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Hermesvilla Vienna: Sissi of Austria’s Palace of Dreams

Hermesvilla Vienna: Empress Sissi's Palace of Dreams

Hermesvilla Vienna is a charming off path manor in Wien that unites Empress Sissi fans, nature and culture lovers. In fact, Empress Elizabeth of Austria’s romantic bolthole is set in 6,000 acres of Natural Reserve in Lainz, a few kilometres West of Schönbrunn Palace. Honestly, I am totally biased as I have been there and loved it. To help you decide, I’m …

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Vienna Boat Tour: Old Danube Explored

Boat Trips: Rental sofa boat, Old Danube

Vienna boat tour. Vienna boat trips on the Danube sound like fun and romance. Until you realize that neither Ringstrasse boulevard nor Hofburg, let alone Schönbrunn Palace, are anywhere near Donau. There is one boat trip on the Vienna Danube, though, that has thrilled me, and I will show you why. Read on if you like authentic places, charm, design …

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Best Vienna Balls 2018: Tickets and Dress Code

Johann Strauss: Viennese ball

This shortlist summarises the best Vienna Balls 2017 and lets you know about tickets, online ordering and dress codes for each event. Each year, Vienna hosts more than 400 balls: High profile traditional events with elegant dress codes next to modern balls such as the Life Ball and dance events of the local firebrigade. I have pulled together 11 of the best traditional …

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Hydrofoil Vienna Budapest Review, And Great Alternatives

Hydrofoil Vienna Budapest

Hydrofoil Vienna Budapest review.  NOTE: This response from Mahart Passnave, the hydrofoil’s operator, landed in my inbox in May 2017: ‘We are sorry to inform you that we do not operate the Budapest – Vienna regular service any more.’ However, there are good alternative options out there, possibly even better ones for a day trip. CLICK HERE to explore alternatives. …

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Augarten Vienna: Porcelain Museum, Baroque Gardens And Other Tips

Vienna Sights: Augarten and air defence tower

At Augarten, Vienna displays a curious outdoor collection of history and lifestyle. Strangely, the stunning baroque garden along with a fragrant lime grove has gone widely unnoticed by travellers. I think it is THE missing page of many mainstream travel guides, espcially because there is so much to see and do there. Baroque Gardens The park itself is Vienna’s oldest baroque garden and has …

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Vienna Prague Day Trip – Tour Review

Vienna Prague Day Trip: Mala Strana from Charles Bridge

Vienna Prague Day Trip. From Vienna to Prague it is little more than 250 km. Some busy Europe travellers visit Prague from Vienna in a day. If you have the same plans make sure you are perfectly organised to get the most out of your day. I joined a guided day trip by coach to find out how Prague shaped up in …

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Vienna Tourism Calendar: Wien Events And Things To Do

things to do in Vienna May: Vienna Coffeehouse Conversation

Vienna tourism calendar. While it is hard to get lost in Vienna, you CAN lose yourself in its cultural offer. If you like classical and contemporary culture, outdoors and good food, you will find my lists of Vienna events and great things to do useful. Each month’s tips include special seasonal events, top tips for concerts, opera or theatre, and recommendations …

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Wachau Boat Trip – Danube Valley Of Wachau By Ship

things to do in Vienna August: Danube boat trip

A Wachau boat trip through UNESCO world heritage site Wachau Valley is hard to beat in romantic, historic, and relaxing terms. When I first took my Portuguese husband to the Wachau Valley he loved the boat trip most, floating on the wide Danube while being exposed to almost two hours of blissful vineyard, village and river gazing. Wachau Boat Trip – Which To Choose? …

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Boat Trips On the Danube Around Vienna Austria: Best Areas And Day Cruises

Boat Trips: Wachau ship

There are different boat trips on the Vienna Danube that allow you to enjoy lush scenery as much as the thrill of high speed transport and city trips to nearby European capitals Bratislava and Budapest. The best location for a scenic river tour is UNESCO World Heritage site Wachau Valley, which is around thirty minutes from Vienna. For trips to Bratislava and Budapest, the best vehicles …

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