Enjoying Vienna in Rs. 15,000! Day 1 of Not Just Surviving!


I am Traveling Desi. And I welcome you in day 1 of Vienna in Rs.15,000. In the last episode, I told you that I’d be staying in this hostel for 3 days. And I managed to spend just Rs.7,500 for accommodation, public transport and food for 3 days. In this video, we’ll venture out to explore Vienna in the remaining Rs.7,500. My day usually starts with putting in fresh memory cards in all my devices which I emptied the night before. I balance the gimbals and pack all the equipment. The whole process takes me around 30-45 minutes. This is not something that a regular traveler or person faces. So, it’s not as simple as it looks. After completing all this, I head out. Just across the hostel I’m staying at, at the intersection is the U for Underground. They don’t have M here, but U. It’s a 1 minute walk to the Keplerplatz station. So located 100 steps away from the hostel is this street where you get cheap food and Sim cards. The Keplerplatz metro station is also located here. Or the Underground, “U” station just in front of the hotel. Then I get a 3 day public transport pass for Rs.1300 which included travel by buses, metros and trams. You get the ticket, your receipt and loose change. Then you get your ticket validated and head towards the platform. Vienna’s transport system is one of the best in all of Europe. It’s amazingly clean and fast. Trains cross frequently and as you can see it’s super clean without any garbage. Trains come here every 3-4 minutes for transfer. I’d say that if you want to explore Vienna, do it via Metro. There are 5-6 zig zag metro lines which cross through Stephansplatz, the central metro station which you can use to get to the city center and reach anywhere in the city. All the major tourist attractions are connected to the entire intricate network of the metro lines. It’s really good, fast and efficient. Though it’s a little expensive. A single journey ticket costs 2.4 Euros. If you buy a single tram ticket, it costs 2.6 Euro. After purchasing a ticket, you can use it to travel any number of stations within an hour in a single direction. You cannot use it to go back. Don’t do that. Then simply board the Metro. And Stephansplatz is 1,2,3, 4 stations away from Keplerplatz which is highlighted in each metro line. So I reached from Meninger hostel to the metro station in 4 stops and I reached the center of Vienna. The St.Stephens Square is named after this historic cathedral. Let’s exit from the stairs first. It’s 7am in Vienna and I’m out to explore the city. I’m right in front of St.Stephen’s Cathedral at the Stephansplatz Square. This is the main square of the city. All tourist attractions are within a 5-7 minute walk. There are tiny lanes which you can use to navigate to various parts. Whether it’s cafe Demel, the royal pastry shop, Hofburg palace, Imperial museum, everything is just a 5-7 minute walk away. And to explore the beautiful city of Vienna, this could be a good starting point. I guess let’s get started now. The first place I’m headed to obviously the St.Stephens Cathedral as it’s in the dead center. A Cathedral is basically the main church of any city. It’s based on the 10th Century Gothic style of Architecture. Certain parts of this church are over 1100 years old. One of its highlights is the altar piece which was made in 1472. Since all the small lanes converge here. It’s often really crowded. And this square leads to the main market street. And it’s headed directly towards the Hofburg palace. The real pleasure of exploring Vienna is early in the marking. Grab a Viennese style coffee and pair it with Viennese cake such as Sachertorte or Apple Sctrudel and after that you can venture out to the old town for shopping and enjoying the beautiful architecture. There are tourist attractions and churches all over the place. It’s really pretty. It’s an experience by itself. On the way you’d get to see horse-drawn carriages and vintage-looking cars which are not at all vintage in reality. Most able and smart travelers explore this area on foot. This is because all the landmarks here are located within one square kilometer. And since it’s Vienna, a popular family tourism destination, you’d always find it crowded. It’s this crowded on a Sunday when all the shops are closed. All the stores that you see whether it’s H&M, Zara or Hugo Boss, everything is closed. Only souvenir stores and restaurants are open for business. Everything is closed. And still it’s really crowded. That’s kinda the city of Vienna. Heading towards the Hofburg palace from Stephansplatz and you will spot this courtyard that offers amazing views. This statue is of the celebrated Kind Franz Joseph the 1st. This place is located near the Augustine