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A Guide in Vienna with PolaWalk

Monday, May 18, 2015
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When my mind feels trapped, when I can’t think, when I’m exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It’s just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumpy and in a matter of minutes, it turns into something beautiful. That’s the wonderful thing about traveling to a city, I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown. I went out for a walk with Gilbert from Pola Walk and it turned into something magical and educational. A Guide in Vienna with PolaWalk

That’s the beauty in walking.

Love,

Travel Junkie Diary

 

 

What is PolaWalk?

PolaWalk is a unique photo tour with original Polaroid cameras empowering you to frame your stay in a truly unique way. One of the best souvenirs we ever had! A Guide to Vienna with PolaWalk.

What’s included? A Polaroid Camera – A crash Course – Instant Film with 8 pictures (You can purchase more) – A 2 hour tour with a local.

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Polaroid Walk Tour Through Vienna

 

What’s the price?

Standard Ticket – Polaroid Photo Tour – Classic, 2 hours, classic Vienna sights, great overview of the city : 49 Euros

Polaroid Photo Tour – Urban, 3 hours, off the beaten paths, discovering the young and hip Vienna : 59 Euros

Polaroid Photo Tour – Prater, 3 hours, the most colorful tour including modern architecture and an one of the oldest entertainment parks in the world : 59 Euros

No-Camera Ticket : 25 Euros

Self Guided Tours : 39 Euros ( Includes; 1 Polaroid Camera for up to 3 days. 1 instant film with 8 pictures, Introduction at pick up (PolaWalk Offices) Sightseeing information booklet & App, Vienna Map & Polaroid postcard)

 

Pola Walk

 

The tour

  1. The Karlskirche

The Karlskirche is the first stop we did on our PolaWalk tour. The church was built by Johann Bernhard Fischer Von Erlach from 1716-1722 and was finished by his son from 1724- 1730 who modified the dome. The dome is 72 meters high and reminded us of the famous Petersdome in Rome. The two 33 meter high ‘pillars of triumph” symbolizes the defeat of the plague.

Meeting Point

 

  1. Otto Wagner – Pavillion

Many metro stations in Vienna are designed by Otto Wagner and used to be entrances to the underground Tram. Otto Wagner, born in 1841 near Vienna was Austria’s most influential architect of the fin de siècle.

 

Karlsplatz

  1. State Opera

The State opera was the first Major building at the ring street. It can host 2276 visitors and it’s stage is one of the biggest on in Europe. Sadly, back in the day, people actually disliked the building so much which led to one of the architects committing suicide and the other one died from a heart attach soon after. Right opposite the State opera is the famous Sacher Hotel with the famous chocolate cake!

The Opera

 

  1. Albertina

The Albertina was named after its founder Duke Albert Kaisimir Vin Sachsen- Teschen. It host one of the world’s largest and most important collections of graphic art. Amongst them is Albrecht Durers painting ‘Young Hare’ from 1502.

Michelle_Albertinaplatz

  1. Burggarten

The Burggaten was the private garden of emperor Franz. Nowadays it accommodates the butterfly house and a restaurant

  1. Hofburg (Imperial Palace)

The Hofburg was once home to the Austrians emperors and Kings, now oftern used for events & balls.

Michelle_Hofburg

 

  1. Heldenplatz

Heroes’ Square. That is what heldenplatz means. It’s a place to showcase big events at national holidays & roadshows by the Austrian army.

  1. Volksgarten

The park, famous for its beautiful rose garden & various pleasant mountains was originally used as a fortification & hosts the neoclassical Theseus Temple, a smaller version of Athen’s Temple of Hephaestus.

  1. Parliament

Built in 1861, the two chambers are divided into the national art. The Austrian administration is elected for 5 years and is lead by the prime minister.

Hoda's Parliament Look
Captured by Houda Al Kaissi

 

  1. City Hall

In 1850, Vienna grew substantially by adding a number of suburbs to the city. Therefore the old city hall became too small. The German architect Von Schmidt won the tender and built the new, Gothic style city hall at the ring.

In December, it becomes the best thing to do in Vienna with Christmas markets. In July and august there is a film festival and in January and February a big ice rink in the park.

  1. Molkersteig

Right here was a city wall until 1841. During the construction work of the ringstrabe large parts of the wall have been demolished. Parts of the town wall and houses from the 18th century were retained due to high compensation demand by the original house owners.

  1. Votivkirche

In 1853, the Hungarian tailor Johan Libenyi tried to assassinate emperor Franz Joseph. The emperor’s brother founded that church to show his gratitude that the assassination attempt was not successful. The building is made out of limestone. Due to constant renovation, it’s so hard to get a good shot at it but you can always try.

 

How to book?

Website : You can visit Polawalk website www.polawalk.com

Or book Here

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0043 676 773 5872


How to get to Vienna?

flydubai flies 3x weekly to Vienna through Bratislava airport since December 2014 which is around 40- 45 minutes drive to Vienna.

Economy return fare starting from AED 1750

Business return fare starting from AED 8500

Book here

The airport  Bratislava… one of the simplest airport I’ve been to with a 15 minutes waiting time. Buses from flydubai are available for free and for those who would like to order a chauffeur service, could do at a rate. (It could cost around 160 euros to Hilton Plaza Vienna one way)

Insider tip**

That’s my second time flying business class on flydubai. My first time was to Sri Lanka. Some question the motion of upgrades on an airline such as flydubai. Here are some elements of flydubai’s business class I’ve discovered that made the trip so easy and worth every penny spent.

1. A dedicated bus to lydubaiss passengers to and from the aircraft with priority check in.

2. 3 different main course menus to chose from cuisine from an internationally inspired menu, in-house alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

3. Business Lounge access in Terminal 2 and in some designated destinations.

4. The 42-inch seat pitch, 7-inch recline and has an extendable leg-rest and a 21 inch wide seat.

5. Entertainment has a 12.1-inch high-definition touchscreen in every seat. TV shows, albums and games on your flight using noise-cancelling headphones.

6. As one of just 12 Business Class passengers, I enjoyed a personal and friendly service from a crew member dedicated to the Business Class cabin.

7. It’s the little things that make a real difference. On my seat I fond a universal power socket to recharge my laptop and iPhone.

A beautiful soul…Houda

View from top
At Pola Walk Offices
At Pola Walk Offices
Getting my Polaroid on!
Wall of Fame
A Pola Moment

With Gilbert from Pola Walk - Pronouced G like Grape not Juice

**Disclaimer – I was invited by flydubai on business class to experience the latest service to Vienna through Bratislava. There were no obligation to write any of the above and so all views and opinions are my own.

 

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