Graz, Vienna and Budapest in Eastern Europe tour 2013(Part II)

Day 4

From Slovenia, we went back to Austria again. Austria is the most developed country in Eastern Europe. We arrived at Graz, capital of the Province of Styria. We had a short walking tour through the old center of Graz before we proceeded to Vienna, the capital city of Austria. The city of Graz is very clean. Like many of the European countries, the main transportation is electric train.

City of Graz, very clean.

City of Graz, very clean.

On the way to Vienna, it was snowing, with temperature of around -2oC.

 

At one of the toilet stop on the way to Vienna

At one of the toilet stop on the way to Vienna

We arrived at Vienna in the evening and checked in Hilton Hotel by the Danube River.

 

Day 5

Breakfast was by The Danube river side with beautiful scenery. Actually this river passes through the city and the city is surrounded by the Alps.

 

With soulmate by the Danube Riverside

With soulmate by the Danube Riverside

After breakfast, we began our city tour with a visit to Stadpark to see the statue of Strut, the famous musician.

 

the statue of Strut, the famous musician

the statue of Strut, the famous musician

The city tour also includes State Opera, the 19th century Parliament, town hall and also St Stephen Cathedral.

 

St Stephen Cathedral

St Stephen Cathedral

We also visited the Apartments of Schonbrunn Palace, one of the most important cultural monuments in the country.

 

The City Hall

The City Hall

 

The Schonbrunn Palace

The Schonbrunn Palace

Day 6

This day was the shopping day! Of course the ladies were very excited. We went to Parndorf Designer Outlet. But it was a total  disappointment as there were  not much designer brands to boast of, compared to the outlets in San Francisco and Los Angeles, USA. The prices are not cheap either.

 

Parndorg Designer Outlet

Parndorg Designer Outlet

In the afternoon we crossed the border of Hungary to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary.

At the border, we changed for some Hungarian currency, Forint, Ft. €1  = 280 Ft.

 

Money changer at the Hungary border. You will never get this type of money changer in our country. You know why!

Money changer at the Hungary border. You will never get this type of money changer in our country. You know why!

 

Hungarian currency note

Hungarian currency note

 

Finally arrived at Budapest, one of the most beautiful city in Europe. Budapest actually is made up of two cities, Buda and Pest separated by the Danube River. When the two cities merged, it changed the name to Budapest.

Hero's Square, Budapest

Hero’s Square, Budapest

Panoramic view of Budapest city from Citadel Hill

Panoramic view of Budapest city from Citadel Hill

 

Like this also can get donation! Saw this on the way to the Fisherman's Bastion.

Like this also can get donation! Saw this on the way to the Fisherman’s Bastion.

 

We visited the famous Fisherman Bastion and the Castle, enjoyed the scenic Danube River.

 

HP Lim overlooking the Budapest city

HP Lim overlooking the scenic Budapest city

 

As it was winter, It was dark already around 5.00pm. Dinner was at the typical restaurant with Gypsy Music.

 

Dinner with Gypsy Music in one of the restaurant. One of our tourmate  Mr Kok took part in the gypsy dance!

Dinner with Gypsy Music in one of the restaurant. One of our tourmate Mr Kok took part in the gypsy dance!

After dinner, we went for a river cruise, enjoying the night scene of Danube River.

 

Night scene on the Danube River cruise

Night scene on the Danube River cruise

We checked in Continental Zara Hotel, Budapest, feeling extremely tired.

 

To be continued…….

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An experienced Form 5 chemistry teacher from Johor Bahru.