• Posted:Thursday, February 25, 2010
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How to get around in Vienna

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How to get around in Vienna
There are lots of ways to get around while staying in a Vienna hostel. First and perhaps the most obvious is, of course, walking. There's not much substitute for hotfooting it around a city and probably no better way to get a feel for a place. However, Vienna is renowned for another mode of transport - the Fiaker.

This is the traditional horse-drawn carriage that tourists love because of its romantic appeal no doubt. I can't say it would be my transportation method of choice – although I'd definitely do it once, just to say it's been done – but I can certainly see why it's so popular. Imagine the clip-clopping of the horse's hooves as you admire the Viennese architecture and way of life, moving at a leisurely pace as though without a care in the world. Delightful.

Unfortunately for those trying to make a living out of driving these Fiakers, however, it would seem that many tourists are opting for a different way of getting around – the oft-forsaken bicycle. According to DPA, the authorities believe that some 400,000 cyclists made use of the hiring service available and they are now planning on encouraging this trend and, over the course of the next five years, will be doubling the number of bikes that are for hire, offering the first hour of use for free.

And by 2015, it is thought that the number of bike points in the region will climb from 62 to 120, so chances are you'll be seeing a lot more people using pedal power to gad about from now on. So, if you're in Vienna at the moment, I'd recommend you hop on that bike and head to Cafe Aida as your first destination – according to Tips from the T-List, it makes the best pink cakes around.

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