Keller Beer Garden. It’s a popular beer garden. People enjoy their beers in big bars around greenery, play matches, and flirt. Pork is preferably consumed here as this is German culture. You’ll also find similar ones in Munich. Since we are talking about Vienna today, enjoy the views, click a few picture and then we’ll head towards the main central palace, the Hofburg palace. It’s really pretty and that is gonna be my next stop. We started off our tour from St.Stephens Square and Cathedral. A few meters away from the beer garden was this historic courtyard. You have to walk a little to reach Vienna’s once-powerful Hofburg palace complex. Do remember to stop at the National Library courtyard on your way. It’s located a bit further ahead from the main entry gate of the Hofburg palace. This library is really old. This is actually a part of the Royal Palace, hence it’s incredibly beautiful. The ceilings of this Grand Hall are not to be missed. They are made in the Baroque style of architecture. This is because their King was born during the Baroque times. Joseph the Second, one of the most celebrated kings in Vienna. he was the eldest of the Queen’s 16 children. Though he didn’t rule as a King for too long, I think 10-12 years at most. But he is known for his good deeds and big heart. This is because he used his inherited treasure to pay off the entirety of Austria’s debt. Back then, Austria was not a small state like it is in present day. Think of it as being a body whose only remaining part is the head. Because Austria back in the day was the capital of the glorious Hofburg empire. The Austrian-Hungarian empire was huge and it used to rule on several countries. And this is the museum dedicated to the most celebrated Queen Sisi, which we will check out tomorrow. There are plenty of free walking tours here in which the guides will tell you about the various landmarks and their history. You don’t have to pay for it, but leave a tip. This library is marvelous. I’ll show it to you in the next episode as we will discuss how you can take a Vienna pass and visit all the museums and palaces in the most cost-effective way possible. I always explore the city from outside on the first day so that I don’t have to buy a ticket. It also helps you familiarize yourself with the city surroundings. Let’s head towards the Hofburg palace complex now. This is Vienna’s famous Hofburg palace where the Hofburg empire administered one of Europe’s biggest empire, the Austrian-Hungarian empire for over 100 years. The governing bodies function out of this palace during the winters as its basically a winter palace. The office of Austria’s President is also right here in the palace. Sisi museum, Imperial silver collection, the ornaments museum, the royal treasury, all of these are located here. This is the most must-watch place once you come here. This is the historic center point of Vienna. Behind this, is where the real beauty starts, at the Newburg castle. There are a lot of museums here including my favorite, the Treasury museum. But since we are exploring all the places which don’t require a pass, we’ll see all these places from the outside for today. If you’d like to spend a little, I’d say you should invest in passes to see these museums from the inside. So as I said, I’ll show the insides in the next video. For now, let’s head back towards the palace. This footage is from 2 years ago when I visited Vienna in December. It was a chilly winter morning during Christmas time. During the winters, this place is deserted. They are quite strong. Really pretty Whether it’s city tours, guided tours, free walking tours, cycle tours, Segway tours, all of them are in full swing and people are starting to gather around. This crowd will only get bigger with time, And it’s just 9am right now. During the months of June-July the weather is a little warm and quite pleasant. Though the best time to visit I’d say is April-May because during June-July, this city is filled with tourists. Also note that people from other parts of Europe also travel here. As you can see behind me that tour guides are starting the guided tours. So you should plan to come either in the months of April-May or in September. So either in the spring that’s in April or during September-October, in the month of fall. Fall season is wonderfully pleasant, it’s a little cold. A slim jacket is enough to stay warm. Since it’s off season, the accommodation is quite cheap. So when I reached inside the Hofburg palace, on my left was the Imperial palaces. We’ll see that in the next videos. This is the courtyard where I took my previous shot. And after that if you go ahead, you reach the famous Newburg castle. After walking ahead from the Hofburg palace, you reach this area. This is a