Welcome to Vienna April 2008
Table of Contents
Adjusting to Vienna
Vienna: Your New Home
WUV: Webster University Vienna
Accommodations for Webster Vienna Students
Stars & Stripes Restaurant
Health & Legal Concerns for Residing in Austria
Practical Information for Living in Vienna
Money $ €
Shopping in Vienna
Getting Around Town
Eating and Drinking
Things to do in Vienna: Night Life
Things to do in Vienna: Soaking up some Culture
Things to do in Vienna: Sports and Recreation
Things to do in Vienna: Term by Term
A Word about German
Austrian Words/Phrases to Learn
Religious Services in English
Embassies in Vienna
Emergency Numbers in Vienna
Other Useful Numbers
Just for Women
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Adjusting to Vienna
1. FAX us your contract and arrival date/time.
2. Purchase a Eurorail Pass at your local STA office or www.eurail.com if you wish to
travel by train to see other parts of Europe over the weekends and breaks.
3. Get an International Student ID Card (in order to receive certain student discounts).
Upon Arrival in Vienna:
You will arrive at the Vienna International Airport which is a small airport located about
30 minutes away from the main city. When you get off the plane, go in the direction of
baggage claim and look for people on your flight waiting for their luggage. It might be a
good idea to immediately exchange some money at the exchange office before you pick up
your bags so you can get a 1 or 2 EURO coin and rent a cart for luggage. (This is important
since you will not have help getting your luggage from baggage claim to the main terminal
where a Webster student awaits you).
Once you have collected your luggage, pass through customs to the main terminal. Our
Resident Life Coordinator will be waiting with a Webster University sign to greet you and
direct you to your assigned taxi. Please do not leave without him/her, as his/her main job
is to meet you and direct you safely to your dorm without any problems.
We wish you a pleasant trip! See you soon at Webster Vienna!
1220 Vienna, Austria
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Adjusting to Life in Austria
Moving to a foreign country will most likely leave you feeling excited, exhausted and
scared all at once. You may even feel a little lonely before you have had time to make a few
friends. Don‟t worry! The majority of WUV students have been in your shoes and most will
agree that a positive attitude, flexibility and a sense of humor will carry you through the
transition. Life in any foreign country is as great as you want it to be, meaning that it will
be different from home, and therefore, full of opportunity for new experiences.
To Do Before Arriving:
There are a few things you can do ahead of time to help yourself make the most of your
time in Austria. Here are a few tips:
Buy a couple of good travel guides for Austria and for Europe, such as Lonely
Planet: Europe and Lonely Planet: Austria are available in most bookstores in North
America and in major English language bookstores in Europe. Fodor‟s, Let‟s Go,
Baedecker‟s and Berlitz guides are also good.
Learn some German, even if you have to sit down with a phrase book and teach
yourself. Most major bookstores will carry a wide selection of materials. One
workbook, German in 10 Minutes a Day, is not a bad starting point. Buy a good
German-English/English-German dictionary (the editor‟s choice is Langenscheidt‟s
dictionaries) and try to listen to some German language tapes.
Read up on Austrian history and culture.
Look at a map and get a feel for the lay-out of central Europe. Bear in mind that
Austria is about the same size as Maine.
Unfortunately, there is no avoiding jet lag. If you have not experienced jet lag before, it
can be a disorienting experience. You may be wide awake in the middle of the night and
very sleepy during the day. It generally takes your body one day to recover for every time
zone you have crossed. People who travel on a regular basis recommend that you try to
sleep as much as possible on the plane, drink plenty of water during the flight (but avoid
alcohol and soft drinks since they dehydrate your body) and try to observe normal sleeping
and waking hours immediately. Being in the daylight and fresh air will help your body to
adjust. So, instead of going to bed when you arrive, you may wish to take a walk and do
some sight-seeing, then go to bed at the normal time that night.
Suggestions For Getting Adjusted
Explore the area immediately surrounding your accommodations as soon as you
arrive. Locate the nearest post office, bank, supermarket, drugstore, etc.
To avoid getting really lost, look for landmarks (churches, stores, etc.) which will
help you to retrace your steps
Pick up a map or guidebook of the city to get a feel for the lay-out
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Visit a tourist information office for information on museums, tours, concerts,
cultural events, etc.
Check out the public transportation system and determine the routes to and from
school, downtown and to wherever you live
Take a few minutes to sit at an outdoor cafe and have a cup of coffee
Read some books about the Austrian culture as compared to your own culture.
Make friends with Austrians
Start trying to speak any German words or phrases that you know
Remember to have a sense of humor
Be willing to ask for help if you need it
Above all, enjoy yourself!
New Student Orientation (aka. NSO)
The Student Affairs Coordinator arranges a New Student Orientation every Thursday
during the week before classes start to welcome all students new to Webster University
Vienna and allow them the opportunity to meet WUV‟s students and staff. This Orientation
is mandatory as we feel it is an important part of helping you to make new friends and get
acquainted. Your RLC is there to answer questions and help you to learn your way around
the city and adjust to your new culture. If you have any questions, suggestions or
complaints please contact your Student Affairs Coordinator immediately.
Vienna: Your New Home
Austria‟s population is about 8.09 million, a population that decreases slightly from year to
year due to low birth rates practiced by Austrian couples and the death rates among
Austria‟s large elderly population. Austria‟s population density is approximately 235 people
per square mile, low by European standards. About 55% of the people
live in urban areas. Some 1.8 million people are legally registered as
residents of Vienna (the actual figure is probably closer to 2 million,
if you count the illegal aliens).
The official language is German, but each area of Austria has its own dialect.
“Wienerisch” strays from “Hochdeutsch” mainly in pronunciation and its less stringent
compliance with German‟s demanding grammatical rules; it is the language of the common
man. Some Austrians do speak English, but they are very pleased (and generally more
amicable) when foreign visitors make an attempt to learn and speak German. We suggest
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you take a survival German course before you come to Vienna and continue studying it once
you are here.
More than 80% of the population of Austria is Roman Catholic, while most of the remaining
20% are affiliated with other Christian denominations. In Vienna, however, there are a
variety of religious organizations representing every major world religion who meet freely
around the city.
See also the section on Religious Services in English.
Average afternoon temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit and Centigrade for Vienna:
January 28 F -2C
February 28 F -2 C
March 32 F 0 C
April 59 F 15C
May 68 F 20C
June 77 F 25C
July 86 F 30C
August 86 F 30C
September 68 F 20C
October 55 F 13 C
November 41 F 5C
December 34 F 1 C
General Attitudes And Greetings
The standard greeting is "Grüss Gott" which means "may God greet you." You should always
greet your neighbors and shopkeepers in this way, even if you don‟t know them personally.
It is considered unusual to smile at or to greet total strangers. Friends and acquaintances
always greet by shaking hands or by kissing each cheek once. Kissing cheeks is as common
among same sex friends as it is among opposite sex friends.
You need to be aware of the importance of formality for Austrians, specifically the
Viennese, and most specifically Viennese adults. The formal word for you (Sie) must be
used in addressing a person auf Deutsch, until you are given permission to use the informal
you (du) even if it is someone you feel that you know quite well. If you are an American or
come from another country where people are generally casual and informal, don‟t assume
that your style will be understood or appreciated; you may just seem to be rude. Titles are
also very important and should be used whenever addressing adults (Herr, Frau, Dr.).
Some foreigners mistakenly interpret the Austrian formality as unfriendliness. The truth
is that in Vienna, as in most major cities of the world, people are more cautious about
shifting status from acquaintance to friend. Be patient and realize that everyone doesn‟t
do everything just like you do, and that it is okay to be different. With a little patience
you will discover that many Austrians will be warm-hearted and generous in their
friendships with you. It is very important to remember that Austrians are not Germans.
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Although they share a common language, Austrians and Germans each have different
customs and attitudes and very different historical traditions. Austrians are very proud
people, especially when it comes to the splendor of their past as the head of the Austro-
Hungarian Empire and their many contributions to science and the arts. Austrians are
generally quite cultured and like to think of their country as liberal, democratic and
Social And Economic Levels
As in other parts of Europe, there are definite social strata determined both by education
and wealth. The lower class is made up of manual laborers; middle class is composed of
skilled workers, engineers and businessmen; and the upper class consists of doctors,
attorneys and the independently wealthy. Most Austrians live in apartment houses,
although extended families often live together in one house. Ninety percent of the
apartments are smaller than 1000 square feet, and eighty percent of the housing is over
730 EURO per month. About one-fifth of all housing is publicly owned.
Austria was recently rated as having the second lowest unemployment rate in the world
(only 3%), coming in just behind Liechtenstein. The government spends approximately 40%
of its budget on social welfare programs. Austria also has the world‟s highest percentage
of senior citizens, with 14% of the population being over 65. Close to half of Vienna‟s
population is retirement aged.
Take note of the following holidays since almost everything closes when a "Feiertag"
(holiday) rolls around. Many holidays fall on different dates each year. For these holidays
we have simply listed the month or months that you can expect that holiday.
January 1 New Year‟s Day
January 6 Epiphany/Twelfth Night
Late March/Early April Easter Sunday
Late March/Early April Easter Monday
May 1 May Day
May Ascension Day
May Whit Monday
June Corpus Christi Day
August 15 Mary‟s Ascension/Feast of the Assumption
October 26 Flag Day (National Holiday)
November 1 All Saints Day
December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 St. Stephen‟s Day
Note: Many Austrians take their vacations in August; so many small stores are closed all
month. Also, no public transportation runs on May Day until 2pm.
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History And Government
"The Orient begins at the Landstrasse."
The small country of present-day Austria is all that remains of an empire of 52 million
people that stretched across east-central Europe. It was once part of both the Roman and
the Charlemagne Empires. The Habsburgs, who took control of Austria in the 13th century
and reigned for 600 years, built up the size of the empire more so by strategic marriages
rather than by war. Austria‟s power was greatest in the early 19th century after it helped
defeat Napoleon, but the Habsburg Empire declined quickly under growing nationalism
within its vast borders. In 1914, the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to
the Habsburg throne, triggered World War I and led to the eventual demise of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, who would soon fall under
the influence of the USSR, were new countries formed out of parts of the old Austro-
Hungarian empire, which in part explains the impression of east having met west in Vienna.
The First Austrian Republic (1918-1938) struggled to survive the economic devastation of
the First World War and the Great Depression before being incorporated into Germany‟s
Third Reich by Adolf Hitler, a native Austrian who failed to be admitted to art school in
Vienna and turned his career goals toward politics following WWI. In 1945, following its
defeat as one of the Central Powers in WWII, Austria was divided into four zones, each
governed by one of the Allied Powers (the US, Great Britain, France, and the USSR). Ten
years later, Austria was reborn as an independent and neutral democratic republic, with
strong cultural and political ties to Western Europe.
The Second Austrian Republic has been a model of political, economic, and social stability.
Austria is a federal state that is divided into 9 provinces that share power with the
federal government. The federal government is composed of a federal chancellor (Kanzler
Schüssel) and his cabinet, the parliament and a president (Präsident Klestil) who is the
ceremonial head of state. The major parties are the Social Democratic Party of Austria
(SPÖ) and the Austrian People‟s Party (ÖVP), though the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ)
has gained popularity in recent years. Vienna is home to the United Nations, many Eastern
European headquarters of multi-national corporations and as the nation‟s capital, there are
many foreign embassies and consulates. Austria is not a member of the NATO, but is a
member of the European Union.
