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How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

One of the best types of sausages in Austria – A most wonderful hotdog. In Vienna!

My! My!

I’m doing rather well!

So far this year, I’ve been to Amsterdam, I’ve been to Zaandam, I went skiing in the Czech Republic, and I’ve just got back from Vienna.

In Austria!

You know the one!

The hills are alive with music n’ all that….!

Visiting Vienna is quite delightful!

I’ve been to Austria before of course, and I’ll be telling you soon enough all about it!

Myself on the balcony of our room at the 25 Hours Hotels, Vienna!

This time however, the reason that I decided to choose Vienna was to celebrate the “0” birthday of my husbandThe Music Producer.

I wanted somewhere “nice.”

And I wanted somewhere connected to music.

Voila!

Austria!

Let’s get a little bit of history.

AUSTRIA

A horse & carriage in Vienna!

Austria, otherwise known as Österreich, is a federal republic, and a country of just over 8.7 million people.

It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Most of Austria is highly mountainous in the Alps with its highest point 3,798 m or 12,461 ft! In fact, only 32% of the country is below 500 m or 1,640 ft!

Most people speak a local Bavarian dialect of German as their native language, although Austrian German is the actual official language of Austria!

In fact, the last time I went to Austria about 10 years ago (cough! cough!) we went hiking for a week in the Austrian Alps.

Austria, Hungary and Slovakia are so closely connected that you can easily travel between them!
p.s. Not by the alpine lift obviously!

And it was all rather pleasant until we went mushroom-picking in the forest.

The guide was explaining where we were going, and the safety of identifying edible mushrooms.

Now I speak and understand German.

In fact, I’ve done a few TV / radio programmes and spoke quite successfully (I think), in the Germanic tone expected.

But I couldn’t for the life of me understand a single word he said!

I couldn’t for the life of me, understand a single word he said!

I was standing in the middle of our mushroom-picking crowd, so I moved to the front.

No can do!

I stood literally eyeball to eyeball with the fellow, in order to enhance my hearing.

Nope!

Nothing!

Nada!

I was quite distressed.

I was quite distressed.

And my husband wasn’t with us.

So I turned to my son who was five (5) years old at the time, to see if the guide was speaking utter nonsense, or if it was just me.

It was just me!

My toddler had to translate things so that we wouldn’t get poisoned, and die!!

Ooops!

I needed to know what we doing, so that we wouldn’t get poisoned with mushrooms, and die!!

Back to the history!

The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty, when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria retained its position as one of the great powers of Europe. However, after the fall of Napoleon, German Prussia emerged as the leader of the Germanic-speaking countries with the Austrian Empire reformed into Austria-Hungary, thus excluding Austria from the then new German Empire.

Sadly, it was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28th, 1914, and the troubles thereafter, that ultimately led Europe into World War I!

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 1914 – whose death brought the onset of WWI.

After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria attempted a union with Germany which, by the Treaty of Saint Germain and the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, forbade both the union and the continued use of the name “German-Austria” – Deutschösterreich. Until Adolf Hitler invaded and annexed Austria in 1938.

As a result, the Republic of Austria ceased to exist as an independent state, and officially became a legalised part of Germany, until 1955!

If you’re worried, don’t be.

Present day Austria is a lovely country, and the locals are hilarious!

Present day Austria is a lovely country known for it’s human rights policy, democracy, skiing, hiking, music, classical ballroom dancing, art and culture.

Austria has a very high standard of living, and is one of the richest countries in the world!

In fact, even Germans flock to Austria because of it’s wealth of opportunity!

And many of them go to Vienna!

WHY GO TO VIENNA?

The majestic sight of St. Peter’s Church, probably the oldest church in Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

OhMiGosh!

Where do I start?

Vienna is an imperial beauty!

It’s the capital of Austria and the cultural. economic, and political centre of Austria.

With a population of just 1.8 million, Vienna is the second (2nd) largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin!

Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In fact, Prague, Slovakia, and Budapest, are but a few cheap hours away!

And just in case you have a couple more days to spare, this is what I wrote about them:

Myself as lovely as Prague!

PRAGUE:

BUDAPEST:

BRATISLAVA:

Look how wide and green Vienna is!

Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also the city in Europe with the highest ration of green space, woods, grasslands, parks, and gardens which make up almost 50% of the city, beating even my most beloved city of Berlin!

Vienna also has the most frequently photographed monument in the city – the golden statue of Johann Strauss, has the circus fairground of Parter, the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, the Vienna Woods, vineyards, farmlands, and the wetlands of the legendary Danube River!

A genius such as Ludwig van Beethoven.

Vienna has a history to be jealous of, going further back than roughly 15B.C!

A precious heritage, charming traditions, imperial architecture, museums, art collections, works of art, the world’s first psycho-analyst – Sigmund Freud, the home of musical geniuses such as Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Mahler, as well as the era of the Habsburgs who reigned for more than six (6) centuries!

