Andreas Rainer

Andreas Rainer is a writer and journalist from Vienna. He is also the founder of the platform Wiener Alltagspoeten, a site where he collects snippets from Viennese everyday life. It became one of the largest social media accounts in Austria and is regarded by many as an authentic voice of Vienna. In March 2021 a Wiener Alltagspoeten book will be released, and there is also a podcast with the same name. Andreas also works for the international animal rights NGO Four Paws and the startup story.one. If you read German, check out his blog on life in Vienna and elsewhere. While Andreas was born and bred in Vienna, he lived across the pond in the US and Canada for three years, later heading the Vienna branch of the San Francisco-based food app Yelp. Furthermore, he made the short list (2015) and long list (2016) for the “Wortlaut” short fiction contest and tweets at @an_rainer, https://www.wieneralltagspoeten.at

Wine, Wine, nur du Allein

Austria ranks 13th worldwide for social drinking – our author’s personal journey on growing up in a country where alcohol comes not by the glass but in economy-sized two liter bottles

How to Master the Art of the Viennese Dialect

The world’s most livable city still has its share of challenges, with overcast skies, unfriendly locals – and the city’s notorious dialect.

How to Embezzle a Million Euros

Maintaining the highest quality of life in the world is a costly endeavor – thankfully, there is always someone out there gullible enough to pay the bills. A satirical look at Austrian corruption.

Seestadt Aspern | The New Frontier

Despite a direct subway connection, getting to Seestadt Aspern is quite a trek: starting from Karlsplatz on the U2, you’ll pass the national stadium i...

Viennese Humor | Tour de Schmäh

Forget Sissi, Schönbrunn and Apfelstrudel: According to the Viennese, their humor is the city’s most remarkable accomplishment.

Wienerberg | Working-Class Playground

On a late summer afternoon, a man pushes a cooler across the dirt paths around the Wienerberg pond, selling cold beer for €2 a can to visitors of this...

Virtual Nightmares at the Wiener Prater

The Clown updates the classic ghost train inside the world’s oldest theme park. There is something deeply unsettling about a clown that’s not put...

Lainzer Tiergarten | Where the Wild Things Are

As hard as it is to find solitude in a city of almost two million, it’s far from impossible: at the Lainzer Tiergarten nature preserve in the 13th and...

Channel Your Inner Party Animal with this Donaukanal Guide!

Despite behind-the-scenes struggles, the Donaukanal remains the place to be when the temperature rises As a tourist couple is taking a selfie on the...

Meiselmarkt | Vienna’s Biggest Indoor Market

Rising Bazaar Despite a grand hilltop view of stately Schönbrunn palace, a mere four bus stops further, for the locals of Meiselmarkt, the city’s...

Gumpendorf | Bohemian Rhapsody

As dawn breaks in Gumpendorf, you can observe two very different types of early morning creatures: You might catch bearded barroom revolutionaries stu...

Detergent, Knackwurst and Socialism

The Waschsalon in the historic Karl Marx-Hof shows how the Social Democrats shaped Vienna. The museum Das Rote Wien im Waschsalon (Red Vienna at ...

Smoking | Freedom Worth Dying For?

As the door to Café Einhorn opens, a draft of icy winter air surges into the room. For a fleeting moment, our lungs suck in the oxygen before it disso...

Bermudadreieck | History and Hard Drinking

Ominously named after the mysterious navigational hazard that allegedly claims countless vessels in the Caribbean, Vienna’s Bermudadreieck (Bermud...

Alt-Hietzing | Suburban Imperialism

On a warm Sunday morning in Alt-Hietzing, an elderly lady pushes her walker along the old wooden parquet terrace of Café Dommayer, a coffeehouse...

A Tinder Novice Samples Viennese App-Dating

Old-school bar romancer discovers the matching app phenomenon Tinder “Meeeaaap – wrong answer??!” – twenty-four hours after not replying to Hanna...

Slow Food, Fast Dancing

The Markterei Lindy hops onto the after-work bandwagon with their new evening event, Tanzerei The historic grand hall of the Alte Post (Old Post Off...

Toys in the Attic – 25hours Hotel’s Rooftop Bar

Savor the last days of summer on the terrace of the 25hours Hotel's Dachboden bar Late summer may be the best season to enjoy Vienna: As the evenings...