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Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
Kosher Bakery - breakfast and lunch
-Alef Alef - Fleishig. Closed in the Afternoon. district 1 on juden gasse (jew street). Good place to eat on shabbos. Under the hashgacha of rabbi schwartz
-Ainhorn Butcher -Shawarma and Shnitzel. Under the hashgacha of rabbi schwartz
-Simchas Butcher
-Kosher Hotel in Saltzburg Austria.  Hotel Alpen Karawanserai
-Novellino       Dairy
-Shalom caterers in Vienna.
-Bahur Tov Meat Resturant
-Shefa Market. Fully Stocked Grocery Store, and Dairy Cafe

Synagogue:
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Ohel Moshe
-Mizrachi am Judenplatz. They have daily minyanim
-Templegasse (Earliest Minyan)


Things to Do:
-Kaver of the Chasam Sofer in Bratislava is only a hour out of Vienna. Please note that the memorial is closed most of the year but can be opened by appointment. Call +421-948-554442 or email memorial@znoba.sk to make an appointment.
-Jewish tour in midtown
-Beautiful Streets -Kaertner Strasse, Mariahilfer Strasse, Der Ring. In the inner city with great stores (clothing, etc), cafes and old buildings that make it lots of fun to stroll around in.
-Museum of Sound
-Shonbrunn palace (district 13) this is the main residence of kaiser franz joseph (who happened to be agreat friend of the jews). the property is larger than the whole of Monaco.  It is a 5 minute subway ride From district 3 which is where the CAT train (takes 16 minutes from the airport) drops you off if you are coming from the airport.
-KUNSTHISTORISCHES Museum - is an art museum but it also has many objects that were made for the Habsburg emporers
-IMPERIAL PALACE- it's in hofburg which was the center of the Habsburg empire. Today in the palace there are 3 museums about the life of the imperial court. 1. The Imperial Apartments with their original furnishings and decoration 2. the Sisi Museum about  the empress' life, and 3. the Imperial Silver Collection which contains a collection of tableware and other stuff from the habsburg dynasty.
1) (district 1, the center of town).

Hotels:
-Spg: Bristol
-Spg: Imperial
-Spg: Do&co
-Hyatt: Park Hyatt Vienna
-IHG: Intercontinental
-Hilton Plaza Vienna
-Spg: Le Meridien
-Kosher Hotel in Saltzburg Austria.  Hotel Alpen Karawanserai

Getting Around:
-Uber and Mytaxi (App)
-Vienna is a small city (although on the map it looks quite large) and has a great public transportation network which is easy to navigate.
-Driver - Motty Hammer 43 676 848044718

Notes:
-Eruv?  http://www.eruv.at.

Author Topic: Vienna Master Thread  (Read 38325 times)

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2012, 04:00:13 AM »
Also, does anyone know how the train ride to the Alps is? Is it as scenic as the ride in Switzerland? Is it often delayed? I may try to time the return leg with my return flight, and don't want to risk being stranded?

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2012, 02:52:28 PM »
Updates on plans:

2 nights at Hotel Bristol w/ SPG using C&P. They opened up the second night when I asked.  $90 + 4.8k per night. Base cost is $325, so a great looking deal to me.

1 night at Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Centre, Salzburg using 28k points that I got when I stayed one night in BKK to earn 50k nights. There is a nice looking Sheraton, but I'd rather burn these points. 28k points

1 night Hilton Danube. Not in the center, but a nice looking place, and I've got to start using some of my HH points. 30k points

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2013, 05:54:28 AM »
Here is my short TR for my mid-December trip to Vienna. Pix will follow in a separate post.

The Flight:

Our plans to go kind of fell into our lap when my co-worker booked cheap tickets for himself, and I realized that with my mother in law visiting us from the US, that we could leave the 2 older girls for a few days.
The tix on Kayak were running $250 or so on Austrian, but when I actually checked Austrian, the cheapest were $450, as it was on other websites, so it may have been a slight glitch. And the infant tik cost $9.
I never researched the mileage accumulation for this fare class, so I may receive n/t, but I'm still going to try.

