29.12.2009 - 29.12.2009 4 °C
After a delicious breakfast at our hotel, I took some photos of the beautiful Maria Trost Basilica next door and the views from our position on the mount on the outskirts of Graz. Then we headed to Vienna, around a 2 hour journey.
We had one last parcel to mail home so with a few misunderstandings of the GPS instructions we finally mailed our parcel only a few km from our hotel in Vienna. Then it was on to our booked accommodation......the only trouble was......Geoff had accidentally booked it (ages ago) for the 29th of January to 1st February instead of December to January! We are so blessed though, they had one room left for 3 nights! In fact they only just had one room left, someone had rung 10 minutes before and canceled their room for 3 nights!! Thankyou Lord!
After taking our luggage to our room it was time to return our hire car. We are going to use public transport to get round Vienna, it's easy and convenient and you don't have to find somewhere to park! After returning the car we caught the underground to central Vienna, we bought 2 x 3 day tickets that cover all transport. Vienna is divided into 23 districts; we spent the afternoon walking around District 1. Some of the points of interest we covered were the StadtPark, Stephansdom, Kirche Am Hof , St Peter's and The Kursalon (a spa pavilion). Vienna is a mixture of elegant old buildings and new modern structures. The main pedestrian strip in central Vienna was a hive of activity, lots of people, some street performers, market stalls, hanging Christmas lights and trams.
After tea in the city we caught the No 43 tram to our hotel, although we were keeping an eye out for our hotel (as we hadn't caught the tram from there earlier) we managed to totally miss it and get off several stops past our hotel! So we got great exercise walking back through District 17 to our hotel! Never mind it's always easier the second time through!