Guten tag from Wien. This morning we said goodbye to Slovakia and hopped on a regional train for Austria. The last few days have included a trip to Brno in the Czech Republic, a couple of visits to the hotel gym which despite being quite small appears to have members outside of the hotel, and a lot of desserts.
Our day trip to Brno was a success made all the more enjoyable thanks to the local private train operator RegioJet. They were strong on the upsell and for a few euros more we got ourselves "relax" class providing fancy leather recliners and a desk - plus shockingly cheap snacks and drinks (half litre bottle of beer was .87 cents in USD). In Brno we did a good amount of on-foot touring visiting the Castle Spilberk, Villa Tugendhat, and probably every narrow cobblestone alley in the city center. Brno has a smaller population than Bratislava but a larger old city with similarly charming cafes lining the public squares. They also have an extensive tram system but we opted for the higher step count. While we didn't visit the interior of the iconic cathedral it was impressive from below and above. We only stayed for seven hours but it was just enough time to see what we wanted before wearing ourselves out.
|Cathedral of St Peter and Paul|
|Street Artwork (or propoganda)|
|View from Spilberk Castle|
|Old City at Twilight|
|Old City Pedestrian Promenade|
This morning we hopped on a shuttle train to Vienna and within an hour we were in a much larger metropolis. Thankfully the language here is German and that's far easier than any of the stuff we have encountered to this point. I was also thrilled to find a great diversity of public transit with luxurious S-bahn trains abound. We weren't able to check in to the hotel right away so instead we visited the Schonbrunn palace grounds and indulged in a short apple strudel show. This included a small slice of cake and a twenty minute presentation on how to make your own. In twenty minutes they make it look very easy.
Vienna is a very picturesque city with many parks and statues while still having dense shopping and eating areas. Unsurprisingly that comes with a price we haven't seen in a long time. We look forward to seeing plenty more on our four nights here as well as using our weekly transit for every penny of its excellent value.