The world today is in a relatively critical state as far as pollution and natural resources go, with many of us already being able to feel the climatic changes in the air, and while the current generation may not feel the burden of limited mandatory resources, it will surely play an impact on humanity’s immediate future. In any case, while many countries aren’t doing much to solve the problem, Vienna stands out as a shining beacon of hope to everyone, as the entire city has adopted green, eco-friendly ways, and anyone can have a marvelous time in the city without harming the environment.
To start off your adventure in Vienna, you can order one of their “green taxis” from the city. Indeed, taxi drivers are actually encouraged to at least drive hybrid cars so as to reduce the amount of pollution they cause. As of now there are a few hundred of those taxis rolling around, and the number keeps on increasing, which is a good thing considering they have a twenty percent reduced carbon dioxide emission, without forgetting the ninety percent reduction in toxic emissions. They run on natural gas, which is actually even less expensive than gasoline. You can get around anywhere you want in them, and perhaps you would do well to give the Vienna National Park a visit.
What is there to see in the Vienna National Park? Well, apart from breathtaking scenery, luscious green trees and a crystal-clear water, you can also enjoy boat rides. As you can guess, there are different varieties of boats you can take, and while some of the bigger ships are inevitably somewhat harmful for the environment, there are many other eco-friendly choices. For instance, you could rent a paddle boat, a rowboat, or even a sailboat to get around and explore the beautiful landscape laid out majestically in front of your eyes. Make sure to chat with some locals to get their take on the beautiful city.
Once you are done looking over the Vienna National Park, perhaps you would prefer to take a look at what the city has to offer, but at a slower, calmer and more thoughtful pace. Naturally, you could choose to walk around, but let’s face it, you will get very tired at the end of it. Fortunately, if you know how to ride a bicycle, you can always explore the great city of Vienna with the help of the CityBike. What exactly is it? Well, it is a public bike rental system (not unlike the Bixi in Montreal, for instance) which allows you to freely rent bikes and use them at your leisure at a fairly manageable rate, and most importantly, without causing any pollution.
And so, as you can see, Vienna is one of the cities leading the rest of the world when it comes to eco-friendly innovations, and from the looks of it, they aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon. If you are planning on visiting Vienna, then you will need to make reservations in regards to various accommodations, and one of the easiest and most convenient places to do that is on Oh-Vienna.com (naturally, the site can be used to make accommodations at any time, even while being in Vienna). Combine that with efforts toward eco-friendly travel, and you’re on your way!
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