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Living in Vienna


Neither citisen nor tourist, I am living in Vienna few months a year.
It would be nice to speak German, but meantime I survive nicely with my English (shame!). Each time I return from Austria with few new words and impressions in German and probably one day I will speak, with no doing massive effort of lang. studies.
Here, below, few tips for others and few notes for myself - it's never enough time to do everything that planned, so I would drop the list of wishes for the next year(s).

For you:
I don't care about palaces, baroque, Mozart and S. Stefan Cathedral - you can't miss it.

  • Pre-Christmas time in Vienna.
  • Inner Yards of inner districts.
  • Medeveal Vienna and my favorite church Maria am Gestade.
  • Stories of people, who made Vienna so Viennese: Freud, Klimt, Schiele, Loos, Wagner (architect), Moser, Maria Theresia and Habsburg Dynasty, Princess Sissi, Musicians: Mahler, Schubert, Strauss and Haydn; etc. List is too long... sorry
  • Whole Art Nouveau (= Jugendstil) treasure: not only style of art, but philosophy.
  • Hundertwasser!
  • Heurigen - taverns serving fresh-made local wine

For me:

  • To discover sturm (see the link) issue much deeper!
  • Prater Museum, 2., Address: Oswald Thomas Platz 1. Opened Fr-Su and holidays 10.00-13.00 and 14:00-18:00. 1st Sunday in the month: free admission.
  • Friday Night Skating (rollerblades) - http://wien.gruene.at/skater

Duncan J.D. Smith "Only in Vienna" - a Guide to Hidden Corners, Little Known Places and Unusual Objects.

Posted by vanessa 08:29 Archived in Austria Tagged vienna tips wien tip tips_and_tricks

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Thanks for your posting, Vanessa, and for including my book "Only in Vienna". I agree that Maria Am Gestade is a lovely church. Do you know the Deutschordenskirche on Singerstrasse? That is also a special place. With best wishes - Duncan Smith (Author)

by Duncan Smith

:-D Wooow! What a pleasure to receive a personal message from D.S.! The book is a real treasure, I have to say that I received it from my friends, who are local, were born and live in Vienna. They own it in German and English, both versions. This summer I used this book as much as I could take, and still have what to do with it next year. Highly recommended to everyone who thinks he/she knows the city!
My own Vienna-blog is in constantly "under contraction" status, which is shame! Fortunately(?)I do and see there much more then I could describe, sometimes there are only titles - alike marks (names and dates). Also all previews years were not included there, I begun writing it down only in 2010 - for my friends, who dared to be updated ("What d' hell you doing there for 2round months??) But I do my best to keep it going :-)

by vanessa

Dear Vanessa - It sounds you are a real urban Explorer - like me! I'm delighted that you like my book, and it is very nice to know it helped you discover Vienna. Keep up the good work with your Blog. Nice memories! With best wishes - Duncan P.S. You will find more "Only in" books at www.duncanjdsmith.com

by Duncan Smith

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