One of the most exciting places to visit while traveling is usually the first place you leave and the first place you arrive at at both the start and end of the trip. Modern airports, seaports, and train stations are designed to mesmerize and to entertain visitors. They do this not only to keep visitors occupied, but to make sure that they spend their last dime before leaving the host country. The website’s background is currently a photo of the Wien Westbahnhof in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the two train stations I will be visiting on my travel through Austria.
Remember that if you were to get lost, maps are only as helpful as they are legible. It is important that you learn the endonyms for places you plan to visit.The German Wien is the endonym for Vienna and Bahnhof translates to station in English. German is sometimes fun for English speakers because of the common linguistic heritage. Hence, the west in Wien Westbahnhof means just that, west or western.
If you are going backpacking through Europe, do not assume in planning (as I once did) that your destination train station to a country will be the one you will use to leave that country for another. This will occur twice on my trip, In Vienna, Austria and in Paris, France. Below is a small gallery of photos of the Wien Westbahnhof and Bahnhof Wien-Meidling and some interesting places near both that I plan to visit. By these stations I will enter Austria (Österreich) from the Czech Republic and leave for Italy (Italia).
- Schloss Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schlossstraße, Wien
Wienzeile 1, Wien 1040
Stephansplatz, Wien 1010
Museumsplatz 1, Wien 1070
Löwengasse 43, Wien 1030
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, Wien 1030
Michaelerplatz 1, Wien 1010
Opernring 2, Wien 1010