Vienna is rich in baroque, historicism, art nouveau, as well as a nod to a world-class cultural complex and a future-oriented design of 60,000 square meters of space for a highly creative cultural scene in the Museums Quartier where we stayed, and in fact, all of the city!

Vienna is a city of beauty.

What not to like?

Wow!

Myself outside one of the Habsburgs palaces in the Museums Quartier, Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

I’ve got lots to say about Vienna, so I’ll tell you all about it next week. If you really can’t wait, there are loads of pictures and funny quips on Twitter!

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HOW TO VISIT AUSTRIA: INTRODUCING VIENNA – THE MOST CIVILISED CITY. EVER!

How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

This article is part – sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board and I received a press discount from the 25 Hours Hotels, but all opinions and the charming traditions that I experienced, are my very own! Thanks so much!

In April & May, I’ll be visiting Croatia, Sweden & Finland!

From 07.03.17 – 09.03.17, our friends – the British musical and comedy duo – Carrington Brown – will be performing Germany’s premiere of Carrington-Brown feat. The Swonderful Orchestra: Comedy meets Classics at Tipi!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in March, I really can’t help you!

How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

Watch this space!

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How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

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48 Comments on “How to visit Austria: Introducing Vienna – the most civilised city. Ever!

  1. Looks absolutely stunning!! Definitely on my bucket list.

  2. I am so excited to go to Vienna in June! I stopped by two years ago and fell in love right away. Now I cant wait to explore some more!

    • Yay! June will be marvellous. We were actually due for Vienna in late November, but we had to cancel. As far as classical concerts and Balls are concerned, December & January is best, but early summer would be just wonderful. Outdoors. On the grass. Or glasses of champagne al fresco.

      In fact, we did drink a bottle of champagne. But it was raining & windy. But we had a magnificent rooftop view though! 😀

  3. I loved Vienna – such a gorgeous city. Can’t say I’m overly tempted by that sausage though! 😉

    • Thanks so much Linda! Me too! Everywhere you looked was beautiful. And very, very clean!
      Ach! The hotdog. My husband wasn’t convinced either, but I had to try it, as it fitted quite well in between having a beer, and waiting for our tour guide. And that’s quite another story….! 😉

      • I’m sure we’ll hear all about it next week! I’m impressed with how much travelling you’ve already fit in this year!

  4. I have never been to Vienna, but is definitely somewhere I would like to visit. This city often comes up as a great place to live with very good quality of life. I can see why..Thanks for this very informative post : )

    • Thanks so much Gilda! Oh, you should certainly go. Vienna is such a lovely place with a marvellous quality of life. And even the Germans confirm it, so it must be true! 😉 And quite tiny. Even though we used the tram quite a bit, you don’t really need to!

  5. Wow! Awesome place! I would love to visit Vienna and Austria some day. Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos and History with your travel experience. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Ratheesh! ‘Glad you like them.
      Both Vienna & Austria are awesome. ‘Hope you get to visit them one day. 😀
      p.s. Which photo or travel piece is your favourite?

  6. It does sound like you’ve had a good year so far. I’m looking forward to the days when I get to travel Europe a more extensively. I’ve heard good things about Austria and Vienna and you further back them up!

    • Thanks so much Jason!
      Yep! 2016 was a mixed bag to say the least (not that I’m complaining after all, I went on a press trip to the Philippines n’ all) but 2017 is probably going to turn out much better!
      Being in Germany, we’re so close to other European countries which is great! And Vienna in Austria just proves my point. 😀
      p.s. Where are you based?

      • Currently I’m based in Iqaluit, Canada, but that changes consistently. I made it to the Philippines twice last year! What an amazing country. I remember meeting you at TBEX, there was so many new faces for me. I’m looking forward to Ireland in September and October! Its been on the list for sometime now and TBEX just gave me a great reason to go this year.

      • Thanks so much Jason! Caaaaaaaaanada. Yeeeeeeeah! 😀

        I had a quick look at your blog and then it all came back. You’re the person who worked / trained as a chef! It’s sometimes hard to remember who was who in such large gatherings, but the food tour was soooooo good!

        And how lucky are you to have been able to go to the Philippines not once, but twice. Yay! Yep! I’ll be in Ireland for TBEX too. That’ll be great as the Irish are wonderful people & hosts. 😀

      • I am that person 🙂 I know what you mean though, everyone was new to me and in such a short time there is so many people to meet. Look forward to seeing you and hopefully some other familiar faces in Ireland! I’m hoping to get there mid September!

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  8. Never been to Austria but heard great things, especially about Vienna. The city certainly looks beautiful and has some amazing architecture. Plus I like civilized lol 😉 Definitely going to move Vienna up a few spots higher on my “to-visit” list now

    • Thanks so much Derek!
      Austria is pretty awesome. And so beautiful. Not only that, but easily accessible from Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy & Germany! Whenever you’re on our side of the pond once again, you ought to visit! 😀

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