Holiday spend – Vienna and Bratislava

This trip took place in late November 2015, but spend started in October 2015 when I started booking travel.

Before the trip

  • Return flight – £46.98
  • Booking fee for hostel – £1.11 (€1.50 – exchange based on credit card rate)
  • 3-day Vienna Pass – €75.60
  • Coach Bratislava to Vienna €7.70 – exchange based on credit card rate
  • Booking fee for hostel – £0.88

Thursday

  • Return train ticket to the airport – £11.00
  • Meal deal at airport – £3.79
  • Chocolate at airport – £4.42
  • Taxi Vienna bus station to hostel – €15.00 (could have travelled by metro but felt safer by taxi as arrived in Vienna after 11pm)
  • Vienna hostel – €66.00

Subtotal -£19.21 and €81.00

Friday

  • Breakfast (chocolate) – €1.99
  • Lunch – Cafe Mozart – hot chocolate and Kaiserschmarren – €17.00
  • Dinner -Cinnamon roll – €3.85 and langos with ham and cheese – €3.50
  • Postcards – €1.20
  • Iced tea and tea bags – €1.09

Subtotal – €28.63

As usual, I bought a city card and then tracked what I would have spent against the cost of the card:

  • Hop-on-hop-off bus tour – €29.50 (72 hours all lines)
  • Spanish riding school morning exercises – €14.00
  • Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection – €12.50

  • Imperial Treasury – €12.00

Total €68, card cost €75.60, difference €7.60

Saturday

  • Breakfast -Konditerei Heiner – hot chocolate and cake – €8.60
  • Lunch -Zu den 3 Hacken – Wiener Schnitzel – €23.50
  • Dinner -Cafe Museum – Topfenknoedel and hot chocolate – €15.00

Subtotal – €47.10

Vienna card spend:

  • Bus (included in yesterday’s ticket)
  • Giant ferris wheel – €9.50
  • Danube Tower – €7.40
  • Museum of Applied Arts – €9.90
  • St Stephan’s cathedral treasure – €5.50
  • Albertina – €12.90

Total €45.20, card cost €75.60, difference -€37.60

Sunday

  • Breakfast – Castle Schoenbrunn – hot chocolate and cake – €9.90
  • Lunch – Schoenbrunn market – Wildererpfandel – €6.80
  • Dinner – Freyung market – Rathausplatz Teller – €7.90, Konditorei Aida – hot chocolate and two cakes – €8.80
  • Souvenir postcard – €1.99
  • Coach ticket from Vienna to Bratislava – €7.50

Subtotal –€42.89

Vienna card spend:

  • Schoenbrunn Palace – €12.90 (the panoramic train and the Orangery are also included with the Vienna Pass but were closed in November)
  • Apple strudel show – €9.60
  • Kunst Haus Wien – €12.00

Total €34.50, card cost €75.60, difference -€72.10. So, I saved almost double the price of the card. I stopped using it quite early on Sunday and could probably have spent another €20 on it if I’d been in the mood. On that basis, it was worth buying it. However, looking at the things that I would definitely have done even if I didn’t have the card, I would probably have spent around under €75 in total. I would have finished doing paid things in one day though and would have been looking for free things to do for the next three days. I would also not have found out about some of the places I really enjoyed, like Kunst Haus Wien, which I found out about on the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. If you’re on a really tight budget, you could certainly manage without a city card. All the same, I like that they encourage me to do more once I’ve bought them, in an effort to get value for money, and although in some of the places I think “I wouldn’t have bothered paying full price for this”, in others I might not have paid to go in but I really enjoyed them. 

Monday

  • Breakfast – Nusstangel €2.90 and Jaegerspaetzle €5.80.
  • Lunch -€10
  • Brownie – €2.90
  • Metro ticket – €2.20
  • Hotel balance – €9.15
  • Dinner – pancakes €4.50

Subtotal -€37.45

Tuesday

  • Bratislava Castle €7
  • Pancake €1.80
  • Presidential palace €3.00
  • Lunch €14.50
  • Hot chocolate €2.50
  • Pancake €1.50
  • Pancake €1.50
  • Hot chocolate €5
  • Bus €1.20
  • Tea €2.59

Subtotal -€40.59

Total – £68.18 and €357.11

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