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    Another tasty local custom

    by Jefie Written Nov 14, 2012

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    Just like I couldn't resist the urge to buy a hot dog from one of the street vendors in NYC, I also had to get one from one of the würstelstands in Vienna. These hot dog stands are usually located in the middle of pedestian streets and offer a wide selection of sausages. There are small tables where customers can set their drinks (soft drinks or beer) while chumping on their snack before going about the rest of their day. It once again makes for a very good and inexpensive lunch!

    W��rstelstand in Vienna Sylvain enjoying a casual lunch in Vienna
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    NEXT station

    by globetrott Updated Aug 27, 2012

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    Just imagine, you ask a person from Vienna, which station to leave the tramway in order to get to the Opera...

    " Get out the NEXT station " will mean, the 2nd station from now, when the tramway is still moving.
    People from Vienna have that way of counting:
    the 1st station from now is " this station coming now "
    and the 2nd station is the NEXT

    Somehow very easy, IF you just know about it !

    On my pic : Schoenbrunn castle seen from Gloriette

    Schoenbrunn seen from Gloriette
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    Dogs in Vienna

    by WardrobeMK Updated May 29, 2012

    The Viennese love their dogs! They are allowed to come into shops, shopping centres, the U-bahn and other transport, coffeeshops, restaurants, everywhere! Some people do not clean after their doggie doo though so while looking at the sights keep one eye on the pavement!

    A few Viennese dogs, top photo she

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    Street art

    by mirchica Written Apr 4, 2012

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    When you walk along the main streets you'll notice how many people are trying to make some money by street art. Some of them are playing music, others are dancing, some just stand like an inanimate objects with coloured faces and bodies, others paint and so on and so on. If you have time to look at them and listen to them you'll find how much culture and spirit comes from these people. Just drop few cents in their hats and they'll be the luckiest people while you enjoy their art.

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    Cosmopolitane city

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 19, 2011

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    Vienna is capital of Austria and Austrians, but at the same time it is town which belongs to the world aswell. Apart from its beauty, culture and art it is seat of many important UN accotiations, trade organisations and human rights institutions which belongs to the world. For a very long time, Vienna is place where East is meeting West, and vice versa, where different cultures and religions live in a harmony, side by side. Vienna is tolerant and hospitable, a place where one could feel comfortable wheter wearing suit, jeans or hijab. It is cosmopolitane sity by all means.

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    Theatermuseum - Palais Lobkowitz

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 17, 2011

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    Theatres were part of the courtly life of the Hamsburgscapital for centuries, actually the theatre culture was formalised in the Baroque age. During the Baroque age the court started to collect costumes, decorations and other materials used for stage production. The collection grew and grew so in 1922 the state opened an archive in order to preserve it for the future. Soon after, in 1931, a Theatre Museum was first opened but soon closed in 1938 with the Anschluss. The museum was re-opened again only in 1975, this time in Palais Lobkowitz. The palace was acquired by the state and extesively refurbished in 2008, shining now in all of its Baroque splendour.
    Lobkowitz palace have hosted the first performance of Beethoven's "Third Symphony", thus the main hall of the palace is called Eroica-Saal.

    Palais Lobkowitz - Theatermuseum Palais Lobkowitz - Theatermuseum

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    Flavors of Vienna: palatschinken & kaiserschmarrn

    by marielexoteria Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Think of a slightly thick pancake (in my opinion). Now think of that pancake with jam or chocolate sauce filling and roll it 2 or 3 times. Now add some powder sugar. You know what you've got? Palatschinke, and a very good one too!

    Kaiserschmarrn is, as told by Michael (and correct me if I'm wrong), a mix of pancakes with berries or apple sauce or marmalade, basically whatever sweet you have lying around in your pantry or fridge. This dish goes as far as Imperial Austria, when the Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi where served with this dish, Sissi didn't like it but Frans Josef did, which is why it's called what it's called. Schmarrn means "rubbish" and kaiser "emperor".

    My palatschinke with apricot jam - *yummy*
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    Silvester-Pfad - the festivities at new Years Eve

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Silvester-Pfad is the name of the festivity in Vienna at New Years Eve, when all of the inner city of Vienna is full of different shows, food-stands and when you are able to dance in the streets ( IN CASE that you find enough place to do so !!) In front of the townhall / Rathaus you may get dancing-lessons for viennese-waltz, beginning at 02.00p.m. and at night you may dance there as well in the open air, another open-air-dance-floor will be on Graben.
    Silvester-Pfad starts at 02.00p.m. and has an open end, although the official end is at 02.00a.m. - see the program and some pics at the web-link below !
    Be aware of the fact that the city of Vienna will be terribly crowded that day, especially close to Stephansdom, where Bummerin, the biggest bell of Austria will ring at midnight !
    Pfad is the expression for path and aqlong that path you will find the right place for your kind of music :
    Boogie Woogie and Rock n’ Roll live will be at Lugeck
    Samba & greek melodies will be at Freyung
    Music of the 80s, 90s, and today will be am Hof
    and so on...

