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Vienna
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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...
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,...
kirche am steinhof
Steinhof is a Wiener Melange of health and history and now the city adds housing to the mix.For centuries, to be considered mad was a life sentence of degradation and worse. As fairy tales tell us, beautiful people are good but the ugly, crippled or deranged are evil. It took ages for mental illness to be decriminalized and acknowledged as...
A frozen Donau
Ice on the Alte Donau is a rare occurrence, bringing equally rare smiles to Vienna winters In all my 15 years of living in Vienna, this winter has been the coldest, by far. Such a ceaseless deep freeze weakens the soul, ­despite the Gemütlichkeit of a warm coffee­house or the elegant finery and extravagance of our Faschingszeit balls. Under the oppressive,...
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...
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!
For many new expats in Vienna, getting used to commerce-free Sundays in Austria can be a challenge. But those those who've been here a while come to recognize its upsides. A cup of tea (well, let’s be honest, several cups of tea), a book and a comfortable chair  – that to me describes the absolutely perfect Sunday.  A day spent...
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,...
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...
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