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Sunday Shopping

Sunday Shopping

It’s 17:45 on a Saturday afternoon, and the fridge is empty. Frantic, you dash to your neighbourhood supermarket. Damn! The doors are locked. Don’t despair! Contrary to popular belief, not all Vienna shuts down on Sundays. Besides supermarkets at most major train stations and the airport (where check-out lines can be punishingly long) most bakery […]

Insurance

Insurance

  Shortly after I moved to Vienna, a group of us sat around in an apartment agonising over one hefty document that claimed to tell us everything we needed to know about insurance. After an hour of pointing and reading and interrupting and arguing, I still came away utterly bamboozled. The following would have helped: […]

Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Moving into Vienna

Moving into Vienna

For most of us, searching for an apartment is not a peaceful process. But once you’ve finally found a letterbox to write your name on, a floor that’s all your own, and a Stiegenhaus with glorious acoustics, there are just a couple more details to iron out before you can set your cat free to […]

Hot in the City

Hot in the City

Vienna has no sandy beaches like Cannes or Genoa, no romantic river walks like Budapest or Paris, no central harbour like Hamburg, Trieste or Marseilles. But don’t be fooled! There is plenty of water in Vienna, and lots of ways to enjoy it – particularly (but not only) along the Old Danube, where shaded walks […]

Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

The bustle of city life has definite advantages over the “boondocks”. But having space for a garden – a refuge from hectic pace and urban concrete – is clearly not one of them. The Viennese love their Schrebergärten, those traditional small gardens found in areas like the Prater or the Alte Donau, often in the […]

Daring Dates: Quizzes, Crime, Camelot and More

Daring Dates: Quizzes, Crime, Camelot and More

We’ve all been there: It’s date night, and your usual smoke-filled bar full of rowdy regulars doesn’t scream romance. Neither does the restaurant around the corner, a place you’ve been so often the server doesn’t even ask for your order; he just nods and brings you “the usual”. But it doesn’t have to be this predictable. You can break free of the […]

Fighting for Fitness

Fighting for Fitness

Lent is upon us once again and with it, the first signs of spring, warmer weather, fewer clothes and (gulp) the recognition that the sins of celebration are getting harder to hide. New Year’s resolutions went out the window weeks ago…  So now is the perfect time to get honest and begin a new sports […]

Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

Keys to the City: The Value of Valentine’s Day

“Everybody says ‘I love you’,” as Woody Allen said so well, and never more than on 14 February. But does love need a holiday? The term “love” has occupied poets, artists and philosophers since the beginning of time. The feeling has forged alliances, toppled empires, and “launched a thousand ships”; it even grants super-human strength. […]

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