Austria prides itself on its very low crime rate and high standards of quality living.
Vienna is certainly a safer city than New York, London, Los Angeles or Rome. Violent
crimes and assault are quite unusual, but as in any city, common sense is the best
protection. If you are inexperienced with city living, then follow these simple guidelines:
∂ Avoid being out alone late at night, particularly in sparsely populated areas.
∂ Stay in a group, even if it means walking behind a couple of people you don‟t know but
who look normal and harmless enough, i.e. a middle aged couple.
∂ Lock your door.
∂ Do not flash around money in a public place.
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∂ Know where you are and where you are going. Pretend that you do, even when you don‟t.
∂ In the unlikely event of being assaulted, scream loudly in any language and if possible,
∂ Use your head. When in doubt, be conservative.
The provinces are responsible for public schooling, which is free and compulsory to age 15.
Students have the choice at age 14 to attend a more technically based high school or to
attend a gymnasium. Either way, they have the possibility of attending a university
afterwards, but the gymnasium has a more traditional, broad liberal-arts, math and
sciences curriculum. Austrian schools do not have competitive sports at all or the wide
variety of extra-curricular activities that are common in North America (such as band,
chorus, drill team, social clubs, etc.) Austrian schools are generally very academically
competitive, and the universities attract many international students.
The first university degree is the Magister or a Diplom Ingineur i.e. Dipl. Ing. There is no
real equivalent to an Associate‟s degree. After a Magister or Dipl. Ing., students may elect
to try for a Masters program or a Doktorat. All Austrian universities are public. There are
several state universities in Vienna. The largest ones are: the University of Vienna (UW),
the Economic University of Vienna (WU) and the Technical University of Vienna (TU), in
addition to a diplomatic academy, an academy of science and several prestigious
conservatories and art schools.
Over 15 Nobel Prize winners in science and peace, a host of famous musicians (Mozart
being the most famous) and artists (Klimt, Schiele...) as well as scholars in psychology (such
as Sigmund Freud), economics and politics were all from Austria.
WUV: Webster University Vienna
Webster is equipped with two research computer labs, one media lab
and one teaching lab used for classes only. The main computer lab has
25 flat screen computers running Windows XP connected to a laser
printer. The second lab has 10 workstations. The Media lab has 6
MacIntosh computers. All computer rooms have Internet and e-mail
access, as well as business applications such as Word, Excel, Access
and PowerPoint. Specialized applications such as Visual Basic, C++, Publisher, PageMaker,
Cobol, Mini-tab, Visio, and others are available on selected machines, according to the
classes being offered in any given term. There is also a flatbed scanner available in the
second lab for scanning text or graphics. We have staff-members in charge of maintaining
all of our computing resources at the university.
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The Schön Library
The collection holds more than 6000 books, in addition to various periodicals
and CD – ROM‟s for researching journals and periodicals. Books from the
library may be borrowed for a two week period and renewed for an additional
two weeks if not reserved by other students. There is a fine of 1 EURO per
day for overdue books. Photocopying can be done in the library for 5 cents per
page. Library hours are posted at the beginning of each term. In addition, PASSPORTS,
Eden- Webster Library‟s WWW site which integrates Internet resources and online
databases for student and faculty research is available via internet. Passports is easily
accessible from campus, home, or office, providing 24 hour access.
If you are using the WUV address to receive mail, it will be filed alphabetically in office
trays that that are located behind the reception desk. Letters should be addressed as:
Ima Sophomore, Student
A – 1220 Vienna, Austria
WUV Student ID Cards
ID Cards are issued during registration. You are asked to bring 3 passport sized photos to
New Student Orientation. Your ID card will enable you to check out books from the
library, and identifies you as enrolled as a student in the university. You will need to
validate your ID card every term. Please ask at reception for more information.
The best view of the Danube is from the terrace in the Student Center located on the
corner of the 4th and 5th floor of the Webster building. The Student Center offers a quiet
study area, a place to meet for group projects, or a place just to hang out with your
friends. There are vending machines, coin operated telephone, telephony, cable TV, a video
player and a smoking lounge. The bulletin board on the 5th floor has student suggestions
where to travel on the weekends and holidays.
Since difficulties in adjusting to a huge change in lifestyle, such as moving to a foreign
country, can frequently be quite difficult, a counseling service is available free of charge
to all WUV students. A local clinical psychologist holds office hours at WUV two days a
week. Call to set up an appointment or drop by the counseling office during his/her hours.
All counseling is totally confidential and in a relaxed environment.
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WUV‟s Demographic Make – Up
Around 415 students from all over the world come together to form the WUV student
body, the diversity of various cultures is deemed more significant than any other.
Accommodations for Webster Vienna Students
These apartments are located approximately 30 minutes away from the
Webster campus by public transportation. Each room comes
furnished with two single beds (assigned to two Webster
Students), two closets, two bed-side tables, a
refrigerator, two desks and a bathroom with shower. Each
floor has kitchens that are shared by students with
refrigerators and microwaves. Also provided is a washroom
with washer and dryer which require coins, cable TV., a ping-pong room, sauna, a boulder
cave, a music room with piano and a student café with internet access. The rental rate,
which covers all utilities and amenities, is the same for all Webster students. Costs are
not exceeding EURO 920 per term and bed for the 2005- 2006 academic year.
Webster Apartments, Premium Housing, Schüttaustrasse, 1220*
Aside from the facilities at Donaufeld Dorms Webster also offers limited premium
housing options at Schuettaustrasse 64, in the 22nd district. They are within walking
distance to the campus.
There are single bedrooms in two bedroom apartments and double bedroom apartments in
Schuettaustrasse. They are fully equipped; each bedroom is lockable and includes:
Each Room Includes:
Fully equipped kitchen/dining area
1 Single bed including duvet and pillow Bathroom
1 Bedside lamp WC
1 Desk with lamp and pin board Cleaning supplies
1 Closet Washing machine
Internet Connection (unlimited) Iron
The rest of the apartment is shared
space with the flat mate and includes
A security deposit of EURO 500 or $500 (does not apply to students coming on the Study
Abroad Program via St. Louis. Please see your the Study Abroad Officer in St. Louis for
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details) is needed to secure your housing reservation. This can only be made when you have
been accepted at Webster. Housing booklets and contracts are available upon request.
*Please be aware that in some terms we may have more students than available rooms at
Donaufeld. If we are not able to secure extra space at Donaufeld, you may be placed in a different
housing facility. We will strive to provide a comparable facility, but the amenities may vary
according to the location.
Stars & Stripes Restaurant
The “Stars & Stripes” Restaurant, a gathering point for many Webster
students, is located on the ground floor of Webster and is open for lunch,
evening meals and snacks.
Health & Legal Concerns for Residing In
We have over 60 different nationalities on our campus. Whether you come from Austria,
another EU country or from a non-EU country, you need to have some kind of health
insurance during the course of your studies here at Webster University Vienna. Those of
you coming from a non EU country need a visa as well to be in this country legally.
I would like to take this opportunity to elaborate on these crucial issues and provide some
important information concerning the application procedures for these essential
Student Visas (Student Visa)
For students coming from a non EU country, you should have received a visa application
package from the Admissions Office at the time of acceptance. You have most likely
completed this application and submitted it in a timely manner! But this is not where it
ends, for the visa vignette in your passport indicates an expiration date. It is the rule of
thumb to renew your visa one month before that date, and this is when you should seek me
A listing of necessary documents and actions to be taken for this procedure can be picked
up in my office, room #124 on the first floor. It is a cumbersome but essential process
many of you have to go through. Unfortunately, no one can do this for you, but I certainly
am available to help you and answer your questions.
One of the required documents to submit in the renewal procedure is a proof that you are
covered in Austria by a valid health insurance. This is not the only time you will need health
insurance, as it is something that every Webster University student in Vienna can and
should have. Therefore, it is wise to apply for it as soon as possible if you are not covered
by any other health insurance. Applications, including translations and instructions, are also
available in my office.
Once you have applied for your health insurance, you will be covered the following day.
Should you then need to see a doctor, you can quickly access a list of English speaking
doctors in the Welcome to Vienna Handbook distributed at the New Student Orientation,
or at the Reception desk. But wait, that's not all! You will also need a 'Krankenschein' at
the doctor's office.
A Krankenschein is a document issued quarterly and is valid for 3 months (January, April,
July, and October) by the health insurance provider proving that you are eligible for
treatment by a medical doctor without additional payment. In order to obtain this
document, you must have:
Applied for health insurance at the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse (WGKK)
Paid your monthly dues of approximately €40
Called the WGKK (601 220) to ask for the telephone number of your local
district WGKK office (Bezirksstelle WGKK)
Call that office to request that your Krankenschein be sent to you, depending
on what type of medical assistance and doctor you need. There are three
different Krankenschein types; one for the GP (General Practitioner), one for
the Dentist and one for any specialized medical doctor.
If you need any assistance with this, the Student Affairs Coordinator is available during
University business hours to help you. Although the SAC can't go through the
whole process for you, as it is your responsibility to keep on top of your health and legal
status, the SAC will gladly assist you with the necessary forms, instructions, telephone
numbers, translations, as well as with my own experience and expertise.
If you need to consult a doctor (Arzt) WUV has a list of English speaking Doctors available
for you at the Reception desk and the SAC in the Student Affairs Office.
However, even if the doctor speaks English, you may have to make the appointment or
speak to the receptionist in German. In the event of a major health problem, go to a
hospital. All hospitals are obliged to take in acute cases (injuries, major illnesses, etc.).
This is an absolute must for everyone! Austrian Law requires that you register with the
local police within 3 days of your arrival, and de- register with the police on your
departure. If your first residence is the Residence Quarters, the R.A will help you through
the process. If you are staying at a hotel or a pension, they will register you. When you
check out , they will de-register you. If you reside in private housing, you must go to your
local Residence Registration Office to register within 72 hours. Even if you just move
across the hall in the same building, you are required to register your new location and de-
egister your old location. Registration is taken very seriously in Austria. If you do not
meldezettel, you will be an illegal alien, and you can be deported from Austria.
How to register:
1. Collect your Meldezettel from the Student Affairs Office or Webster University
2. Take it home and fill it out. (Students Affairs and the R.A have an English
translation of the form)
3. Have your landlord sign it.
4. Take it to the Residence Registration Office of your Municipal District Office.
5. Take your passport
6. Take your Bestatigung from the school ( a letter which validates your purpose for
being in Austria).
7. Be there by about 7.30 am or earlier since their hours are from 8.00 am – 3.30 pm,
and there is always a crowd.
By law, everyone is required to recycle, and technically, you can be fined for not doing it.
