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Jewish Vienna: Map, Top Sights, and Walking Tours

Vienna Jewish tour: Synagogue Seitenstettengasse

Do you want to trace the foot steps of your Jewish ancestors, when in Vienna? Since the Jewish community in Wien goes back 900 years you’ll have plenty of sites to see. Here are the best places of Jewish Vienna to visit. Leopoldstadt Jewish Vienna. The former Jewish quarter was known as the ‘Matzoth Island’ of Vienna. The inhabitants of Leopoldstadt were almost …

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Jewish Museum Vienna: Judenplatz and Dorotheergasse

Jewish Museum Vienna: exhibit, Lili Bial's toy box

Where in  Vienna to best absorb its 900 years of Jewish history?  To track the Jewish community in Vienna over the past centuries,  tour the Jewish Museum Vienna. Since its restructuring, it brims with stories on every information board, object, video and quote. As I wanted to learn more about the Jewish part of my family I visited the museum. Read my review. Jewish …

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Shopping In Vienna Austria: Finding Shops You Like

Shopping in Vienna: Mothwurf

Insider shopping in Vienna can be hard for the average traveller. Just assume you want to buy quality with a local flavor that you can’t buy anywhere else. On a quiet weekday afternoon I visited just two shopping streets in the fourth and fifth districts and discovered a dozen exciting places. If you like Austrian craftsmanship and local luxury design, …

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Ringstrasse Vienna: Map, Illustrated Guide And My Favourite Tours

view on Ringstrasse in Vienna

Because Ringstrasse Vienna lines up more than 20 landmarks, historic buildings and gardens, it makes a great entry point to the city. Alongside a stunning 2,000 lime, Norwegian maple and hackberry trees, Wien’s 5.2 km (3.2 m) long ring road mixes cultural highlights and green space. In sizzling summers, the trees can reduce the temperatures by up to five degrees! To …

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Third Man Movie Tour: 7 Priceless Clues To Boost Your Experience

Third Man Movie Tour

Third Man Movie Tour. Even if you visit Vienna for the first time it pays to join a special themed tour like the ‘Dritter Mann Tour’.  Not only will you get under the skin of an international cult film, you will also get to know Vienna off the beaten path. Read my review and watch the Third Man move trailer below. Film And Reality First …

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Vienna by Night Tour: Tips for Self-Guided, Private And Group Tours

Vienna by night: Hofburg

Vienna by night. Sometimes, switching off the sun helps you see better. For example, by taking this magical night walk past top landmarks. Street lights and special lighting accentuate shapes and dramatise even the loveliest baroque squiggles and fountain nymphs. Doing a Vienna walk by night also lets you peek inside those town palaces without flat pressing your nose… Mölkerbastei Vienna by …

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Central Cemetery Vienna – Visiting Zentralfriedhof

Johann Strauss' and Brahms' tombs

Central Cemetery Vienna. It sounds weird but nowhere else does Viennese history become so alive than at Wiener Zentralfriedhof. During a guided tour through the cemetery we traced celebrity musicians’ graves like those of Beethoven, Strauss, Schubert, Falco, and of other famous Viennese.  Vienna residents have a reputedly tender relation with death. ‘Death has to be a Viennese…’ goes a …

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Vienna Segway Tour Review: Key Spots and Hidden Gems

Vienna Segway Tour Review. If you have never used a segway, criss-crossing Vienna that way sounds exotic. But I found it was the ultimate treat for my legs, and big fun! Forbidden Strauss Vienna Segway Tour Review. Before we headed off I refreshed my skills on a quiet stretch of Ringstrasse’s bike path. My  tutor steered me by boldly walking in …

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Wachau Valley 2020: 14+ Surefire Tips For A Magic Day

Wachau Valley, Duernstein monastery

Since there is lots of talk about UNESCO World heritage site Wachau Valley let’s get specific. First, how far is that Danube valley from Vienna and does it qualify for a day trip? Can you take a river cruise from Vienna to Wachau, or is it better driving there? Second, what about Durnstein, Melk Abbey and other key places? Third, …

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Best Rooftop Views Vienna: Top 8 Panoramic Views of Austria’s Capital

Rooftop view from Vienna's Justizcafe

Best Rooftop Views Vienna. Before you climb up the wrong 300 stairs let me share my favourite rooftop views in my home city. 1. Canteen of the Palace of Justice Best Rooftop Views Vienna. the weirdest and most ‘insider’ way to enjoy a rooftop view in Vienna; the publicly accessible ‘Justizcafé’ is the canteen of the Palace of Justice; pass bag …

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