Rick Steves has got it going on.
After a day of struggling through our jet lag, we travelers were ready to see daily life as the Viennese do – by tram around the Old Town.
By luck and coincidence, our booked airbnb had a pipe burst, and our host placed us in his quirky apartment in the central Old Town.
It was blessing in disguise as we now spend our next 3 days in the heart of the city where old winding streets lead to local cafes and 1,000 year old castles, buried Roman ruins, and many the museum.
Getting to the beginning of Rick Steves self-guided tram tour was as easy as hopping on the free city bikes and cycling to stop 1: the Opera House.
Once on the tram, the soothing voice of wise Rick guided us along a hop on, hop off tour of Vienna’s most famous places. Highlights-– a rose garden in Volksgarten, covered in hundreds of rose variations, locals and tourists, and one unexpected nudist.
-St. Stephen’s Cathedral St Stephen’s Cathedral at the heart of the Old Town. The tram tour circles around equidistant from its towering gothic spirals.
The popular sweet dark beer at Kolar
- a quick bite to eat around the corner from Museumplatz
- some sightseeing and shopping around Hofburg palace on Kohlmarkt street.