Driving out in the morning we saw just how beautiful Nuremberg old town was. Not wanting to delay our departure by another day we decided to bump Munich off our itinerary and head back via Nuremberg instead – flexibility like that being one of the reasons why we love road trips so much.
The five (ish) hour journey from Nuremberg to Vienna took us through gorgeous scenery with a castle on almost every hilltop.
I did do a fair amount of sleeping, leaving Phil grateful for the peace and quiet and control over the stereo. I woke literally just in time to cross over into Austria. The border posts now abandoned, our only reason to stop was to buy a 10 day tourist vignette (basically a tax to be able to drive in Austria) which cost €8. Instructions on where to put it etc. were helpfully provided in English on the back of the sticker.
Making our way through Austria, over wooded mountain passes and even more castles we arrived at our hotel. The Altwienerhof was our home for the next two days and I won’t lie to you we chose it because it mainly because it was cheap and only 5 stops away from the Museum Quarter on the U-Bahn.
The first thing Phil and I both said when we walked into the lobby was that it reminded us of the The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was basic, but in a completely authentic and almost vintage way. It must have been incredible when it first opened. The only part that didn’t really work for me, was the fact that the toilet was in a tiny little room by itself on one side of the room and the shower, was actually a little wet room with a curtain rather than a door.
Once we’d dumped our stuff and freshened up, it was time to head out and meet Alaskan John. He was in Vienna for a couple of days, so it was pretty awesome that we were getting to meet up.
We made our way to the Karlsplatz – the U-Bahn system is very simple to use, (just don’t forget to validate your ticket) and grabbed a couple of beers. We had a good catch-up and then found somewhere to eat.
We came across Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper, which was very busy (always a good sign) and had a good mix of traditional and modern dishes on the menu, at a reasonable price. Unfortunately the patio area outside was closing, but they had a table available inside. The decor was modern and sleek and the service was excellent.
I had a couple of glasses of prosecco, along with the minced veal, mashed potato and peas, which was fresh, light, rich and incredibly tasty. I followed it up with the chocolate and orange fondant dessert. If you are in Vienna I would definitely suggest you check it out.
More Vienna in Day Three of our trip tomorrow…