About This Listing
PARKING INFORMATION-SEE BOTTOM
I own the apartment and it is available for a minimum two night stay. It is an entire floor, 70 sq. meters, in a hundred year old house that is situated in the inner court of the apartment houses lining the surrounding streets. Because of this, it is absolutely quiet. The court has large, shady trees, with birds in the warmer weather.
There are two large rooms with high ceilings (bedroom and living room) on the wings of the house, with a modern kitchen, bathroom and hallway in the center between the two large rooms. I've attractively and artistically designed the place, as I think the photos show. There are a number of pieces reflecting my interest in the Arab world, particularly Palestine, where I have traveled extensively and been involved for over thirty years. The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed, plus an attractive futon couch which opens to sleep two. In the living room, the large, oversized couch (see photo) is flat and comfortable, and has easily slept two adults. So really, six people could sleep, but for a number of days, four people would be a more comfortable number. All bedding covers provided.
The apartment is very convenient to the inner city, also known as Old Vienna, or the First District. This is where most of Vienna's famous buildings, monuments and sites are. I am 1.5 blocks from the #43 tram, which is then only five stops away from the Ringstrasse, the border of the inner city. It is a ten minute tram ride, or, a nice thirty minute walk through the student area bordering the University of Vienna. If you take the tram in the direction opposite the inner city, you'll wind up at the end of the tram line, and near the famous Vienna woods.
There are many restaurants and supermarkets in the immediate area, especially in Yppenplatz, two blocks away. An Do is an outstanding fish restaurant there, and Kent is a very reasonable Turkish restaurant with a casual, even family style atmosphere. There is an open air Turkish style market in Yppenplatz also, next to the Turkish bakery with a huge brick oven for fresh baked bread.
To hook up with the world class Vienna UBahn system, take the #43 tram toward Old Vienna and get off after just one stop to transfer to the UBahn line #6. This puts the whole city in the palm of your hand via the easy to use network of subway, trams and buses.
PARKING: First the bad news: Each Vienna district is different, and things have been changing, and almost all districts now charge for on-street parking. As of last year, parking on the street in my district (the 17th) is no longer free Monday thru Friday BETWEEN THE HOURS of 9am-7pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays. You can park for only three hours at one time, and must buy tickets for the dashboard at the Tabac/Trafik shop one-half block away, for about 1 euro per hour.
Now the GOOD NEWS: Parking is still free on the street in the 18th District, from which you can reach my flat in 5-10 minutes on foot, except for any spots on streets with a circle saying "Kurzparkzone", meaning short parking zone. City maps have the district boundaries shown on them so 17th and 18th district boundary is easily identifiable.
ALSO, there are 3euro per day (or 12euro per week) park and ride parking lots. The easiest one I know of is right next to the Heiligenstadt UBahn stop, at the top of the UBahn 4 line. From here, you can take the UBahns five stops to the apartment, about 15 minutes. Here is the website address for the park and rides in Vienna:
There is a hairdrier, and plug-in access for phones at night close to the sleeping areas.
Interaction with Guests
Not at all. My neighbor downstairs, Astrid, handles the key and requests for help. But I am always out of town during rental times.
Proximity to major supermarkets and to the outdoor cafe scene in Yppenplatz, just two blocks away.
UBahn and streetcars just down the street take you everywhere in Vienna.
House rules are pretty simple, but important:
Make sure all doors to all buildings are closed after you enter.
Keep the noise down after 10 p.m.
No shoes inside the apartment. These should be removed, and replaced with house slippers, in the front entrance area of the flat.
No smoking whatsoever inside the building anywhere.
Don't grab hold of thin bar holding up shower curtain. Use the several handrails instead.
Rinse the hair catch screen in bathtub after EACH AND EVERY shower.
Generally respect the order and cleanliness with how the apartment is when you arrived.
During cold weather, heat thermostat is NOT to be turned above the 20 degree celsius setting. At night, turn down to 15 or it'll be too warm to sleep.
No more than TWO showers per person, per day.
Any questions for repairs, see Astrid in the flat on the first level (first door) as you enter the back, yellow building.
Everything about staying at Carl's place went smoothly and according to plan. Appartment was quite interesting and we felt like being at home. Metro U6 is i the vicinity andit is easy to access all parts of the city. We recommend this place !
Very positive experience. The apartment is exactly as appear in the photos and description. It is confortable,clean and fully equipped(WIFI, DVD, TV, Kitchen,etc). Carl was was not there but we managed everything smoothly by mail, sms, and thanks to his neighbour. The position is is more than convenient: 300 mt from U3 stop and you have a supermarket on the way to the U stop. Parking is not easy in the area neither cheap as in Wien in general. So we left the car in a Park and Ride(P+R) at 3,4 €/day which is at the end of the U3 line(10 min from Carl apt). Then you can forget about your car since public trasportation in Wien works perfectly fine. I definitely raccomend Carl's apartment for your stay in Wien.
Es ist eine sehr gemütliche Wohnung, im netten Viertel, nicht weit zur Innenstadt. Da sie sich im Hinterhaus befindet, ist es angenehm ruhig. Gerne kommen wir wieder.
This was my first experience with airbnb and it was totally worth it. Carl's apartement is really nice and clean. It is close to the subway and it's quiet. Carl was there and gave me a quick introduction to the flat and has also a book prepared with the house rules and some ideas where to go to in Vienna. We had a great time!
We had a fantastic 2 days at Carl's flat. It's very individual and so interesting. Apartment is very close to the centre. You can go on foot 2-4 km or take a transport. Carl was so kind and hospitable . We even found some food in the fridge prepared for us. Thanks for all, Carl!
Alloggiare nell'appartamento di Carl è stato davvero confortevole ed abbiamo trascorso una gradevole vacanza a Vienna. Dal quartiere in cui si trova è facilmente raggiungibile il centro della città, grazie alla metropolitana che dista solo dieci minuti a piedi. Carl, inoltre, è stato molto disponibile a rispondere ai nostri quesiti relativi sia all'appartamento che alla città.
Lo consiglio vivamente a coloro che volessero trascorrere una piacevole vacanza a Vienna!!
About the Host, Carl
I am an internationalist sort of person, an American who for over forty years now has traveled all over, and outside, the United States. I had previously lived overseas a couple of times, in Greece and in England, and have traveled extensively in the Arab world. After meeting an Austrian while I was living in Greece one summer, I eventually moved from California to marry and set up my life here in Austria, where I teach English literature in the Middle Years program at Vienna International School. In addition to offering my apartment in Vienna for rent during school vacation times, we are building a house in a beautiful place in the Greek islands, which we will eventually rent out at times (see my fourth photo for the view from our land). I motorcycle in the Austrian Alps, play Irish tunes on guitar, and study Middle East history and politics. My wife Dagmar is a teacher also (Art and ESL), and has been a student and teacher of bellydance for many years.