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Vienna
Monday, July 16, 2018
Vienna Summer
As the natives flee town for their vacation, why not make the city your oyster?"How beautiful Vienna would be without all those Viennese,” quipped Austrian cabarettist Georg Kreisler. Today he would no doubt be pleased to know that his wish comes true every year when, for about two months, the Viennese escape the city for a Sommerfrische (vacation) in...
mountain biking
Trail blazers have made biking in the Wienerwald more accessible. In the freshness of spring, the Vienna Woods are a paradise for mountain biking. There’s luminosity in the young leaves and between the trees, the pungent wild garlic is like a rich carpet of emerald. If you pedal your way over to  the forest above the village of Weidlingbach near Klosterneuburg,...
affairs in Vienna
For most of its long history, Vienna has taken a cavalier attitude to stepping out.Something strange began happening shortly after I arrived in Vienna in 2015. There was more innuendo between the genders – a lot more – than in Berlin, where I’d lived for more than a decade. Handshakes that last a moment too long (one ending incredibly awkwardly with...
espionage
Ahhh, Vienna! It’s the city of Gemütlichkeit, semi-precious neutrality, badly and well-kept secrets as well as the go-to location for the odd diplomatic or spy-related kerfuffle. We felt the city should have the last word on its own secrets. Get out your magnifying glass and enjoy!
viennese entrepreneurs
A closer look at leaving the rat race and striking out on your ownFor many Viennese, being your own boss is the dream of a lifetime. Yes, security matters, and steady employment is still often the ideal. But to some, the thrill of independence far outweighs the risks.And their numbers are growing: New business startups have increased dramatically over...
© Billy Joel
Slow down . . . what's the hurry about?You'd better cool it off before you burn it outYou've got so much to doAnd only so many hours in a day But you know that when the truth is toldThat you can get what you want or you can just get oldYou're gonna kick off before you even get halfway throughWhen...
zentralfriedhof
Hardly a place embodies the city’s heart and soul more than the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna’s Central CemeteryAs October ends and the city recoils from the gusty winds and harsh, grey weather, the Wiener Zentralfriedhof (Vienna Central Cemetery) is just hitting its annual high point: Every year on All Saints’ Day – adhering to ancient Catholic tradition – the Viennese make...
mozart grave
Mozart's Final Resting PlaceThe myth that a destitute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried and abandoned in an unmarked mass grave persists to this day. The movie Amadeus perpetuates this notion, along with a sense of poetic justice for Mozart, who took his own fortunes for granted.  So when I went to explore St. Marx Cemetery, the maestro’s final resting place,...
Open to the public for 250 years, the Prater is the city’s ever-evolving leisure centerIf play is an integral part of a well-lived life, then every community needs its playground, a place to blow off steam where normal societal rules don’t quite apply. New York has Coney Island, San Francisco Fishermen’s Wharf, Tokyo Yoyogi Park, and Vienna has its Prater....
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