Vienna Travel Guide

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While I’m getting ready for my next trip, I decided to write a little preview of my trip to Vienna. This is a short travel guide, consisting all the information you need to know if you are planning your trip to European music capital.

Vienna is capital and the largest city is Austria, with more than 1,7 million residents. Vienna is cultural, economic and political center of Austria and tenth largest city in European Union. In the heart of Europe,  on the banks of Danube, lies one of the most beautiful European capitals.

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How to reach the destination:

Travelling to Vienna have verous versions. You can come here, by car, bus, train or plane. I’m travelling by bus, and there are numerios lines from almost every bigger city in Europe. If you choose this mode of transport and if you are student, you can have a discount on your ticket price. Another way of travelling is by train. Europe is well- connected, so getting to Vienna, is going to be easy and cheap. The best way of travelling is definitelly, by car. It’s cheap, and you can also stop and visit every toursit destination or city you’d like to see on your way to Vienna. If you are not in a mood to spend hours travelling to Vienna, you can take a plain and land at Vienna International Airport, that’s located just outside of Vienna.  You can travel to Austrian capital by taking  Austrian Airlines or a cheaper version, budget airline Niki.

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Price Range for Hotels: 

Hotel prices in Vienna depand of type of accommodation and of location. If you’re not looking for some luxurious accommodation, you can stay at cheap, budget hotel and spend between  40-100 per night. If you are willing to pay a little bit more, you can stay at mid-range hotel and pay for a night there between 92 and 160 euros. The most expensive type of hotels, luxury hotels, will cost you between 200 and 1000 euros per night. My recommendation is Ibis Budget Wien Messe Hotel. I love staying in these hotels. I already visited their hotel in Warsaw and I was very satisfied with their service. Price for staying in this hotel start with 70 euros.

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Don’t miss to visit:

  • Stephansdom
  • Two biggest museums – Kunsthistorisches and Alebrtina
  • Schloss Schonbrunn Palace
  • Liechtenstein Museum
  • Hofburg Palace
  • Ringstrasse
  • Danube Tower
  • Schonbrunn Zoo
  • Belvedere
  • Prater
  • Viennese cafes
  • markets and shopping malls

TRAVEL TIP: Buy a Vienna card! With this card, you’ll have a free city transport,  free entrance or some discount on tickets for verious museums and free travel guide. The price for this card depands on the number of days you are spending in Vienna. For more information, visit: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-card

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Budget travelling: Discover Prague and save money

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Travelling the world is something we all dream about! Does it mean we have to have a lot money? No! You can always visit your friends and family who live abroad, or you can think a little and make a financial plan of your trip and actually save some money! Today, I will present to you and amazing site that will surely help you with your travel planning! It’s Personal Capital !

My destination for today’s post will be the golden city of Europe, Prague! I can see that I’m in love with this city and that I can’t wait to go there! So, I wanted to see how I can save some money while travelling to this city! Here are some of my suggestions…

The first and the most important thing, when it comes to travels, on my opinion is accommodation. Before I buy my transportation ticket, I love to book my stay. But, how to save some money on accommodation? Be sure to plan a good time of the year to travel. For example, in Czech Republic, the most of the residents take their vacations in July and August, so this is one of best times to visit this city, because you can find cheaper accommodation, like student dormitories. In this part of the year they are empty and they can be rented for your stay in Prague. Another season, good for visit in Prague is winter. Beside that Prague is magical under the snow, you can book cheaper stay in hotels, because this is not that busy season for hotels, and numerous  hotel rooms are empty.  The price is cheaper of Youth hotels per night is between 40-100 euros.  If this is also too expensive for you, you can find some of the sites that offers staying with local. Beside low price of accommodation, you will have a chance to meet the local people, and learn a little bit more about their lifestyle, local history and culture.

When it comes to transport costs, it depends of the type of transport you’re using. For example, you can book your flight earlier, at some low-cost company. This way, you’ll save a lot of money, instead going with top class companies. Or if you’re travelling by bus or train, you can get a discount if you are a student. The best way of travelling on my opinion is travelling by car. It’s not expensive, especially if you are travelling with your friends and you can split the costs. The best part of travelling by car is that you can stop anytime and visit every destination that you would like to see on your way to Prague.

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When you’re finished with your travelling and accommodation planing, it time to thing about the food. Before you start your trip, check out on-line some good and cheaper restaurant, find out some good local place to eat and try local cuisine!

I have to say that I’m well-organized person, so before I start my trips, I love to find out as much as I can about top places to see in the city and of course, the discounts I can use. So, while I was researching about Prague, I found out about this amazing thing! When you can there, you can buy a Prague card, and get numerous discounts. For example, free public transport and entrance to numerous museums and galleries, discounts for bus sightseeing tours and boat ride on Vltava River. The price of this card depends of the number of days you’re staying. For 2 days, the price is between 33-48 euros, for 3 days between 40-58 euros, and for 4 days the price is between 47-67 euros.  Another way of saving sightseeing money, is by joining the free sightseeing  tour on the main city square. These tours are held two times a day, with two-hour duration. The guides, speak English and Spanish. This tour is free, but at the end of the tour, if you want and if you liked their work, you can give some tip to the guides.

