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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask the Flight Attendant

Courtesy Of Austrian AirlinesUrsula Mittag
Ursula Mittag, 42, of Vienna, has been an Austrian Airlines flight attendant for almost 21 years.

Favorite airport


"Copenhagen, Denmark, as it is very clean there, people are friendly and you don't have to walk kilometers to reach the gates."

Favorite destination

"I like Bangkok very much because there are lots of things to do: If you just like to relax, you can spend a lot of time at the swimming pool. But you can also go for a shopping tour as there are many centers and different markets. Also, you can find excellent restaurants with Thai food -- my favorite. And after a wonderful dinner I love to have a relaxing foot or body massage."

Favorite restaurant, cafe or bar worldwide

"The most fascinating bar I've ever seen is also located in Bangkok. It is called Vertigo and has a breathtaking view over the city."

Favorite thing to do or place to go in hometown

"In Vienna, you can find the wonderful Prater -- a very big park in the middle of the town. Moreover, it is an ideal place for jogging, riding a bicycle, going for a walk and feeling like you are in the midst of nature.

"Also there are a lot of cultural offers in Vienna, like the famous Vienna Opera, interesting theaters and -- especially during the summer -- many shows and presentations."

Favorite activity in Moscow

"I like to stroll around -- the historic places are very imposing. Moscow is also a good place for dining. It has a lot of restaurants with really excellent food, such as Oblomov or Pushkin -- those two are my favorites. For a stay in Moscow, I recommend the National Hotel -- you can overlook Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral."

Impressions of Moscow

"Moscow is a really surprising city. When I first came I didn't expect such a modern town. There are historic places beside many modern buildings, the city center is almost completely renewed, everything is clean. Another surprise for me was that most of the restaurants are open 24 hours, and the service is excellent. There are brand new shopping centers and luxury hotels. The people of Moscow are really warm and friendly. There are also things that I don't like so much. Due to missing road infrastructure the traffic sometimes is horrible, and there is almost no public transportation. Moscow is extremely expensive -- many restaurants and hotels are almost not affordable, only for very rich people."

Advice for travelers

"Drink as much [water!] as you can. Move your legs and stand up from time to time. After arrival, take a hot, then a cold shower; relax a little, but try to sleep according to sleeping time there."

Contacts

Hotel National, 15/1 Mokhovaya Ul., 258-7115, M. Okhotny Ryad.

Oblomov, 5 1st Monetchikovsky Per., 953-6828,

M. Novokuznetskaya.

Prater, Prater 9, Vienna, Austria, (+43 1) 728-05-16, www.prater.wien.info,

www.wiener-prater.at

Pushkin, 26a Tverskoi Bulvar,

739-0033, M. Pushkinskaya.

Vertigo, 61st floor of Bany

an Tree hotel, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Sathon, Bangkok, Thailand,

(+66 2) 679-1200, www.banyantree.com/bangkok/dining_vertigo.htm