    Click here for the opening-times of Museums in Vienna at Dec. 31st !

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    Café Sacher Vienna

    by Redang Written Mar 20, 2010

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    Another "must" regarding local custom. Well, it's not cheap, but, if you can afford it, "once in a lifetime...".

    This excerpt was taken from their own site:
    "Experience the typical Viennese coffee house atmosphere at Café Sacher Wien and treat yourself to an Original Sacher-Torte and an Original Sacher Café. The Café Sacher at the Hotel Sacher is a glamorous meeting point for tourists and lovers of Austrian pastries alike. The Café Sacher is also home to the world’s most famous chocolate cake, the Original Sacher-Torte".

    Philharmonikerstrasse 4
    A-1010 Vienna

    Just behnd the Opera.

    Caf�� Sacher (Vienna, Austria)

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    Demel Vienna

    by Redang Updated Mar 20, 2010

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    Let me tell you the History taken from their own site:

    "Everything began in the year 1.786 when confectionary assistant Ludwig Dehne from Wuerttemberg settled in Vienna.

    He started selling frozen goods and very soon extended his production to candy, jam-filled doughnuts and Mardi Gras beignets as well as a variety of other bakery goods. And already several years after the founding, cavaliers held their trysts with beautiful Viennese women at Dehnes, enjoying the artfully formed and decorated sweets.

    Ludwig Dehne's son August sold the shop in 1857 to his first assistant Christoph Demel".

    So, you can discover how important and famous this Café is. You also can have lunch, snacks and see how the cakes are made (second pic).

    Kohlmarkt 14
    A-1010 Vienna

    - Fax: (+43) 1 535 17 17-26

    Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m .

    Demel (Vienna, Austria) Demel (Vienna, Austria)

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    The cult of coffee

    by ealgisi Written Aug 21, 2009

    In Wien, coffee drinking is really a cult.
    Inside the city there are many coffee shops where people stop for a coffee, read news, chat, etc...

    You can compare this cult like thea drinking in England.
    So i really suggest to stop in one of those places and enjoy your coffee maybe with a sweet cake.

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  • Toll/Road Tax

    by ludakirk Written May 15, 2009

    While driving betweeen Germany and Italy I happened upon a service oasis outside Hohenems on the E43. Before I was aware I was flagged down by an official looking gentlemen holding a small stop sign standing on the roadside.
    He politely notified me that I was driving on Austrian roads without the proper permit. Surprised, I asked him to explain, which he did. About 200 meters before him I had crossed into Austria (now if there had been significant signs stating such I would have known, but it looked just like a dozen other service stops on the highway)and was now required to have a road permit. I said I wasn't 1) aware I had entered Ausria and 2) saw/knew nothing about a required road tax/toll/permit.
    That mattered nothing to him and it would now cost me 120 Euros (~$160). He said there were signs in English as I approached the border which I later verified was not true.
    But they had me, (and 4 other carloads at the time I was stopped, all unwitting tourists like myself). Either I pay their extorted 120 Euros or they impound my car, detain me and charge me 3000 Euros for not complying.
    Nice place. Worst than a Georgian speed trap.
    Now I may not have seen the signs leading to this fiasco but I could read the signs now. So I paid their grimy little tourist tax vowing never to return to their miseable little tourist trap and to tell whoever I meet what a petty and disingenuous place Austria is.
    I will someday be offered an opportunity to extract recompense and I assure you it will be sweet.

    So if you drive in that region, avoid Austria, and if you can't avoid it all together, figure out to purchase their toll pass for 7.70 Euros before they can robe you of much much more.

    Switzerland BTW has a similar tax but they were very polite and accomodating allowing you to buy as you cross into Switzerland.

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    by adema29 Written Feb 26, 2009

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    From the end of November until Christmas, Vienna also "means" Christkindlmarkt or Christmas markets . Small stalls full of hand crafted presents, Christmas tree decorations, sweets, hot punch, roasted chestnuts and waffles are found in many "corners" of the city: Karlsplatz, Rathaus, Schonbrunn, Maria Theresien Platz.
    (Each one has its special character, but the nicest in my opinion is the one from Schonbrunn Palace)

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    Living statues

    by Dabs Updated Jan 17, 2009

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    I'm not sure what compels someone to wake up one morning and says "gee wouldn't it be a great career move to spray paint myself metallic silver and stand entirely still on a box in the center of Vienna" but there certainly are enough that I must assume that there's some money in the gig! Some of the ones we've seen in our travels have been quite good, well, at least in the sense that they can actually stand still until someone plunks a coin into their collection box. The ones we saw in Vienna on this particular day blinked and fidgeted and a few were even caught behind the church sneaking a smoke while in costume.

    The living statue is on the left...

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    Ambitious Austrians

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 8, 2008

    My impression is the Austrians are very industriuos people. They seem a very hard working culture. When we spotted this statue above a building on one of our many city walks we thought it was appropriate.

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