new addition to the Hofburg palace complex. By new I don’t mean 10-20 years. New in this case still means at least 100 years old. These Baroque architecture buildings are a favorite of photographers from all around. But these buildings did put a huge dent in the national treasure back in the day. Present day, people enjoy the visual beauty of these palaces. This complex is huge overall, but there’s something special about that building in the background. The two buildings you see behind me facing each other. One is the National Art Gallery and the other is the Museum of Natural History. This square is dedicated to the memory of Queen Maria Theresa. One of the most popular queens in Austrian history. This area is called as Museum Quarter. These gorgeous museums were built in 1889. This is the Newburg castle, which is also the part of the new additions. If you notice behind me.. It’s really windy today. If you notice behind me, that’s the historic gate to the city. This used to be an entry wall. It’s the only gate of its kind left because the city used to have fortification walls being a locked city. Around the end of 1800s, they demolished the wall and named it Ringstrasse or Ring Street which is surrounded by several gorgeous buildings including the European Parliament building. It also consists of the City Hall which is often hosts various types of events. If you come here, start from the Hofburg palace. You can check out some of the museums if you like. In front of me is Mozart’s statue, who was the son of the soil. The great music composer. Over there is the museum quarter. A bit further ahead is the Folks garden or people’s garden, which is really beautiful. There are over 100 types of roses there. A little further ahead is the Parliament building, followed by the City Hall. And finally you’d reach the University of Vienna. Keep enjoying, it’s really pretty. You see these? Keep empty bottles in your bag and refill water here. Because a 500ml water bottle here costs at least 3 Euros. I crossed this exact area 2 years ago. After passing through the old gate of the fortification walls. It says museum…(inaudible) Sorry. This is why I already know so much about this city. You might notice that the trees are completely bald due to the cold weather and I’m a little skinnier than usual as well. Simply cross the red light and you’ll reach the museum quarter. When I came here back in December, there were really cute Christmas markets here. Let’s try something sweet here. Hello. Hello! What is this called? Kaiserschmarrn. I’ll have a Kaiserschmarrn. Apple or plum sauce? You can choose. I think I’d like to have both. Both? Mmmm. Very nice. This square looks something like this during the winters, but in the summer.. So after moving away from Hofburg palace and Newburg, you reach this place. This is the museum quarter. As the name suggest, it’s filled with several museums. Some of the most popular and biggest museums which look exact replicas from the outside. They are in front of each other. This cost a lot to build back in the day. Behind me is the Art Gallery of Austria or the National Art Gallery. And on this side is the Museum of Natural History. Both museums are quite big and popular. It’s quite costly but, if you plan to get a museum pass or a Vienna city pass, I’d say at least visit one of these. Whenever you come here, you should checkout the Art. The historic art of Europe is truly a sight to behold. This was a Royal family so their art collection, the type of buildings, the type of paintings on the ceilings are truly amazing. Make sure you watch these. Since today’s video is just about exploring the city from the outside without spending much. It’s about how you can see Vienna’s core and important parts. Tomorrow’s shooting will consist of the places you can see by using the Vienna pass. It can be used to visit all the museums in a day. We’ll see both these museums properly in that. After leaving from the museum quarter, we reach the famous ring road, after walking for a bit, you reach the Folks garden. Also called people’s garden. Ok, now something to get right. Here is the Hofburg palace from where I reached here and behind me is the museum quarter. After watching the museum quarter, I’m walking on the road called Ringstrasse, or the ring road. It has old historic buildings on both sides. The tram keeps running. Here goes one, another following close by. And here is the children’s park. Actually Folks/People’s garden. But I’m calling it children’s park because when we were kids, we would be taken to parks in Delhi for picnic. I don’t know why they call it children’s park to this day. Anyways, right now I’m in the cycle lane, where I shouldn’t be. So before someone honks at me or hits me, I’ll