Vienna, the City of Music, was the next stop after Salzburg. The Radisson Blu is incredibly centrally located within Vienna’s Ringstrasse making it an excellent base for touring around. Luckily the Radisson Blu Vienna had award availability since it could be tenuous at times. Instead of a nightly rate of $300, we paid 44,000 Club Carlson points for two nights.
As a Club Carlson Gold member, you can usually expect an upgrade to the Business room, which is a bit larger than the standard room. In our case we were very lucky and were upgraded two categories to the Junior Suite, which is a room that has a separate living room and bedroom. It also has the added luxury of two sinks, a shower, and a bath tub. There was also heated tile flooring in the bathroom, something I’ve never seen at another Radisson Blu property.
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The Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg was the first stop on our around the world trip chasing Club Carlson properties. Salzburg, known for the birthplace of Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, is an incredibly expensive hotel market with average nightly rates around $200. I’ve always wanted to visit the city and so we decided that burning 44,000 Club Carlson points for two nights made a lot of sense.
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Over the course of a few days in Vienna, I had the opportunity to try several classic cheap eats including Weiner Schnitzel, Cabbage soup, and Käsekrainer (cheese filled sausages). Käsekrainer are so much better than they sound – I had to go back for seconds. Got them at Bitzinger, across the street from the Opera house in Albertina platz.
Vienna, known as the City of Music, has many has many musicians who call it their eternal home. I took a day trip to Vienna’s Central Cemetery and saw Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, and Mozart’s memorial (he was buried in an unmarked mass grave). Admission is free and it’s a short tram ride from the Ringstrasse. It’s a very large cemetery and you should allow at least two hours once you’re there.
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Vienna’s main attractions are around the Ring Road (German: Ringstraße) and it’s good for a day walk. Among the attractions are the Heldenplatz, Rathaus, Austrian Parliament, the Natural history museum, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Most of these places had admission costs of around €10-15 each, so I decided just to marvel at the architecture from the outside.
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