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Getting Under The Skin Of Vienna, Austria

Vienna Austria

Travel gives you the chance to experience a different culture and get to learn a bit about how other people live. But, to do that, you need to take the time to get off of the tourist trail and go where the locals go. If you want to do that and are planning to visit Vienna read on to find out how to do exactly that.

Enjoy A Night At The Opera

The Opera House - Vienna

The Viennese love their opera. That is why the biggest opera house in the city, the Wiener Staatsoper is open most nights. Every year, they perform between and 50 to 60 different operas over the course of 350 nights. While the city’s other big opera company, the Volksoper, performs around 300 times per year. However, despite the fact there are so many performances sell out fast. So, you should always buy your Vienna Opera Tickets online.

You will notice that most local residents still dress up when they attend a performance. Officially, for most performances, the dress code is smart casual. But, a lot of the local residents will get their finery and black tie outfit out to wear to an opera. Something that really adds to the sense of occasion and makes the evening feel even more special.

Visit A Traditional Viennese Coffee House

Vienna Coffee Houses

The Viennese love nothing better than taking a break to enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake. There is nothing quite like a Viennese coffee house. The best ones are somehow frozen in time. As soon as you step in the door, you can feel the frenetic modern world recede.

Dine With A Local

Sachertorte Vienna Austria

One of the best ways to experience a traditional Viennese coffee house is to go there with a local. It is possible to find local guides who will happily join you for a coffee or a meal, by prior arrangement. Or, you could visit the Café Ministerium on the Ringstrasse on one of their Viennese Coffeehouse Conversations evenings. For a small fee, the owners will pair you up with a local who wants to meet people from other parts of the world.

Stay In A Viennese Home

Vienna Streets

Vienna has some lovely hotels, but, if you want to, you can easily stay in the home of a local resident. You can usually find something on AirBnB, Homestay or Couchsurfing.

Visit The Parks

Vienna Parks

Vienna has some wonderful parks. Grab yourself a light lunch and head for one of them to enjoy these green spaces alongside local residents.

Stadtpark is a great option. It is a lovely spot, which is also home to a series of interesting monuments. The Voksgarten and the gardens at the Imperial Palace are also lovely. Both of them have been designated as World Heritage sites. If you visit the Parliament and Burgtheater, take the time to while away an hour in the beautiful City Hall Park.

Where To Find Out More

Vienna - The Third Man

The above are just a few ideas. If you would like more suggestions, you can easily find them on travel review sites and traveller blogs.

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