come over to this side on the grass. A little ahead is the Folks theatre or People’s theatre. It’s a historic building as well. A little further ahead is the Parliament building and then comes the city hall. So once you leave from Hofburg, spend some time in the museum quarter. And explore the Ringstrasse. This concludes your Old town once you reach the Opera. And on Ringstrasse, touching the palace walls is the Folks garden. If you come here, do check this garden out. During the summers, it’s in full blossom. There are a lot of wonderful flowers here with their species name written below. On the other side of the garden is a classic statue of Mozart. On the way you will find an exotic building which is the Austrian Parliament. I’ve reached. But sadly the Parliament is under maintenance. So I wont be able to show this to you properly. But don’t worry. I’ve been here before as well. I’ve previously shot a whole series here. But back then I didn’t know how to edit or shoot. So the shooting was done long time ago. I’ll extract a few shots from that and show it to you in this video. This way you can see how beautiful it really is. The City Hall is also under maintenance. So there is no point going any further. But I do recommend that when you come here, at Ringstrasse, you should head in this direction. Once you cross all these buildings, you’ll reach the University of Vienna. Next would be the Karlsplatz or I think it’s called Karls church. It’s a beautiful church. And this concludes day 1 of our tour. Behind me is the Parliament building and we are at the Ringstrasse, it’s the ring street. This street also has a Yellow tram that is called Ring tram. It keeps driving in circles, allowing you to get off and explore the spots. But let me tell you, I shot this video over the course of 2 days. So you might notice a change in my hair or clothes. If you follow the simple route, you can familiarize yourself with Vienna in one day. Then you can decide which landmarks you’d like to see from the inside. And we’ll do exactly that in the next video. If you noticed, today’s spending was just on public transport tickets and a lunch snack, which I got packed from the store from near the hotel for 3 Euros. The best way to eat this is when it’s fresh and hot. It’s quite windy. But it’s okay, because it was quite a rush in the morning, I was in a hurry. Hence, I’m sitting down to eat, picnic style. I’ll give my legs a rest of half an hour. Half of the shooting is done, the other half remains. A lot of people tell me that I only eat Indian food. So I thought of mixing outside food with Indian as well. I already have Dal Makhani with me, which I always bring with me. These are the Gits ready-to-eat packets. You get these in India for around Rs.100 and here for around Rs.150. You can eat this with bread or nan from the supermarket. You can even have it with Pita bread. You get this salad which casts 3 Euros or Rs.250. It comes with this dip costing 70 cents. It’s a wonderful dip with momos like sauce. It’s lip smacking tasty. I’m going to eat half of this Schnitzel, this is a combination of various kinds of meat. The meat can be chicken or even pork. So if you eat meat, you can pick this up. But if you are a vegetarian, this is good. Although this also has chicken in it, but you can get it with tofu, falafel or other options. So Schnitzel is normally eaten with mashed potatoes which are a bit cold. I’m asked them to put Tabasco on top because it’s overall quite tasteless. This is because people eat food that’s quite bland-tasting. For salad, I usually eat cucumbers. These are a variant of cucumbers. So you can get food items in so-so rates if you buy from the local market and the supermarket. But if you buy the same thing from Downtown, it’ll be a lot more costly. It cost me 4 Euros from the place I got it, in Downtown it will cost somewhere around 7-8 Euros. It was for 3 Euro in Billa the supermarket, you can also get it from Spar. I got this from the supermarket as well. It cost 2 Euros. Dal Makhani also costs about 2 Euros here. If you get it from India, you might get it in 1-1.5 Euros. Since this is food and semi solid in consistency, you should put it in your check-in baggage which traveling and not your carry-on baggage on the flight. So let’s eat, this is a hearty meal. So guys, as per your request, I’ve extended the length of these travel series episodes that are released each Tuesday. Apart from these weekly travel episodes, I’ll be posting vlogs on alternate days of the week based on my real-time life. To stay connected and for more such videos don’t forget to hit the Subscribe button and the Bell icon. And if you liked my effort, please hit that Like button.

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