Well this trip report is a bit later than I had hoped, but I returned from vacation and was thrown into a whirlwind at work.
First, thank you to all the lovely people on here who answered questions, especially in the Austria thread, and especially Emily, who answered a few of my more panicked questions about transportation.
Money was a bit tight before I went, but it was the greatest gift I could have given to myself. My thread was titled "how cheap can I do a week in Vienna" and I withdrew exactly 400 euros while I was over there. Could have spent less, I believe. I didn't buy much until the last day when I had about 50 remaining euros and therefore bought a few small gifts and had a nice dinner so I could have easily done it on 350, I think. The only things I put on my CC were my meals in LHR because I obviously didn't want to withdraw cash just for the airport. (Also, the 400 euros was for food, admissions, transportation, etc. My ticket and lodging were already paid.)
Ok, so first - I took off on a Monday, therefore landing at LHR Tuesday morning. Flight was a bit turbulent and there was a guy consuming QUITE a bit of wine two rows back, but we weren't a full flight and my seat mate moved to a different spot so she could stretch her knee, therefore I had the two seats to myself. Was hoping to catch a glimpse of the Emerald Isle as we flew over, but is it ever not covered in clouds? Got through the connecting flights security quite quickly (this was around 9AM, I believe). Had a bite to eat, the flight was slightly delayed, but not too bad. Was amazed at just how quickly you fly across the channel and there is France and/or Belgium below you, and then Germany, and I think a bit of the Czech Republic. Landed Vienna. Went through passport control which was basically just a bored police officer stamping my passport and handing it back. I'm not sure he even asked me a question. He probably did. Realized I was definitely not in America.
Had a bit of trouble locating an ATM in the airport but finally found one. Then I wasn't sure I was heading in the right direction for the trains, but I found them. Bought a ticket from the machine, and wasn't 100% sure I was on the right S-bahn train instead of the City Airport Train, but I decided to go with it (I was on the correct train). Was very glad they announced all the stops in German and English because while I was reading German names, they sure didn't sound the same in my head as they did from the train speaker. Got to my transfer in the city where I easily found my U-bahn, but those stops were not announced in English. Luckily I only had to go like four stops. Got off at Karlsplatz, followed signs to what I thought was the direction of street level. Stopped in a transportation office and asked for a map. Got a look of disdain from the guy when I asked "sprechen sie englisch?" He made me nervous to open my mouth again. Got to street level, was wowed by the State Opera House. Found the correct tram in the correct direction and again thought "holy crap, are they speaking German when they announce these stops? What is this language???) Got off a stop too early so walked quite a few extra blocks. Thought I found the correct door for the apartment I was staying in but it wouldn't open. Panic! Locked out! Where is the call button I'm supposed to press? Walk up and down the same block a few times and near tears. Finally calm down and stop at the tailor? dry cleaner? I attempt "sprechen sie englisch?" again and the young guy says "a bit". I show him my directions and he knows the person I'm looking for and walks me back to the same door I had tried. It pushes inward instead of pulling outward. Oh. Whoops. He walks me down the courtyard and to the apartment and I find the correct call button and ring up to my Airbnb host. She greets me, gives me a tour of the apartment - all very nice!