Large green bins have been made accessible throughout the city for your recycling
comfort. Here‟s a quick translation:
Weissglass Clear Glass
Buntglass Colored Glass
Altmetal Old Metal
Altpapier Old Paper ( not including drink cartons or shiny
Leer und Sauber Bitte Empty and Clean Please
Cardboard drink cartons should be recycled separately from newspaper. Do not put them in
the green recycling bins. Some drink bottles can be returned to the grocery store for
Usually wine and beer bottles and the heavyweight plastic soft- drink bottles fall into this
General Tips (And Interesting Miscellaneous Information)
Don‟t forget: This is not Amsterdam so drugs are not legal
There is no age limit on alcohol purchases or consumption
There is no age limit on tobacco purchases or consumption
Working without a work permit is illegal, except in obvious cases such as baby sitting,
It is illegal for parents to spank their children in Austria
It is illegal to live here without having a visa, though citizens of some countries, such
as the US, may stay up to three months under a tourist status
It is illegal to live here without having a Meldezettel
It is illegal to sign a lease on an apartment without having a visa or Meldezettel
Technically, every TV, radio, stereo, answering machine, etc. in your apartment should
be registered with the local post office so that the government can tax you.
Ostensibly, you could be fined for not doing so
Jaywalking is illegal and the police will lecture you and possibly fine you for doing so
Otherwise, Austria has basically the same laws as any other western country
Practical Information for Living in
Vienna is divided up into 23 districts (Bezirks) . The center of the city (downtown) is the
first district. It is circled by the Ringstrasse which separates the center (Zentrum) from
the 2nd-9th districts, which are subsequently circled by the 10th – 23rd districts.
Addresses in Vienna are generally written in one of two ways. Notice how WUV‟s address
can be expressed in each form:
Berchtoldgasse 1 street name and house number
A-1220 Wien A = Austria, 1030 = 3 rd district ( 1190 = 19th district, 1100 =
10 district, etc), Wien = Vienna
22, Berchtoldgasse 1 district, street, house number/apartment number
Apartment door numbers are written just following the house number:
Bernardgasse 13/11 street name, house number/apartment number
A - 1070 Wien country, district, city
7., Bernardgasse 14/11 district, street, house number/apartment number
Doing laundry is expensive, plan on spending €10 for washing one medium-sized load of
clothes --even if you have to do it yourself. Save yourself the grief and look for an
apartment that has access to a washing machine. It will be well worth paying a little extra
in rent. A few places are listed in the telephone book under Wäscherei.
Munzwäscherei Kalksburger & Co.
3., Schlachthausgasse 19;
Monday-Friday: 7.30 am – 6.30 am and Saturday 7.30 am – 1.00 pm.
Schnell & Sauber Waschcenter
9., Währingerstrasse (at the corner of Vereignisstrasse)
Relatively cheap! Open seven days a week from 6 am – 11pm. Take tram 37 or 38 from
Schottentor to the Nussdorferstrasse/U-bahn stop and walk back
Drop – off Service
3., Salesiannergasse 8;
8., Florianigasse 17;
They will wash and dry your clothes for your within 24 hours. Ironing and dry cleaning
services are available as well.
All post offices are open Monday- Friday 8.00 am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm. The main
post offices in each district are open 8.00am – 6.00 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays
from 8.00am-12.00pm. Post offices at the railways stations and the Central Post Office at
1., Fleischmarkt 19 are open around the clock every day of the week. You can purchase
stamps at Tabak shops as well.
The News in English
All of the major English language newspapers and magazines are available on the newsstand
throughout the city, i.e. Time, News Week, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Financial
Times, New York Times, London Times, etc. Webster University Vienna distributes free
Wall Street Journals on a first in basis. For more localized information, try: International
Herald Tribune or Austria Today. FM4, 102.2 MHz (FM), broadcasts daily from 6.00am-
7pm to the international community in English (primarily) as well as French, Spanish and
German. This station offers quite a variety of music, news and local information. It is an
excellent source for English-speakers to find out what is going on in the city.
Please check the financial pages of your newspaper for the latest rates!
Since January 1st, 2002, Euro cash has been introduced in 12 EU countries. This is
replacing the existing national (legacy) currencies that, in February 2002, was withdrawn
from circulation and ceased to be legal tender.
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Republic of Ireland, Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are currently using the EURO.
First of all, keep tabs on the going exchange rates and compare them with the rates
posted by the Geldwechsel/Bank so that you will know if you are getting a good deal.
Secondly, be prepared to pay a commission (a small flat fee or 2-3% of the exchange). You
can change money at any bank. Note that most banks are closed at mid-day from 12:30pm-
1:30pm. (Most banks charge an extra commission for changing traveler checks. Be sure to
get well-known checks). If you run out of money at night, you‟ll be able to change most
foreign currencies into Euro at the Central Post Office or at the changing automates
located at certain banks. You can also exchange money at railway stations and the airport.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Austria and Europe; checks (other than traveler
checks) are not accepted. You can use your AT&M card, presuming that it is intended for
international use, to withdraw cash. You will need cash for transportation, supermarkets,
bars and some restaurants as well as outdoor festivals that are often held in Vienna.
One simple option is to make arrangements with your bank at home so you can use your
ATM card (Bankomat card) internationally. Although you might encounter a Bankomat that
says card not valid internationally and then use a machine down the street that accepts it
with no problems, most Bankomats will accept foreign Bankomat cards, including credit
cards for cash advances. Be sure you know the PIN number! The terms of the transaction
fees are up to your bank or credit card company. The editor‟s experience is that most US
banks charge up to $1 per withdrawal and will exchange your EURO transfer at a
reasonable rate into dollars. You won‟t know the exact dollar amount until you get your
bank statement. The statement will read something like:
10/15/95 ATM W/D
Bank Austria 100 EURO $ 96
10/15/95 ATM W/D
Bank Austria $ 1.00
Credit card cash advances with Visa or Master Card (Master Card is the same thing as
Eurocard) can be done at a Bankomat machine or inside most large banks. You will begin
accumulating interest on the advance immediately. The interest that will have accumulated
by the time you receive the statement will be calculated at a rate of 1/12 the annual
percentage rate. So, if your Visa card has an 18% annual interest rate and you get a $500
cash advance you will owe:
(0.18)(1/12)($500) + ($500) = $507.50
American Express has an office at 1., Kärtnerstrasse 21-23 (Tel.: 515-4065) where you can
arrange travellers checks or pick up an American Express card if you lose yours or if your
parents decide you need one of theirs, etc.
Another option is to set up an account with an Austrian bank and have your parents (or
whatever your money source is) electronically transfer money from their account.
M, T, W, F 8:00am- 3:00pm
Lunch break 12:30pm-1:30pm
Bank branch offices are everywhere in Vienna and are capable of attending to most any
banking needs you may have. The largest banks and their main offices are listed below.
Bank Austria Creditanstalt
1., Am Hof 2; Tel.: 531-240
1., Schottengasse 6-8; Tel.: 531-310
Die Erste Österreichische Sparkasse
1., Graben 21; Tel.: 531-00-0
1., Michaelerplatz 3; Tel.: 531-73-0
Setting Up a Bank Account
To set up a bank account, take your passport and Meldezettel to the bank of your choice.
Many banks in the first district have English speaking employees who can assist you with
filling out the application form and making your first deposit. You will receive a Passbuch
or Sparbuch depending on the type of account you choose to open. You can also get a
Bankomat card, though sometimes it can be a hassle and will depend on your income and
length of residence in Austria.
*Note: If you are receiving financial aid in the form of a refund from WUV, it is ideal to
establish an account with the same bank as WUV for more convenience of funds transfer.
(Die Erste Bank). However, it is not required and still possible to use another bank of your
The International Student Identity Card ( ISIC) is valid for one school year and is
available from ÖKISTA travel offices in Austria or by sending a check or money order for
$15 directly to ISIC Order forms and further information are included in copies of Let‟s
Go ( as mentioned in the sections on travel and getting adjusted).
You will need a student ID card or some verification of your status as a student, a
passport sized photo and proof of your age (you must be under 27 years old). The card is
recognized throughout Europe as a student ID Card and can be useful in helping you obtain
student IDs counts for travel or admission to museums, etc. Additionally, the ISIC card
gives you automatic limited insurance coverage plus options for greater coverage. While
the insurance coverage will not be sufficient for the purposes of visa application, it may be
a nice personal supplement in the event of an emergency (whether medical, dental, personal
death or death of an immediate family member). Limitations apply, so ask for detailed
information about claims and reimbursement.
STA Travel Vienna
Tel: +43 1 502 43/0
Fax: +43 1 502 43/43
Shopping In Vienna
As a rule, shops are open from 8am to 7pm, Monday - Friday, and from 8am -
5pm on Saturday. If you are in dire need of staple items, the Naschmarkt is
open on Saturday afternoons and the mini-markets in the Westbahnhof and
Südbahnhof are open 7 days a week. There are three Billa supermarkets
which are open on Sundays from 6am until 9pm. They are located in 9. Julius
Tandler Platz 3; 2. Praterstern BH Wien Nord; and on the Vienna Airport.
There are a few points to remember when shopping in an Austrian grocery store: first of
all, you must bring your own bags or you can buy grocery bags there; secondly, you have to
pack your own grocery sacks at a rather rapid pace, so be ready; thirdly, most grocery
stores are quite small and have a limited selection as compared to big supermarkets in the
For students who are missing American favorites Merkur, which is less expensive, stocks
Taco kits, Cheddar cheese, a few Campbell‟s soups, peanut butter, maple syrup and a wider
variety of Kellogg‟s cereals. Other well-known supermarket chains are: Billa, Spar,
Zielpunkt, Emma and Hofer. Hofer is also known as Aldi in other parts of the world
including the US, it is the cheapest supermarket chain and carries primarily generic brands
of very good quality in a warehouse-like atmosphere. You will find Zielpunkt in the Vienna
The two main drugstore chains are Bipa and DM. Be aware that Austrian drugstores
generally carry more toiletries than drugs. For most pharmaceuticals (including common
over-the-counter drugs) you have to go to an Apotheke. See also the section on Medical
Open-Air Markets: The Naschmarkt
The Naschmarkt (U4: Kettenbruckengasse) is the largest open-air market in Vienna. You
can find just about everything at the Naschmarkt: flowers, homemade pickles, wild boar,
unusual spices, seafood, meat, every vegetable and fruit, cheeses (even cheddar), oriental
specialties, fresh sauerkraut, cooking utensils, clothing, candles, toys... It is an experience
not to be missed!
Getting Around Town
Travel by taxi can be expensive, and depending on traffic, may not be faster than riding
public transportation. Fares start at 2 EURO when you get into the car. There is an
additional charge for bags over 20 kg (45 lbs.) A ride from downtown to addresses in the
2nd-9th districts typically runs from 6-12 EURO and 12+ EURO to more distant districts,
depending on the traffic and the distance. Taxi drivers are usually tipped 10%.
Vienna is known to have one of the finest, safest and the most efficient public
transportation systems in Europe. The honor system is used in Vienna for riding on public
transportation. WUV strongly recommends that you purchase your ticket and carry it with
you at all times. If a controller enters a car to check on passengers for tickets and you do
not have yours, you will have to pay 62 EURO; the cost of the ticket (2 EURO) plus a fine
of 60 EURO. The tickets described below are valid on all trams, busses and underground
trains in Vienna. As a student you can purchase tickets with special student discount. For
more information or help with purchasing such a ticket, our Student Affairs Office will be
glad to assist you.
