When foodie meets Vienna

Choosing where to eat is quite a challenge in Vienna. City is full with old fashioned restaurants, with typical Viennese / Austrian cuisine although you can also choose from a variety of cuisine’s, from Balkan region cuisine to Georgian, Japanese, Indian and bunch of other world famous cuisine’s. I will use this opportunity to present my most favorite places where you can grab something. I will, of course exclude the most famous places from this post since you are going to google them anyways 😀

ARAGWI is Georgian restaurant, located in Neustiftgasse 3, just next to the Volkstheater. I really like it because the design of the restaurant, which is quite interesting but still makes you feel at home. Food is delicious, I always recommend Georgian cheese bread Khachapuri and this delicious appetizer with walnuts paste. #SeePictureDownUnder

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CENTIMETER is a wonderful, affordable restaurant (well affordable comparing to other places in Vienna) where you can grab anything – from salad, vegetarian dishes till burgers and ribs. Yay ribs. You can find Centimeter at three different locations in town : Rathaus, Spittelberg and Gersthof (exact addresses on their website). Now lets post a pic of their ribs cause I like ribs 😀

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VOLLPENSION is one of my most favorite places in Vienna, like ever. Why? Lets check the pics :

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The exact feeling you get in Vollpension is “homesick”. Everything looks, smells and feels like in your grandma’s place. The staff is really nice, the atmosphere is awesome and the food is to die for. You can choose from diversity of cakes and sweets to homemade dishes, they always have something interesting.

SIEBENSTERN BRÄU is a brewery in Siebensterngasse, which also offers variety of dishes from typical Austrian cuisine. The food is great, prices are affordable and their smoked beer is my favorite. When in need for a beer – Siebenstern brĂ€u is your place.

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RIBS OF VIENNA, sadly I couldnt found any pics I have taken there but totally worth visiting. BEST. RIBS. IN. VIENNA.

In order not to make this post any longer, I will write few more places I really like :

  • Vapiano. Great wine, coffee, italian dishes and pleasant atmosphere
  • Cafe Phil, where you can grab a coffee and a cake while searching for a books
  • LÂŽosteria, italian dishes, pizza is HUGE there #MmmPizza
  • TĂŒrkis, if you are in the mood for a good kebab
  • Cafe Francais offers variety of french dishes
  • Wein & co cause everybody appreciates good glass of wine
  • 1516, Flannagans and Rochus cafe are my weekend choice 🙂
  • Medusa – great interior, fast service, great food and drinks
  • Da Capo is really really good choice in case you want real old fashioned pizza

In case you want more luxurious experience, go to Onyx, Sky or Bloom bar or 30.

One more tip, I would avoid DOTS at Mariahilferstrasse for sushi. The place is great, food and drinks are ok but we ended paying 10 euros for the setting of table decoration ( tablecloth, glasses and plates) which made us super mad, since we weren’t even warned.

In case you didn’t like any of my recommendations this website can help you find and choose your perfect place.

Til next time,

Pam.

 

 

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Visit to the Winter palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy

Sunday, 23rd of October, was the day of “open doors” in Winter palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy in Vienna and I used the chance to visit it.

Prince Eugene was born in 1663 in Paris and he grew up around the court of King Louis XIV. At age of 19 he decided to pursue military career but he was rejected by the King because of his mother’s involvement in the “Poison affair”. After the rejection he decised to move to Austria and became loyal to Habsburg Monarchy.

To the historians he is best known for his service to three Holy Roman Emperors and his battles in the Balkan region and success against the Ottoman Turks. Fans of art and architecture know his name because of palace Belvedere, which was his summer residence and his beautiful winter residence, simply called Winter palace of Prince Eugene or in german, Winterpalais.

The palace was built in period from 1695-1700 by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and from 1702-1724 by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. Its a beautiful baroque palace with theee portals, magnificent ceelings and other details. 

I believe the pictures say more than words, therefore I will leave you to enjoy in some pictures I have taken.

Til next time,

Pam.

