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Current Tips from Austria trip

Just had to get on and share a few tips from our ongoing trip to Austria. In Vienna, I highly suggest both the Segway tour, ask for Horst, he is great. He takes you all around the old part of the city, telling lots of history, funny stories and answering questions. Plus if you have never ridden one the Segways are really fun to ride and you get a good overview of the city. Also highly recommend the Albertina museum. It is across the street, kitty corner from the big TI. And speaking of the TI, if you are having trouble using the wifi in your hotel or wherever, the internet connection there is good and it is free. Going back to the Albertina, it has upper rooms which are from when it was used as a palace, I think. I do not remember all the details any more but the rooms are beautiful and the audioguide is very helpful. Then there is an Impressionist exhibit and their regular paintings and collection is pretty impressive too. While I liked the Belvedere for the Klimts and the Schonbrunn palace for both palace and gardens, if I was short on time I would just do the Albertina especially because it is very convenient to get to, while both Schonbrunn and Belvedere take a little more time.

Salzburg: I highly recommend the Salzburg Museum. Rick says the museums in Salzburg are "mediocre" but this one is worth your time. We spent 2.5 hours there and could have spent longer. Do not miss the video exhibit with the 4 storytellers telling folk tales. It is projected on the walls of this one room in both English and German with a sign language interpretation as well. We used the audioguides in this museum too - they were a bit temperamental but perhaps it would have helped if I read the directions first! They had a tendency to turn off but I think if you just swipe the screen it keeps going. Anyway, they are free with your museum admission so if you do not end up using them, no harm. 1 person in your group needs to bring a photo ID to get them.

Lastly, if you are looking for a place to stay I highly recommend the Arte Vida. It is a small guesthouse, very quiet but only a 5 minute walk or less to the pedestrian bridge where all the lovers have put their locks. Once you cross the bridge you are in old town very convenient to everything. Arte Vida has everything you need including a snack area where you can get coffee, tea, beer, etc. The decor is Moroccan, very funky, look up their website.

Off to Switzerland, will be posting a blog when I return.


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