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Directly after the train station in Zurich there will be nothing to see. You will drive through a tunnel for a quarter of hour and when you will see the daylight again, you are already at the lake Zurich. The train line follows more or less directly the shoreline, and if the weather is nice it can be interesting to observe the people there sunbathing and the ...


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For classical music you cannot really go wrong with the two main concert halls (the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus) and the two main opera houses (the State Opera and the Volksoper). The concert halls also offer good non-classical music — the Konzerthaus in particular offers great Jazz and World Music performances. Tickets are actually usually pretty ...


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In my opinion, 8 days are fine to visit Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt, but you'll have to speed up a bit to visit the main attractions. I recommend you this route: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt. Spend at least 3 days in Vienna. This city has one of the biggest cultural offers so, even a 3 days time visit won't be enough. Visiting "the Ring", Vienna's city ...


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Definitely Vienna is easier to navigate, public transportation is better and easier to use, more people speak English, and architectural highlights are all concentrated within a 4 mile radius. Vienna also has more high-quality large art museums, and overall, it's more tourist-friendly than Budapest. However, Vienna is not as strikingly different to other ...


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06:00 to 18:00 at most on Saturdays, not opened at all on Sundays. There are exceptions for stores in airports and train stations. Here's a list of branches with special opening hours for Billa, a large supermarket chain.


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First, the most important fact: Wiener Neustadt is not vienna! And here the other answers: 1) In Pardubice the train stops for 2 minutes. You don't have to change the train there I think. So it shouldn't be a problem for you. 2) Yes Wien Simmering is part of Vienna. It is not directly in the center, but it is the place where a lot of trains go through. ...


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Well, yes. Most hostels have guest kitchens, and indeed when I stayed in Vienna at one of the Wombat chain hostels, it had both a bar with food and drink, and a guest kitchen for people to prepare their own meals. As a comment on the question said, it's very rare that hostels don't have kitchens for guests to use. They may be small, they may be ...


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When we were in Vienna last year we went to a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus which we enjoyed. Their programme is quite extensive and there are smaller and larger halls in the building so you could see a small recital or an orchestra. It's just outside the city centre but easy enough to get to and seemed to be well frequented by locals rather than ...


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Technically? Sure. There's nothing stopping you from pressing the required buttons to do this. Practically? This isn't the best idea. The thing about prepaid rates is that they generally are offered at a discount - because you are locked in and can't cancel. The benefit of this to the hotel diminishes as the date of the reservation approaches, and with it, ...


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I've been to two concerts in Musikverein, and while they are no Opera, the experience is well worth it. Prices are reasonable for that sort of thing (in the range of 30 to 70 EUR, if memory serves), and the acoustics in the Great Hall (Großer Musikvereinssaal) are great, apart from the lavish gilded decoration. Dress code is somewhat relaxed compared to ...


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Almost every hostel I've checked on hostelbookers had a kitchen on offer (exception: AOHostel). But the kitchen may be far from what you expect. I was staying in Westend Hostel, a very nice place anyway, but the 'kitchen' there was a microwave and an electric kettle in the common room. There were plates, spoons etc. so you could eat packaged dinners from ...


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In Vienna they speak Viennese, which is their city dialect of standard German (Hochdeutsch). However they have no problem in speaking or communicating with you in Hochdeutsch. You will be perfectly fine . In addition most young Austrians speak English, so if the German were to play up (although highly unlikely) you can always communicate in English.


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My advice to you would be: Don't do this in the time frame you described. Consider this. You want to visit 3 cities, where there are lots of places to see and at most without rushing through you will be able to do no more than 2 in a day, so if you will spend 1 day in Hallstatt, 3 days in Salzburg, and 3 days in Vienna, you might be able to visit the ...


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Yes. Because it is capital and largest city, people living there come from many different regions. I would argue, that only a fraction will speak real Viennese dialect. Also, big chance that anyone you meet will be speaking German with foreign accent. According to Wikipedia, nearly 40% of population is not Austrian.


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It depends upon what you mean by 'downtown'; and where Vienna is concerned, the season you plan to visit... About a 15 minute walk north of the Franz-Joseph train station lies the old village of Grinzing. It' on a hill overlooking Vienna and the Danube. On and off the main street, Cobenzgasse, you'll find an abundance of charming restaurants featuring ...


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Vienna is a popular tourist destination, with many hostels. You will be able to find the beds(probably in different rooms), if you leave it till the last minute; or you might not. Popular hostels like St Christopher's Inn get booked out pretty soon. It is best to book in advance, I would say. Having said that, it is never advisable to book way in advance, ...


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By train: There is a train Bratislava Main St. - Vienna Main St. every hour. Bikes can be taken without extra charge. (Adult fare was 13€).


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Both cities have their charms. Personally I think you should compare Vienna, Budapest and Prague. The Lonely Planet even has an edition on Budapest and Prague. To come back to your question, since you say that your dad likes architecture, I would go for Budapest. Its parliament, castles and also its thermal baths are a lust for the eye. Furthermore its ...


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You can take your bike on a train to Vienna. From ÖBB website (the national railway system of Austria): "Regio-Biking" stands for the transport of bicycles on the following trains: Regionalzug (R), RegionalExpress (REX) und S-Bahn. "Regio-Biking" cannot be booked in advance. Acceptance is subject to the availability of bicycle bays. To allow for ...


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Vienna ist definitely worth spending at least as much time on as Salzburg, and I agree with Karlson that your schedule is a bit tight. Oktoberfest will definitely not have any noticeable effect on hotel availability in Vienna, and probaby none in Salzburg either. Booking hotels in advance has the advantage of saving you time and hassle during the actual ...


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I went to Vienna and Salzburg a year and a half ago (and it was great). I recommend staying in Vienna longer than in Salzburg, because there is much more to see. Get a good travel guide/book and follow Sergio's excellent summary. I agree with Karlson that Sergio's schedule is very tight: if you want to be able to relax and stay a little longer at certain ...


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Unfortunately I have no information on the particular area. But for train travel in general you may find this page really helpful: http://seat61.com/ It gives detailes info on your railpass question: http://seat61.com/Railpass-and-Eurail-pass-guide.htm You maybe have to find out yourself what the right choice is.


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No, he does not need a visa, provided he can stay in the international area of the airport (which means in particular that his luggage must be checked through to his final destination). See also Do I need a visa to transit in the Schengen area? for a full explanation of the rules. The most important thing is that India is not on the list of countries whose ...


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I can highly recommend the restaurant "Immervoll" (tripadvisor). It is a very hidden place, and easily to walk past if you do not know it is there. It serves excellent food, but is much cheaper than a "gourmet" restaurant. I have eaten there numerous times over years and was never disappointed. It is also located VERY centrally in Vienna. A word of ...


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In Vienna, I would definitely consider Naschmarkt Wiener Prater Museumsquartier The train connection between Vienna and Salzburg is very good (as mentioned by Karlson, Travel time should be about 3 hours) but Hallstatt is a bit remote. Hallstatt is the one thing I would consider skipping if your schedule feels too tight. Westbahn will be half the price ...



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