P.S. Let the pics start


Statue on the entrance in the palace


Amazing chandeliers give the space extreme luxury vibe



Gorgeous painted ceelings and walls


Interesting sculptures


Luxurious details


Amazing paintings


Beautiful art.

Thank you for reading.

Upcoming activities in Vienna – October 2016

The end of the Year will be quite active in Vienna and I plan to suggest you some stuff you can see in Vienna if you are visiting and for free. In case you will be in Vienna in October, underneath you can find some gratis events to visit. Events in November and December will be published in separate posts.

So, lets begin, this is what is coming in the following days :

  • In case you are interested in Tiber you can visit the exibition in Rauchfangkehrermuseum from 7th October 2016 til 1th June 2017 
  • 16.10.2016 Free entrance in the Museum of Modern art – Mumok

         Details about this event can be found HERE

  • 22.10.2016 Gratis in Winter Palace of Prinz Eugen von Savoyen

          Event description on Facebook page Click here

  • 21.10.2016 – 23.10.2016 project “Wien leuchtet – Vienna shines” at Maria-Theresien Platz, where both Natural-history and Art-history museums will have light instalation. Pictures underneath show how did that look in 2015 12038405_10206757309586253_8959578017606167881_n.jpg12032201_10206757308786233_705388729225755091_n.jpg

  • 26.10.2016 is a National holiday in Austria and in Vienna you can visit following institutions for free : 

          * Visit the Austrian Parliament from 9 -16 h

           *Office of the Federal Chancellor (Bundeskanzleramt) from 12-17 h

            *It is still unknown whether the Office of the President will be open because of the presidential elections occurring in December 2016 and the fact we currently have no president. 

            *Ministry of education (Unterrichtsministerium) from 10 – 16 h

            *Ministry of foreign affairs (Außenministerium) from 10 – 14 h

            *Following Museums open their doors for visitors : Römermuseum, Clock museum, Wien Museum Hermesvilla, Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Esperanto museum. Globe museum, Papyrus museum, Military history museum (Heeresgeschichtliches museum), Art gallery of Museum of fine arts (GemĂ€ldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden KĂŒnste Wien). 

           Most of these Museums will be open from 9-17 or 10-16 h. Exact opening time for each of those can be found HERE 

           *Notice : The biggest museums such as Museum Leopold, Nature-history museum, Art-history museum and Technical university have reduced prices for the visitors  but they dont offer free entrance !!

  • 28.10.2016 gratis in the Natural-history museum

          Find the details under this link

  • Till 30th October 2016 you can also visit the exhibition “Austria in graphics”  in the Museumsquartier – quartier 21 check it here 

Have a fun in Vienna and let me know in case you visited some of this places, how did you like them and was this post helpful. 

Till next time. Pam.

 

Setagaya dreams

I love Japan. The culture, the food, the music, national wear, stories, make-up. Hey I loved Pikachu and chased Pokemon before that was famous. I still dream I will wake up as Sailor Moon and save the world from the monsters. Whoever knows me, knows also that my biggest dream is to visit Japan and lay in the lavender fields under the Mountain Fuji. There is something in Japanese life way which inspires me and seduces me.

What the heck has Japan to do with Vienna, you may ask. Well, quite a lot. You probably haven’t heard that Döbling (19th Viennese district) and Setagaya (district in Tokyo) have had strong cultural friendship for many years. To honor that friendship and cultural exchange between these amazing cities, in 1992 gardner Ken Nakajima planned the looks of one gorgeous Japanese park in Vienna – symbolically called Setagaya park.

Setagaya park is made in traditional Japanese style and has traditionally build fountains, Japanese plants, symbols and building. Someone way smarter than me told that a picture is worth a 1000 words. Therefore I will leave you to enjoy amazing pics I have made.

Just bear in mind, in case you are in Vienna and you want to visit it, that the park is located in 19th district and can be reached by tram 37 (direction Hohe Warte) and busses 10A (direction Heiligenstadt) and 39A (same direction). Also, take into account that the park is closed between November and March due to the maintenance.

And now lets enjoy some pictures 🙂

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Kisses,

Pam.

