Souvenirs From Across the World: Vienna Waits For You!

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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.

Vienna

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:

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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.

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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 StoreBunbury’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 & DrinkEuropa 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?

63 thoughts on “Souvenirs From Across the World: Vienna Waits For You!

  1. Ahhh I absolutely LOVE this post, Kat, it’s so, so great to have a glimpse of the life in Vienna, and those pictures make me want to go SO, so badly! ❤ I really hope I can visit soon, I'd love to ❤ And shops aren't opened on Sunday either in France, it's SO annoying ahah, sundays are so boring. I just LOVE the architecture though, so I'd be happy just walking around in the city all day ahah ❤
    Thank you so, so much for participating in this, this post made me SO happy ❤

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  2. Aaah Vienna sounds like a wonderful place to visit, and I hope I make it there someday ! I really like the do’s and don’ts idea because it gives an insight on the local life as well as the little places to visit, and those pictures are TO DIE FOR ❤ *-*

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  3. This is an amazing post! I’ve never been to Vienna, but this post makes me want to visit soon! The buildings are stunning. And I really like that you’ve included some ‘do’s’ and ‘dont’s’ – that’s really helpful. 🙂 Great post!

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  4. Ahh, thanks for this post! It’s great to know that Vienna won the title for best living quality – I think Melbourne has got that ‘most livable city’ title as well, also for several years in a row. They must have different surveys and different criteria to come up with those things, haha.

    I will be keeping this in mind when I go to Vienna! Probably in several years or so, because travel is expensive. ;__;

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  5. I’d love to visit Vienna one day! The architecture in those photos was absolutely stunning! Also, the music nerd in me would love to learn the history surrounding some famous musicians, namely Mozart. Thanks for your tips, I’ll have to keep them in mind when I make my way there. 🙂

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  6. This post is amazing! I haven’t heard much about Vienna but I thought that it’s the home of Viennese Waltz and I always assume it’s beautiful?haha also, I always thought you’re from Australia! I don’t know where I got the idea from lol Anywayyy, I’d really like to do this too! 😀

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  7. Vienna sounds amazing. Never been there, but would love to visit some day. It’s interesting that Vienna is a town, city and state at the same time. I wonder how the postal system works? Are those cathedrals? Love the look of them. Has a gothic feel to it.

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    • Thanks! That’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the city center. It’s beautiful but they are almost always working on the facade because it is threatened to crumble.
      The postal system is just like everywhere else, it’s not that different to be a city and a state at the same time. Each district has their own postal code, like a county in a bigger state would have.

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  8. I love your city girl standards 😀
    Vienna looks so beautiful! It was my grandmother’s dream to go there but she never got the chance. She’d always wanted to take me to the Sissi Museum!
    I love your Do’s and Don’ts, I learned the hard way that every country has its rules! You should have seen me in Japan, haha! I did not know we weren’t supposed to eat on the street, or take the bus from the back. No one had told me! Now I’ll know what to do when I’ll come to see you 😀
    I want to be a tourist with you in Vienna!!!

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing your home! Vienna is a beautiful city and I loved your do’s and don’ts! I would love to visit someday and now I definitely have a better idea of what I would like to see and do! 🙂

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  10. SOMEBODY PLEASE TAKE ME TO VIENNA! All these posts are making me want to travel SO BAD and this one is NOT an exception! Vienna seems gorgeous and amazing and spectacular! The pictures are so nice and I’ll DEFINITELY be a tourist one day!

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  11. Aww! I love this post and idea. I hope this is a thing that lasts and lasts. I love reading about other people’s countries. I don’t know much about Vienna honestly. It’s one of those cities you know exist but people don’t really talk about. It looks BEAUTIFUL though. Thank you for sharing. 😀

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