Destinations:

We decided to spend a majority of the time in Vienna, but I wanted to experience the European rail system again, and see other parts of Austria, so we went to Salzburg for 24 hrs. The train ride was 2.5 hours, and while Innsbruck seems to be more beautiful since it's further in the Alps, it would have been a 4.5 hr train ride.
Slovenia was also an option w/ a good value SPG location and only a 1 hr train ride, but we decided to remain in Austria.
Initially, the train cost for the 2 of us would have been around 85 euro each way (2nd class), but when I checked 5 days b/f leaving, I saw a single train in each direction at the exact times we wanted for 35 euro one way, and 45 the return, so a total of around 85 euro.
When all was said and done, we did 2 nights in Vienna, 1 in Salzburg, and 1 in Vienna.

Hotel Selection:
We decided to go w/ an SPG property for our first 2 evenings.
There are 3 choices in Vienna, all of them with very good reviews.
Hotel Bristol - https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=89
Hotel Imperial - https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=97
Le Meridian - https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1852

The first 2 are part of the Luxury Collection, and the Bristol and LM are cat 5, while the Imperial is a cat 6.

I nixed the LM since it was a bit too modern, and my SO enjoys the classical style. I settled on the Bristol b/c I preferred the 4.8k + $90 as opposed to 8k + $150. The Bristol is a beautiful hotel, but when you see the Imperial, which was a former palace of a prince, it pales in comparison.
Initially, they only had C&P for a single evening, but a email to the hotel opened up another evening.
Since the going cost was around $280 or so, I got a decent cpm on my points.

In Salzburg, we had a bunch of options.
SPG has some incredible looking properties, but most were cat 6, and they have a Sheraton which was a cat 5, but I wanted to save on the cost.
There are 2 Radisson Blu's there, and I have a stash of 50k points from their free night promo. One was around 28k, and the other was 44k I think.
I booked the cheaper one which was outside of the old city, but I canceled it.
I went with the Crowne Plaza-Pitter for 25k (minus a 10$ reduction for having the PC cc). We received an upgrade, and were happy with the hotel besides for some internet problems.

Finally, for the last evening, I went back and forth btw a nice looking Radisson Blu for 50k, but in the end, booked the Hilton Vienna Plaza due to the Friends and Family sale for 50% off. The cost was $110, and we were upgraded to a corner suite (Gold member), which while nice and spacious, wasn't decorated all that 'fancily'.

Hotel Compensation:
The Bristol gave us 1k for a minor cab issue.
The Sheraton is giving us 4,500 points (I hope AA miles) for bad internet connection in our room.
The Hilton gave us 20k HH for the crib with the missing slat which almost had my child fall out of it.
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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2013, 06:35:25 AM »
Nice, keep it up...

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2013, 06:57:56 AM »
very nice!

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013, 04:29:46 PM »
Transportation:
Since we arrived Sunday evening and didn't want to learn the public transit system on the fly, we contacted an Israeli who has a 'cab' company and he quoted us 32 euro from the airport to the Bristol. This compared to the 50 or so euro the hotel quoted us, and the 40 or so going rate for a cabby. Besides for a slight miscommunication, this worked out well.
We decided to not rent a car, although my friend did in his visit.

We took a cab to the train station from the Bristol and paid 25 euro, but that was b/c he didn't put it on the meter. It should have cost around 13 euro.

The public transportation is great, and we took it to Schoenburg and to the airport, and it was easy to learn, and cheap. Tix to the airport cost around 4 euro each.

TBC (ran out of time)

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2013, 05:36:18 PM »
30min layover in Vienna airport is that to risky?

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2013, 05:57:19 PM »
30min layover in Vienna airport is that to risky?

I'm assuming your talking about a connecting flight. The airport is very small and it can be done. The risk is if the first flight is delayed.

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2013, 07:19:24 PM »
Anyplace nice to go for Shabbos?

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2013, 07:23:38 PM »
Anyplace nice to go for Shabbos?
Meridien is a few minutes walk from Shul IIRC
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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2013, 07:24:13 PM »
Meridien is a few minutes walk from Shul IIRC

And what about food? Is there a restaurant or Chabad house?

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2013, 01:49:58 AM »
And what about food? Is there a restaurant or Chabad house?
There are a few restaurants along with a bakery and some small makolets.

Here is a list of places. (some are outdated)
http://www.chabad.at/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/588993/jewish/Kosher-Places.htm

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2013, 07:18:58 AM »
And what about food? Is there a restaurant or Chabad house?

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2013, 07:31:45 AM »
alef alef.
Just chk in advance that they're open for walk ins.
When I went, there was a party and we couldn't come in.

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Re: Vienna Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2013, 08:05:29 AM »
Sorry guys, I meant food for Shabbos. Is there a place that caters meals for tourists?