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Tipping in Austria – Hotel, Restaurant and Taxi Tipping Guide

Should you tip in Austria? Essentially, tipping in Europe can differ significantly by country. Tipping in Austria is generally at the consumer’s discretion. While certain service sector workers expect to receive a tip you do not need to pay extra if you are not happy. If you have been to Germany you won’t notice much difference with the following guidelines. …

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Best Bars In Vienna – Cocktail, American and Jazz Bars

Best bars in Vienna: First Floor Bar

Best Bars in Vienna. To shake up evenings of classical music find out where people of our generation and upwards gather over drinks and live tunes in Wien. In fact, many bars already open in the afternoon, adding an exciting stopover to your sightseeing program. There are so many more great bars out there but this list puts you in …

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Baroque Architecture in Vienna: Top 10 Places To See

baroque architecture in Vienna: Palais Kinski

Baroque architecture in Vienna concentrates on the inner districts. The opulent period buildings boast squiggly façades, chubby-cheeked cherubs, and delicate stuccos. To make sure they cross your path use my guide below to select the top 10 of five dozen baroque palaces, churches, and landmarks. Top Three Baroque Architects Vienna’s baroque architecture was dominated by three architects: Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (Schonbrunn Palace, Augarten Palace, Church St. …

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Mayerling Austria: Touring The Former Mayerling Lodge

Mayerling Austria: documents of Mayerling incident

At barely an hour from Vienna, Mayerling Austria holds both a tragic love story and an eye opener. Certainly, fans of the opera Mayerling and history buffs will know the Mayerling incident. On a sunny July morning, I toured the former Mayerling lodge where Habsburg Crown Prince Rudolph’s once shot Mary Vetsera and then committed suicide. Read my review. The …

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Ice Skating Vienna – Our City Hall Ice Skating Experience

Ice skating Vienna: city hall ice skating rink

One of the best things to do in Vienna in winter is ice skating. First, you won’t need to wait for snow. Second, Vienna’s best ice rink is right on your sightseeing track. And third, you won’t need a skate shop since you can borrow skates at the rinks.  City Hall Ice Skating in Vienna By far the most spectacular …

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Cistercian Abbey Heiligenkreuz: Gregorian Chant And Top Sights

Vienna Woods: Cistercian abbey Heiligenkreuz, Vienna Woods

Landing at the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz you set foot on a different planet. Tucked away in the Vienna Woods the local Cistercian monks, however, have found a unique way to connect with the world. Since they stormed the international music charts with their Gregorian chant in 2008 visitors keep coming. Not only to hear monks chanting but to trace …

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Puppets Theatre Vienna Review: Marionette Opera Magic Flute

Marionette Theater Vienna in Schonbrunn

Puppets Theatre Vienna. Since the marionette opera in Vienna is fun and enchanting it’s a sure fire way for your children to enjoy classical music. When I introduced my kids to opera I took them to see Mozart’s Magic Flute at the marionette theater of Schönbrunn Palace. Her is our review. The Puppets Theatre In Schönbrunn Puppets Theatre Vienna. Tucked …

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Volksoper Vienna: Best Vienna Theatre for Operetta Musicals

Volksoper Vienna: Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus

Volksoper Vienna. Dear opera and theater lovers, what about looking behind the scenes and exploring Wien’s popular operetta genre? Watching an operetta musical at a Vienna theatre like Volksoper entertains and enlightens in a very local way. Ever since I could think my late grandparents and their friends raved about this popular Wiener opera house. Now also my generation rediscovers operetta …

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Inside Otto Wagner Villa and Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna

Otto Wagner Villa and Ernst Fuchs Museum

If you love Art Nouveau and modern art the Otto Wagner Villa in Vienna opens an other-worldly experience. Hiding on a hillside in Western Vienna the Jugendstil mansion and museum blends Fin de Siècle art and Fantastic Realism. Find out what to encounter in the villa and how to visit. The Villa’s Story Otto Wagner Villa. Yes, it’s Otto Wagner, but …

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Hitler in Vienna: Tracking The Fuhrer And Nazi Vienna

Hitler in Vienna: Speech on Heldenplatz 15th March 1938

Hitler in Vienna. I hate to say this but Vienna played a role in catapulting Adolf Hitler to dictatorship. For one thing, it was in Vienna that he was bitterly rejected as an artist and slipped into poverty. And it was in Wien where he encountered fervent Antisemitism and started to doubt democracy. On the other hand, Vienna was the …

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