Sightseeing in Vienna

May 2013. I was sitting in a car, holding my passport, waiting to cross the boarder between Croatia and my home country Bosnia. Destination – Vienna Austria. Expectations – huge. Having clue about what to expect – NONE. 😀

I was excited. I have previously never been in Vienna and I had only basic information’s about it. Its capital of Republic Austria. Language spoken there – German and some English (although after some time in Vienna I realized why most of the Yugo’s from Vienna don’t know how to speak good German – cause our language is spoken on every corner of Vienna. When I say every corner, I am not exaggerating). What else, oh yeah, Maria Theresa was the ruler of the Habsburg monarchy and yes we the Yugo’s hate her since our countries were under Habsburg’s governance for quite some time. Castle Schönbrunn is the main attraction – you were not in Vienna if you haven’t seen it.

And that was basically all I knew about the city. I never believed it will be a love at first sight and that after all this time I love this city deeply and profoundly. I was in my friends car on a highway, chatting, getting some general tips about the city as I first saw  huge storage’s of some big companies such as Containex, Ikea, SCS shopping mall, etc. Foolishly, I believed that was Vienna already, I had no idea we were passing by Vösendorf, small town just few kilometers form the Vienna city boarder. As the companies and storage’s were passing by, as the cars were changing lanes, as I tried to get some orientation – there I saw it. Magnificent Vienna.

The first thing I have seen was the Vienna International Center, of course it was from the distance and not close up like on the following picture 🙂

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                  Vienna international center 

I was enchanted : with the city, lanes, cars, people, street decorations, Second thing I have seen, was just a glimpse of Schönbrunn palace. It fell like I came home and still feels like that ❀

As I arrived in Vienna I had 7 days to finish administrative stuff and I had to go back to Bosnia to finish boring administrative stuff there before I finally and definitely move to Vienna. Free time I had was mostly in the afternoon, which I used to visit main and most important Vienna sightseeing attraction. I will conclude this posts with my pictures of them, in order to present them and leave a tiny notice how to easily find them.

And lets throw some pics of most important sightseeing attractions. I will not give general informations about them since I plan to introduce every one of them in separate posts. 🙂

  1. Schönbrunn palace  

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2. Belvedere – Upper and lower palace

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3. Hundertwasserhaus

4. Votiv church – Famous for being part of a scene in “Before Sunrise” movie 😬

5. Austrian Parliament 



6. Art History museum


7. Karlskirche – St. Charles Church

8. Austrian National Library (placed in Hofburg palace complex)



9. Donauturm – Danube tower


10. Wiener Rathaus – Vienna city hall



 Photo credit – Zoran Jovanovic

12. Stephansdom – St. Stephens Church


         Photo credit – Zoran Jovanovic

13. Vienna state opera


              Photo credit – Zoran Jovanovic

14. Stadtpark – City park 


15. Church of Mariahilf & Haydn statue 


16. Donaukanal – Danube canal


17. Mozart’s statue in Hofburg complex, located in front of Butterfly house 


I would add additional photos but I will end this post here so its easier for reading.

Kisses to you and hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Pam 

P.S.  All pictures are made by me except those explicitely credited.

Public transportation

During my travels I had the chance to use public transportation in different states and from what I have experienced I could conclude that Vienna’s has good quality, its affordable, punctual and well organized. The city parts are well connected, with different lines of fast trains, metro, tram and busses you can get quite fast anywhere you want. In my personal experience one needs aproximately 1 hour from opposite parts of the town if you are in the Kerzzone – that is how the first transportation zone is called in german language.

Most important transportation in Vienna are 5 metro lines:

  • U1 from from Reumannplatz till Leopoldau (currently there are works to extend it)
  • U2 from Karlsplatz tio Seestadt 
  • U3 from Ottakring till Simmering
  • U4 from HĂŒtteldorf till Heiligenstadt (metro between HĂŒtteldorf and Schönbrunn is currently not operating due to the construction
  • And U6 from Siebenhirten to Floridsdorf 

There is no U5 – YET. This line is going to be constructed in the following years and its gonna be, wait for it :D, in turquoise colour, Yay 🙂 This project should be done by 2028. 

