Looking for a place
for all of those coming to live in Vienna, here are some good tips on the appartment search.
WOHNSERVICE WIEN gmbh
1020, Wien Telephone 01 24 503 100, firstname.lastname@example.org
for all the tenants in Vienna there is a help line for all living related questions like contract validity and similar
Phone 4000 - 8000
There is also an association of tenants: www. mietevereiningung.at or www.gebietsbetreuung.wien.at and legal supoport service www.wien.gv.at/wohnen/schlichtungsstelle
For house repairs: www.wien.gv.at/index/wohnungsfoerderungen.htm
Budget eating - restaurants and cafes
There are many reasonably priced restaurants in Vienna but obviously most restaurants in the tourist parts are not. Apart from Zum Bettelstudent in Johannesgasse in 1st district the best you can do if you are on a budget is to avoid 1st district, the Prater area and Schönbrunn area in general and any too poshy-looking restaurant. You are still left with plenty of options, for example at the so-called Campus in 9th district (old hospital area), even some of the restaurants in Museumsquartier (7th district, next to 1st district) are reasonably priced. And of course, at the food market Naschmarkt (near 1st district, between 6th and 4th district) there are myriads of great places, however, not all are cheap. A general tip is to check out "Tagesmenü", a two-course meal for approx 6-7 euros (drinks not included).
The Centimeter restaurants, 7 in Vienna, offer value for money too. Click at Wienplan on their website for locations: http://www.centimeter.at/ The one in 4th district, Margaretenstrasse/Schleifmühlgasse, is just short walk away from other typical must-sees like Karlskirche and Naschmarkt.
Another place worth a visit is actually Cafe Eiles (Josefstädterstrasse in 8th district, close to 1st district, tram J or underground U2 stop Rathaus), one of the good old traditional coffeehouses. They normally have schnitzel for 7 or 8 euros - and they are very good. In addition you get the unbeatable Viennese coffee house ambiente.
A short walk from Cafe Eiles, in Florianigasse, there are two cafes with seriously cheap and good food: Tunel (actually a jazz cafe) and Cafe Merkur: http://www.tunnel-vienna-live.at/
ALWAYS SOMETHING TO LEARN ALONG THE WAY
In the USA, There is a word that is considered slang and vulgar. (In fact, VT just requested that I not use it, so I won't) This word is commonly used, but it is not a word for polite society.
Imagine the reaction I had reading the PISSOR sign on a building in Vienna! (Michael, 'globetrott,' has just taken the time to kindly informed me that the word on the sign is actually, 'Pissoir,' not 'Pissor' as I thought. Thank you Michael for coming to my aid. Your effort is greatly appreciated!)
So, as I was saying--Finding out that Pissoir is a 'proper' term in the elegant city of Vienna, gives the word 'pissoir'(--minus the 'oir') a better status in my mind, but I still can't use it in my own vocabulary, and obviously I can't use it here!
Meet The Bunch...
This is Matthias.
Matthias was busy all the times because at that time he was doing his study on becoming a doctor ! Now he's a doctor I think !
Matthias also showed me around Vienna, I think we passed this gallery...
Good Luck Pigs
Austrians believe that pigs bring good luck. The pig has long been a significant animal, especially at the end of the year, as a symbol of abundance, because all parts of the pig can be eaten.
At New Year’s pigs of all sorts — stuffed, ceramic, glass, etc. — are exchanged as a good luck symbol.
In some restaurants on New Year’s Eve a pig is let loose within the establishment; guests try to touch the animal for good luck as it runs around.