Vienna

P1010792One of the beautiful capital of central Europe, rich of art and culture from the former Habsburg empire, with the historic city centre inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, but not only that.

Vienna is a young and dynamic modern city, famous for its music, electronic scene with independent labels, underground record stores, intense nightlife 7 days a week, street artists and so on.

Best time to visit Vienna is in spring, despite is very brief and summer, which in Vienna is usually warm and pleasant. Autumn starts around September with still many sunny days. Winter in Vienna can be just above 0°C or just below with snow. There is the occasional cold-snap where it will stay below freezing for a week or two at a time.

 

Act like a local!

P1010809– Vienna is famous for its coffee culture. “Let’s have a coffee” is a very commonly heard phrase, the Kaffeehauskultur is still the traditional way to drink a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, meet friends, or fall in love. Vienna’s Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) are world famous for their grandness and the lively coffee house culture.

Skipping the Kaffeehauskultur is missing out a big part of Viennese culture. Visit one, sit down, relax, and enjoy it.
Most cafés also serve beer, wine and liqueurs and meals, especially at lunch (often cheaper than in restaurants). Only few ‘rules’ should be used: Don’t ask for coffee to go; Don’t just order “coffee” is like going into a restaurant and ordering “food.”; Don’t forget to tip when you pay. Remember: cafés are a very slow paced environment, bring a book or invite some friends.
100_6101-Before Christmas local people gather at Christmas markets to drink mulled wine, punch, and chat. They love it and it’s part of Austrian culture. Entry to all of these markets is free
– The perfect place to relax among Viennese are the ‘Heurigen’ in the suburbs. These tiny places are the only ones authorized to serve new wine. New wine is made from the first pressing of the grape. Some Heurigen serve food, either elaborate Viennese specialties or very simple bread and cheese platters. No matter which one you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself. Just hop on a convenient outbound tram line, take it to the very last stop, and look for buildings with large, evergreen foliage hung over the doors. Each one is unique, but all are a good bargain. In case you need, ask around, locals have a favorite to recommend. Officially the new wine season begins on November 11 (St Martin’s Day), but as early as September, some partially-fermented new wine (called Sturm which is cloudy, because it has not been strained) is available around town at stands

– People are willing to go out of their way or bend the rules a little if they feel they can do someone a favour

-The Canal tours are horrible. All you see are trees and industrial buildings. It’s a waste of money and time.

 

 

 

Budgeteuro…tips

P1010783Best city guide, designer for real traveller and made by local youth, is this one

Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is located just outside the city limits of Vienna on the far side of the City of Schwechat. S-Bahn (commuter rail), (underneath terminal) in service from 5:00 to 24:00. S-Bahn suburban trains run on the S7 line to Vienna providing cheapest and most convenient connection to the city centre(direction Floridsdorf), which departs twice an hour, and get off at Wien-Mitte station. From there the U-Bahn line U3 connects to Stephansplatz right in the core of the city centre, whereas line U4 provides service to Karlsplatz (for the Opera House) as well as the Donaukanal and the Schönbrunn Palace.

Vienna can be reached from Bratislava Airport (in Slovakia) too. More info about how to get in Vienna can be found on wikitravel page

Walking and sightseeing in Vienna can be very pleasant. Cycling is another option for travelling within Vienna, most places of interest can be reached within half an hour. There are many bicycle paths and lanes along major streets, in parks, and by the rivers.

There are a lot of other open-air-film festivals in summer; at Karlsplatz, Vienna Turf Krieau, the Prater, the Arena, the rooftop of City Library on Urban-Loritz-Platz and Schloss Neugebäude.

Hostel chain ‘Wombat’s’ is a good option where to spend the night, they have 3 hostels in good locations, atmosphere is good and friendly.

P1010797There are 21 markets with stands open daily (except Sunday), many of these have true farmers’ markets, often on Saturday mornings. Naschmarkt is however one of the most popular.

Most regular stores have a deli where the clerks make sandwiches for the cost of the ingredients you select. By far the cheapest way to get a fast food meal in Austria (and probably the only meal available for just over €1) is buying an Austrian sandwich (sliced brown bread + ham/cheese + gherkin) from a supermarket. Supermarkets with a deli counter (Feinkostabteilung) will prepare sandwiches to take away at no extra charge. You only pay for the ingredients. There is usually a large selection of meat products, cheese, and bread rolls available here, too. You point at the combination you want, can also mention the max total you can pay, and then pay at the cash register. One of the favorites is the “Leberkässemel”, which is like a bigger but less dense version of a high quality hot dog on a bun. There is a nice supermarket, “Spar”, that caters towards this idea, with WiFi, off of the U2’s MuseumsQuartier train stop. Freshness and quality at the grocery stores are normally better than at a sandwich stand on the street.

Another great way to eat on a budget is at one of Vienna’s hundreds of bakeries. They sell anything from cinnamon rolls to pizza for a good price. It’s also a great breakfast-on-the-run alternative because they also have coffee/espresso to go. However, most places do have a couple of tables and chairs where you can enjoy your food. The traditional Viennese fast food is sausage in all shapes and sizes. You can buy hot sausages and hot dogs at snack bars called “Würstlstand” all over the town. The famous Wiener Würstel is known as “Frankfurter” in Vienna, but many inhabitants prefer Bosna (with onions and curry), Burenwurst, and Käsekrainer or “Eitrige” (with melted cheese inside). Ex-Yugoslavian and Turkish varieties of fast food are popular too, like Döner Kebap a sandwiches of Greek and Turkish origin with roasted meat, vegetable and yogurt and/or hot sauce. Places that sell kebap often sell take-away slices of pizza too. Good kebaps can be bought at the Naschmarkt. The lower end is cheaper than the upper end (closer to Karlsplatz).

Wienerwald is a family/tourist chain restaurant can be found all over Vienna including in Goldschmiedgasse and Annagasse. The restaurant includes authentic austrian food at affordable prices. Soups range from €3 to €4 and you can get a whole meal for €15. Most city restaurants have daily specials listed on a small blackboard or in a printed insert in the regular menu.

Vienna’s water flows through aqueducts from the mountains around 100 kilometres south. These supply Vienna with high-quality drinking water, with a considerably higher quality than many bottled waters. So if you visit this city, it is not necessary to buy water, you can simply drink tap water.

 

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Events (outside Vienna)

-Frequency Festival (rock, alternative, festival) St. Polten

-Nova rock festival Nickelsdorf 

-Urban Art Forms Festival  Wiener Neustadt

 

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