Vienna – Trams

We’d been cruising along the Danube for several days. Each day had brought new locations and we had been toured round them. We had seen trams, we had even seen trolleybuses but there had been no chance to ride on any of them. So when we given basically the whole day free in Vienna I had only one real ambition, to ride on a tram.

Well, actually, I had another ambition, to see the snow globe museum and find a snow globe from the original snow globe manufacturers, but although we took the tram out there, they were closed on Fridays. Then we headed back, and after lunch went out to The Belvedere to see the Klimt paintings (“The Kiss” is really far more impressive in real life than in a poster). Then finally back into town for a little shopping before we headed back to the boat. And, for those of you are interested, I did manage to buy a snow globe from the original snow globe manufacturers as a present for someone very special.


From Depart To Arrive Route
Shottentor 12:03 Antonigasse 12:20 42
Vinzenzgasse 12:46 Shottentor 13:05 40*
Shottentor 13:50 Shloß Belvedere 14:05 D
Shloß Belvedere 15:38 Schwarzenbergplatz 15:44 D
Schwedenplatz 17:14 Prater Hauptallee 17:28 1

*The 40 doesn’t actually go to Vinzenzgasse normally but it was diverted due to some kind of street festival.

A Room With A View, or In Fact Seven Of Them

I find going on holiday very exciting and my most recent trip was no exception. We went to the airport and had all the fun of catching a flight. On our arrival in the evening there was a coach to take us to our destination. Then we settled into our room, unpacked everything and went to enjoy our first night’s dinner.  Since it was dark there wasn’t much to see out of the window in our room but the next morning there was a view…and the next…and the next; for this was a river boat cruising up (and then back down) the Danube. Taking us through locks (who knew the Danube had locks) and past beautiful scenery and to a variety of exciting places.

So here, as a tiny taster, are the views I woke up to each morning: