so knowledgeable.

If you want to relax in the city, take some time to wander through the Prater Park. It is where you can find the oldest Ferris wheel located in a nostalgic amusement park. Great fun for everyone and after all that you can dine in some of the great treasures of local restaurants that you will find here.

We ventured out of the city to explore the Wachau Valley which is the wine area of Viennawith Melk, it’s another great place to enjoy.

There are many other attractions in Vienna, both modern and historical and I really enjoyed my time there.

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