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Austria Reviews

Vienna has truly got to be one of the most user friendly cities in Europe. Most if not all of the public buildings, museums and other sites have clean, accessible and free toilets readily available for your comfort. This is one of the few places in Europe that realizes that crapping is a public right and works hard to make its guests feel welcome. It is not strange to encounter female cleaning staff inside of the mens room while in use. Don't be shy. Just go about your business and so will they. As with much of Europe, it is not very handi-crapping friendly due to lots of stairs, tight doorways and such. But there are a few notable exceptions. Some places even offer separate handi-crapping facilities.

Come along on a magical journey of Vienna with your Mystery Crapper guide and see why this city ranks high on our list of crapping friendly burgs. Check out the reviews below and go in peace. Note the little toilet brushes in each stall.

Vienna Other Cities
Vienna (Inner Stadt) Innsbruck
Vienna (Suburbs)  
Vienna (Airport)  

Vienna (Inner Stadt)

Schottentor U-Bahn Station

Located near the University, this is a typical European subway station complete with shopping mall below ground. There are some public facilities downstairs and they are a little open-air so they can be cold in winter. And it is ALL METAL!!! It is free to pee but .50 Euro for the fully-enclosed stall. As you might imagine, this is not the best place to go. Try one of the other places around (such as the Rathaus).

Metro stations can be recognized by the blue sign with a white U ("U-Bahn") on it. Upon passing through the ticket barrier, you need to validate your ticket by inserting it into the blue ticket punching machine (shown left). Tickets that are valid for more than one ride need only be punched on the first use. Weekly or monthly travel passes need not be stamped at all.

On the platform, check the platform indicator to make sure you are boarding the correct train. Trains are indicated by their terminus, and the indicator also shows how long you have to wait for the train. On the picture below, a train of line U1 to Kagran will arrive in 1 minute.

Once the train arrives, you must open the door yourself by either pulling the handle or by pressing the illuminated button.

User Friendliness = 1.5
Cleanliness = 2
Privacy = 3
Facilities = 1.5
Overall Rating = 1.5


Hofburg Palace Imperial Apartments


Located just under the big dome in the middle of the Hofburg Palace complex, this wonderful facility is at your service. No admission charge is necessary. The doorway appears to be a "one at a time" facility but it is not. Boldly go in and there will be doors to womens and mens facilities within.

The mens facility is not busy and offers two fully enclosed stalls for supreme privacy. As with most Vienna toilets, these are very clean. The central location of this facility makes it a great stop no matter where your final destination is. Should be good handi-crapping as well.

User Friendliness = 3.5
Cleanliness = 4
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 4
Overall Rating = 4


Spanish Riding School (Hofburg Palace)


This convenient stop offers two fully enclosed stalls located just in the lobby. As with all Austrian public facilities, this one is very clean, offers great privacy and is free. The only downside here is that there are tours every hour so it can get busy as people queue up for tickets and to be let inside. A great pit stop before going to see the famous white Lipizzaner Stallions. Access to the morning workout sessions with music is only about 11 Euros which is a far cry from the 80-110 for an actual performace. This may be all you need to see to get the feel of the horses and what they do. Great for families.

User Friendliness = 3.5
Cleanliness = 3.5
Privacy = 3
Facilities = 3
Overall Rating = 3.5


State Treasury(Hofburg Palace)


Through the Swiss Gate is the Schatzkammer or State Treasury of the Hapsburgs who ruled over the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Also housed here are the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire after the seat of power shifted from Constantinople to Vienna. Can be a bit crowded from time to time but have no fear. Fully-enclosed stalls provide good privacy. Go past the ticket booth through the bookstore and down a short flight of stairs.

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 4
Privacy = 3.5
Facilities = 4
Overall Rating = 3.5

Rathaus

A RatHaus is the town hall in any German-speaking city. Home of the other famous Christmas Market in Vienna, the Rathaus offers a number of convenient WCs for your convenience. In the main building there are four stalls, all of which are clean. This facility can be a little busy during the market as their are tons of kids running around.

