The Austrian People, Salzburg

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  • Austrians at play
    Austrians at play
    by Marpessa
  • My little phrase book was very handy!
    My little phrase book was very handy!
    by Marpessa
  • First taste of root beer
    First taste of root beer
    by randm1
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    Language

    by Marpessa Written Nov 19, 2005

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    My little phrase book was very handy!

    In Salzburg the people are very polite and all the people that I met spoke English (although some fluently, others only a bit). However, I think that when visiting another country you should try a few words in their language. So here are some basics in German:

    Hello/Hi - Guten Tag/Hallo
    Goodbye/Bye - Auf Widersehen/Tschuss
    Good Morning - Guten Morgen
    Good Evening - Guten Abend
    Good Night - Guten Nacht

    Do you speak English? - Sprechen Sie Englisch?
    Yes/No - Ja/Nein
    Please - Bitte
    Thanks - Danke

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    Great People

    by Marpessa Written Nov 18, 2005

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    Austrians at play

    In general the people that I met in Salzburg were very polite, especially the people associated with public transport (see my ‘Transport Tips’ for more information). But I also liked the fact that one morning as I was waiting for a bus, another lady approached the bus stop and said ‘Guten Morgen’, so I replied in kind. Usually where I come from you may acknowledge someone else approaching a bus stop with a smile, or sometimes if they are elderly you will say hello, but most of the time we keep to ourselves. Salzburg, to me, seemed like a very friendly place.

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    Reserved

    by WrigleyTodd Written Dec 19, 2003

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    Austrians are very reserved people... more so in Salzburg than Vienna. Don't be loud or obnoxious and don't overwhelm a local by asking too many questions or trying to get too conversational. If the Austrian looks uncomfortable talking with you, stop. Also, if you're looking for English speakers, try the young Austrians first. They usually like to use the English and are more willing to try.

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    Don't expect open minded citizens

    by felix.austria Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    It's not very easy to find friends in this city, but once you are in contact with the people here, it can be a start for a good friendship. Many people are a bit prejudicted against foreigners. Exceptions are people working in touristic sectors.

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    Principal dramaturgical ideas...

    by mocneto Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Principal dramaturgical ideas and artistic focus 2002 - 2006
    Salzburg has always been a crossroads between different cultural tendencies: German traditions came under Italian influence and merged with the lifestyle characteristic of the old Habsburg monarchy.

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  • Salzburg is a unique City...

    by jimnelli Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Salzburg is a unique City which host both the very old and the Very Educated. So always be prepared to represent your country with pride but not arrogance. You may end up making yourself look like a fool. Keep an open mind and learn from their long standing success.

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  • I have found that most people...

    by jimnelli Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I have found that most people under the age of 30 speak English and German, so if you speak either of those languages, you will have no problems finding someone with answers to your questions. Don't be afraid to ask someone what you are looking at, or where something is.

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  • Sound of Music might be one of...

    by kfh1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Sound of Music might be one of the most famous films but most of the population in Germany, Austria and Switzerland either haven't heard of it or dislike it. So it might not be appropriate to talk too enthusiastically about the film before local people as it does contain quite a lot of inaccuracies.

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    A Rich and Easy Lifestyle

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Austria on the whole has a high standard of living, in fact Austria is the EU’s fourth richest country. Crime is relatively low, making it a very safe country to both live and visit.

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    Don't waste your root beer on the locals.

    by randm1 Written Nov 22, 2002

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    First taste of root beer

    There is no concept of root beer on the European continent. They don't understand it ("You have beer for CHILDREN?") and they can't stand the taste. If you have some, treasure it.

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