Meeting Your Trip in Steyr — 2013

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When and Where:
In Steyr, a pretty city in the center of Austria, on Saturday at the end of the day, at the hotel in time for dinner.



Included in Your Access Package, if you subscribed to it:
“Open” train tickets (good on a selection of trains) from Vienn, Salzburg or Prague to Steyr, or reserved (fixed departure) tickets from Munich.  You can look up the schedule of available services on line:
http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/fares_schedules/index.htm

You will receive either a train ticket (or tickets), or a railpass with accompanying explanation regarding its use.

Seat reservations are not useful on the lines where we offer open tickets:  trains have plenty of space (this statement is only really debatable on the train from Prague).  And they cost extra, so don’t make one.



Travelling to Steyr from Munich
If you are coming in from Munich airport, take the airport train to the downtown railway station (HBf), or to the Ostbahnhof station, depending on where your connection is best made.  It is generally faster to connect at Ostbahnhof, but if your ongoing train to Linz is the every-two-hour “Railjet” service, it won’t stop there, and you must connect at the city center HBf station.

From Munich, whether from Hauptbahnhof or Ostbahnhof, you take a train to Linz. 
If you wish to walk around Munich a bit before you go on, make your connection at Hauptbahnhof, in the city center.  You may leave your luggage in one of the Hauptbahnhof station’s left-luggage lockers.

In the 2013 schedule, Munich - Linz trains run every two hours.  
Additional services are available via a connection in Salzburg.

In Linz, connect for a local train to Steyr.  The connections are easy (you typically have 30 - 45 minutes), and the connecting train takes you to Steyr in 45 minutes. 
Final destination for the Steyr train, if you are looking for it on a departure board, is either Garstein or Kleinereifling. 
Careful
:  Steyr has two stations, and you want the second!  The first, Steyr-Münichholz, is a suburban stop, 2 k from the center of town.  Enough Blue Marbles have walked this with luggage that we know it can be done.   Alternatively, there is a city bus.  But why not stay on the train for 3 more minutes, and get off in downtown Steyr.


Travelling to Steyr from Vienna (Wien)
If you are coming in from Vienna airport, take the special, dedicated bus to the Westbahnhof railway station (http://www.postbus.at/en/Airportbus/Vienna_AirportLines/Westbahnhof/index.jsp).  It runs every half hour, and takes 45 minutes to make the trip.

From Westbahnhof, catch the next train to St. Valentin, a 75-minute trip.  In the 2013 schedule, these run every hour.
If you wish to walk around Vienna a bit before you travel on, you may leave your luggage in one of the Hauptbahnhof station’s left-luggage lockers.

In St.-Valentin, connect for a local train to Steyr.  The connection is tight, but guaranteed (you typically have 7 minutes, the connecting train normally departs from track 5 of the St. Valentin station).  This second train takes you to Steyr in 25 minutes. 
Final destination for the Steyr train, if you are looking for it on a departure board, is either Garstein or Kleinereifling. 
Careful
:  Steyr has two stations, and you want the second!  The first, Steyr-Münichholz, is a suburban stop, 2 k from the center of town.  Enough Blue Marbles have walked this with luggage that we know it can be done.   Alternatively, there is a city bus.  But why not stay on the train for 3 more minutes, and get off in downtown Steyr.




Finding Your Hotel from the Steyr Station
Walk out of the station and turn right.  Turn left at the first corner, and follow this main street to the river, 2 blocks.  The Hotel Minichmeyer is on the right corner, just before the bridge.

If you are very late for some reason, be sure to let your Trip Coordinator know (telephone number on your hotel list).



Meeting Your Group
Your trip’s Coordinator arrives in Steyr by the end of the afternoon on the trip’s start date, and dinner in Steyr is a nice event (you’ll see).  But if you come in late, or jet-lagged, you may skip dinner altogether, or eat lightly.  Just keep your dinner check (to help us with accounts):  we will reimburse you whatever you spent on your alternate supper, not including the beverages. 



Information on Austrian Cultural Attractions
Austria is a wonderful center for classical music, opera, and their cousins.  If you are interested, you will find a lot of it lining your path, and even “minor” concerts are of exceptional quality (an Austrian conservatory student is aspiring to the biggest league there is).

This is especially true of Vienna.  The list of Vienna’s Opera Directors across history proves that the Steinbrenners are but shallow imitators regarding acquisition of talent, lest you had any illusions on that score (note musical pun).

You will be in Steyr for two nights.  While your trip’s Coordinator will help you locate cultural activities locally, if you are a real fan, you may prefer to reserve in advance.  Naturally, many of the “best” events are highly prized (and priced).  So this warning may allow you to plan ahead, if you wish to do so.

The following web site will help.
http://www.vienna.info

If you are new to us, and worried that your own, privately set-up plans might conflict with our arrangements, don’t be.  We can always work something out.  You can have an early dinner, or a big lunch instead of the included dinner... we can refund the dinner check of wherever you eat on your own... and you will have plenty of “together time” with your fellow travellers out in the countryside.

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