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Rosetta Stone German: My Husband’s and My Review

Rosetta Stone German

My Portuguese husband selected Rosetta Stone German to take on my mother tongue, having sifted through half a dozen German language training software. As a trained linguist, I reviewed it myself. Here is what we think. Rosetta Stone German offers a matrix of different versions, sorted byinterests and by depth of desired knowledge. a) by interests: Personal (best for travellers), Business, Public Sector (even United Nations …

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Melk Abbey Review: Visiting A Wachau Valley UNESCO Jewel

Melk Abbey

It’s easy for a Vienna traveller to skip Melk Abbey at 75 min drive west. There is little reason you should, though. Unless you have set all your heart on Bauhaus architecture, learn what fans of classical culture are dying to see. The photos below were taken from one of my visits to UNESCO World Heritage Site Melk Abbey on a sunny December day. …

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Vienna By Night

Vienna by night: Hofburg

See The Town In A Different Light Vienna by night. 

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Vienna Secession Building: History And What To See

Vienna Sights: Secession building

Art Nouveau Architecture Gem Vienna Secession. Whether you love good design, Art Nouveau or the smell of revolution. The Secession deserves a red flag in your travel itinerary. The Secession is the most successful provocation by Viennese architects and artists. It blends early Modernism and late Art Nouveau architecture like no other. The building’s stern white cubes boast gold-plated laurel …

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Otto Wagner Vienna: 7 Must-Sees Of Art Nouveau and Modernism

Art Nouveau Walk: Otto Wagner house

Otto Wagner Vienna.  Austrian architect, furniture designer, and interior decorator Otto Wagner holds the key to Viennese Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture. Essentially, he catapulted Fin-de-Siècle Vienna into the 20th century by celebrating the beauty of simplicity. If you want to trace this period when in Wien, use these seven signature pieces below to plan your itinerary. Otto Wagner in Vienna: His Main Works …

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Imperial Palace Vienna Austria: Hofburg Wien Guide And Map

New Year's Eve Concerts: Hofburg Palace

First and foremost, the Imperial Palace Vienna, or Hofburg Wien, is just vast. In detail, the Habsburg Emperors’ Palace spreads across more than 30 buildings, 2,600 rooms, and squares, equalling 34 soccer fields in size! Don’t panic, though. Instead, cover off those things that appeal to you: medieval, renaissance and baroque, art, and social places and events. To facilitate your sightseeing access my Imperial Palace Vienna …

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Baroque Gardens In Vienna: Schonbrunn to Augarten

garden of Schloss Hof, Austria

There are four baroque gardens in and around Vienna that fans of geometrical landscapes, clipped hedges, patterned ‘broderie’ flower beds, and sculpted boxes shouldn’t miss: They are all part of baroque palaces, and perfect examples of transforming nature into organic classical art. Augarten The Augarten is Vienna’s oldest baroque garden, and in my view the most charismatic. Located in the second district …

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Mini Danube Cruise Review – Vienna To Bratislava By Boat

Vienna Danube Cruise Shop

Mini Danube Cruise. If you plan a day trip from Vienna to Bratislava by boat consider taking the catamaran during the warm months. At just 60 km distance from Vienna, this stretch of the Donau provides a great setting for a mini Danube cruise, or more precisely: a fun high-speed ride down the Danube. To decide about this travel option, read my story. …

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