For the short overview of Vienna’s metro plan – check the pic underneath 🙂


Beside metro, on your disposal there is plenty of tram, bus and fast train lines. Most important for the tourists is the S7 fast train line from Vienna Airport in Schwechat to all big train stations in the city such as Wien Mitte (where you can grab U3 and U4 metro) and Praterstern (in case you need to get on U1 and U2).

When it comes to Tickets on your disposal you will have following options :

  • One way ticket – for the price of 2,20e
  • 24 hours ticket – 7,60e 
  • 48 hours ticket – 13,30e
  • 72 hours – 16,50
  • Weekly ticket – 16,20e but bear in mind that weekly ticket is not 7 days ticket, it is valid for one exact week from Monday till Sunday. Im writing this notice because due to the language difficulties some tourists assume that weekly and 7 days tickets are the same.
  • In case you are staying longer in Vienna you can also get the monthly ticket for the price of 48,20e which may be cheaper than getting few weekly tickets, especially cause you can sell it afterwards to someone else and get some money back
  • Last but not least, there is EASY city pass designed specially for the tourists and you can book your tickets in advance on Wiener Linien webpage.
  • Foe those coming to Vienna for studies there is a possibility to get Semester ticket (for students younger than 26) and yearly ticket for price of 365e (payed in cash) or 375e (if the ammount is reduced from your bank account)

And last but not the least, for all those coming to Vienna the most useful thing you can have on your smartphone is Qando Vienna App. This thingy is super useful tool to go around Vienna with no stress and Im gonna give you short instructions how to use it.

    Lets say you just managed to get to Schönbrunn castle and you want to see Hundertwasserhaus afterwards. You have no idea how to get there. The only thing you need to have is the address of your destination (or closest transportation stop) and our buddy Qando.

    Firstly find Qando in your App, Google or any store your smartphone uses to download apps and find Qando Vienna. The app looks like this


    After you have downloaded the app and opened it, you will get the Monitor menu. Since you need to route your trip click on the button with three lines on your left (in the picture it appears right since I have opened additional menu options)


    After you choose the route, type the neccessary data. For this case we will use the closest tram station to Hundertwasserhaus which is called Hetzgasse. After you type in the data you can choose different options like different time or choose additional options like fast arival, few changes and short walk. After you request the route you will get the route suggestion.

     You can also see the additional data (where to change from metro to tram) id you click any of the offered options.
    I will conclude this post with short explanation of Monitor. In the monitor menu you can type the name of any station and it will list you all transportation lines on that station. Exact name of the bus and train station can be found on upper part of a sign found in the station, like on the following picture 


    The number in the circle represents the number of a bus or tram number and the above the Autobus label you will find name of the station, in this case its Meidlinger Hauptstrasse. Have in mind that some buses and trams have the same  numbers, like 1, 2,etc. The difference is in the letter A. So if you see circle with number 1 – it refers to tram line 1 and 1A refers to bus line 1z

    This is where I will conclude the post about public transportation. I tried to explain some informations with pictures. In case I made it too complicated and you have questions – Im always on your disposal.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Pam.

    Welcome to Vienna

    Hello everyone and welcome to this page dedicated to my, yours and ours beautiful Vienna.

    Why did I name my blog Viennese affair?  Because my affair with Vienna started in May 2013 and its still lasting, with the tendency of never ending story, which I do not mind at all 😀

    Personally I believe that it is really difficult not to fall in love with the city because it has everything a person needs : it is a place where Gothic kisses Neoclassical style, where Danube reflects marvelous modern glass buildings, where every single building has interesting artistic details. Moreover, the remaining of once great empire meet the marks of a modern democratic society and state. Furthermore, the city has transformed itself from Austrian capital into a global society in one small area. Different cultures have made their roots here which has left impacts on the city life. You can simply walk on the Mariahilferstrasse (most famous shopping street) and get hit with a smell of expensive perfumes, having your eyes being seduced by colorful merchandise of famous brands and few corners later be surprised by second hand stores, smell of  kebab and sounds of Viennese dialect.

