Souvenirs From Across the World is an amazing project that my very dear friend Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books came up with! Basically, it’s about the blogger community getting to know each other better by talking a bit about their culture, home country or even home town. If you want to find out more about the project itself, just click here. Also, Marie has already stared off the event by talking about herself, so if you’ve always wanted to know more about France, then click here.
I’ve lived in Vienna (the capital city of Austria) my whole life. Wait, that’s a lie. I have spent months at a time abroad, but those were nonetheless always temporary stays. If we are talking about permanent residency – Vienna was that place, always. There were times my heart was torn between state lines, never quite knowing where I belonged. I am not even sure I want to stay here much longer, but there is that certain feeling of coming back. An appreciation for the city itself that I definitely didn’t have back when I was younger. Because let’s face it, this is my home and I am always coming back here at some point.
I still don’t really know how to do this, so let’s go about this as random as I go about most things:
Vienna is a small town and a big city at the same time (In fact it’s even a whole state and a city at the same time!). You can run into the same person three times a day and then not see them for months, depending on where your social circles interact. I live rather on the outskirts of it all, so whenever we would go do something noteworthy, I’d actually tell my parents that I would be going “into the city”. However, I would also say that I’d go out of town to visit my grandma, who lives like 10 minutes by car away from us. My standards are skewed like that. The point of all this rambling being, I consider myself a city girl, even though I never lived in the hustle and bustle of the city center. Sometimes it can get too loud with construction sites on every corner and a tram passing by on the next street even during the night, yet, I grew up with those sounds and I just feel like they are an ordinary part of life now. And funny enough, you can also find the most peaceful, green and quiet places here as well, so there isn’t that much to miss.
Vienna has so much to offer, I don’t even know where to start. It is a mix of imperial culture and very modern elements. You could go to the Sissi museum, the Spanish Riding School, the former palace or go visit the zoo or aquarium one day and (if you are there during the right time of the year) go to a free open air concert on the Danube Island, take part in a Holi Festival or go to the Vienna Comic Con on the next. There’s just so much to see, not even I have experienced it all.
Whenever I am in a new environment, I try some places that are nice and low key to just hang out at. To make things easier for you, here are some of my favourite places in or near the city center to go:
- Comic Book Store – Bunbury’s Comics is fairy new but the owner is a real gem, knowing almost everything about everything. You can easily loose a couple of hours just talking and discussing comics there.
- Food & Drink – Europa is a bar/restaurant that has menus in English and German. It may not be the cheapest option, but it has a cool and artsy atmosphere. Also, I’ve spotted one or two Austrian actors there … just saying!
- Bookstore – sometimes there is nothing wrong with going to a chain shop and if you want to get lost browsing shelves, Thalia is definitely good for that. It has various locations all across Vienna, it is especially convenient that the one at Landstraße is open on Sundays.
- Movie Theatre – I either go to the Artis or to the Haydn cinema. Both show the movies in their original language, so those are obviously the places to go if you hate dubbed versions like I do.
- Frozen Yogurt (because I am just too cool for ice cream) – I mostly go to Kurt, because they don’t overdo it at all but offer fresh and yummy produce instead. One of their shops is situated right next to the Artis cinema.
Finally here are some pictures:
I hope you enjoyed this post, but I am not sure I can offer you the same as Marie and be your tour guide if you ever do come visit. (Pretty sure I’d suck at it) But tell me nonetheless if you stop by! We can be tourists together!
Have you ever been to Vienna or Austria? Would you like to visit? What are some clichées you’ve heard and want confirmed now?