Purchasing a Ticket on a Tram or Bus
It is possible to buy a ticket directly on a tram or bus, but not on an underground train (U-
Bahn). The machine on the tram or bus takes coins only and tickets cost 2.00 EURO. To
buy a ticket for the U-Bahn, look for a ticket machine in the station. Most people purchase
their public transportation tickets in advance at underground stations or in Tabak shops.
Einzelkarten: Einzelkarten (single tickets) may be bought in sets of 5 or 10. Each ticket
allows one person to travel from one destination to another with transfers by any
combination of bus, tram, and underground in one direction “eine Zone”. Individual tickets
do not permit a round-trip journey.
Die Streifenkarte: (5.50 EURO) This card is good for 4 one-way trips. The same
restrictions apply as with the Einzelkarten.
Die Umweltkarte: (24.00EURO) With this ticket you can travel all day on any 8 days of
your choice. The days need not be consecutive. The card is valid from the time you punch it
until the last ride that day.
24 Stunden Wien: This ticket costs 5.00EURO and is good for 24 hours after being
72 Stunden Wien: This ticket costs 12.00EURO and is valid for 72 hours from the time it
Wochenkarte: This ticket costs 12.50EURO and is valid from 9a.m. Monday until 9a.m. of
the following Monday.
Semesterkarte: This ticket is especially for students in Vienna and requires certain
documents. The prices vary from €46, €91 and €117 and depend on your age and financial
status. If you need assistance with obtaining such discount ticket, WUV‟s Student Affairs
Department will be glad to help you.
Validating a Ticket
To validate a ticket, insert the end marked with an arrow into the machine marked
Entwerter to punch the ticket with the date and time. Entwerters are found on all trams
and busses and at the entrances to underground platforms. It is important to retain the
ticket for the duration of the journey; a ticket controller might ask to examine it.
Weekly, Monthly and Annual Passes
If you plan to travel regularly on public transportation, you might consider buying a weekly,
monthly or yearly pass. The Wochenkarte (weekly pass) 12.50EURO is valid from Monday
at 9:00am until the following Monday at 9:00am, regardless what day you begin using it.
The Monatskarte (monthly pass) 45.00EURO, is valid from the first day of the month until
the second day of the following month. They must be bought at the beginning of the month
and are available at Tabaks and at ticket windows in major U-Bahn stations. The
Jahreskarte (yearly ticket) 409.00EURO, application form can be obtained at any railway
station and at major underground stations.
Vienna recently instituted a public transportation schedule that runs all night long, seven
nights out of the week. The parameters and times are limited as compared to the day-time
schedule, and you are required to pay an additional supplement. If you do not have a valid
ticket of any type (such as a 24- or 72-hour ticket or a weekly, monthly or yearly pass)
then you must buy a 1.00 Euro one-way ticket. If you do have a valid ticket (as given by
example above), then you only need the discounted supplement to go along with it. These
tickets are available in all ticket windows and ticket-automate, including the ticket-
automate in the night-busses.
All phone calls in Europe are charged, even local calls whether they are made from a public
phone or a private phone in someone‟s home.
For direct long distance calls to the US the prefix is 001, for Britain 0044, Canada 001
and Australia 0061. To call Vienna from North America, the prefix is 011-43-1; from
elsewhere in Europe it is simply 00-43-1. 43 is for Austria and the 1 for Vienna.
There are two kinds of public phones in Austria. One accepts only coins and the other
accepts only phone cards (Telefonwertkarten) -- not to be confused with calling cards!
Telefonwertkarten can be purchased at hotels, Tabaks, or post offices. Coin phones accept
the new EURO coins. The cost of a call (both local and long distance) is based upon how
long you talk. All post offices have phone booths inside for making both local and long
distance calls. When you are finished making your calls, you simply pay (in cash) at the
window before leaving.
Long Distance Calls
It is generally cheaper to make long distance phone calls from a telephone booth inside of
a post office rather than to use a public phone booth or a private telephone. Even if you
make a long distance call with a calling card, you will have to pay for the amount of time
you use the phone (by inserting coins or using your Telefonwertkarte in public phones or
through the amount being charged to the phone-bill of the private phone you use). The
rate is equivalent to the rate for local calls. Your calling card will bill you only for the long-
distance part of the cost. You can access these companies‟ web sites by clicking on their
names for complete information or call their Austrian Access Number given to the right of
their names to make a calling card call:
AT&T operator* 0800 200 288
MCI operator* 0800 200 235
*These numbers will connect you to an American operator who will then help you make your
collect or calling card call. Not all 1-800 numbers can be reached in the US from Europe
(contact any AT&T, MCI or Sprint operator for details). Be aware that you will have to pay
the full regular overseas rate even when calling a 1-800 number (only possible by calling
through one of the above mentioned operators).
To call an ambulance in the case of an emergency, any of the following numbers may be
Rettung (Ambulance) 144*
Rotes Kreuz (Red Cross) 927-10-1/2/3
Arbeiter Samariter Bund 891-44
(*Note: Call 144 in a true emergency only.)
Generally speaking, ambulances will have a doctor; but will not have a choice of hospital,
and English probably will not be spoken.
If you need any assistance with obtaining the Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse health
insurance or have any questions, the Student Affairs Office will be glad to help you.
Pharmacies or “Apotheke”
Pharmacists in Austria are specialists and are prepared to make suitable recommendations
for common minor illnesses (colds, cramps, headaches, etc.). As a rule, pharmacies keep
normal shopping hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. Pharmacies
generally post the address and phone number of the nearest pharmacy that is on 24-hour
call or on weekend service; this service rotates weekly. You can also receive this
information (in German, of course) by phoning 15-50/15350. The pharmacy closest to
Webster is around the corner on Schüttaustrasse 54, 1220 Vienna. Additionally, the
multilingual staff at the International Pharmacy (on the ring at Schwarzenbergplatz) is
Other than WUV‟s Schön Library, you may want to check out the three English language
The Vienna Public Library
7. Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a,
The Vienna Public Libraries are an institution of the City of Vienna providing means for information,
education, culture and leisure. The Vienna Public Libraries are a network which allows you to access a total
stock of 1,5 million media.
1. Friedrich Schmidt-Platz 2; Tel.: 31-55-11.
12,000 volumes and a good selection of periodicals. Note: They no longer circulate books, so you are limited
to as much as you can read or photocopy while you are there. You can only use Amerika Haus if you make a
prior appointment by phone.
American International School
Open from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday.
The British Council Library
1., Schenkenstrasse 4; Tel.: 533-2616.
Open from 11am-6pm, Monday-Thursday, and 11am-4pm on Friday. 25,000 volumes plus
services for the blind. To check out books you have to purchase a membership card.
Original version videos are available. Be sure to find out which system (NTSC or PAL) the
video player you will be using requires. The video cassettes look exactly alike, but European
video players use the PAL standard, while American players use NTSC. It is possible to
purchase players that support both standards.
1., Marc Aurel Strasse 10-12; Tel.: 533-0182.
Largest selection; annual membership fee.
4. Schleifmühlgasse 5, Tel. 585 1966
Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 2pm-7pm
1., Saltzorgasse 6, Tel.: 533-2321.
Open Monday-Saturday until 11pm. Membership is free.
Bring your passport and Meldezettel for identification.
22. Donaufelderstrasse 162, Tel. 276 44 44
Membership is free. You will need your Meldezettel and a Passport to register. The store
is open everyday from 11am until 10:30pm. A DVD-rental machine is available 24h for 7
days a week.
19., Gymnasiumstrasse 64; Tel.: 310-3757.
Semi-annual membership fee. Good selection plus frequent
specials (such as 3 movies for 3 days for the price of 2 days).
Open Monday-Saturday from 10:30am-10pm
Some of these theaters* (Burg, DeFrance, Haydn and Top) always show films in English,
the others do so only part of the time. Check the newspaper schedule for movies listed
with the following codes: EOV = English Original Version, OV = Original Version, OmU =
Original Version with German Subtitles.
Artis International Kino. 1., Schultergasse 5 Tel: 535 65 70
Burg Kino* 1., Opernring 19 Tel.: 587-84-06
Kino De France* 9., Schottentor Tel.: 317-52-36
Haydn Kino* 6., Mariahilferstrasse 57 Tel.: 587-22-62
Stadt kino 3., Schwarzenbergplatz 7 Tel.: 712-62-76
Votiv Kino 9., Wäringerstrasse 12 Tel.: 317-35-71
You can reserve tickets over the telephone, but you should arrive at least half an hour
before the film to pick up your tickets. When you order tickets you will be asked which
row you wish to sit in as seats are assigned.
Eating and Drinking
Austrians love food and have a rich and varied cuisine, drawn from the many cultures that
formerly made up the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The tasty, meat and potatoes type of
Austrian foods are a nightmare for dieters and/or kosher eaters. Although there are 21
McDonald‟s in Vienna, we suggest trying local specialties, such as Wienerschnitzel (a
breaded, fried cutlet, usually pork or veal), Sacher Torte (Vienna‟s famous chocolate cake),
Knödel (dumplings), Mohr im Hemd (a circular chocolate sponge cake with hot fudge on top)
and Gulasch Suppe (a pork and potato stew).
A few rules of thumb on manners:
Eating and drinking before others are ready is impolite; when in doubt about what
to do, follow the example of the host.
Austrians eat in the continental style, with the fork in the left hand and the knife
in the right.
Be sure to wish everyone at your table Mahlzeit before they start eating.
It is polite to say cheers (prost in German) and clink glasses before taking a drink
when you are having wine or beer.
It is rude to not make eye contact with the person that you are clinking glasses
with as you are saying cheers and causes bad luck.
Although Austrians generally drink beer or wine with meals, they frown upon
excessive drinking and public intoxication.
A few rules of thumb on ordering and paying:
Try to order in German even if you don‟t speak German. It‟s easy. The most polite
way to say I would like to have... is to say Ich hätte gern... (ich HEH-tuh geh-rn).
Use please and thank you (bitte and danke) frequently.
Tap water is generally not served in restaurants because Europeans generally do not
drink it. If you order water, you will be served bottled mineral water that you have
to pay for. If you want a free glass of tap water, you must ask for normales Wasser
or leitungs Wasser.
Bread and rolls placed on the table during a meal are generally not free. The waiter
will count the number that were eaten and will charge you for them.
The waiter will not bring you your check until you ask for it. Say zahlen, bitte
(TSAH-len, BIH-tuh). He will have a money wallet with him for you to pay him
Tipping: When you pay the waiter/waitress, you should just round up the amount
and let that count as their tip. Do not leave money sitting on the table as you leave,
because it is considered rude to not give it directly to the server. Europeans do not
tip the standard 10-15% as in the US. Use your best judgment.
Pubs and Restaurants
Restaurants serving local cuisine can be found on almost every street corner and
frequently offer inexpensive midday specials (Mittags Menü) during the week for 5 EURO
and up. To see a complete list of eating establishments, Gastronomie-Wien, a publication of
the city of Vienna, rates various eating establishments according to the star method. You
can pick up a copy at any tourist office or visit the Falter website: www.falter.at
Vienna‟s summers would be incomplete without the many Eis Salons that open from April
until late September. You pay according to the size container you choose or by the number
of scoops on your cone. Austrians love to slop lots of small scoops of various flavors
together on one cone. Some favorite places are:
Italienischer Eissalon am Schwedenplatz
1., Schwedenplatz; Tel.: 533-1996.
