vienna sights

Climate:

Vienna has temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters. The average temperatures in the summer highs into the mid 20Cs and overnight lows into the high 10Cs; although the winter highs are just above freezing and the overnight lows just below.
 
Time zone:

Vienna is on Central European Time (CET) GMT + 1 hour: winter time (October to March), GMT + 2 hours: summer time March to October

Electricity:

The main voltage in Austria is 220 V AC.
Connector plugs or outlets generally correspond to the Euro-norm, but as a precaution one should still bring an adaptor.

Banking Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 08:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:00

Thursday: 8:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 17:00

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays Automated Teller Machines

Automated Teller Machines (Cash Dispensers):(cash dispensers):

Outside of banks cash can be withdrawn around the clock at cash dispensers throughout Vienna. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) are accepted. Other automated teller cards are national and foreign Master Cards, American Express cards, Visa credit cards and Diners cards as well as the Cirrus and Visa-Plus cash cards that belong to this payment system.

 

Passport, Visa

 

Austria is party to the Schengen agreement. Delegation members, including media representatives, must obtain a valid Schengen visa, if so required by the Schengen regulations prior to their departure. Please ask the nearest consulate whether you need a visa for entering Austria or consult the websites below:

 

Federal Ministry of Foreign affairs:
www.bmeia.gv.at/index.php

If you need to find a nearby Austrian representation:
www.bmeia.gv.at/index.php


Arrival to Vienna - Airport transfer:

 

By Car:
Via motorways and main roads from the city of Vienna or surrounding regions.
From downtown Vienna to the airport: via Erdberger Lände to the motorway A4 (travel time, depending on the traffic situation: approx. 25 min).
From the southern or eastern districts of Vienna or Lower Austria via the city motorway A23 ("Tangente") and then the motorway A4 (Ostautobahn).
From the southern or western districts of Vienna to the motorways S1 and motorways A4 (travel time from exit A2 (Südautobahn) depending on the traffic situation: ca. 20 min.
Motorways and main roads leading from the Austrian provinces or from the eastern part of the catchment area to the airport. 
 
By Airport taxi:
Airport Service Wien
Phone:  +43 676 351 64 20
Website: www.airportservice.at
 
By Train:
CAT (City Airport Train):
Non-stop from the Vienna International Airport to the City Air Terminal (Wien-Mitte train station) for EUR 8,- (one way – online rate) or EUR 9. – (ticket vending machine rate). The (CAT) operates between Vienna International Airport and City Air Terminal (Wien-Mitte train station) situated in the heart of Vienna. With a journey time of only 16 minutes non-stop, the City Airport Train is the fastest means of transport between the city centre and Vienna Airport. CAT runs every day at 30-minute intervals – 05:38 a.m. to 11:35 p.m..   Passengers may also check in their luggage and get their boarding pass in the City Air Terminal at Wien-Mitte station.

 

For more information check CAT's website:
www.cityairporttrain.com/home/langen/


S-Bahn:
The Schnellbahn ( S-Bahn) is a metropolitan railway system which connects the city of Vienna with the surrounding countryside of Lower Austria and Burgenland. S-Bahn Line 7 goes to and from the City of Vienna to Vienna International Airport.  From/to station Wien-Mitte and Station Wien-Nord (Praterstern): S-Bahn (Federal Railway System - ÖBB): approx. 25 min. 


www.schnellbahn-wien.at/download/stadtgebiet.pdf

 

By Vienna Airport Lines (bus service):
From/to the centre of Vienna (Schwedenplatz/ Morzinplatz/Westbahnhof/Südbahnhof) and from UNO-City/VIC in Vienna byVienna Airport Lines . Time of travel: approx. 25 - 35 min.


RECREATION


Food
Vienna is well known for Wiener Schnitzel, a cutlet of veal that is pounded flat, coated in flour, egg and breadcrumbs, and fried in clarified butter. It is available in almost every restaurant that serves Viennese cuisine. Other examples of Viennese cuisine include Tafelspitz (very lean boiled beef), which is traditionally served with Geröstete Erdäpfel (boiled potatoes mashed with a fork and subsequently fried) and horseradish sauce, Apfelkren (a mixture of horseradish, cream and apple) and Schnittlauchsauce (a chives sauce made with mayonnaise and old bread).
Vienna has a long tradition of cakes and desserts. These include Apfelstrudel (hot apple strudel), Palatschinken (sweet pancakes), and Knödel (dumplings) often filled with fruit such as apricots (Marillenknödel). Sachertorte, a dry chocolate cake with apricot jam from the Sacher Hotel, is world famous.
However there’s a huge variety of restaurants in Vienna which serve national as well as international cuisine.

 

For more information check: www.wien.info

Viennese Cafés
Viennese cafés have an extremely long and distinguished history that dates back centuries, and the caffeine addictions of some famous historical patrons of the oldest are something of a local legend. Traditionally, the coffee comes with a glass of water. Viennese cafés claim to have invented the process of filtering coffee from bounty captured after the second Turkish siege in 1683. Viennese cafés claim that when the invading Turks left Vienna, they abandoned hundreds of sacks of coffee beans. The Emperor gave Franz George Kolschitzky (Polish - Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki) some of this coffee as a reward for providing information that allowed the Austrians to defeat the Turks. Kolschitzky then opened Vienna's first coffee shop. Julius Meinl set up a modern roasting plant in the same premises where the coffee sacks were found, in 1891.


Wine
Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape) with some luscious dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See. Vienna, along with Paris, Prague and Bratislava, is one of the few remaining world capital cities with its own vineyards. The wine is served in small Viennese pubs known as Heuriger, which are especially numerous in the wine growing areas of Döbling (Grinzing, Neustift am Walde, Nußdorf, Salmannsdorf, Sievering) and Floridsdorf (Stammersdorf, Strebersdorf). The wine is often drunk as a spritzer ("G'spritzter") with sparkling water:


Shopping


Markets:
In Vienna you can find some nice local markets where you can mostly buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The most famous and biggest market is Naschmarkt which you can reach buy underground lines U1,U2,U4 via Karlsplatz or by U4 via Kettenbrückengasse. Another nice market is Brunnenmarkt which you can reach by U6 (Thaliastraße/Josefstädterstraße) and which has the atmosphere of a turkish market.


Shopping:
The most famous shopping streets are Mariahilferstraße, Kärntnerstraße, Landstraßer Hauptstraße, Favoritenstraße, Meidlinger Hauptstraße. Moreover you can find shopping centres located in those shopping streets as well as separate shopping centres like: Millennium City (U6 Handelskai), Gasometer (U3 Gasometer) and Donauzentrum (U1 Kagran), Stadion Center (U2 Stadion). Just at the Southern city border of Vienna there’s „Shopping City Süd“, another huge shopping centre.
 



 

 

 

 

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