The greenest city in Europe We had the chance to stay at a fancy hotel – Austria Trend Hotel Ananas (where rooms cost in December 60-70 euros per night on average), next to a subway station -Pilgramgasse – and about twenty minutes walk down by the City of Vienna and its beautiful Christmas market. Once you start to step through the Austrian capital, it takes one hour to fall in love with her. But you fall in love forever. Vienna has charm, has elegance and has intelligence. Yes, it is a really smart city: it is the greenest city in Europe, with almost 50% of its area occupied by the parks and green spaces; It has several museums and concert halls than any other city on the planet. In Vienna, the city with the highest quality of life in the world in the last seven years (according to research conducted by consultancy company Mercer), transport is probably the most efficient in Europe and the prices for subscriptions are even lower as Romania, if we take into account prices for all public transport in Bucharest, ie 7.6 euros and 48 euros a day for a month.
To reach the center of Vienna must pass and the main shopping district, known Mariahilfestrasse where take first contact with the spirit of the holiday season. Everything is illuminated “a giorno” and tens of thousands of lights suspended over the street in all kinds of shapes make you happy as a child. And speaking of holiday spirit, wieners are so imbued with this spirit that adorn Christmas trees were placed and toilets in shopping centers. Such a Christmas tree I found the bathroom a center of the Mariahilfestrasse. A toilet fitted so pleasant that it seemed a modern art gallery.
Schönbrunn Palace, where entry costs 16.4 euros (grand tour with audio guide is complete and therefore most appropriate), most visitors are all Romanians. And there something struck me: I saw hundreds of kindergarten children coming to visit Schönbrunn. The palace are many activities for children, activities that make them love history through play, including kings and queens dressed up. Schönbrunn Palace – once the summer residence of the imperial family – is one of the most beautiful baroque architectural complexes in Europe. It is in possession of the Habsburg dynasty since 1569. In 1642, the wife of Emperor Ferdinand II ordered the construction of a summer palace and called this first “Schönbrunn”. Turkish siege of the palace erected after 1696 and the park was redeveloped fundamental Maria Teresa after 1743. For most of the year, the Habsburgs lived in many rooms that numerous members of the imperial family needed spaces in addition to representative . In 1830, Emperor Franz Joseph was born here, who married the charming Sisi and reigned between 1848-1916. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique location and its splendid furnishings. The palace has 1,441 rooms, of which only 45 can be visited. Furniture and interior decoration in rococo style (especially white stucco ornaments in 14 karat gold leaf) are complemented by Bohemian crystal chandeliers and porcelain stoves. The Hall of Mirrors has performed Mozart when he was a child prodigy, aged only 6 years. And all the Schönbrunn stood Napoleon between 1805 and 1809 after serving Vienna.
If you want to take lunch in Vienna, “Beisln ”s are the most appropriate places. In fact, some traditional restaurants. Here you can eat Viennese specialties such as a giant “Schnitzel” or a “Apfelstrudel” the Vienna home. The price of a heavy meal for two, complete with drink, salt 35 euros. And after a hearty meal, the most appropriate is fabulous panoramic views. Vienna panorama and best seen from a height of 64.75 meters, ie Big Wheel in the Prater park famous. The ride lasts fifteen minutes, costs 9.5 euros per person, but is worth every penny. And when they get out of the Big Wheel, a cup of mulled wine and a stroll through the Christmas Market in the Prater is a perfect corollary to a perfect day in Vienna. How much for a city break in Vienna If you go by car, you must pay vignette both Hungary and Austria. Vignette for ten days in Hungary costs about 50 lei, and for the same period in Austria costs 9 euros. During the holidays, the price of hotel rooms between 50 and 100 euros per night. For a round trip by car, you need to do about three full tanks of petrol or diesel, which means an average cost of fuel to 180 euros. For those who choose to go by plane to Vienna, the cheapest one is 100 euros. Food for three days for a family costs about 50-60 euros if bought in the supermarket.