How To Spend a Layover in Vienna, Austria | Read it on www.itsalamb.com | #Travel #Vienna #Layover #Globetrotter #Summer #Architecture

Last summer on our way to Congo, we had a layover of 14 hours in Vienna. First things first, 14 hours is not enough to truly see Vienna (or any place for that matter), but it is enough to get a taste of it. But from what we did experience I totally look forward to going back again soon.

Honestly, there were probably a ton more things that we could have done in that timeframe, but considering we were absolutely exhausted and decided to go to a hotel to sleep and eat prior to exploring the city, I think we chose pretty well. (Note: The hotel was nothing fancy, but if you're looking for something inexpensive that's close to the airport and Vienna, check it out here). So we did what we usually do when we first enter a new city... we went for a walk.

How To Spend a Layover in Vienna, Austria | Read it on www.itsalamb.com | #Travel #Vienna #Layover #Globetrotter #Summer #Architecture

How To Spend a Layover in Vienna, Austria | Read it on www.itsalamb.com | #Travel #Vienna #Layover #Globetrotter #Summer #Architecture



How To Spend a Layover in Vienna, Austria | Read it on www.itsalamb.com | #Travel #Vienna #Layover #Globetrotter #Summer #Architecture

After a nap, we went for a stroll in the heart of Vienna, along its main street Kärntner Strasse and did a mixture of sightseeing and window shopping before heading back to our hotel. I was worried that we wouldn't get a chance to marvel at the city's beautiful architecture but surprisingly, it turned out to be the right choice because even the retail stores that straddle either side of the main street were absolutely beautiful on the inside and the out. (I have never been to an H&M with a golden elevator before. Have you?) Turning the corner into any of the side roads was full of its own sights and in our short walk, we saw St. Stephen's Cathedral, the St. Peters Catholic Church, and a few other historic places.

In the end, I had a great time walking, talking, taking pictures and quietly humming songs from The Sound of Music. And as we drove back to our hotel I made a mental bucket list of all the places I want to see and things I want to do in anticipation for the next time I come to this beautiful city (for hopefully a much longer stay). And after you visit, even if it is for a short time, I am sure that you will feel the same way too.

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Tips:


1. Book ahead of time

We mistakenly did not do this ahead of time and we were in for quite a surprise when our first hotel had no rooms left. However, thankfully, it's part of a chain of hotels and they kindly ordered the company's shuttle service to drive us to their other location the Arion Hotel in Schwechat.

2. Map out ahead of time where you want to go (and adjust when you get there)

We were super undecided about where we wanted to go. This was because a) we were tired, and b) we didn't want anything with a time limit or that would cause us to wait in line for a long time so that we could get the most of our experience. So we did cut into our sightseeing a little bit by trying to figure out our next move. Avoid making the error by planning out ahead of time the places you want to go and adjusting accordingly based on your level of fatigue once you arrive.

3. Map out ahead of time where you want to eat (and adjust when you get there)

Clearly, we were living on the edge during this leg of our journey. I usually have an idea of the restaurants or cafes that I want to try when travelling, but not this time. One we got there we were also undecided about what we wanted to eat, but we knew that whatever it was, it had to be light because we would soon be taking the plane again in a few hours. So once we got back to our hotel, we made the 2-minute walk to the local grocery store Billa and got some groceries to make some sandwiches, as well as some drinks and pastries to tide us over until our next flight.


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How To Spend a Layover in Vienna, Austria | Read it on www.itsalamb.com | #Travel #Vienna #Layover #Globetrotter #Summer #Architecture