Vienna has an extensive system of efficient trams.  The trams loop through the Ringstrasse in a not entirely intuitive fashion.

Google "Vienna tramway map", or

 http://homepage.univie.ac.at/horst.pr...

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Some basic schedule information is also helpful.

Vienna-Sightseeing by Tram - “D”!

European cities as a rule have some kind of convenient public transportation. And some of those lines are even very useable for low budget sightseein. In Rome this is the notorious bus line 64, London’s bus line 11 in Berlin lines 100 and 200 and in Paris route 42.

Is there something comparable in Vienna? – YES there IS, it’s the tram line “D”!

Starting at the new Hauptbahnhof (Hbf., Central Train Station) with its still growing number of surprisingly affordable NEW hotels & hostels the “D” is also of special interest for day visitors from Budapest and Bratislava.

From here the tram’s destination board spells “Nussdorf” – for your way back you would take the “D” showing “Hauptbahnhof”. Trams run every 5-8 minutes! - The non-stop ride takes about 45 minutes!

Even before you get on the tram, or after just one stop, Belvedere Hill offers two sightseeing gems already. Ducked away from the modern station development and hidden behind trees is the Arsenal (Military History Museum; Sarajevo Car). In its 1860ies grandeur attractive in its architecture as well as due to its exhibits. Across the park there is the Upper Belvedere palace (Klimt’s Kiss) overlooking the city and Vienna’s most impressive formal gardens.

Now you may take the “D” down the hill (2 stops) to Schwarzenbergplatz dominated by the Soviet Monument and surrounded by some magnificent buildings illustrating the city’s boom period around 1900.

Back on the “D”, or, better take a walk to Karlskirche, just behind the art nouveau French embassy and from here to the State Opera. Behind the massive building you find Hotel Sacher, home of one of Vienna’s edible landmarks the “Sacher Torte”. Want something tasty, spicy some times, mostly greasy – perfect with a beer – stop at the nearby “Bitzinger” sausage stand – Vienna “finger food” in a stylish setting.

Then back to the Rind and your “D” for only one stop – or again you walk from here via Burggarten to Heldenplatz, Volksgarten, Parliament to Rathausplatz (City Hall). Definitely the most impressive morning walk you can take in this city.

Next to Freud’s favorite Café, the Landmann and the palais Eprussi (“home” of the Hare with Amber Eyes) catch “D” again which one stop later leaves the Ring and passes Freud’s Berggasse .. and then Palais Liechtenstein where they preferred to live even after buying the poor mountain principality still ruled by the family.

Turning towards suburban Nussdorf now you pass Vienna’s 18th, 19th and 20th centuries like the Hundertwasser waste incinerator at Rossauerlaende or the working class “Versailles” at Karl Marx Hof.

At the foot of vine clad hillsides of the Wienerwald your journey reached its turning point. When this happens around 5 p.m. pop into one of the vintners gardens "Heurigen" here, where Viennese enjoy fresh and fruity white wines with some hefty food. Step out to the front of the old wine grower’s cottage and see Kahlenbergerstrasse like Beethoven liked it. He spent some summers nearby in houses still standing.

Riding back to Hauptbahnhof will take some 45 minutes and you can proudly review what you have seen on just one tram ride!

Have fun & “Servus”