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Experiencing Gemütlichkeit at Sirbu

Experiencing Gemütlichkeit at Sirbu

Austrians are known to be gemütlich. At least that’s what we say about ourselves and how we would like to be perceived. Whether or not this is true should be left for others to judge. But if this Gemütlichkeit does in fact exist, it is most likely to be found at one of Vienna’s Heuriger. […]

Am Kahlenberg: The Sky’s the Limit – Literally

As a Grätzl, the Kahlenberg – the “Bald Mountain” that crowns the Wienerwald on Vienna’s western edge – is like no other.  Of course at 484 metres it’s not really a mountain, even for the English, and laughably not by the standards of the Alps. That’s just Wiener Schmäh – a bit of ironic exaggeration […]

Going ‘Heuriger’ Hopping!

Going ‘Heuriger’ Hopping!

It was a warm evening in early June as a friend and I climbed down from the bus at the top of the Kahlenberg, an ancient mountain 484 meters high, in the northeastern foothills of the Alps. Here from the broad terraces of the tourism university Modul, the entire city of Vienna lays spread out […]

In Vienna Veritas

In Vienna Veritas

Traditions emerge out of the elusive soil known as culture, but when backed up with the force of law, they can thrive through centuries. Such is the history of the Heuriger, a Viennese tradition since 1784, when the Emperor Joseph II declared that the Austrian wine growers had the right to sell their own wine […]

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