“All of this, and a lot more, you can do and plan on Personal Capital, by using their personal finance software. You can also use their tools to manage your wealth and plan for retirement!” Here is an infographic to help you out with your planning!

I hope, you’ve found out some new ways to save money while you’re planning your trip to this beautiful, magical, city, rich with amazing history and culture, the only city that haven’t been destroyed during the World War II. I hope that I helped you and that by using this interesting and above all, useful, financial tools, you’ll find an easier way to plan your trip and save money, that I suppose you’ll spend in shopping!

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Italy – Verona: The most romantic Italian city

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ENG: When you say the name of this cute, tucked city, your first thought is magnificent  work of English literature, ” Romeo and Juliet”. Maybe it could sound strange that an Englishman, that maybe had never visited this Italian city, is the reason why millions of tourists visit this city of romance, Verona!

The second largest city in province of Veneto, is situated 520 kilometers north of Rome, 120 kilometers west of Venice, and if you go 30 km to the west you’ll see the largest lake in Italy, lake Garda. In my opinion, Verona is quiet town, perfect for family life, where you get the feeling that you’re living in metropolis, but yet in warm, friendly environment.

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Walking by the famous Roman arena, we entered the old city center. This part of the town is placed under the protection of UNESCO in 2000.

The Roman arena in Verona is the third largest arena in Europe. It was made in first century, and until today this arena stayed the mark of this town. Today, here are held concerts and theatre shows.

This city has a little more than 260.000 residents, but of course, the most famous, the immortal residents are, Romeo and Juliet. Prohibited love between these two young people, is inevitable story of every tours of Verona, and Juliet’s house, the haven for many brokenhearted girls. Every day, girls around the world come here to confess their love stories, hoping that she’ll help them to get back or get over that one special guy. But, that’s enough romance for today, now let’s talk about something really interesting. The world famous Juliet’s house, is not of course the home of this fictional character. This house is just a well- designed, well- thought idea of Italian people, to create a hotspot for tourists around the world from the house that was build in 12th century. This house belonged to Dal Capello family, which you have to say, reminds of Capuleti family from Shakespeare’s play.

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I think that one of the most important parts of visiting a certain city for every girl is shopping and a coffee break with your friends. Don’t worry! After a tour around the city, which you can not miss, you have plenty of time to wander around the city, shop, take a place at a coffee shop on the “piazza” and just enjoy!

At the end of this short blog tour around Verona, I strongly recommend you to visit this city that has fascinated me.

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SRB: Kada pomenete ime ovog simpatičnog, ušuškanog gradića, prva asocijacija je, naravno, veličanstveno delo engleske književnsti, ” Romeo i Julija”. Možda deluje čudno da jedan Englez, koji možda nikada nije imao priliku da vidi ovaj italijanski grad, zapravo razlog zašto milioni turista godišnje posećuje grad romantike, Veronu!

Drugi po veličini grad pokrajine Veneto ( posle Venecije), nalazi se 520 km severno od Rima, 120 km zapadno od Venecije, a ukoliko krenete 30 km  na zapad ugledaćete najveće jezero u Italiji, jezero Garda. Verona je na mene ostavila utisak mirnog grada, savršenog za porodičan život u kome imate utisak da živite u metropoli a ipak u toplom, prijateljskom okruženju.

Prolazeći  pored čuvene rimske arene, ušli smo u staro gradsko jezgro. Ovaj deo grada je 2000. godine stavljen pod zaštitu UNESCO-a.

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Rimska arena u Veroni je treća po veličini u Evropi. Nastala je u 1. veku i od tada nemilosrdno gospodari Veronom. I 2000 godina kasnije u ovoj areni se održavaju razni događaju, ali malo drugačijeg sadržaja, koncerti, pozorišne predtave itd.

Ovaj grad ima nešto više od 260.000 stanovnika, ali svakako najpoznatiji, besmrtni građani su svakako, Romeo i Julija. Zabranjena ljubav ovo dvoje mladih, neizbežna je priča svakog turističkog vodiča pri obilasku Verone, a Julijina kuća utočište za brojna slomljena srca devojaka. Svakodnevno,  nekolicina devojaka ispoveda Juliji svoju priču u nadi da će im pomoći da vrate ili prebole svoju ljubav. Ali dosta romantike, sada malo zanimljivosti.  Naime, čuvena ” Julijina kuća”, naravno da nije dom izmišljene junakinje. Ona je samo ostvarena dobra ideja italijana da od, zaista prekrasne kuće s kraja 12. veka, naprave pravi mamac za romantične turiste širom sveta. Kuća je pripadala porodici Dal Capello što je podsećalo na porodicu Capuleti iz Šekspirovog dela.

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Ono što je verovatno većini žena važnije od obilaska istorijskih znamenitosti grada, su svakako šoping i kafa.:) Ne brinite! Posle obilaska, koji ne smete da propustite, imate dovoljno vremena, radnji i kafića da se odmorite i uživate.

Na samom kraju, želim od srca da vam preporučim da posetite ovaj grad, jer je mene potpuno opčinio i naterao da se osećam kao u bajci.

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