My first cross-border train ride in Europe was from Prague to Vienna, so I was very excited.
The train was modern, clean, very comfortable, and even had WiFi on board which made the 4-hour journey bearable. The scenery along the way was pretty, too.
It was drizzling when I arrived in Vienna, so I didn’t push through with my original plan of exploring downtown Vienna. I just went around the Westbahnhof area.
Next day’s agenda consist of only one thing: Schonbrunn Palace – the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs.
I inquired with the hostel’s front desk about the best way to get to Schonbrunn Palace and the receptionist said I could walk. I looked at the free map provided, and it looked like it was just down Mariahilfer Straße…and it was, only it was more than a 2-kilometer walk.
Ten minutes in, and I already regretted the decision.
But then shortly before reaching the palace, I passed by Auer-Welsbach Park, and was mesmerized with the beautiful fall colors. I spent a few minutes watching kids play football, and even tried to chase some squirrels. LOL
The palace offers several types of tours – some you can do on your own with a free audio guide, some with a palace guide for an additional fee.
I chose a guided Grand Tour of Schonbrunn and paid €19.40. Some may find the price steep, but I don’t mind paying that amount for an hour of being cultured. :p