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Viennese real estate prices rising, yet ‘relatively cheap’

Viennese real estate prices rising, yet ‘relatively cheap’

The market for Viennese real estate is heating up, according to Immo-Barometer (Property Barometer). Following a 2.5% rise in prices in the second quarter, rental prices have continued to rise by 3% in the third quarter. On average the price per square metre in the capital lies at €13,89, with the 1st District reaching €15,34 […]

Us and Them

“Zug fährt ab!” sounded the warning of “train departing!” as I jumped through the U-Bahn doors at the last minute before they closed behind me with a loud thud. Thankfully, I had a four-seater all to myself, with an extra seat for my bags and one for my legs. Lacking a better way to pass […]

Food Delivery Services

As the days get colder, going out for eats can become a chore. Vienna has a wide variety of decent food delivery services, and this selection should cover most at-home or in-office needs.   BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DELIVERY VIENNA BREAKFAST Got an urge for breakfast in bed? Just call before 14:00 and you can have […]

Unlikely Opportunities

Since leaving China in June, opportunities to practice my Chinese have become rather scarce, to say the least. Although the streets here are awash with Chinese tourists, my proficiency has most definitely suffered the Mainland withdrawal symptoms. So I have begun pursuing every possible opportunity to practice, even cornering lost tourists so that I might […]

Sunset in the City

It was mid-September and the last really hot day of the year. Riding my bike home after a long sweaty day, I nearly fell off right in the middle of the Schwedenbrücke, the link over the Canal between Schwedenplatz and Taborstraße. The reason? The most gorgeous sunset Vienna has ever granted me. Past the non-descript […]

Mama’s Always on Stage

Mama’s Always on Stage Walking along Schwedenplatz one sunny afternoon, I overheard a delicious exchange. Two mothers were strolling with their respective daughters, one about eight years old and the other around twelve. While the women chatted, the younger daughter asked the elder, “Is your mom also totally embarrassing?” “Totally! Mom is always trying to […]

Being Austrian

Being Austrian

“To be honest, I think Austrians are quite lazy. Lazy and unfriendly,” said Clemens L., lounging on the Donauinsel on a mid-week holiday afternoon. “At the same time they always believe that they are oh-so-great, which they are not.” Born in Tyrol, the 21-year-old student’s judgment about his fellow citizens can be construed as harsh. […]

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 […]

No Excuses

There is a billboard now all over town, a scene of someone on a motor scooter, turning a corner and almost running into a girl and her dog on a cross-walk. The scooter driver is holding a speech bubble “Tschuldigen” (“Sorry”) and the girl has one saying “Passt schon” (“That’s alright”). The first time I […]

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