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First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

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First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

We are a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids aged 11 & 13).

We will be in Vienna for the first time after visiting Munich and surrounding areas from Nuremberg, Wurzburg and down all the way to Fussen, Garmisch, and Mittenwald.

We would have also been to Berchtesgaden and spent days in Salzburg already.

Now in Vienna for 2 full days, what are the "must-Sees" and "Must-Do" activities and sightseeings with our kids?

Will we need a car for those 2 full days?

Please advise and many thanks for all your suggestions and feedback.

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1. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

No car needed at all in Vienna. Please use the public transport.

Suggestions? Use the FAQs on Vienna and use the search field to find many threads with the same question and also check out the Vienna Tourist information

wien.info/myvienna/recommendations/my-travel…

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2. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

When you arrive at the Westbahnhof, go down to the U-Bahn level, and there will be an office selling tickets for the public transport system. You will need either a 48-hour or 72-hour ticket for each person. Just calculate the hours from your arrival in Vienna until your departure.

They are valid for that many hours after the first (and only) validation. You can use these tickets on all modes of city transport (U-Bahn/underground, buses, trams). It's a great ticket giving each of you full freedom to go where you want to go, when you want to go.

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Please note that there will be a price increase on the 1st of July, so check the appropriate tariff on this page.

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3. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

Since you only have 2 full days, I would walk around the city center. Start at the Opera House and walk up Kartnerstrasse to the Graban - left on the Graban to Kohlmarkt where you will find the high-end stores like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Continue on Kohlmarkt until you run into the Hofburg complex. Make it out to the Ring and you will see the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Take a right on the ring and walk around to Rathaus.

In the city center (Graban and Kartnerstrasse) you will see St. Stephan's.... go to the top of St Stephans (either by elevator or stairs) and enjoy the view. The kids might enjoy going to Prater and riding the Riesenrad. I think Schonbrunn Palace and a trip to the zoo would also be interesting for kids.

You do NOT need a car in Vienna since public transportation is excellent.

Where are you staying?

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4. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

Must See and Must Do--look to the right on this forum page.

Buy any Vienna guidebook. Then ask specific questions on TA.

That's basically what I did.

Edited: 04 June 2014, 14:37
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5. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

I wouldnt miss the Belvedere Palace and the gardens of Schonbrunn. And walking along the palaces in the old town at night when it's all lit up. And the Rathaus building too at night/evening.

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6. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

And the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek !! A must.

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7. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

Thanks so much everyone.

We are staying at Hilton Budapest...(NOT Hilton Budapest City).

How far is it from the train station?

Edited: 05 June 2014, 13:48
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8. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

Hilton Budapest? Are you sure?

There is only Hilton WIen. Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront and Hilton Vienna Plaza

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9. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

Sorry...

We are staying at the Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront.

We are visiting so many places this summer.

What about Hop-on/Hop-off buses to see key attractions around the city?

Is that worth it?

Thanks.

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10. Re: First-Timers in Vienna. Suggestions Needed

"What about Hop-on/Hop-off buses to see key attractions around the city?"\

Don't do it.... you can see more on your own with a good guide book and a public transporation pass. Public transportation in Vienna is top notch. You will be able to get to many things on foot - they are centrally locted within the first district. You will need public transportation to get to Schonbrun/Prater. But for the short time youa re there, that may be the only place you go outside of the first district.

Also - not a fan of the Yellow Ring Tram. It is expensive for one trip around the ring. You can accomplish the same thing using Trams 1 and 2 and your public transportation pass.