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The Alpine Club

The Alpine Club

Summer has finally stumbled its way in, and it’s time to swap the cobbled streets for the hills, to skip the Albertina for the alpine breeze. Vienna’s Alpine Club gathers together English speakers from in and outside Austria to tackle the trails, the rocks and of course, the mountains. The club is a branch of […]

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

The Twilight of the Ghost Trains

It’s easily been a couple of decades since I’ve felt I had to close my eyes on an amusement park ride. I’m not afraid of heights or the dark on their own, but when my tiny metal car started its climb along a darkened, kerchunking track in one of the Prater’s Geisterbahnen, or ghost trains, […]

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

In Austria, hiking is serious business. It requires: top rate-hiking gear, a glossary of quaint foods at mountain huts in the applicable regional dialect, and the intricate knowledge of the lifestyle and eating habits of certain blood sucking parasites, like ticks. Ticks might be small, but they have a big impact on public health: Current […]

Republik Donauinsel

Republik Donauinsel

According to its organisers, the Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival) from 22-25 June is the largest open air festival in the world, with an estimated 2.5 – 3 million visitors attending this year. And while it’s hard to appreciate the scope of such a mass event in its entirety, every large story is made up of […]

Sunset at MQ

Sunset at MQ

The sun has just set and your Schnitzel and Sommer Spritzer are settling in, revitalising the sparkle in your eyes after a long day, pulling up the corners of your mouth. Now it’s time to move again, scintillate the senses. Time to dance. Time for the MuseumsQuartier. The MQ is not just master paintings and […]

Waltzing On Water

Waltzing On Water

Going sailing was not on my agenda for my time in land-locked Austria. What I didn’t know is that the countryside is full of lakes, and in the city, the Alte Donau is full of boats. I arrived at the Hofbauer Yacht Club feeling a mix of excitement, anxiety and a little fear. I hadn’t […]

Outdoor Cinephilia

Outdoor Cinephilia

On summer nights, daylight lingers longer – almost begging us to stay outside. But after the sun sets on your dinner, the movie you go to next doesn’t need to take you back indoors. Vienna offers a wide variety of open-air cinema. There are pre-screenings of new films, contemporary, cult and classic movies, and even […]

Vienna’s Secret Spring Getaways

Vienna’s Secret Spring Getaways

Once again the countryside surrounding Vienna is awash with spring colour. From forested hills with bright green canopies of beech and oak, to romantic gardens adorning majestic castles, there are some charming places for a day’s getaway. And get away I did – with daypack dusted and family enlisted – determined to discover the most […]

Flip-Flops and Loose Strings: An Exposé

Flip-Flops and Loose Strings: An Exposé

The City of Vienna has found the perfect antidote to the ever-windy, grey spring days in a land-locked city. May is finally here and Wien has a long tradition of making everything near water into a beach, and planting pools in the most unexpected places. Here is a primer. May at last! With summer, swimming […]

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