Chapter Wanderlust: NH Heidelberg

After a train ride on the ICE from Munich, I arrived in Heidelberg, the next city on my list of travels. I have always wanted to visited Heidelberg, a city near Frankfurt which is famed for the amazing view and chill lax vibes. I won’t called it a town because it feels much more crowded and larger than a usual town. The city revolves around the Neckar river and on both sides of it lies lush greens with the famous Alte Brucke connecting them. The old bridge which have been in existence since 1788 and also the castle overlooking the old town is one of the main points that I am visiting Heidelberg. I choose NH Heidelberg as it is one of the few choices in town, it is also a solid 4 star hotel in the area, the location was perfect as well. It was in between the main area of my activity, the old town and the train station. While you could take the buses, I opt to simply rely on walking during my time there. It wasn’t that bad with baggage, probably took me a good 15mins walk there.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Munich

This post and sharing is going to be kind of short since the weather was extremely bad on the days that I was in Munich. There was some kind of storm going on in Northern Europe and the wind were really gusting and it kind of rain the whole time I was there. It is kind of a turnoff when the weather hits on your travels. However I should probably be prepared for it given the length of my travel, somehow delays, strikes, cancellation, rain, you just get use to it. On the bright side, on a long travels it is somehow good to have kind of a midpoint where you can rest and repercurate. To put it on point, somehow you have been heading out everyday for the past few weeks. It was my second time in Munich, probably the reason where I was kind of more chill. Thankfully I also did couchsurfing which kinda mix it up, Thanks Jessica! I also get to check out the Nymphenburg Palace and tried one of the local dish!

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Chapter Wanderlust: OBB RailJet Vienna – Munich First Class

I would like to share with you all the crown product of the OBB Railways. The first class cabins on the OBB Railjet. Railjet are the Austrian high speed trains that can go up to 230km/hr. They operate both international rail lines as well as internally within Austria. Some of the popular routes that they operate are Munich to Salzburg or even all the way to Vienna. In fact you can reach Salzburg from Munich in 90 mins and from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5hr. They are comfortable and spacious. In fact train are such an efficient way to travel in Europe. No liquid limits, no need for long security lines and check in. Stations are usually right smack in town. The amount of baggage that you can bring is only limit by your strength itself. While I usually write only about my flights, I will like to differ a bit from my usual and share a little on the product since I took the first class cabin. In the future, I will also be doing a comparison on the rail products in Europe!

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Chapter Wanderlust: OBB Lounge Wien Hauptbahnhof

Welcome to another lounge report of Seeing The World In Steps travel dairies. As with the DB Lounge in munich that I have shared earlier with you peeps. I felt that train lounge are great and perfect, especially for the travellers that are not used to travelling by train frequently and also the travellers out of the country. The are a great use to leverage on the refreshments, toilets and a safe place to keep your baggage at times. As a traveller the most hurdles that I faced are finding complementary toilets in train stations and also a “safer” place to put your stuff when travelling alone! The use of it even increase especially when you are making transfers or miss a connections. The previous lounge saved my life while travelling through Munich! Access are usually given when you have a loyalty card or are travelling on a first class train tickets. When buying in advance, the price difference are not that much of a different, so you can put this into consideration when making the purchase.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Vienna

Vienna was the last city that I visited in Austria after visiting Salzburg and Hallstatt. It sure live up to its reputation of being clean, efficient and modern. Everything seems to be working that way that it should be. I am also kind of glad to be back in the city after visiting a couple of small towns. It is whoops, crowded to the max and people rushing here and there when I step out of the underground. Tourists everywhere, selfie sticks here and there. Kind of nice to see everyone out in the day and laughter on their face. Just to start this with a little thoughts of mine on Vienna, it is so beautiful and so clean, coming from Singapore it felt like home, a surrounding that I am used to, except that there is so much more charms and history to everything, the buildings, the people, the little horse drawn carriage that you can see right in the heart of the city. And of course the St Stephen is such a representative icon of Vienna.

 

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Chapter Wanderlust: Cafe Central Vienna

Simply when you are in Austria, especially in Vienna, you can miss out on the opportunity on visiting one of the cafes. Cafes in Austria are not just a place for food and coffee but a way of life for the locals, the Austrians. If you need a good measure of Quality of Life, this is one way you can see how. As a local coffeeshop down the block of the public housing that I have back home here in Singapore, Cafes in Vienna are a good place of seeing how the Viennese life and pass by everyday. The rush every New Yorkers felt every work day when they take the subway to work. The buzzling and steam you felt at a teahouse in the morning in Hong Kong. The slow pace of life with whispers of chat over coffee and cakes in a Viennese cafe or the mens reading the papers over a dose of caffeine. They are a way of life around the world! One of the best place to experience the Viennese way is at Cafe Central Vienna.

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Chapter Wanderlust: City Pension Stephansplatz

This is one of the best accomodation that I had in Vienna. In fact it wasn’t my first choice since it is a little more expensive that my other choice. Blame on me for not pulling the trigger on the other one. Given that this trip of mine is a little backpacking kind like and I really want to save on the accomodation side, I did not stayed at very nice hotels and stuff. City Pension Stephansplatz can be said as one of the nicest place that I had in the whole trip. Although it is a Pension which is a bed and breakfast it literally felt like a 4 star hotel simply without a nice lobby. A strong 4 star contender for the price of a 3 star. Modern, clean and new it is just like its city Vienna. Just like the name of the accomodation, it is located just around the corner of the Stephansplatz which is the most iconic St Stephen Cathedral and central location of Vienna! A Little gem in the heart of Vienna!

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