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Some things to know before you go to Vienna

Experiences from our guests, enriched by opinions of our friends from abroad in order to get you well prepared for your stay in our city.

Culture

High and low. Vienna is not just a citadel of high art and classical music. It is also the nation´s umilicus of electronic music, drum and bass, jazz and a marvellous night club scene. During daytime, enjoy world famous pictures by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hermann Nitsch and many more Viennese artists. Spend your night in incredibly innovative or bone dry clubs, e.g. Palffy Club, Albertina Passage, Volksgarten, Flex (what a contradiction!). Vienna is also host to exclusive Opera Ball as well as to the equally sought-after Life Ball, one of the world´s biggest charity event.

Falco is immortal: Rock me Amadeus.

Take the Tram 1

Divided into concentric spiraling districts, Vienna always expanded in rings headed out from the center. The Inner City (First District) is ringed by a large avenue that traces the former medieval city walls, and the 1 tram follows almost the whole circle. It is an alternative  way to access many points of interest, from the big museums to the cobbled pedestrian streets.

Time is brain, Vienna is wine

Today, Vienna is the only major city in the world that produces significant amounts of wine within city limits. There are some 320 vintners around the Kahlenberg in the leafy 19th district and in the Grinzing area, which is under UNESCO consideration for its role in Vienna’s culture. It’s also where many of the wine taverns retain their medieval and Roman foundations—and wine presses. Let us show you the surprisingly extraordinary taste of Viennese wine! Or figure it out on your own by crashing into a „Heuriger“, which is a wine and food selling vintner, usually located in Vienna´s top peripheral areas such as Grinzing, Neusifz im Wald, Stammersdorf, Mauer etc.

Mind those manners and language

by Alexa Van Sickle, Roads and Kingdoms. Brought it to the point nicely.

Austrians have a reputation–sometimes deserved–as some of Europe’s rudest and most impatient drivers, but they also place a lot of value on old-fashioned etiquette. Handshakes are important; don’t be the person with the limp handshake. Greet people when you are out walking in the countryside. Don’t put your feet on bus seats, don’t spit, don’t chew gum loudly or litter, and maintain public decorum, not least because older women in fur coats will not hesitate to shame you in public. Perhaps most importantly, it is the height of rudeness not to make eye contact when someone makes a toast–make sure to look into everyone’s eyes when a ‘prost’ is made. But it’s not all formalities: the Viennese have a special kind of humor based around the concept of ‘Schmaeh’, which is translated best as an affection for bullshitting and dark humor. And once ice is broken, the Viennese will not allow you to go home, and they are generous in getting rounds in. When they say they want to invite you, (‘einladen’) they also mean to treat you as in, pay for you. People rarely split the bill, but instead take turns paying.

You’ll get by in Austria with Hochdeutsch (‘German’ German), but there will be other words—for tomatoes, potatoes, or emotions—that just aren’t used in Germany; Viennese is a famous dialect, and has far more exotic influence than most German cities—from Yiddish, Slavic and Turkish, and makes the language more complex and colloquial. Pick up a couple words like Bim for tram and Paradeiser for tomato, and you’ll be a Wiener in no time at all.

Don´t hesitate to visit Vienna in summer

Vienna offers plenty of spas and public swimming pools such as Schafbergbad, Krapfenwaldbad and a lot of beaches along „Alte Donau“ in the 22nd district. But don´t forget to go to the gym ways before you visit these places!

Don´t hesitate to visit Vienna in winter

Christkindlmarkt, skating in the city center, strolls through the snowy hills. Enough said.

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