With an imperial heritage that includes a branch of the powerful Habsburg dynasty as well as cultural innovators such as Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna guarantees a grandeur quite unlike anywhere else in Europe. The residing influence of the long standing Habsburg court can be seen in the often formal attitude and dress of the Viennese. Though the ...
“My son and I cycled from Vienna to Budapest in early June. We had a great time. The accommodation was fabulous all the way and the cycles were high quality. The map and other information was very helpful and although we didn't need it, help would have been at hand if anything had gone wrong. Most of the cycling we did was on quiet roads or cycle lanes which made us feel fairly safe. My only warning to prospective cyclists on this holiday is just to point out that not much of it is actually along the Danube, probably because there just isn't a decent path going along it I guess. Our highlight was Gyor. Never heard of it? We hadn't either but it's a real gem. Bratislava is really charming and Budapest is a city built on a grand scale. Vienna? We weren't so impressed. Just a little bit too la di dah for our taste but a city you have to see especially if like us you are big fans of "The Third Man." Yes, the wheel is still there and yes we did go on it. You have to, right?”
“The trip was great. We arrived in Vienna three days before the bike trip and stayed with a distance cousin that I had contacted through my genealogy. We toured the city seeing Schombrunn castle, Kloisterneiburg cathedral, a Vienna concert as well as the downtown, The bike trip was difficult as we only travelled at 13kpm av. while younger people travelled at over 20kpm. We often arrived at our destination late in the afternoon and found that it was too late to tour buildings that were about to close. I enjoyed the view because we were not near the river but travelling through beautiful farm country and small towns much of the time. We also spent three days in Budapest which I think was about the right amount.We would have enjoyed taking the boat into Budapest on the last half of the last day except the boat did not operate in September on the Sunday that we were there.”
“This trip was perfect. From forests and mountains to wine producing valleys this stretch of the Danube provides stunning scenery and lovely villages and towns such as Grein and Melk along the way. Well sign-posted purpose built, smooth cycling paths made this trip effortless and friendly, comfortable hotels along the way made this trip one I'd highly recommend if you are looking for an easy-going trip. As there are only a few stretches on quiet roads and a couple on paths alongside busy roads (the rest on quiet cycle tracks) and the distances are manageable you don't need to be a confident cyclist to enjoy this trip.”
“We cycled this route in May 2016 and we had a wonderful time. The cycle route is well maintained, the navigation was very clear with the resources provided and the scenery was spectacular. Vienna was a suiting end to a very scenic trip. A great first self-guided cycling trip to try. ”
“We wish to thank Trafalgar for providing such a wonderful tour package which covered 8 Eastern European countries. We felt very fortunate that in such a short period (17 days), we visited so many wonderful places. Although, some tours were done with quick precision timing, we were happy with the overall experiences. Our tour director Colette was super efficient and full of fun and energy. Also, we love her occasional treats of sweets, and stopping on roadside parks for treats of local doughnut cakes and drinks. This also helped us to get to know others better. The only regret was that we would love to have more time shopping in the wonderful market places in Budapest, Prague, Warsaw etc..”
With an imperial heritage that includes a branch of the powerful Habsburg dynasty as well as cultural innovators such as Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna guarantees a grandeur quite unlike anywhere else in Europe. The residing influence of the long standing Habsburg court can be seen in the often formal attitude and dress of the Viennese. Though the traditional courtly manner is now perfectly blended with more progressive attitudes and the famous Viennese coffee shop culture. Whether you opt for a glass of wine in a Vinothek or a slice of cake in the living-room of an inviting coffee house, fine-dining in a sumptuous setting is the trademark of a trip to Vienna.
Café Sacher is the ultimate coffee house experience. Skip the terrace and head to the opulent, chandelier-lit interior and order a slice of traditional chocolate Sacher Torte.