Open daily from 10am-11pm. Follow the crowd to the city‟s best ice cream.
10., Reumannplatz; Tel.: 604-4446.
Also rumored to be the best ice cream parlor in Vienna, open daily from 10am-11pm.
Sorbetteria di Rainieri
1., Kärtnerstrasse 28; Tel.: 512-3134.
Open daily all year round from 9am-midnight. They have frozen yogurt and sorbet as well.
Zanoni & Zanoni
This Ice cream parlor started out as a small family business and has now very many
branches in Vienna. Open daily.
The Viennese coffee house is the essence of Viennese life-“die Gemütlichkeit” which
means as much as the comfort and easy going. Through the generations, Vienna‟s coffee
houses have retained an aura of tradition and sociability alongside a varied clientele that
has given each coffee house an atmosphere of its own. As much as 41 different types of
coffee are available. Try some of the many variations:
Melange - black coffee with milk and whipped cream (the Viennese coffee).
Fiaker - black coffee with rum.
Mokka gespritzt - black coffee with cognac.
Kleiner or Grosser
Mokka - small or large black coffee.
Kleiner or GrosserBrauner - small or large black coffee with a little milk.
Kapuziner - small cup of coffee with one drop of cream.
Piccolo - black coffee in a miniature cup served with or without whipped cream.
Verlängerter – espresso and water with milk (Author‟s choice!)
Cappuccino - a lighter coffee with milk and whipped cream.
Espresso - thick, strong, highly concentrated coffee in a small cup.
Cafe au Lait - half coffee and half milk, very mild.
Coffee houses are still a treat for non-coffee drinkers who would like to soak up some of
the atmosphere while drinking hot chocolate, hot teas, mineral water, wines, juices or soft
drinks. And of course, most coffeehouses have a tasty selection of pastries and cookies.
We have listed a few of our favorite coffee houses:
1., Kohlmarkt 14
Demel is the most famous bakery in Austria and the former imperial bakery for the
Hapsburgs. their coffee house is very expensive, but it is worth the money to sample one
of their pastries.
1., Herrengasse/Strauchgasse (in the Palais Ferstel)
Cafe Central is another Viennese showpiece. It was once the regular meeting place for
writers, artists and philosophers, among them the writer Paul Altenberg, the critic Karl
Kraus and even Lenin while he was in exile in Vienna.
1., Dorotheergasse 6
The walls of Cafe Hawelka reveal its long history as a meeting place for artists, writers,
intellectuals and radicals and for those whom life itself is art. This place is always full, but
keep trying because its worth it. After 10pm, ask for their specialty, a Czech pastry called
warme Buchteln (sweet rolls filled with preserves).
1., Friedrichstrasse 6
The Cafe Museum near Karlsplatz is where the film The Third Man was filmed. Rumor has
it that Adolf Hitler was denied entrance here twice. Chess boards abound for those who
like to partake.
6., Gumpendorferstrasse 11
This cafe has changed little since the turn-of-the-century when Vienna‟s art nouveau circle
gathered here. Its elegant interior includes marble tables, mahogany chairs, mirrors,
chandeliers and ornate ceilings.
1., Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring 4
This is the hangout for actors from the neighboring Burgtheater and politicians from the
nearby parliament , who absorb themselves in newspapers and world affairs.
1., Kärntner Ring 17
Located on the ring at Schwarzenbergplatz, Cafe Schwarzenberg is a typical Viennese cafe
with plenty of authentic atmosphere. They serve great Austrian food and sometimes have
The cafe located on board the ship the Johann Strauss, a floating cafe in the Danube
Canal near the old quarter. Waltzes play continually, so feel free to join the dancers.
Things to Do In Vienna: Night Life
Vienna‟s night life offers something for everyone, from quiet pubs to loud discos. One
popular area is called the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle). As the name implies, it is
easy to get lost in the maze of streets that wind around St. Ruprechts Kirche where the
coolest student hang-outs in town are located. In the summer, many bars set up tables
outside ( what the Viennese call Schanigarten) where you can sit and have a drink with
friends until 10pm, when everyone moves indoors, due to „early to bed‟ philosophy of so
many older Viennese. Once on the inside, the action continues until 2am (or as late as 4pm
in some places ). The Triangle is a must.
1., Rabensteig 6
1., Rabensteig 5
1., Rabensteig 8
Jazz Brunch on Sundays mornings from 11am-2pm
In addition to the Bermuda Triangle, there are a host of bars, pubs and discos around the
Vienna is known for Opera (the Staats Oper being considered among the top three opera
houses in the world) and music. Additionally, Vienna has many theaters that produce highly
acclaimed plays and musicals. Museums abound in the city, with collections of everything
you can imagine (from the expected amazing art pieces to formaldehyde enriched guts of
the imperial family)
Things to Do In Vienna: Soaking Up
Vienna is known for its Opera (the Staats Oper being considered among the top three
opera houses in the world) and for its symphonic music. Additionally, Vienna has many
theaters that produce highly acclaimed plays and musicals. Museums abound in this city,
with collections of everything from the sublime works of Picasso to the ridiculous displays
of the bones and preserved remains of Kings.
There are at least 100 museums in Vienna. We have listed a few favorites below. Check
with the tourist office at Karlsplatz for detailed information on times, prices and features
listed in Museums-Vienna.
1., Maria Theresien Platz, Burgring. The Art History Museum contains the most famous
collection of paintings in Vienna, in addition to marvelous Greek, Roman and Egyptian
collection, sculptures, jewels, etc. Times: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm, Tuesday and Friday
evenings until 9pm. Tel.: 521 770.
2., Augustinierstrasse 1. The Albertina contains a world-renowned collection of prints,
water colors and drawings. It is well-known for its Dürer collection. Times: Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm; Wednesday 10am-6pm; Friday 10am-2pm; Saturday and
Sunday 10am-1pm. Closed on Sundays in July and August. Tel.: 534 83.
3., Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13. The museum is home to a permanent collection of
Friedrich Hundertwasser‟s works and international exhibitions. This is an absolute must
for modern art enthusiasts. Monday's are half price. Times: Open daily 10am-7pm. Tel.:
Austrian Gallery and Austrian Baroque Museum
4., Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27 and 3., Rennweg 6a. The Austrian gallery is housed in the Upper
Belvedere Palace and the Baroque Museum is in the Lower Belvedere. The buildings
themselves are baroque wonders, designed by Lukas von Hildebrandt. The Upper Belvedere
houses Vienna‟s own art nouveau works by Klimt, Schiele, and Kokoschka. The Lower
Belvedere holds Austria‟s medieval and baroque paintings and sculptures. Open Tuesday-
Sunday 10am-4pm. Tel.: 78 4158-0 or 78 4121.
5., Friedrichstrasse 12. This extraordinary building was built by Wagner's pupil Josef
Maria Olbrich for the group of artists (led by Gustav Klimt) who seceded from the
Künstlerhaus. The inscription above the door says "to the age, it's art; to art it's
freedom." Open Tuesday- Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm. Times:
Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm; Weekends and holidays 10am-4pm. Tel.: 587 5307.
6., Museums Quartier Wien
Museumsplatz 1 A-1070. One of the 10 largest cultural districts in the world it unites
baroque buildings, new architecture, cultural and recreational facilities in one location. The
highlights range from the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation
Vienna, the KUNSTHALLE Wien to performing highlights like the Vienna Festival and the
International Dance Festival. For more information visit the website at www.mqw.at MQ
Visitor Center is opened Daily 10:00 – 19:00.
The Vienna Card
The Vienna Card, for 16,90 Euro, helps you to save money while you discover the city. You
can buy it at your Vienna Hotel and at Tourist Information Offices (e. g. at the Vienna
Airport or at 1st District, Albertinaplatz, daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m.), at Vienna Transport (Wiener
Linien) sales counters and information offices (e.g. Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz,
Westbahnhof, Landstrasse/Wien Mitte) or from outside Vienna with your credit card by
phone +43-1-798 44 00-128. The Vienna Card includes:
Unlimited free travel by underground, bus (excluding night buses) and tram for 72 hours.
Vienna Airport Lines - shuttle bus from the airport in the city center vice versa at 5 Euro
instead of 5,80 Euro.
Reduction or benefits at 170 museums and sight, theaters, concerts, shops, restaurants,
cafés and Heurigen (wine taverns)...
NOTE: The Friends of the Museum in Vienna organize gallery tours in English by art-
historians for all members of the international community. You need not be a member to
take part. There is a fee for each tour, in addition to all entrance fees. If you wish to
become a member of the Friends of the Museum in Vienna then entrance to all Viennese
state museums is free.
Opera is taken very seriously in Vienna. We suggest that even if you are not an opera fan,
try going to one. You will probably go back for more! The tourist office and ticket offices
at/in Karlsplatz give detailed schedules on a month by month basis. The operas run from
September until June, with a variable schedule that allows you to see a different
performance each night of the week.
For an inexpensive first try, you can opt for buying a Stehplatz Karte for about 3 Euro
which allows you to stand in the back of the balcony (still a good view) and witness the
finest opera the world has to offer. To get standing room tickets, be at the Stehplatz line
at the side door of the opera house 1 to 2 hours before the performance. You may also be
able to get special student prices if you book tickets a week in advance by the
Österreichischer Bundestheaterverband at 514-44/2960, asking at the ticket office in
Karlsplatz or going by the Bündestheaterkasse at 1., Goethegasse 3 (behind the
Staatsoper, across from the Albertina Museum.)
1., Opernring 2.
The Austrian State Opera House is one of the great opera houses of world. Mozart‟s Don
Giovanni was the first opera to open in the Staasoper on May 25, 1869. All performances
are done in the original language of the opera. Though it is not mandatory, it is best to
dress nicely like the locals: When in Rome, do as the Romans.
9., Währingerstrasse 78
The Volksoper repertoire consists of lighter operas and operettas with occasional heavy
exceptions like Don Giovanni. Productions are excellent with an accent on special effects
and creative sets. All performances are in German.
Information on scheduled performances, ticket availability and prices is available from any
1., Karlsplatz 6.
The Musikverein is the most prestigious and beautiful of Vienna‟s concert halls. The
world‟s greatest orchestras and soloists perform here. Tel: 505-811-911.
3., Lotheringerstrasse 20.
Concerts at the Konzerthaus are high quality, but the hall is a little barn-like in comparison
to the elegant Musikverein. Go for the music, not the scenery. Tel: 712 1211.
Vienna‟s English Theater
8., Josefgasse 12; Tel.: 402-8284.
9., Porzellangasse 8; Tel.: 319-6272.
Things to Do In Vienna: Sports And
Though Austrians are sports enthusiasts (skiing being the national past-time), sports
facilities are more limited than in the US because Austrian secondary schools and
universities do not have competitive sports or athletic programs within their curriculum.
