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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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Fin De Siècle Vienna Tips: Best Of Vienna Modernism And Art Nouveau

Fin de Siecle Vienna: Gustav Klimt Tree of Life

Fin De Siècle Vienna. In 2018 we will commemorate the end of Vienna Modernism 100 years ago (1890 to 1918). In that same year, four of its biggest geniuses died: Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Egon Schiele, and Otto Wagner. Whether your heart beats for bold patterns or bold ideas, straight lines or straight talking, complex psyches or complex music: a radical …

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Vienna Tours: 6 Ways To See Tourist Places In Vienna

Vienna tours: sightseeing tour

There are dozens of different Vienna tours. Essentially, they help you turn every stone, get pointers or just have fun, explore the city in a small group, in private, or in a larger group. I have screened and tested a few tours and guides, to help you do just that. Here is my shortlist of the best guided tours on …

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Burgenland: Neusiedlersee, Wine And Esterhazy Palace

Burgenland: Vineyards and Neusiedlersee

As I write, Burgenland is still an insider tip for travellers. For us Viennese, the historic Land of Castles represents a Southern escape: Thanks to lots of sunshine, vineyards, a rolling landscape, spas and vast Neusiedlerseee we use Austria’s warmest region for culture and wellness. Most of us don’t ponder about the region’s ancient Celtic wine culture when we roam local wine cellars …

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Vienna Private Tours – How to Hire A Private Guide

Vienna private tours: tour guide Gertrude

Vienna Private Tours. To be frank, tours are only as good as their guides. Beyond knowing the facts, they should have an excellent narrative and connect well with people.  After all, tour guides influence your perception and experience. With private tours, the personal connection is even more important since you are likely on a one-on-one with your guide. Below are two routes for you …

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Vienna Walking Tours: Places To Visit In Vienna On Foot

New Year's Eve Concerts: Hofburg Palace

Vienna Walking Tours. I love to hear stories and learn something new as I roam places to visit in Vienna. My home city offers dozens of walking tours. Find out about my top guided walking tours for first time visitors. You can also access my personal tour reviews of very unusual tours below. Have fun! Introducing Vienna Vienna Walking Tours. Tour guide Herbert leads this walk. …

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Wachau Valley Tour: Wine Tasting Review

Wachau Valley Tour: Duernstein

Wachau Valley Tour. Most of all, Wachau Valley resonates with sweet apricots and excellent white wines. Amongst orchards and 1000-year-old terraced vineyards emerge ancient castle ruins and quaint countryside baroque such as Melk Abbey. Actually, it’s no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best places in Europe to visit.  Since I joined a fabulous small group …

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Best Vienna Balls 2019/20: Tickets and Dress Code

Johann Strauss: Viennese ball

This shortlist summarises the best Vienna Balls 2019 and lets you know about tickets, online ordering and dress codes for each event. Each year, Vienna hosts more than 400 balls: High profile traditional events with elegant dress codes next to modern balls such as the Life Ball and dance events of the local firebrigade. I have pulled together 10 of the best traditional …

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Vienna Insider Walk: Pawlatschen Courtyards

Vienna tours private sightseeing: Deutschordenshaus

Vienna Insider Walk. Exploring the courtyards of our historic Pawlatschen houses lets you discover some of the most charming attractions in Vienna. For one thing, sneaking into these courtyards takes you off the beaten track. Conveniently, many of them are in a central location and shopping area, such as those in the first and seventh district. Second, the Pawlatschen tell a story of Vienna’s …

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Vienna Tours by Bike: My Top Four Cycling Tours

rental bikes in Vienna

Vienna tours by bike are the healthiest way to hop on and off during a city break. And for none of them you will require a steely condition. When I lived in Vienna, I cycled everywhere from left to right of the centre, with my average condition. On the way, I would pass dozens of landmarks. In and around the centre, Vienna is flat. …

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