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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Yoga in English in Vienna – Keys to the City: Nov. 2012

Yoga in English in Vienna – Keys to the City: Nov. 2012

As winter sets in and the damp leaves us feeling chilled to the bone, you might try warming up from the inside, releasing stress, and promoting wintertime health with yoga. Since the 1980s, this traditional form of exercise with soul that originated in ancient India has gained popularity in the West, and is now a […]

German Language Courses in Vienna

With the academic year about to start, many of the city’s institutes and centres offering German language courses are beginning new programmes for those wishing to dust off their Deutsch. Sample courses for September are provided, as most centres offer options year-round, monthly and sometimes weekly. For advanced courses try the University of Vienna, The […]

European Football Championship Public Viewing Areas

European Football Championship Public Viewing Areas

That fabled season is once again upon us, as crowds gather in public spaces to wait for the moment a ball hits the back of a net. Yes, the European Football Championship kicks off 8 June when Poland hosts Greece at 18:00. Following the rousing success of the 2008 European Championship in Austria and Switzerland, […]

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