Still, there are many other sporting opportunities in and around Vienna. We have listed
some below, but for more detailed information on sports and sports clubs in Vienna, check
with the information office in the City Hall/Rathaus, or phone these information lines (you
may need to speak German):
American Football-Men‟s 544-8665
American Football-Women‟s 748-4603 (Team president Renate Arnberger)
Beach Volleyball 458-163 or 02243-7681
Chess 523-9700 or 523-9709
Rugby 0222-71177-190 or 0222-377-405 or 403-8734
Have you dreamed of waltzing in palace ballrooms, in an elegant gown or tuxedo, in a
Cinderella story-book atmosphere? If so, then you are in the right place! Vienna‟s ball
season dates back more then a hundred years with more than 300 balls held between New
Year‟s Day and the middle of March. Everybody holds a ball: schools, businesses and every
other profession. Each ball is unique, but they all have one thing in common: a ball is not a
ball unless it is a Viennese ball. Student Affairs has a list of dancing schools if you want to
learn how to waltz. Most lessons last 10 weeks, cost about $200 and are held in German,
but are well worth it.
Biking is an increasingly popular activity in Vienna and can be a fun way to sight-see while
getting a little exercise. Be forewarned that cobble stones make a bumpy path unless you
are on a bike with seriously big tires. (This explains why so many locals ride nerdy looking
bicycles reminiscent of the 1920s rather than mountain bikes or ten speeds). Visit the
main tourist information in the Rathaus to get a copy of See Vienna by Bike which contains
guides to the hundreds of bike paths in the city.
The Citybike is a public bike rental system that allows you to visit Vienna‟s sights by bike
at your convenience. The Citybikes may be rented out and returned at any of the 45 rental
stations which are usually located near underground stations.
Registration: After leaving a deposit, a valid ID or a credit card authorization, you will
receive a Citybike Card at Royal Tours, 1st district, Herrengasse 1-3, Opening-times: daily
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Citybike Info Hotline: 0810/500 500 or www.citybikewien.at
Bicycles can also be rented in many major train stations in Europe and at the following
shops in Vienna:
Floridsdorfer Brücke, Danube Island; Tel.: 388-6698.
Open daily from 9am-8pm. Bicycle rentals.
Reich Brücke, Donauinsel; Tel.: 233-658/151
Two-hour bicycle tours (in English and German) will lead through Vienna‟s feature
attractions, from the Ringstrasse and Hofburg to the famous Hundertwasserhaus. Tours
begin at 3:30 on the first and third Mondays of the months from May-September.
There are several bowling alleys around Vienna.
15., Volgelweidplatz 14; Tel.: 981-0025-0
2., Hauptallee 124; Tel.: 728-0709 or 728-0527
17., Schaumanngasse 107; Tel.: 46-436-1.
Open Sunday-Thursday from 10am-midnight and Friday-Saturday from 10am-2am.
Klosterneuburg; Tel.: (02243) 81-700.
Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 10am-10pm.
Joy and Fun Family Entertainment
Body Dynamic Dance Center
1., Neutorgasse 16; Tel.: 535-1234
There are a lot of fitness clubs in Vienna, so we will list only some of them that we are
aware of as being good or offering competitive rates. You can also look in the local yellow
pages under Fitneß center for listings.
3., Ungarngasse 4; Tel.: 713-3618 or 713-8093.
3., Erdberg, end station of U3-Erdberg
10., Laxenburgerstrasse 66; Tel.: 603-3580
15., Geyschlägergasse 15; Tel.: 982-5771.
17., Frauengasse 25-27; Tel.: 486-5181.
21., Arbeitstrandbadstrasse 85a; Tel.: 270-6183.
Fitness Center Zimmerman
7., Kaiserstrasse 43; Tel.: 526-2000.
18., Kreuzgasse 18; Tel.: 406-4625.
6., Mariahilferstrasse 47/3; Tel.: 587-1208.
Gym & Art
1., Johannesgasse 33; Tel.: 714-7775.
1., Nibelungengasse 7; Tel.: 587-3710.
7., Neustiftgasse 67-69 (second floor); Tel.: 523-3993.
Holmes Place Lifestyle Club - Wien Kaiserwasser
22., Wagramerstrasse 17-19
Golf School Wien Süd
23., Freunschlag-Gasse 34-52; Tel. 694-187.
Putting and pitching green, golf course and lessons are available.
Two guides to hiking in Vienna are the Wienerwald Wanderatlas and Wiener Hausberge
Wanderatlas which are sold at the Freytag-Berndt Book Shop (1., Schottenfeldgasse 62
and at 1., Kohlmarkt 9). They list all the major hiking trails in and around Vienna. Other
good information sources for hikers are the Austrian Alpine Association (1., Walfischgasse
12), which gives information about organized walking and climbing tours. A booklet is also
available. Stadtwanderweg city hiking trails brochures can be obtained at the City
Hall/Rathaus in the information office and gives maps for trails in the Vienna Woods. Here
are some suggested day-hikes in and just outside of Vienna.
Take the U-4 to Heiligenstadt and then the bus 38-A to the end station. From there you
can hike down to Grinzing, Sievering or Nusdorf, or you can go over the other side and
down to Klosterneuberg.
Take the U-4 to Hietzing and get the tram 60 to the end station. Go up to Bierhauslberg
and walk down to Mödling. The ambitious can take a 6-hour hike over to Heiligenkreuz (a
Romanesque monastery in the Vienna Woods) from which point you can get a bus back to
Vienna or to Baden.
Take the Schnellbahn from Landstrasse-Wien Mitte to Strebersdorf. From there, get the
tram 31 to the last stop in Stammersdorf. Walk up through the vineyards to the
Bisamberg. On the way back you can stop at a Heurigen in one of the small villages. There
is plenty of cheap food and drinks with lots of genuine atmosphere.
Take the Wiener Lokalbahn (just across the ring from the Opera House) to Baden. You can
walk through the woods or the vineyards to Gumpoldskirchen, a small village renowned for
its wine. From there you can catch a train back to Vienna. From Baden you could also hike
up to Helenintal through the woods to visit the castle ruins of Raunstein and Rauneils at
the opening of the valley.
The Vienna Woods
The Vienna Woods border the city on its northern and western sides. The woods are full
of color-coded hiking trails, most of which start out from the end of public tram and bus
lines. Ten of them are marked as "City Hiking Routes" see the brochure on
Stadtwanderweg). Be aware that some of the trails can be very long and can take a full day
to complete, assuming that you don‟t get lost. Be sure to have a map handy and plan your
hike well. Tiny little ticks carrying encephalitis live abundantly in the Vienna Woods, so
check yourself out very well after hiking through (check your head really well since ticks
like to hide out in cozy places.) Tick shots are available in Vienna if you plan to do a lot of
hiking. The inoculations come in a series of three during the course of a year. Please
contact your GP or visit the website: www.na.fs.fed.us
Horseback riding lessons in English can be arranged at the Reithof St. Martin at
Holtzgasse 87 in Klosterneuberg. Options in town include:
Freudenau 555; 1020 Wien. Telefon: (1) 728-95-94 (until 17:30) or weekdays 9-13:00 at
(0)664. 973.8403. http://www.ride77.com/reiten/reit-
2., Dammhaufen 62; Tel.: 728-1355 or 0222 / 7281335
3., Barmherzigengasse 17; Tel. 713-51-11.
This is the classical riding school in Vienna.
Ice skating is a very popular winter time activity in Vienna. There are skating rinks
scattered all over the city. The Danube (from the Dounauinsel to the Alte Donau) is the
most fun. Small skating rinks, especially for children, are found in almost all districts of
Vienna. Natural rinks can be found in districts 2, 11, 12, 14, and 19.
Wiener Eistraum 2007
Daily 9-23 Uhr; open late-January through early-March.
15., Vogelweideplatz 14; Tel.: 954-910.
Indoor and outdoor public and figure skating,
Indoor rink open from September-March; outdoor rink open from October-February.
3., Lothringerstrasse 22; Tel.: 713-6353.
Open daily from October-February.
21., Wagramerstrasse 48b; Tel.: 236-782.
Open from Wednesday-Sunday. Skate rentals available.
3., Lothringerstrasse 22; Tel.: 713-6353.
Open from September-March. Skate rentals available.
Jogging is slowly catching on in Vienna. Good places to run, away from traffic and crowded
sidewalks, are: the bank of the Danube River (across the street from the campus), the
Danube Canal (easily accessible from Schwedenplatz), Donauinsel vis a vie from WUV
Prater (though not at night when it would be less safe), the park at Schönbrunn Palace or
the Türkenschanz Park in the 18th district.
Parks and Public Gardens
One look at a city map will show you that Vienna is covered with parks. Some well-known
parks in the city are: Stadtpark, Burggarten, Volksgarten, Augarten and Kurpark Oberlaa,
but we would like to draw your attention to the following areas as well.
The animals roam free in this game preserve. Open from the Sunday before Easter until
November 1st on Wednesday-Sunday from 8am until dusk. Take the 62 tram to
Hermesstrasse and from there the 60-B bus to Lainzer Tor.
13., Schönnbrunner Schloss Strasse 13; Tel.: 81-113.
Open daily from 8:30am until dusk.
The gardens are home to the Schönbrunn Place, the Gloriette, the Palm House, the
Butterfly House (with tropical butterflies flying around loose) and the Schönbrunn Zoo.
The Prater is Vienna‟s amusement park, which holds the world famous Riesenrad (Ferris
wheel) and many rides and beer halls. Just behind the amusement park lie sprawling
woodlands, with ponds and meadows that were once the hunting grounds of the Hapsburgs.
These woods are a nice place to stroll or hike.
Note: The area around the Prater is well known for being quite dangerous after dark. Stay
with your group in well-lit areas if you are there at night.
Rowing, Windsurfing, Sailing And Waterskiing
There are a number of places along the Old Danube (Alte Donau) and Danube Island (Donau
Insel) that rent equipment for these activities. You will need to bring and ID and be
prepared to pay a deposit before renting the equipment.
Some saunas in Vienna are coed; some have different days for men and women; and many
have different hours or separate facilities. It is always wise to call in advance to find one
which suits your inclination. The following are highly recommended:
1., Herrengasse 14; Tel.: 533-1576.
6., Mariahilferstrasse 57; Tel.: 587-1716.
Facials, pedicures, etc. are also available.
2., Waldsteingartenstrasse 135; Tel.: 218-1813.
Beauty parlor, restaurant, massages and pool.
For a dip in thermal healing waters try a visit to a spa where you can enjoy indoor and
outdoor thermal pools, saunas and even a eucalyptus room. We suggest:
10., Kurbadstrasse 14; Tel.: 68-16-11-249.
Open Mondays and Saturdays from 9am-9pm, Tuesday-Friday from 9am-10pm, Sundays
and Holidays from 8am-6pm. Sunday evenings from 6pm-10pm is "FKK" (nude swimming
only). To get there, take bus 67 from Reumannplatz all the way to the end station. Prices
are by the hour and a locker is included in the price.
Austrian Squash Rackets Club
10., Erlachplatz 2-4; Tel.: 230-9393.
Squash Center Hernals
17., Hernalser Hauptstrasse 13; Tel.: 403-6050.
There are many public and private swimming pools in Vienna. A booklet called Bäder der
Stadt Wien (available at any swim hall) lists all the city pools. Each swim complex has at
least one indoor Olympic sized lap-pool, separate hot-water showers and dressing rooms
with lockers for men and women and may also have saunas, hot tubs, massages, beauty
parlors (manicures, pedicures and facials), a wave pool, kiddie pools and a solarium (tanning
beds). Prices vary depending on the length of your stay
2., Lilienbrunngasse 7-9. Tel.: 26-25-16.