    But for starters, lets first introduce Vienna properly, the way it deserves to be introduced 🙂 Vienna is the capital of Republic of Austria, placed in the center of Europe. It is not far away from the Hungarian city of Sopron, which is popular spa resort for many Austrians since it offers cheaper healthcare services than Vienna does. Also, if we go 100km towards East we will come to Bratislava – capital of Slovakia, which is nowadays Vienna’s serious competitor when it comes to air trafficking, since Ryan Air flights land there. Lets not go too much into talk and talk lets just show our gorgeous city for geography dummies like myself.

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    Maybe that is my first tip – if you want to visit Vienna and your tickets may be overpriced, check whether Ryan air offers the flights from your area till Bratislava. Usually you can find flights from Paris, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, London, Dublin and few other major cities in Europe. Tickets are cheaper comparing to other flights, e.g. I have just booked two tickets form Berlin to Bratislava for October for 84 euro in total, with flight to Bratislava and round trip with Flixbus to Vienna and back #Yay

    Of course, you could also travel with train or try new bus low cost service of ÖBB – Austrian state train company. The project is called Hellö (and of course the link to match that https://www.helloe.com/de/) and it offers super affordable bus tickets to cities like Frankfurt, Ljubljana, Venice, Prague, Zurich and 25 other European cities. I still haven’t tried it because I have been mostly using above mentioned Flixbus but if we take into account the reputation of ÖBB, I believe that the overall experience should be positive.

    Anyway, I will give few general, mostly boring information’s for the tourists. Vienna is not just a capital of Republic of Austria it is also one of the 9 Austrian federal states : West to the East we have Voralberg with Bregenz as its capital, Tirol and its capital Innsbruck, Salzburg state and the city, KĂ€rtner and city called Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (shortly Klagenfurt), Steiermark and its capital Graz, which is the second biggest city in Austria, Öberösterreich (Upper Austria) and gorgeous city of Linz, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) and city of St. Pölten (*note – St. refers to Sankt which in German language means Saint) and of course in the end we have our beautiful Vienna as the last state.

    Vienna itself its divided into 23 city districts called Bezirk and they usually represent the issue for tourists since the districts are divided following the rule of circle, which makes a big fuss since you can be walking spontaneously and totally lose yourself since your logic cant explain how 8th district is meeting the 16th district. For that reason I will publish a map of districts which may help you figure the logic behind their division.

    The most important district for the tourists are 1th, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 14th and probably 22nd because of the new modern complex building which has been build near Danube in the last years.

    Vienna is also 7th largest city in European Union, with total area of 414,87 km and and officially population of 1.840.573. The three biggest nationalities living in Vienna are:

    1. Austrians,
    2. Commonly known Yugo’s – term which is popular among Austrians and refers to citizens of Republics in former Yugoslavia such as Croatians, Serbians and Bosnian. Although these republics are not the same state anymore they are placed under one common name because of the same language (Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian are basically the same language with no significant differences), history, customs and culture.
    3. In the end the third biggest population in Vienna are Turks, which came to Vienna during the migrations in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s because of special bilateral agreements they had with Republic of Austria.

    Of course, these are the largest but not only nationalities groups.

    When it comes to the religion, Vienna likewise Austria is mostly catholic with 41% of population declaring themselves as roman catholic. Second biggest religion in Vienna is Islam with 11% (that is due to the fact that in the last polls in 2011 almost 32% of citizens decided not to declare themselves as member of one certain religion). Third biggest religion in Vienna is orthodox christian religion.

    We could continue with plenty of other information’s about Vienna but I believe it wouldn’t be interesting at all. I will try to give some general information’s in future posts while I represent Vienna. I am also hoping that some of my friends may appear here on blog as guest authors and share some of their experiences and impressions of Vienna but lets see how that goes 😀

    Till next reading I am leaving you with one of the first pictures I have made as I moved to Vienna, which basically started my whole Viennese affair. Gorgeous, yet not too famous Otto Wagner’s church  called Kirche am Steinhof, built from 1904-1907, located in 14th district and dedicated to Saint Leopold.

    Greetings,

    Pam.