Friday, July 24, 2015

#TravelTips | Austria DIY Walking Tour

While preparing for my Balkan trip last year, I bumped into this amazing blog which I thought I should share, and I wish the owner would expend *hint hint*. You see, there are a few ways to reduce cost on your trip, especially the one that will cost a bomb ie traveling in Europe (for Asian especially, due to the exchange rate *bluek*).

What I normally do, aside from sourcing for cheaper flight and accommodation (this can be achieved either via couch-surfing or AirBnB, or even hijack friends/family home, muahhahahah *evil laugh*), I will source for cheap and convenient tours. The thing about me is, I like and still prefers a guide narrating to me of the places, history, culture and etc, in other words - visual impact is very important to me. Despite that we read all the stories and histories of a place, there is no way we can remember every single detail, right?! So, now, what I did was to do or take :

Free Walking Tour (where we only award via tips) or
DIY Walking Tour (self discover)

The first option will always be my priority as it is also a way for us to meet new friends and share some tips or ideas, or share some light bitch session. Keh keh keh....

As I was researching a.k.a googling, I found this site , I immediate fell in love with it. Below are walking tour guide from this site, how cool it that!

Big Boy Travel
Salzburg Free Walking Tour:  

(Printable Tour Map | Use Map On Phone)

Location: Old Town Salzburg (Altstadt)
Cost: Free, Self-Guided (Museum and funicular/lift costs below)
Style: Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour (Self Guided)
Start: Mirabell Palace Gardens
End: Bräustübl Beer Hall
Distance: 3.4 Miles
Time: 2.5 Hours of Walking (with attractions 5-6 hours)
Fun Scale: 10 out of 10

Salzburg's Old Town, known as Altstadt, has a beautiful Alpine setting which has not only been home to Mozart but also the setting for the Sound of Music.  The city center has retained it graceful Baroque architecture by avoiding the conflict of The 30 Years War and by suffer only minor damage during WW2.  Because it still holds much of its old world charm, Salzburg's Old Town is one of only 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria. 

We like to start this walk early in the morning, sometimes even right at 8am when the Mirabell Palace Gardens are opening.  Starting early is a great way to avoid feeling rushed throughout the day and will give you you plenty of extra time to explorer sights longer or even to shop on Getreidegasse.

How not to like this site right?

How I wish Big Boy Travel covers more city in their Walking Tour guide, I would certainly benefit from it *major hint*.

The options for Vienna was good too :

Top Things To Do In Vienna

  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Ringstrasse Tram Tour
  • City Center Free Walking Tour
  • Other Vienna Attractions

Big Boy Travel
Vienna Old Town Walking Tour: 
(Printable Tour Map | Use Map on Phone)

Location: Vienna's Historic City Center
Cost: Free, Self-Guided (Museum and sight costs below)
Style: Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour (Self Guided)
Start: State Opera House (Karlsplatz Metro stop)
End: Museum Quarter (Volkstheater Metro stop)
Walking Distance: 1.6 miles
Time: 60 minutes for walk (with sights 4-5 hours) 
Fun Scale: 9.5 out of 10

The heart and soul of Vienna (Wien) pumps from its historic city center which is a mix of Medieval and Renaissance elements.  The area of Old Town Vienna is compact and best seen on foot.  We hope you enjoy our free do-it-yourself free walking tour as it has all the best stops and tips. 

And the best thing is, it also provide a map for us! Fantastic! Do check-out this site for DIY Walking tour

Happy traveling!

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