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Insider advice for your Austria vacation


Bobbybrown
Euro 2008 UEFA 1 stars
Hi Guys,

I am considering whether to travel to Europe (Austria/Switzerland) for Euro 2008. I am an avid football fan and would be keen just to soak up the atmosphere of the whole event. I guess its too late to get tickets now...but is it still worth a trip? Will there be public football viewings outside the stadiums?
Which cities should I make sure I don't miss?

Thanks,

Bob


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Erica Johansson
Train Travel in Austria 2 stars
Austria has so far been the worst of my train travel experiences. I began my trip in a foggy Zurich, and passed through Feldkirch and Sankt Anton before reaching an even foggier Innsbruck. Since I had heard people speak about the beauty of the Austrian countryside, I was looking forward to this trip. When it began, I just wished it would be over. Apart from fog, we couldn’t see anything of the landscape. I don’t have to mention that my camera lied in my backpack during the whole ride from Innsbruck to Vienna.

On top of this, the train was completely crowded, the man sitting in front of us had appearently forgot to use deodorant in the morning, and the staff in the restaurant wagon gave me a sandwich with ham when I asked for something vegetarian.

After our stay in Vienna, we took the flight back to Zurich.


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Milfhunter
Helmut Lang (shopping) Vienna 5 stars
After venturing off to the foreign capitals of fashion, the Austrian designer Helmut Lang returned home in 1996. In a beautiful, simple space designed by Gustav Pichelmann, Lang's ready-to-wear collections for men and women are displayed alongside accessoires and his lines of jeans and underwear. Boasting a rigorous, almost ascetic style, Helmut Lang's clothes are so now they are tomorrow. Contrary to expectations, the salespeople are friendly and extremely helpful

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Milfhunter
Tanzcafe Jenseits (Club) Vienna 4 stars
There's no telling how this unsavory bar of what was formerly the Esterhazy pension, a few steps from an unprepossessing tower, has managed to become one of the hottest spots in Vienna. The fake fur-covered bar and seedy curtains, accompanied by a frenetic succession of techno or cassettes spewing out a debious selection of nostalgic tunes, make for a strange ambiance. However, mysteriously you will find your dispassionate sociological stance replaced by an "ornithological" one as you take your place among these strange night owls

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Milfhunter
Palmenhaus(restaurant) Vienna 3 stars
Rescued from ruin, this palm house has been restored and divided into three parts: the first is dedicated to plants, the second to butterflies and the third to gastronomy. The last part has been designed by the architects Eichinger oder Knechtl, who have brilliantly set off the imposing structure and the plants within. The owner presents a simple but well thought-out menu, featuring such delights as ham grilled with goat cheese or a delicious goulash. The quality of the food makes up for the long time it takes to attract the waiter's attention

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Milfhunter
Volksgarten (club) Vienna 4 stars
What was once a refined cafe for ladies of leisure is today a techno bastion for twenty-somethings. The untouched 50s decot and the nighty walts of DJ's are made to order. In the summer, the party continues at the Volksgarten Pavilion located in the neighboring park. Here several bars and a gang of DJs, including the famous Patrick Pulsinger, make for some memorable nights under the stars. The clubs terrace gives you an unforgettable view on Vienna's beautiful Hofgarten. Cocktails around € 9.

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Milfhunter
Pratern (theme park) Vienna 4 stars
Pratern provides an excellent opportunity for the entire family to enjoy a holiday out. This theme park has the perfect attractions for thrill seekers, ranging from hair raising roller-coasters rides to pony riding for our little peers. Prater is located in the suburbs of Vienna and is a very well known landmark of the city. Visitors should find minimal problems to accessing the park. However, it should be noted that the park is only open during the summer months between June to August

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Milfhunter
Cafe Hawelka Vienna 5 stars
The Hawelka is the perfect example of a Viennese cafe: each morning the regulars arrive like clockwork to peruse the international press and have their first Melange of the day. Here the preperation of the pastries complies with a strict timetable established over sixty years in business: in the mornings, Herr Hawelka prepares the Buchtel yeasty cakes filled with plum preserves, and in the evenings Frau Hawelka takes over, making her famous Gugelhupf. Between the two shifts, if you can speak German, Herr Hawelka will regale you with stories about the customers he has known, admitted and kicked out over the decades

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Milfhunter
Cafe Restaurant Landtmann Vienna 4 stars
This was Freud' s favourite cafe. Located opposite the town hall and the university, with the Burgtheater next door, this chic establishment was founded in 1873 by coffee producer Franz Landtmann. It is a great place to go in the evening after the theater as well as for breakfast, provided you are not seated in the back of the room. Mirrors everywhere reflect images of behatted ladies mixed in with less clothes-conscious students

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Milfhunter
Restaurant Immervoll Vienna 5 stars
It only took a few months for this Beisl, with its arched-ceiling decor, to become the refuge of the Viennese theater and designer set. Owned by the famous stage actor Hanno Pöschl and restored by the architect Hermann Czech, the restaurant is so full of celebrities that Pöschl had no choice but to call it "Immervoll" - in other words, "Always full". It's nearly impossible to get a table for lunch, but you will probably have better luck with dinner, when you can discover the cuisine that draws all the country's stars: beef goulash with paprika sauce, salmon lasagna and, above all, the Schweinsbraten, an excellent pork roast. A la carte: € 18

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