Vienna

Vienna



I grew up with the traditional image of Imperial Vienna conveyed, at that time by the Sissi movies embodied by the actress Romy Schneider as well as by the long and rich history that we, Belgians, share with Austria.

All of this is of course still very vivid but, at the same time, Vienna managed to jump into the 21st century harmoniously.

The past is not forgotten but the city is not stuck in its former Grandeur.

Creativity is intense enabling new concepts to blossom and turning the city into an attractive mix of past and present.

I have spotted really interesting places that will make your stay one to remember, even for a few hours.


  • Essentials :

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    Grüss Gott! (maybe, like me, you’ll hear “Kruskot”) is a greeting like “Hello”. It literally means “God greets (you)”!

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    Transport. Vienna has a very efficient public transport system comprised of trams, buses, underground (U) and trains (see “practicalities” in our tips)

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    Restaurants. Viennese people like their food. So try to book your table in advance if you have a particular restaurant in mind otherwise you won’t get a place. They close rather early.

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    Drinks. Try the Wein gepriztz: White wine with sparkling water. And of course, the Wiener Melange: like a latte but better!

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    Coffee. The Viennese Coffee House culture, is listed as “Intangible Cultural Heritage” in the Austrian inventory of the “National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage”, a part of UNESCO.

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    Opera for free! If you did not manage to get a seat at the Opera, you can watch it live in the street: on the left side of the opera, when the weather is fine, there is a giant screen transmitting live. There are even benches and seats. No costs!

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    Safety? Vienna is a very safe and clean city!

We managed to uncover the “Sacher Torte” recipe!

Vienna - 4 October 2014

Sachertorte tomphotographee
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Shopping :

Wieden

4. Berzike. Visit the Naschmarkt, the famous and largest market in Vienna, its colourful market stalls and lively restaurants

Neubau

7. Berzike. Its Museumsquartier and independent shops.

Mariahif

6. Berzike. The main shopping streets is Mariahilferstrasse, Vienna High street where you’ll find the big names like Zara and the rest,… Independent shops are to be find in and around Gumpendorfestrasse, astride on the 7th District

Innere stad

Innere Stad is the 1st municipal district (or 1. Berzik, in German) where the main coffee houses and houses of tradition are to be found together with the cathedral (Stephansdom) and the Hofburg, the former imperial residence.