Hotel Kopling is part of the Kopling Foundation, an early social reformer and trades union organiser, the hotels are accessible and affordable and somewhat colourful - Marilyn was attending an international conference there.
Mid week we decamped to a more bohemian area and the Austria Trends Hotel in the Favoutienstrasse - can well recommend for friendliness, value for money and room size. Must also mention the integrated transport system of bus/tram/u-bahn et al and the pricing system of one price for one journey in the city - thought Prague was pretty well organised but Vienna outshines :)
|saintly Karl :)|
You can tour the city ring by taking the tram #1 to the river Wien, hop off and down to the artificial beach riverside + cheap drinks with the students, then back on tram #2 - knocks the spots off the official city tours ;)
The centre is currently wall to wall Amadeus - love the statue and floral tribute ..
Wonderful parks and grand houses ..
Then it was off in the steps of Orson Wells in search of the Third Man :)
|"So what if half a dozen of those small dots |
down there stopped moving?"
At the base of the ferris wheel is an exhibition, inside old carriages, of significant periods in the parks development, including:
|in its heyday|
|its destruction in the war|
To escape the bustle of the city there are some quiet leafy walks (or cycle/nordic walk/skate - boarding whatever) along the Donauinsel, a long island twix river and canal - also home to the annual Donnauinselfest.
Also on the bank, in Uno City, is a tall TV tower. Protruding from the top is a platform to which I quiped it would make a great bungee jump. Read the blue banner on the side and, yes, that's exactly what it is!
Vienna had an amazing street market, the Nachtmarkt, two lanes, about quater of a mile long, with food, spices n drinks from all over the world at really descent prices - the colours and smells are just divine. Whilst Vienna is not a leader in veggie food it is getting better and there are some notable eateries. As well as those in the Nachtmarkt, just off and up some steps leading through a passage is Nice Rice to be highly commended for its soup and mango lassi. Yamm has a very different concept, an incredible veggie buffet where you pay by weight of food. Finally within the student area of the inner Museumplatz, opposite the School of Architecture is Corbaci - food to die for - esp spinach dumplings in melted goats cheese sauce and apple strudle spring rolls in a divine custard :-p
The courtyard area was strewn with plastic recliners where singles/couples/foursomes can sit/lounge/lay and chillax.
... but all good things must come to an end, so it was goodnight Vienna - until the next time.
.... and on return the garden had burst into life
and Wimbledon was on :)
Cummon Andy !