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 3
Privacy = 3
Facilities = 3
Overall Rating = 3

Albertina Museum

Located upstairs near the exhibits, this beautifully decorated facility comes complete with sleek wood paneling. Very scan design. However, there are a few problems. First, you have to pay and go inside the museum to use. If there is another place to go, I couldn't find it. Second, there is only one stall and it is quite busy. Also, be careful about exhibit closings that are not posted. make sure to ask what is open before paying your 9 Euros to go in. I got ripped off as almost the entire museum was closed for repairs.

User Friendliness = 2
Cleanliness = 3.5
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 2
Overall Rating = 2.5


Champions Bar/Marriott am Parkring


This hotel is across from the StadtPark on the ParkRing road. Located in the back of the hotel lobby, this quirky but useful facility serves both the hotel dining and lounge areas and the Champions Sports Bar next door. The Sports Bar is a friendly place to go have a beer, eat and watch a game including Bundesliga soccer and American football. Try an Ottakringer beer! There are two clean stall which are fully enclosed and very private. Don't be put off by the strange layout of the room. It is a good place to stop on this side of town.

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 4
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 4
Overall Rating = 4

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Vienna (Suburbs)

Andino Restaurant

Located just off the Pilgrimgasse stop on the U4 (green line), this strange combination Mexican restaurant and hard rock concert venue is an interesting stop on anyone's journey. There are two stalls downstairs which are reasonably clean. They are a little wedged in so there is limited privacy. Not great but will do in a pinch.

http://www.andino.at

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 2.5
Privacy = 2
Facilities = 2
Overall Rating = 2


Schonbrunn Palace

Convenience is key here (U4 Green line bis Station Schonbrunn). Schonbrunn Palace is the Austrian equivalent of Versaille. They also hold a fantastic Christmas Market here in the front courtyard so you are sure to want to visit this at night during Xmas.

The facilities are located in the main lobby. Strangely, for such a big tourist attraction there are only two stalls. They are reasonably clean but can be busy.

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 2.5
Privacy = 2.5
Facilities = 2.5
Overall Rating = 2.5


Cafe Dommayer

Near Schonbrunn Palace on Dommayergasse (U4 Green line bis Station Hietzing), this coffee house is typical Viennese style for relaxing with a cup of java, reading the paper and discussing intellectual topics with university students. Think tea salon and you will get the picture. Don't be put off by the rude service. It is a specialty of most Viennese coffee houses. The toilet is typical as well. One stall, fairly clean and private.

http://www.dommayer.at/

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 3
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 3
Overall Rating = 3


Brandauer's Schlossbrau

(U4 bis Station Hietzing) A typical beer hall, this place is a good place to sit with friends and knock back a pint. The facilities are clean and user friendly. Click here for their web site:

http://www.bierig.at/B.htm

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 3
Privacy = 2.5
Facilities = 3
Overall Rating = 3

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Vienna (Airport)

Vienna Airport

The best way to get to the airport is to take the special CAT direct train from the Landstrasse U stop. For 9 Euros one way this train will take you non-stop to the airport in about 15 minutes.

When you get there, you probably want to unload before getting on your flight. The facilities in Terminal One are interesting and useful. Awkwardly tucked in around the corner with a bookstore and the smoking lounge, this sotp offers four fully-enclosed stalls. The stalls are translucent glass but offer good privacy and light! They are clean and well-appointed. The only downside is that they can be busy and there is no hook in the stall for hanging up your bags. Have no fear, you can go here.

User Friendliness = 3.5
Cleanliness = 4
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 3.5
Overall Rating = 3.5

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Innsbruck

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace was erected by Archduke Siegmund the Rich in late Gothic style around 1460. It was rebuilt in the Baroque style (but with rococo detailing) between 1754 and 1773 on orders of Empress Maria Theresa. The Palace, flanked by a set of domed towers, is a fine example of Baroque secular architecture. The structure has four wings and a splendid two-story Riesensaal (Giant´s Hall), painted in white and gold and filled with portraits of the Hapsburgs.

User Friendliness = 3.5
Cleanliness = 4
Privacy = 4
Facilities = 3.5
Overall Rating = 3.5


Chilini's Restaurant

Modelled somewhat after Chili's, it is difficult to imagine this place in the middle of Innsbruck. But here it is. Food is pretty good and a welcome change from the local fare. Web Site.

User Friendliness = 3
Cleanliness = 3
Privacy = 3
Facilities = 3
Overall Rating = 3

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