Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

Budapest train station where we caught our morning train to Vienna.

"The Hare" painted by Durer used as an advertisement for the Albertina...

The steps of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, also contains "The Hare".

Thursday May 22 -- Budapest to Vienna

We woke to another bright and sunny day. We went down for breakfast in the hotel and then packed our suitcases and took a taxi to the train station. Although we had seen a fair amount of Budapest in the past couple of days, we would both like to return to explore the places that we did not have time to see.

We arrived at the station in time to change our money (approximately 60 euros for 18000 florints). We did not have to wait long for our train and soon settled in, only to have to move because we sat in a seat that was (poorly) identified as reserved. We did not reserve a seat because we were told it was not necessary. So, we relocated to the next carriage and were soon on our way to Vienna.

The train journey took a couple of hours and once in Vienna, we caught a taxi from the station to our hotel. This time we had booked the Vienna Marriott Hotel on Parkring. Our room was quite nice, but we were very surprised that they did not offer free Internet in the room, and the limited access Internet in the lobby was very, very, very slow! Consequently, we were not able to work on our trip journal.

Our first outing was towards St. Stephens Church, stopping en route for a drink at an outdoor patio of a local restaurant. We then made our way to the Albertina Museum that we had seen during our walking tour a few days ago, but did not have time to go in. (Another strike at the hotel: the concierge told us that museums were all open until 9:00, but in fact, the Albertina closed at 6:00).

We only had a little over an hour for our visit to the Albertina, and chose to begin on the top floor seeing the chronology and history of the collection, which included the painting by Durer that is featured outside the museum. We did not have time to visit the other floors that contained, among others, some Picasso works. Perhaps it was just as well as we were both very tired.

After the museum closed, we slowly walked back to the hotel to put our feet up. The constant travelling is slowly catching up with us; we were both so tired that we just went down to the restaurant in the hotel for a small bite to eat, not even a full meal. We needed an early night.

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