31.08.2014 - 02.09.2014 18 °C
Travel - train: Most international trains currently come into the West Bahnhof, while the HauptBahnhof (or central station) is the place to get the train to Bratislava.
The Hauptbahnhof must be the most deserted central station I have ever seen since I was in Managua in 1986, though they are clearly working on the place and the billboards all speak of an October 2014 opening. Whether they they redirect some of the international routes here and make it a real central station I don't know, but as of early September 2014, this is just for some local trains or the trip to Bratislava.
(By the way, if like us you get a tram D to Hauptbahnhof, it leaves you by a back door where you can buy tickets only from a machine and you might think at first there is nowhere to buy a cup of coffee or pastry for lunch) - you need to go right along the platforms to the main entrance and out again before you find a bakery where you can buy yourself a snack.
Travel - trams and underground (S-Bahn and U-Bahn). 2.20 euros for a single ticket on either. Easy to buy tickets at machines in U-Bahn stations. For trams you can buy in some of the modern trams too but the older types you need to buy in advance and they sell them at any Tabak-Traffik store, dotted all round town.
If you plan to make more than 3 journeys on any one day it is worth getting a day card rather single tickets.
Tourist Info is right by the palaces and in front of the film museum. Very friendly and helpful with good English speakers
The Third Man fan? Don't miss the big wheel, which looks like it came straight off the film set; there is apparently a Third Man tour, though we didn't find it; and there is a showing of the Third Man every afternoon at one of the arty cinemas in town.
Hotel: we stayed at the Vienna Inn Apartments on LeopoldGasse. About 5 minutes walk to SchottenRing U-Bahn station and 15 minutes walk to the centre of town. Very reasonably priced for Vienna; basic but comfortabke. Friendly staff. Only gripe was a slightly greasy fridge. But good to have the facilities to make a meal.
Cafes: For old cafes try Cafe Sperl and read about its history, especially in the build up to WW2, when soldiers and artists both used the place.
For modern speciality coffee we loved Caffe Couture and Kaffee Modul
For tea (but no cake with it) try Jaeger Tee near the Opera.