#2431 – A Weekend in Wien

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Two and a half months ago (haha), I went on a short weekend getaway to Vienna. So here is the (short) story of my Vienna’s trip this time around, before it gets even more outdated 😛 .

Obviously to get to Vienna, I chose to fly, haha 😀 . The KLM Schengen Crown Lounge at Schiphol was closed already when I arrived at Schiphol in the afternoon, as nowadays the lounge only opens from 6 AM to noon. There was an option to visit the Non-Schengen Crown Lounge but as it was in the non-Schengen side of the airport, I would have to go through immigration check, twice (because I would eventually need to return to the Schengen side for my flight). And so I decided to skip it and just wait at the gate.

The KLM Schengen Crown Lounge was closed after 12 PM

Anyway, I was happy with my KLM flight, where there were only 2 passengers in my row in Economy Comfort (including myself), but the regular economy cabin was (almost) full though! Also, it was really nice that KLM’s on board service had (almost) returned to its pre-pandemic standard, where alcoholic drink options were available again in economy!

KLM’s complimentary service in economy from Amsterdam to Vienna during the COVID-19 pandemic

It was, however, the opposite with the Air France flights that I took to get back from Vienna. In the Vienna – Paris flight, which certainly was longer than the Geneva-Paris or Amsterdam-Paris sectors, only a small back of crackers was served as the snack service. Pre-COVID, this was the service standard in domestic France flights, btw. And as before, only drink was served on the short Amsterdam-Paris flight. At least alcoholic options were back, though 😛 .

Air France’s complimentary service in economy from Vienna to Paris during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anyhow, as usual, Vienna was beautiful. I was especially lucky with the weather as it was sunny the entire Saturday that I was there. Only that I realized there that I had forgotten to bring my sunglasses, darn! Haha 😆 .

Hello, Vienna

Because my last visit to Vienna had relatively been just recently (it was about a year before), this time I decided to go to a site that I didn’t visit in that trip: Schloss Schönbrunn. Though, I already visited this palace twice, with the first time being in 2011 and the last time being in 2012 with my parents.

Schloss Schönbrunn

I didn’t go inside the palace this time around, obviously because of COVID-19 (I’d like to spend my time outdoor as much as possible) which had a nice side effect that I didn’t have to purchase any tickets, haha 😛 . So I just went to the palace’s beautiful and spacious garden area, which admission was free of charge! Haha 😛 .

The Schönbrunn Garden

Overall I was quite “surprised” with Vienna as I found the city to be quite … crowded. It might have been the combination of great weather and a weekend, though, but still … . That said, this “surprise” might have been because this trip was my first big city trip since the pandemic began, haha. I mean, up to this point I even hadn’t been to the city center of Amsterdam since when the restrictions were eased in the summer! Haha 😆 . So I might be having a dose of a “culture shock” here 😛 .

Anyway, overall it was a nice weekend trip to Vienna, which I thoroughly enjoyed! 😀

BAHASA INDONESIA

Dua setengah bulan yang lalu (haha), aku pergi dalam sebuah perjalanan akhir pekan singkat ke Vienna. Berikut ini cerita (singkat) dari perjalananku ke Vienna kali ini, sebelum menjadi lebih basi lagi, hahaha.

Jelas lah ya untuk pergi ke Vienna aku memutuskan untuk naik pesawat, haha 😀 . Crown Lounge Schengen-nya KLM di Schiphol sayangnya sudah tutup sih ketika aku tiba di bandaranya di siang hari, karena sekarang-sekarang ini lounge-nya hanya beroperasi dari jam 6 pagi sampai jam 12 siang saja. Ada pilihan untuk pergi ke Non-Schengen Crown lounge tetapi karena lounge yang ini berlokasi di sisi non-Schengen dari bandara Schiphol, aku jadi harus melalui imigrasi dua kali kan kalau mau kesana (karena kan aku juga harus kembali lagi ke sisi Schengen setelahnya untuk menaiki penerbanganku). Karena malas jadilah aku tidak pergi ke sana dan memutuskan menunggu di gate saja.

