The alarm on my cell phone went off at 5:15 am, I got up, quickly got dressed and finished packing my luggage. I checked out and I asked the concierge for directions to Prague's main train station. He gave me walking directions, told me it would take 15 minutes, 20 minutes at the most, I decided to walk it instead of taking the subway like I did when I arrived in Prague. I followed the map and made it to Prague's main train station without any problems, I did not get lost, always a fear in Prague with its confusing streets and constantly changing street names.
When I arrived the Vienna train's departure platform was not listed, I went to a shop and bought 2 croissants and a fruit cup. I have not had much fruit and decided I would get at least one serving for breakfast, I have not had the best diet since I arrived in Europe. About 20 minutes before the train's departure time, the platform was announced, I found the platform and the train arrived shortly after.
My train ride to Vienna was uneventful, I was in first class, mandatory when you are over 26 years old and traveling on the Eurail pass. First class in this train was not as comfortable, my seat did not recline, there was ample legroom though. The conductor woke me up, tapping on my legs at one point during the trip, I had my feet in the seat next to mine, with my shoes on, a big no no on European trains. This happened to me on my way to Berlin too, the German man next to me had his feet on the chair in front of him, but he moved before the conductor got to our compartment, I was not fast enough. '
We arrived at Vienna's main train station just before 11:30 am., I had copied directions to the hostel before I left Prague and I had no problems navigating Vienna's metro system and finding the hostel's metro stop. I ran into the hostel walking down the street looking for it, this hostel has several Vienna locations, I went inside planning to ask for directions to my hostel, the man at the desk told me I was at the right place. I was relieved, finding my hostel in Prague was an exercise in frustration, my Vienna hostel was a short walk from the metro.
I got to the hostel just after noon, check in time was 2pm. I checked in at the front desk, paid for my room and went to look for food. I wanted to eat something Viennese, so I went to the Naschmarkt, located conveniently across from my hotel. I walked around the market, I saw lots of Asian food, etc. then I found a restaurant with Wiener Schnitzel, Austria's National Dish.
|My Wiener Schnitzel Lunch at Naschmarkt|
Vienna is a small city, getting downtown was easy, a straight shot from my hostel. I walked to Heldenplatz, hero's square, which was the Imperial Palace until 1918, the center of the Hapsburg empire. I have been hearing and learning about the Habsburg empire since I arrived in Prague a couple of days ago.
|Lynnae in Hero's Square|
|Me in front of Vienna's Parliament & Pallas Athena|
My roommate from Switzerland was back from her outing and we talked, she told me two Australians had moved into the room, I met them shortly after I got back from dinner. We spent the evening talking about our travels through Europe. Everyone is sleep now, I am going to bed too, now that I have finished my blog post for today.
Vienna Day 1 Photo Album