Indoor pool, wave pool with diving boards, kiddie pools, sauna, massages and
15., Vogelweidenplatz 5; Tel.: 98-100-433 or -344.
Olympic sized pool with 1 and 3 meter diving boards. Open MWF from 8am-9pm, TT from i
10., Kurbadstrasse 14; Tel.: 68-161-1249.
Indoor and outdoor pools (with thermal water), whirl-pool, sauna, Kneipp pavilion and
Outdoor swimming is possible from July until August both in outdoor pools and in parts of
the Danube (though some parts of the Danube are quite polluted and would be undesirable
swimming spots). The hours for outdoor pools are generally weekdays from 9am-8pm,
Saturday and Sunday from 8am-8pm.
Here are a few suggestions:
13., Atzgerdorferstrasse 14; Tel.: 804-5319.
19., Krapfenwaldgasse 65-73; Tel. 321-50
This pool offers a great view of Vienna. Open May-September.
13., in the park of the Schönbrunn Palace by the Gloriette; Tel.: 815-0132.
10., Ludwig von Höhnel Gasse 2; Tel.: 688-2335.
On The Old Danube/ Alte Donau
Some of Vienna‟s traditional swimming spots are along the old Danube, along with boat
rentals and a host of taverns and restaurants with gardens extending down to the water‟s
edge. Topless and/or nude sun-bathing and swimming is allowed at most beaches.
12., Arbeiterstrandbadgasse 91; Tel.: 235-3640 or 263-3569.
Vienna‟s man-made island in the middle of the Danube River provides long stretches of
beaches, cozy bays and plenty of action along the banks. You can find the world‟s longest
water slide, a water skiing lift, rental shops with bicycles, boats and surfboards, buffets
and restaurants, and nude sun-bathing and swimming areas in the north and the south of
the island. To get there: take the U-1 to Donauinsel.
Skiing, whether downhill or cross-country, is the national sport here and is remarkably
inexpensive. During the winter, various clubs, businesses and organizations (including
Webster, UNIDO, IAEA, and Wien International) organize ski weekends at reasonable
prices. Check either the Verkehrsburo on Friedrichstrasse or at any travel office for
further information. The opportunities are almost limitless and the cost involved varies.
Lift tickets can range from €15-45 per day. Ski rentals are available at virtually all ski
areas. Hochkar (about an hour from Vienna) is very expensive though fairly small. Kitzbühel
in the midst of the Alps in western Austria is the most famous ski-spot in the country. It
is also very expensive and is slammed packed in the winter, so be sure to make
reservations for accommodations well ahead of time. If you have been spoiled by highly
developed ski areas in North America (such as Vail or Lake Tahoe) then be forewarned
that the runs here are not always marked and maps of the mountain are frequently not
available. So be careful if you are not ready to tackle a black diamond run on a split
10., Arsenalstrasse 1; Tel.: 798-2191.
Call ahead to reserve a court
Things to do in Vienna: Term by term
Vienna seasonal events in Fall I
September 1 marks the beginning of the music and theater season
From mid-September to late June, the Vienna choir boys sing every Sunday morning at
9:15 a.m. Mass at the Hofburgkapelle. Standing room is free but limited. For
reserved tickets, write to: Hofmusikkapelle, Hofburg, A-1010 Vienna
Autumn is trade fair season in Vienna
The weather is perfect for walks in the Wienerwald (The Vienna Woods) or in various
parks and zoos.
Ballroom dancing lessons begin all over Vienna in early October
“Hallo Wien” celebration downtown
Heurigen season to taste the new, young wine begins
Opera season begins (You can get standing-room-only tickets to the opera for € 10 up.
Call first & go early).
Vienna seasonal events in Fall II
The Giant Ferris wheel (Riesenrad) at Prater closes from November 26-February 2
On the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month of the year, Fasching begins. This
is the official beginning of the Carnival and Ball Season. Everyone should eat a Krapfen
(jelly doughnut) today
The Viennale Film Festival runs from October-November
Antique fairs are held at Palais Ferstel, Auersburg and the Hofburg
St. Martin‟s Day is the holiday where the Viennese eat roasted goose, red cabbage &
potato dumplings in honor of the patron saint of innkeepers and publicans. Restaurants
around the city will serve the traditional meal and many will also have live traditional
Opera and theater season continue
Advent marks the opening of Christmas markets throughout the city. Wonderful
crafts, toys, pastries, Glühwein (a spicy, hot, red wine) and Punsch ( a spiked fruit
punch) are all part of the scene
December 5th is “Krampus day. Krampus is a “demon” who chases the “bad” boys & girls
with chains & a "rute" to scare them. This is followed by St. Nicholas Day.
December 6th is St. Nicholas day, the day when St. Nicholas rewards the “good” boys
Theater, opera, art exhibits, etc. will abound duing the fall
Christmas Eve mass at St. Stephen‟s Cathedral (Stefansdom) is fantastic! It‟s crowded,
so pick up an entrance ticket ahead of time at the cathedral.
Vienna seasonal events in Spring I
New Year‟s Eve brings a plethora of parties to the city. There are food stands with
champagne and a lot of concert platforms all through the center of the city. Waltzing
in the streets begins at midnight. The Vienna Philharmonic holds its world-famous
concert. The Hofburg Palace hosts its imperial ball. Pick up New Year‟s Eve brochures
in area tourist offices. Public transport runs all night on New Years.
Ski season hits Austria from Christmas until March
Winter is ball season. Over 300 balls are held in Vienna each year between January
Outdoor ice-skating season is in full force (especially magical in front of the Rathaus:
Opera and theater season continue
Lots of good concerts and art exhibits take place.
Vienna Seasonal Events in Spring II
Easter time means several celebrations and special concerts. Wiener Fest Wochen
begins mid-May: Festival of films, music, theater, dance and exhibitions.
There are several spring fashion and art shows
Opera and theater season continue
Vienna‟s weather peaks at near perfection between early April and late June
Vienna Seasonal Events in Summer
From mid May to mid-June, Vienna holds Wiener Festwochen: Festival of films, music,
theater, dance and exhibitions
The days grow very long, with daylight lasting from 4am-10pm
Weather is right for wind-surfing, boating and water skiing on the Danube and hiking in
the Vienna Woods and surrounding areas.
June 21 is Mid-summer‟s Night; bonfires and celebrations will be held in the
countryside to welcome the summer solstice
Danube Island Festival runs for the last two weeks of June and includes a huge party
lasting three days and nights. Hundreds of entertainers and guests rock ‟n roll to the
many bands playing up and down the river-walk. There is also a great fireworks display!
Vienna‟s summer of music begins, with countless recitals and musical events going on in-
and outdoors. Don‟t miss the early evening concerts in the Stadtpark.
The Rathaus (City Hall) front lawn becomes a concert stage with symphonies, rock
concerts, big screen movies, international food stands & the possibility to eat in front
of the Rathaus & in the surrounding park
A Jazz festival is held in July
The weather is warm enough for outdoor swimming
Dance Festivals are held from mid-July to mid-August
The Opera houses close in July and August
Year Around events
Flea market every Saturday next to Naschmarkt, the huge open-air market
Because of Vienna‟s strategic location in the heart of Europe, a host of varied cultures and
nationalities lie a short distance away. Train travel to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland,
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia is very simple and not expensive.
Additionally, plane travel to more distant destinations may be cheaper (and certainly
faster) than train travel. Make the most of your time in central Europe by making as many
trips as possible. If you budget well, you need not pay a fortune to see amazing places.
The best travel advice available is in Lonely Planet Europe and in Lonely Planet Austria.
These books are an absolute must! They are invaluable sources of information geared
specifically for students on how to get places, where to stay, where to eat and what to see
and do. Buy copies in the US if possible (where they are cheaper). Study them before your
arrival so you can make the most of your time here. Fodor‟s, Let‟s Go, Baedecker‟s and
Berlitz guides are also good. Phrase books are handy in out-of-the-way locations, but not
necessary to visit major cities.
ÖKISTA travel offices in Austria will be able to give you the best rates on student travel
throughout Europe. Also look out for special offers from Austrian National Railways
(www.oebb.at) and cheap airlines such as SkyEurope (www.skyeurope.com) or Flyniki
Note: Be sure to check with your embassy ahead of time to see if you need an entrance
visa for the country you intend to visit!
STA Travel Vienna
Tel: +43 1 502 43/0
Fax: +43 1 502 43/43
There are four train stations in Vienna that handle travel away from the city and to
foreign countries: Südbahnhof, Westbahnhof, Nordbahnhof and Franz Josefs-Bahnhof.
Additionally, Bahnhof Wien Mitte (in the Wien Mitte U-Bahn station) is the major hub for
local schnellbahn/S-Bahn trains covering the Vienna metro area plus the line to the
For information on train schedules and departure sites and times, call the train info
hotline (Tel.: 17-17 or 580-03-1051). You may also call the Österreichisches Verkehrsburo
(Tel.: 588 00) to get a railway ticket, seat reservation or to reserve a couchette/sleeping
berth). The tickets requested will be mailed to you; you can pay for them at any bank,
along with a small service fee. English speaking operators are available with both of the
above mentioned information lines if you ask.
Keep in mind that it is always better to travel with a companion, especially when you are
planning to take the night trains. Even though they are safe in general, a single tourist
traveler is an easy target for a potential thief.
Austrian tours has a booklet listing all tours in English, such as: Vienna by Night, Vienna
from the Air, city tours of Vienna, the Spanish Riding School, Austrian castles, ten tours
of Salzburg, boat tours to Budapest, day and weekend trips to Budapest and Prague and
many other sight-seeing excursions. (Information available at the travel agency of the
Opernpassage Information Office.)
City Walking Tours
City walking tours are available under a number of unusual themes and will allow you to see
Vienna in a very different way. For the times and meeting places of city walking tours,
consult the monthly program published by the Vienna Tourist Board or the Walking Tours
of Vienna brochures available at all Tourist Information Offices. Here are some themes
that may interest you:
1. Famous Places of Gluttony, Drinking Halls and Houses of Ill Repute
1. Hidden Courtyards
1. Medieval Vienna, Above and Below the Ground
1. Lipizzaner Horses/Spanish Riding School
1. The Hofburg Palace [recommended]
1. The Third Man: Harry Lime‟s Post War Vienna [recommended]
Old-Timer Tram Rides
The trams that take you on this 2-hour tour of Vienna date back to 1929 and run from
May 4-October 1. They depart from Karlsplatz near the Otto Wagner Pavilion on
Saturdays at 11:30am and 1:30pm, and on Sundays and Holidays at 9:30am, 11:30am and
1:30pm. Their route takes you past the City Hall, the Burgtheater, the University of
Vienna, Schönbrunn Place and the Riesenrad (the big Ferris wheel). Tickets available at the
information office of the Vienna Transport authority at Karlsplatz (Tel.: 587 3186.)
The following four operators offer extensive city tours as well as short trips to various
Vienna Sightseeing Tours
3., Stelzhamergasse 4/11; Tel.: 712-4683-0.
1., Borsegasse 1; Tel.: 534-130.
14., Penzinger Strasse 46; Tel.: 894-1417-0.
