Friday, May 30, 2014

Central Europe 8th part; 2 Days Solo Sightseeing in Austria

23-days Autumn Experience on my 1st Schengen Visa Escapade
October 26 to October 27, 2013 

"When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly." - Wolfgang Mozart

My 25th country to visit, 25th solo backpacking trip, 5th visa application for tourism on entire single page, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Austria (German: Ă–sterreich, literally "Eastern Empire") is a landlocked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe. Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.

Maria Theresien platz

inside Schonbrunn palace

inside Schonbrunn palace

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows: 

October 26 Saturday:
0600H ETA Vienna Train Station
Vienna City tour

October 27 Sunday:

Basic Words to Remember;
hello - Guten Tag;   thank you - danke;   I love you - ich liebe dich;   goodbye - Auf Wiedersehen!
sorry - Entschuldigung;   please -   bitte;   excuse me - Entschuldigen Sie!
toilet - toilette;   train station - Bahnhof;   airport - Flughafen

timezone - +0100H UTC;   capital - Vienna;   language - German 
currency - Euro 1EUR = 56 PHP = 1.3 USD

visa - Filipino's need to apply 1st before travel 
how to apply tourist visa in Austria ? (Schengen visa applied in France Embassy)

sightseeing from train going to Dachstein

Dachstein caves

Dachstein caves

Dachstein caves

Dachstein caves

Interesting Facts about Austria: 
1.The oldest zoological garden in the world is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752.
2. Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest, with an average of 45 hours per week.
3. The Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), in the state of Salzburg, are Europe's tallest waterfalls, reaching a height of 380 meters.
4. The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flag in the world. It dates from 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade.

Vienna Train Station arrival at night; (coming from Prague, Czech Republic) 
Overnight train travel from Prague to Vienna was relaxing with no hassle and interruption, direct train ride. No hassle means absolutely no immigration security check anywhere and no interruption means no delay on train departure/arrivals. I arrived exactly the same time as specified in e-ticket.

Salzburg at night

Salzburg at night


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