20 hours in Wien

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After our wonderful stay in Copenhagen, we took a morning flight on Sunday down to Vienna for a quick but action-packed visit before taking a train to Budapest the following morning. Given that we only had about twenty hours to eat, sleep, and see the sights, we had to be efficient.

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After checking into the “Wombat Lounge” hostel on the west end of town, we took the U-bahn to the opera house, then got on an above-ground tram to do a 30-minute lap on the circular ring route around the city, discretely following Rick Steves’ do-it-yourself tour instructions in our guidebook. We followed it up with a walk around town and a visit to an old Vienna coffee house. The coffee was great, as were the house-copies of various newspapers (affixed to a wooden stick, free for patrons to read – common in Vienna). However, the best part of the day was dinner, which we enjoyed at Brezl-Gwoelb, a traditional un-touristy Viennese restaurant. We started the meal with delicious Viennese noodle soup, followed by boiled beef (Abby) and savory pork (Dan). It sounds simple, but it was cooked to perfection.

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Our trip to Vienna was otherwise uneventful, but definitely a good time.

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