The Urban Market Square Apartment has a great location just a 10 minute tram ride to the city centre of Vienna. It’s in a surprisingly quiet location, considering there is a great Saturday market just outside the courtyard where we stocked up on yummy bread & cheeses. The public transport system in Vienna is fantastic and it was really easy to get around. The apartment is tiny but very comfortable with a great shower and it was spotlessly clean. Communication with Simone was brief but efficient and I recommend to short term travelers to Vienna who need a comfortable, convenient base.
Kimo, April 2012…If you arrive on a Sunday evening as I did, you could be forgiven for thinking that the area is anything but “up and coming”, as it looked pretty run down with just a few dodgy Turkish bars and “members clubs” in the area. The entry to the flat is also interesting – going through the entrance to a fruit / veg wholesalers, and up a very run down staircase to the flat. That said, things change dramatically during the day, as the are turns into quite a cool square full of good cafes and restaurants with a fun, young, mixed crowd… definitely more the feeling of up and coming neighborhood with a lot of character. The flat itself is a rental, rather than a place that someone calls home, so it don’t have much in the way of charm or personality. But it’s perfectly clean, quiet, and very comfortable for its size. A perfect place for a couple who wants to explore an alternative district of Vienna. It’s also very conveniently situated for anyone arriving at the West train station, with a nearby tram stop also serving as a convenient point for getting into the center (only about 10 min to the Opera house / City Hall area). It’s not a place for everyone, but with the flat itself very clean and well maintained, if you have a taste for a kind of funky neighborhood that’s a mix of hipster, working-class and immigrant, then this is a very good choice. In the end I really enjoyed being here. April 2012
Citybikes provides a great service for Viennese as well as tourists. You can rent and return a bicycle in any of the 100 stations, which are usually located close to major subway stations or other public transport hubs. What do you have to do to get one?
Register on the Internet at www.citybikewien.at or directly at the Citybike Terminal with a credit card (Master Card, Visa, JCB) or a Maestro Card (debit card) by an Austrian bank. You will have to pay a one-time registration fee of EUR 1.
For rental charges and more info, visit their website www.citybikewien.at or call the free hotline @ 0810 500 500.
For anyone interested in technical stuff, do not miss the Technisches Museum (Tech Museum) in Vienna. It features giant old trains and a great variety of experimental scientific displays. It’s a great learning venue for kids as well as grown-ups with even a special kid’s area. I have two small kids (2 yrs, 5 yrs) and they love it! Great for rainy days! For more info – http://www.technischesmuseum.at/.