Travel for 2 cost breakdown (at the time of writing this post):
- Do & Co Hotel: $270 per night – A Toast the Moon Favorite!!
- Roundtrip Airfare from San Francisco to Vienna (1-stop): $700 pp
- Food/Entertainment/Transportation/Souvenirs: $700
- GRAND TOTAL FOR 2 TRAVELERS – 4 days: $3180
- OR – Book it with a 10-day package to Berlin, Vienna and Munich for $2700!
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Booking a trip to Austria (and most of the EU) is easy for Americans! The US passport allows US citizens to enter the EU visa-free for up to 90 days. You will be free to roam all Schengen Area countries (including Germany, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, Belgium, Finland, and more). All you need is a US passport, flights, and accommodations and you’re good to go!
Das süße Leben – La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life
Vienna is classically beautiful. If cities were like movie stars – Vienna would be Grace Kelly. A timeless classic in style, beauty, manners, and personality. This is a city that is strong, yet sweet; innovative, yet historic.
When going to Vienna one thing is absolutely vital….(yes, Mozart and Strauss, yes, palaces, yes architecture, yes museums)…but first – SWEETS! I have searched the world looking for a comparison to Vienna for their café scene. Nowhere comes close. The coffees, the teas, the chocolates, the pastries – they are incredible, and not to be missed by your palate or your waistline!
In fact….All of the food will fill you with comfort and warmth….
What We Did
After we were thoroughly full of all of the good things Vienna has to offer the tastebuds, we decided to take a stroll around the city center. The pedestrian zones are incredibly wide and spacious compared to most European cities. We stayed at the Do & Co Hotel, which we highly recommend (just look for specials!). It was located in the heart of St. Stephen’s Square (Stephansplatz). History is right across the street with St. Stephen’s Cathedral and just down the road is the historic home of Mozart.
We visited the Schönbrunn Palace and were amazed by the stories, the the grounds, and the palace exhibits. This was, by far, my favorite castle/palace that I’ve ever visited. The audio guide takes you back into the times of Maria Theresa and the opulence that helped nurture the future Marie Antoinette. Austria’s wealth and power in that time is unfathomable. And, during such a difficult time in European history, no less!
Also notable are the musical performances for Strauss and Mozart. If you cannot get tickets to the opera, please check out some of the tourist concerts around the city. They bring some “fun” into the classical music scene with costumes, comedy and dance. You will certainly have a pleasurable experience at a fraction of the cost and much simpler attire.
Toast the Moon Rating:
- Food and Drink: 10/10
- Culture/Locals: 10/10
- Things to Do: 10/10
- Adventure Opportunities: 9/10
- Cost: 7/10 – A little costly, especially considering that you SHOULD tip in Austria!
- Total: 9.2/10 – Prost!
Enjoy your adventure!
Toast the Moon – Cheers,
Noah and Majhon