The riverboats depart from the landing stage at Schwedenplatz to tour Vienna once a day
from March 30-April 26 and September 23- October 27, and four times a day from April
27-September 22. Departures are at 10:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm. There are also
special evening cruises on Fridays and Saturdays that include dancing.
Tours by Hydrofoil or Regular Ships
For full information concerning Danube boat services call 727-500.
Day trips by hydrofoil to Bratislava and to Czech Republic leave from the docks at 2.,
Mexikoplatz 8, at 9am and return to Vienna at 6:15pm from mid-April through September.
The trips take about an hour each way (call for current prices, since they have gone up a
lot in recent years). If you are an American then you don‟t need a visa. Other nationalities
might need a visa and should allow 5 days to obtain it.
There is also a Vienna-Budapest hydrofoil trip that takes 2 days. Make reservations at the
Hungarian Governmental Travel Agency (called IBUSZ) which is located on Kärtnerstrasse.
The agency will answer questions, make arrangements for your trip, advise you on dates,
etc. For full information concerning Danube boat services call 727-500.
Some Interesting And Worthwhile Nearby Places To See
The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a lovely city of castles, church towers and
horse drawn carriages also The Sound of Music was filmed in and around Salzburg.
One of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the world, quiet, quaint and closed from
October until March.
One of the world‟s most renowned ski areas.
Another city known for its breathtaking beauty. It is the ancient capital of Tyrol in
addition to being the former home of the Winter Olympics and obviously a great place to
Neusiedler am See
Only an hour from Vienna, it‟s a great place to relax wind-surf, swim and rent bicycles.
There is also a large wildlife reserve.
Puchberg am Schneeberg
Also only an hour from Vienna, it is great for skiing and hiking or taking the cog train up to
Kaiser Franz Joseph‟s favorite restaurant (only possible from late Spring until early Fall).
Between Krems and Melk along the Danube: famous for lovely landscape and its wine and
Located on the Czech border, near the Danube, home to many castles.
Prague, Czech Republic
Located in the heart of Bohemia, the current capital of Czech Republic will take you back
in time and make you think Cinderella is there somewhere.
Also a capital city. Castles and architecture galore plus its famous steam baths and
Porto Roz, Slovenia
This resort town sits on the Slovenian coast of the Adriatic Sea and is beautiful and
Go sing O Solo Mio as you ride in a gondola along one of the city‟s famous canals and try to
decide which amazingly great restaurant you should have dinner in.
One of Europe‟s best kept secrets, this southern Polish city is quaint and old world-ish
with its castle, legends and wonderful downtown market loaded with inexpensive, quality
Even if you miss Oktoberfest, the beer halls are open all year round, plus being a city
worth seeing regardless of its reputation for great beer and fun.
A preserved authentic medieval town right in the heart of Bavaria. Don‟t miss it.
A Word about German
Yes, Austria is a German speaking country. We recommend taking a German survival course
before you come and enrolling in a German class once you are here. It is much easier to
learn German while living in Austria. Plus it is a good way to meet people and become
comfortable in the environment. It can be a very frustrating experience not to be able to
make yourself understood. So, try to pick up a few phrases, learn some courtesy words and
above all speak German whenever you can, do not be afraid to try! Don‟t assume that
everyone speaks English, and even if they do, don‟t assume that they want to speak English
to you. A little German goes a long way in exhibiting a positive attitude toward your host
country and getting help when you need it. Having said this, there are a lot of English
speaking foreigners in Vienna and all Austrians are required to learn English in school.
Helpful links to German language translation and dictionary sites:
Austro-American Institute of Education
1., Opernring 4; Tel.: 512-7720
1., Rotenturmstrasse 1-3; Tel.: 535-6120.
1., Graben 13; Tel.: 512-8286.
6., Mariahilferstrasse 27; Tel.: 586-5693.
10., Troststrasse 50; Tel.: 604-3911.
Expensive but reputable. Private lessons and group classes available. Call for prices.
Specializes in individual or small group lessons to fit your schedule.
CEF International Language Institute
8., Strozzigasse 4; Tel.: 403-6946.
Deutsch als Fremdsprache
6., Mariahilferstrasse 81; Tel.: 586-5151.
Courses last 1-2 months. Private lessons and groups of 2-9 available.
1., Stallburggasse 2; Tel.: 512-3982.
Courses are intensive (15+ hours weekly) and last 1 month.. Probably the best reputation in
Europe for German language learning.
Mariahilferstrasse 72/3/5, 1070 Wien
Tel.:+43 1 957.96.49 / Mobil: +43 699.813.734.26
Group classes (max. 8 students) or individual lessons available.
1., Opernring 7; Tel.: 586-7321.
Intensive courses (15 hours weekly) last one month.
1., Neuer Markt 1; Tel.: 512-2225.
Courses last 2-4 weeks. Call for prices and details.
International House Vienna/ ILC Sprachinstitut
1., Schwedenplatz 2; Tel.: 535-5746. An intensive 2-week/40 hour course is available.
Super Language Learning Center
8., Florianigasse 55; Tel.: 408-4184. Private lessons only. Call for prices.
Universität Wien-International Hochschule (University of Vienna)
1., Ebendorferstrasse 10/4; Tel.: 405-1254.
Semester system. A variety of class sizes and hours per week options available. Evening
and day classes. Placement tests available. Very good reputation and great prices. A
passing grade in their top level qualifies your German as competent for regular admittance
to the university.
Alpha Sprachinstitut Austria
1., Canovagasse 5; Tel.: 503 6969
Austrian Words/Phrases to Learn
Grüss Gott – Austrian‟s formal greeting to strangers on the street, shops, etc…
Means: Greeting to God
Pronounced: Gree-ooss Gawt
Always say it back if someone says it to you – otherwise you are RUDE!
Ich heisse John – My name is John
Means: I am called John
Pronounced: eeck hi-suh
Ja – Yes Pronounced: Yah
Nein: No Pronounced: Ni-een
Sprechen Sie Englisch? – DO you (formal) speak English?
Pronounced: Shpreck-un Zee English?
Bitte – Please, Excuse me, you are welcome
Danke – Thank you Pronounced: Dahn-kuh
Guten Appetit – Enjoy your meal! Pronounced: Goo-ten ah puh teet
Prost – Cheers! Proast (Rhymes with toast)
Auf Wiedersehen – Good bye or see you soon
Pronounced: Ouf Veed-air-zeen
Wie viel kostet es? – How much does it cost?
Pronounced: Vee feel costett “s”?
Wo ist ___________? – Where is__________?
Pronounced: VO isst
In general, it is very good to try to start off with German and ask if you can speak
English. Do not expect them to understand you. You are in their country and they
speak German here. Adjust.
Always start off with Grüss Gott and include a Bitte (Please) and/or Danke (Thank
you) as much as possible. They are much more formal than we are and expect good
When you are at a bar or at a restaurant, always wait for the other person before
you start eating and say, “Guten Appetit” (Enjoy your meal). When served a drink
(especially alcoholic beverages) look directly in the person‟s eye and make a toast,
“Prosst!!” (Cheers!). General Rule: If you drink/eat before others and do not say
Guten Appetit” or “Prost” you are rude and will have bad luck!
Religious Services in English
Anglican / Episcopal Church
3., Jauresgasse 12; Sundays at 8am and 10am.
Votiv Kirche. 9., Schottentor, Sundays at 11am
1., Singerstrasse 7, Saturdays at 5pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
19., Silbergasse 2,
Church of Christ
3., Rennweg 1; Sundays at 10.30am and 6.30pm. Wednesdays at 5.30pm
7., Kenyangasse 15; Sundays at 10.45am
International Baptist Church
6., Mollardgasse 35, Sundays at 11.30am and 12.30 pm. Mid- week Home Bible Studies
8., Florianigasse 55; Private lessons only. Call for process.
Inter Chapel (inter-denominational)
19., Kreilplatz 1; Sundays at 9.30am and 11am. Mid- week Home Bible Studies available.
21., Schüttelstrasse 19a/3; Fridays at 7pm
Religious Society of Friends ( Quakers)
3., Reisnerstrasse 16/4
United Methodist Church
15., Sechshauser Strasse 56; Sundays at 11.15am
Vienna Christian Center (Charismatic)
7., Halbgasse 17; Sundays at 6pm
Vienna Community Church
1., Dorotheergasse 16;Sundays at 11.30am.
Embassies in Vienna
America/ United States
9., Boltzmanngasse 16; Tel: 313-39
12., Tivoliggasse 54; Tel:811-85-0
1., Laurenzberggasse 2; Tel: 531-38-3000
3., Metternichgasse 4; Tel:714-31-49
17., Heubergasse 10; Tel:450-20-83
14., Penzingerstrasse 11-13; Tel:894-3741
3., Jauresgasse 12; Tel :713-1575
3., Metternichgasse 3; Tel: 533-88-21
3., Reisnerstrasse 45-47
2., Ober Donaustrasse 49-51; Tel: 214-77-01
4., Prinz Eugen Strasse 40; Tel 505-7338
3., Rennweg 3; Tel: 713-25-95
Emergency numbers in Vienna:
Feuerwehr ( Fire Department) 122
Polizei ( Police) 133
Rettung ( Ambulance) 144
Emergency Medical Service 141
Pharmacy Emergency 1550/15350
Doctors Telephone Service 531-16-0
Help for Rape Victims 71719 (24 hours)
AID Hilfe 599370
Alcoholics Anonymous 7995599
The Befrienders Helpline 713-3374
(An English language help-line for those
Gas leak 128
Other Useful Numbers:
Europe (except Germany ) 11812
Taxi Companies 31-300, 601-60,17-18,40-100
Airport Information 700700
Train Information 1717
American Express 515-670
ISIC Cardholders: 24 help line (+44-81) 666-9205
AT&T operator* 022-903-011
Sprint operator* 022-903-014
MCI operator* 022-903-013
These numbers will connect you to an American operator who will then help you
make your collect or calling card call to the US. Some 1-800 Numbers can be
reached in the US from Europe (contact an AT&T, MCI or Sprint operator for
details). Note: You will have to pay the full regular overseas rate even when calling a
Just for Women
Feminine Supplies: Sanitary napkins and tampons are both available at the grocery stores
and pharmacies. Some brands are the same as in North America, including Always and OB.
OB tampons are almost always the only brand available, so if you prefer Tampax, be
prepared to hunt around (try Bipa drugstores and be prepared to pay 50-75% more than in
US; be for-warned that supers are not available in Vienna). You may want to bring supplies
from home if you are particular about what you like to use.
Birth control and other gynecological concerns: For simplicity sake, make arrangements
with you OB/GYN at home before leaving and have her prescribe enough birth control pills
to last throughout your stay. Should you have need of a gynecologist for any reason while
you are in Vienna, you should have no problem in receiving the same quality of care and with
prescriptions that you would at home. The same products are available; you will not be in a
third world country. This goes for condom availability as well. You may not find the same
brands, however, so stock up in the U.S. if you are particular.
Dating, etc: Young people throughout the western world do things in pretty much the same
ways (i.e.: flirting, a kiss is a kiss etc.) Non-American men sometimes interpret the
friendliness, smiles and casual relating style of American women as flirting, even when the
woman mean it simply as being neighborly or polite. Be aware of that but don‟t change who