Early in the morning of the 3rd day in Amsterdam, I allowed myself sleep in, wake up late a little before get up for breakfast. At first, I planned to get up early to walk around Hortus Botanicus and Artis Zoo right on the side of my hotel. However, because of my laziness, and also want to resting more to keep energy to travel to Vienna – the next destination in my 15-day self-sufficient European travel itinerary. Today, I will share with you my Vienna travel exprience for 1 day before heading to Hallstatt and then back to Vienna again. So, what to do in Viena if you have only one day? Let’s check out our Vienna travel blog (Vienna blog, my trip to Vienna blog) with the fullest Vienna travel guide on how to spend 1 day in Vienna (Vienna 1 day itinerary, Vienna one day itinerary) and places to see in Vienna in 1 day as well to find out the answer!
Around 10am we check-out the hotel in Amsterdam to take the tram to Amsterdam Centraal station, and from there buy train tickets to get to Amsterdam Schiphol airport.
This train ticket can be bought at any ticket vending machine in Amsterdam Centraal for €5.20/way. These ticket vending machines can be paid with coins, banknotes or credit cards. The ticket I bought was class 2, sitting on the blue seat on the train. If I remember correctly, Class 1 ticket will sit in a red seat.
The train ticket you buy will not specify the time but will only writes the valid date for use (ie the date you purchased the ticket). So you can take any train that runs through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (The trains with the words “via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport). You should check the electronic board as shown above to know which train will go to the airport, the train schedules and the number of the railway platform.
My trip to Vienna blog: Flight experience with Easyjet
We flown with Easyjet to Vienna Austria at 1:40 PM. We almost lost extra money of €60 because when we arrive at the boarding gate, Easyjet’s staff forced each of us to bring only one carry-on luggage. For me, I have a small backpack, and a suitcase, they are also forced to put it into one. Fortunately, my friend’s backpack still has enough space to put fit my backpack. Otherwise, I have to pay extra for my luggage like many other passengers.
I hate Easyjet, when I check-in and ask the counter staff that I bring my luggage like this, is it OK? She said OK. Before, when I read the review online and saw this case, Easyjet sometimes wants to get more money from its passengers, so they will raise difficulties their passengers at the boarding gate and said it is an our policy, LOL.
That day I met 3 American female backpackers. Their backpacks are 60-80 liter capacity, that has been inserted full and cannot be inserted anymore. In addition, each of them also carries a diagonal bag with all kinds of laptops, phones, tablets. Because they could not insert anything into their backpacks, each person had to pay another 60 euros and even argued loudly with the Easyjet staff because they flown OK for so many times, but today Easyjet raise difficulties.
Anyway, I share this story to tell you that if you plan to fly with Easyjet, you should prepare in advance, your luggage should be put together in one package to avoid losing extra money for this Easyjet low cost carrier.
Vienna travel blog: Hello ancient Vienna
The plane lands at Vienna International Airport at 3:35 pm. We quickly grab our luggage and bought CAT train tickets to get to downtown Vienna.
Below is a CAT train ticket from Vienna airport to Wien Mitte railway station (One way ticket: €12.00). Note that tickets do not specify a specific boarding time, you can take any CAT train during the day you bought the ticket.
After buying tickets for the CAT train, when we just get out of the door, we saw a supermarket selling food and fruits, which were delicious and quite cheap (cheaper in Amsterdam or Paris). So the two of us decided to buy food and eat right on the spot, and I didn’t forget to buy more a box of cherry and strawberries, hehehe. So cheap !!
When traveling in Vienna you need to download Vienna-metro-map for detailed information of train, tram stations for easy travel in Vienna city. As I remember, the train stations in Vienna in particular, or Europe in general, did not distribute free subway maps, even in Amsterdam, they sold for €2. Fortunately, before we go, I saved all subway maps of all the countries I will go to.
When I arrived at Wien Mitte central station, I bought a 24 hour metro ticket (price: €7.6) – valid for 24 hours since you started validate your ticket. This 24h ticket will be used for all subway and tram in Vienna.
Vienna blog: Where to stay in Vienna?
We rented an Airbnb apartment in Vienna at a cheap price, just 1 train station away from Wien Mitte central station. From the apartment, walk about 3 minutes to get to the train station, extremely convenient. The apartment is located in a relatively new apartment building in Vienna. What makes me like the most is this studio apartment is very large (35m2), large windows throughout the room are very airy and bright. In addition, the host also allows check-in and check-out at any time. The next day we went to Hallstatt and back to Vienna again, at 9:00 pm we just checked-out.
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Vienna travel blog: Exploring Vienna within 5 hours
Check-in Airbnb at 6pm, we quickly take a bath and rest and start the journey to explore the ancient Vienna. Because we have limited time in Vienna, so we chose only the two most prominent places of this city to visit.
Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
Direction: Take the subway line U4 (green) to Schonbrunn station. Schonbrunn Palace is about 500m from the station.
Opening hours: 8:30 – 18:30 daily. Buy tickets online here.
Although, we knew that the Schonbrunn Palace was closed at that time, but we still decided to come here to see how magnificent it was. Especially when it is dark, the palace will lights up extremely shimmering.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Direction: Take the tram line U1 or U4 to Stephansplatz station. This station is located in the heart of the city. Exit this station and you will see St. Stephen’s Cathedral is located right on an extremely crowded street of restaurants, shops, beer bars and cafes.
Opening hour: Mon – Sat: 06:00 – 22:00 / Sun & holidays: 07:00 – 22:00
St. Stephen’s Cathedral was built in the 12th century with striking Gothic architecture. The church is open free to visit. I’m sure that you will not be able to miss St. Stephen’s Cathedral because it stands out with the towering central tower soaring in the middle of Vienna’s city center.
Walk around the ancient city center of Vienna
After visiting St. Stephen’s Cathedral I continue strolling around the streets around the church in downtown Vienna. If Paris is a romantic city, Amsterdam is extremely exciting, Vienna gives me an ancient, strange feeling.
End of a short day exploring Vienna. I returned to Airbnb at around 12pm. The two of us quickly go to bed, tomorrow morning will be the most expected trip to the fairy-tale village of Hallstatt.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, from and to Vienna you can refer to
- Private Vienna International Airport (VIE) Transfers for Vienna
- Vienna City Card
- Vienna PASS
- Vienna City Airport Train Tickets
- Salzburg Day Tour from Vienna
- Hallstatt Day Tour from Salzburg
- Hallstatt Day Tour from Vienna
- Vienna Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tours (Open-Top)
- Schönbrunn Palace (Skip-the-Line) and Vienna City Tour
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