Crown Lounge Schengennya KLM yang tutup setelah jam 12 siang

Anyway, aku merasa puas dengan penerbangan KLMku, dimana hanya ada 2 penumpang saja di barisku di Economy Comfort (termasuk aku loh ini), walaupun kabin ekonomi reguler di belakang (nyaris) penuh sih! Haha. Dan bagus pula layanan servis di penerbangannya KLM sudah (hampir) kembali ke standar pra-pandemi, dimana pilihan minuman beralkohol kembali tersedia di kelas ekonomi!

Layanan komplimen KLM di ekonomi dari Amsterdam ke Vienna di waktu pandemi COVID-19

Sayangnya, situasinya berkebalikan sekali di penerbangan Air France yang aku naiki untuk pulang dari Vienna. Di penerbangan Vienna – Paris, yang mana jelas lebih panjang daripada sektor Geneva-Paris atau Amsterdam-Paris, hanya satu bungkus keripik ringan yang disajikan. Sebelum COVID, ini adalah standar untuk penerbangan domestik di dalam Prancis, btw. Dan seperti yang lalu, hanya minuman yang disajikan di penerbangan Amsterdam-Paris. Tapi setidaknya ada pilihan minuman beralkohol sih, haha 😛 .

Layanan komplimen Air France di ekonomi dari Vienna ke Paris di waktu pandemi COVID-19

Anyhow, sebagaimana biasanya, Vienna adalah kota yang indah. Dan beruntung sekali cuaca di keseluruhan hari Sabtu ketika aku di sana juga cerah. Hanya saja aku baru sadar di sana bahwa kacamata hitamku ketinggalan di rumah dong, sial deh! Haha 😆 .

Halo, Vienna

Karena kunjungan terakhirku ke Vienna belum terlalu lama sebelumnya (sekitar satu tahun sebelumnya), kali ini aku memutuskan untuk pergi ke lokasi yang tidak aku kunjungi di perjalanan sebelumnya itu: Schloss Schönbrunn. Walaupun sebenarnya aku juga sudah pernah mengunjungi istana ini dua kali sebelumnya sih, yang pertama adalah di tahun 2011 dan yang terakhir di tahun 2012 bersama orangtuaku.

Schloss Schönbrunn

Kali ini aku tidak masuk ke dalam istananya, jelas karena COVID-19 (Aku ingin sedapat mungkin menghabiskan waktuku di area outdoor semaksimal mungkin) yang berefek samping manis dimana aku jadi tidak harus membeli tiket apa-apa kan, haha 😛 . Aku hanya mampir di area taman istananya yang kece dan luas banget itu, yang mana untuk masuk tidak dikenakan biaya! Haha 😛 .

Taman Schönbrunn

Secara keseluruhan aku cukup “kaget” dengan Vienna karena aku merasa kotanya … cukup ramai. Mungkin kombinasi cuaca yang oke dan akhir pekan ya, tapi tetap aja kan  … . Walaupun begitu, bisa jadi juga “kekagetan” ini dikarenakan perjalanan ini adalah perjalanan pertamaku ke kota besar semenjak pandemi ini dimulai kan, haha. Bahkan sampai waktu itu aku belum pergi ke pusat kota Amsterdam loh semenjak restriksi-restriksi mulai diangkat di musim panas kemarin! Haha 😆 . Jadi bisa saja aku merasa begini karena “culture shock” juga 😛 .

Anyway, ya begitu deh. Secara umum akhir pekan ini adalah akhir pekan yang menyenangkan di Vienna, yang amat aku nikmati! 😀

2 Comments Add yours

  1. niee says:

    waaah Taman Schönbrunn nya cantik banget. Jadi pengen liburan juga, hahahahahaha

    1. zilko says:

      Iya bagus Niee taman dan istananya 😀

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