Would you love to practice your German in real when you are in Vienna ? Read on…
I can tell you about 2 interesting things in this blog, which would in a way help you to practice your German as well.
The real test to our knowledge on a language lies in how well we could speak in it. No matter how good we are in the other aspects of a language – writing and reading, speaking is a key skill to master any language. With speaking comes glued the sibling listening part too.
In Vienna one can manage with English to an extent. If you step out of Vienna it is better to know German to fully explore the places.
1. NiederOesterreich Card :
This is a superb card. Its name stands for ‘Lower Austria card’. ‘Lower Austria’ is one of the 9 states in Austria. Vienna is in the middle of the ‘Lower Austria’ state.
This card gives you free entry to a lot of great attractions and discounted entry to few other great attractions in ‘Lower Austria’. You can buy this card easily from local Tabak shops or you can even order online. Usually the card is valid from April till next March. However if you buy during Christmas then you get extra 3 months, that is, from Jan till next March.
This card has lot of attractions to cover even in Vienna as well. You will get a book covering all the attractions, but this will be in Deutsch. You can of course check the attractions even online.
My favorite attraction in Vienna is SchokoMuseum. You can go as many times as you want ! Few other awesome attractions in Vienna are Riesenrad in Prater, Bratislava trip from Vienna in ferry.
My favorite one outside Vienna is Schneeberg. First you need to reach the base Puchberg am Schneeberg. You can use Einfachraus ticket for this, which I have explained later in this blog. From Puchberg am Schneeberg you need to take a mountain train ‘SchneebergBahn’, which is free with NO card. Once you reach the top place you can trek the entire day which gives you breathtaking views of the Alps. A must visit when you are in Austria.
Another attraction we loved was the Melk Abbey and the garden around the Abbey. Wonderful. Just amazing. Another must visit when you are in Austria.
You would not regret having bought this card.
2. Einfachraus ticket :
This is a group ticket valid only in Slow Trains in Austria for an entire day. This is a ticket which allows you to travel on slower trains namely S-bahn, REX, Regional trains. In OEBB ticket website you can get more information on this. If you are 2 people then the cost is 34 Euro for your up and down journey. For 3 people, 38 Euro. For 4 people, 42 Euro. For 5 people only 46 Euro. This is a much cheaper way to explore Austria. Achtung ! The only catch is – you cannot use this ticket on RailJet trains and other fast trains.
On work days – Monday through Friday – this is valid from 9 am to 3 am the next day. On weekends it is valid the entire day till 3 am the next day.
Just choose a lovely place in Austria and make a trip with einfachraus ticket.