Okay, so this was another unexpected treat — to see Vienna and spend 2 nights in such a magnificent place. The very comfortable double decker bus called Flixbus took us to Vienna, which was a 2 1/2 hour ride from Graz. Once we arrived, we made it very easily to our Airbnb by the Schönbrunn Palace using public transportation. Using the trains and city buses was not complicated at all. And, as in Graz, one can purchase a pass, alleviating the need to buy a ticket for each ride.
There is also a sophisticated double decker train that goes from the city directly to the Vienna airport.
We also enjoyed the Big Red Hop On Hop Off tour bus–taking the 24-hour single route which toured us strictly thru the central part of Vienna and not by the Schönbrunn Palace, since that was the area we were lodging at in a delightful Airbnb. This Hop On Hop Off bus played classical music–well, what else would you expect from a city whose former residents were Mozart & Beethoven! The music weaved between the commentary, setting the mood for this beautiful tour.
One very interesting point regarding Vienna is it’s pure drinking water. It’s suppose to have the purest and cleanest water making drinking from the tap worry free. In fact, at our Airbnb and at the restaurants, that is what we were served–refreshingly cold in a glass.
From our brochure: “The Baroque Schoenbrunn Orangery offers an unsurpassed setting for classical concerts. Imperial yet equipped with all modern facilities, the Orangery offers an exquisite environment for the Schoenbrunn Palace Concerts. The lovingly renovated concert hall, which is protected as a monument, has unique acoustics and an excellent view of the Orangery garden.
Even during the Habsburg era, festivities with musical programs were very popular. One of these concerts was even the setting for the competition between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in 1786, probably the only time this ever occurred”.