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VIENNA CITY GUIDE

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Seems like Vienna knows how to produce masterminds with some past locals like Mozart, Beethoven and Freud. Let’s make you one of them with our insider tips. Take a walk on the Donauinsel, go to the opera or wine and dine. Vienna will leave you inspired.

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HOLIDAY

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ICE CURLING

Sharpen your curling skills (and please don’t slip!). You know winter has started when the ice curling lane at Vienna’s Museum Quarter is open again, so soak in the beautiful and inspiring art at the various museums first and go for a round of ice curling right after. Note: games need to be booked in advance.

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FEUERDORF

Wintertime is for satisfying your holiday cravings, and there’s nothing more cosy than gathering with friends and enjoying some delicious food by the fire. You can have it all at the Fire Village, right along the Danube canal. Rent your own little cabin in the middle of the city. (Psst! During day time, the rent is for free.)

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CARITAS SHOP MIT ZIEGE

This year, make your gifts even more meaningful. At Vienna’s „Caritas Shop with a Goat” store, you can find something for every taste, with your purchase going to various charities. You can help the homeless stay warm on cold days or support the little ones in need. Each item tells its own story.

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ARTS & CULTURE

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STREET ART GUIDE VIENNA

If you’re as fascinated by street art and murals as we are, get the online map Street Art Guide Vienna before starting your city stroll. It’ll show you where over 100 murals by local and international artists are located all around the city. If you integrate this into your sightseeing tour and add a walk along the Donaukanal, you’ll get the full Vienna street art experience.

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CAFÉ SPERL

Our new city has one really sweet cultural institution: the coffee house. The famous Viennese coffee house culture is not only known for celebrating a good cup of coffee, but also enjoying wiener melange while reading the newspaper. You’ll also find traditional pastries like apfelstrudel and sachertorte. For those who like it really rich, go for the kardinalschnitte. To experience a classic coffee house, go to Café Sperl in the 6th District.

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SECESSION BUILDING

Secession was an Austrian art movement that was started in the late 19th century by a rebellious group of artists, namely Gustav Klimt. They exhibited their works in their iconic Succession Building, and it still exhibits experimental contemporary art today. It’s the world’s oldest independent exhibition institution, and the architecture alone is worth the visit. We recommend you sit on the stairs out front and watch Vienna go by.

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ALBERTINA MUSEUM

Albertina, we can’t get enough of your style! Royals lived in this palace, and now you can experience it, too. Walk through the incredible State Rooms, each with their own fantastic color palate. The museum always hosts impressive temporary and permanent art exhibitions.

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MUMOK

The Museum of Moderner Kunst, Mumok for short (translating to the Museum of Modern Art), is definitely a must-see when visiting Vienna. We can ramble on and on about it, but just know that they just never disappoint.

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GALLERY WESTLICHT

What makes Westlicht special is their mission; they not only just want to display photography as art, but they also want to focus on its relationship with the camera itself. The loft used to be a glass factory, which architects Eichinger oder Knechtl transformed into an amazing space.

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VIENNA ON A DIME

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DONAUINSEL

This 20-kilometer-long, narrow island in between the Danube and the New Danube is great for outdoor activities. It’s a green island within the big city perfect for a walk, picnic or even a swim in the swimmers autobahn.

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SCHACHTELWIRT

A modern, fast casual restaurant where you can get a delicious, traditional dishes, all for less than 10 euros. Here they serve typical Austrian food, which you can eat in or take away. They have a small menu of five dishes that they change weekly, so there’s always a reason to go back.

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STRANDBAR HERMANN

You can have a city trip and a beach holiday all in one at this beach bar. Settle into one of their comfy beach chairs and enjoy a cocktail. You can also attend one of their open air cinema nights or dive into one of their vintage Sunday markets for a bargain.

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VIENNA’S INDULGENCES

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VEGANISTA

If you think vegan food is always healthy, green and boring, think again. At Veganista, you’ll find the most hyped ice cream in Vienna. The ice cream is freshly made every morning with local and biological ingredients. And trust us when we say it tastes amaaaazing.

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LEBERKAS-PEPI

This authentic little Austrian sandwich shop is the place to go for some real and undisputed leberkäse—the traditional Austrian sandwich with beef and pork. It’s only a minute away from the Opera House, so you’ll get a perfect Vienna experience.

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VIENNA SAUSAGE

For those who have never had sauerkraut on their hotdog, now is the time and this is the place. It will blow your mind. Next to that, there’s a fantastic and wide variety of hotdogs, and the employees are always happy to advise you on what to order.

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CONSCIOUS VIENNA

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GREEN GROUND

If you want to dress nice without harming the world, Green Ground gets you. They only sell brands that share the same ethos. The shop employees are always eager to update you on the latest trends in sustainable fashion.

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SWING KITCHEN

Next to the great service, this restaurant’s vegan burgers are incredible. Their wall says, “Fantastic without plastic” because their tableware is completely CO2 neutral and biodegradable. Now, this is a place where you want to spend your money!

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AUSNAHMSWEISE

Don’t miss Ausnahmsweise, the little vegan café located in Mariahilf, the district adjacent to the 7th District. The name means “treat yourself” or “just this one time,” and whether or not you’re vegan, we’re sure one time won’t be your last—Raphaela’s homemade cakes, cookies and lunch dishes will make you want more and more.

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FANCY VIENNA

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ZUM SCHWARZEN KAMEEL

This super traditional Austrian restaurant was founded over 400 years ago, and it’s been crowded ever since. Sit down on the terrace, people-watch, and eat one of their famous sandwiches.

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MOCHI

We’ve never heard a bad thing about Mochi. This modern Japanese restaurant has great staff, super fresh ingredients and an amazing vibe. The staff is extremely passionate about what they do, and it takes your dining experience to a whole new level.

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VOLKSOPER

In the city that brought us Mozart and Strauss, a musical activity is a must. If you want to steer clear of the overpaid and overcrowded venues like Musikverein and the Wiener Staatsoper, see a show at the less touristy Volksoper. The tickets are reasonably priced and the operas are fantastic.

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