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Vienna: One of Top 20 Bike-Friendly Cities

Vienna is well known for its bicycle lifestyle which not only promotes a healthy lifestyle for residents and visitors but also reduces the city’s carbon footprint. 

Owing to this cycling system in place, Vienna is in the world’s top 20 list of bike-friendly cities. The Austrian capital is in 16th place in the Copenhagenize Index which noted the city’s cycle tracks and modern facilities unmatched by other cities around the world.   

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Vienna’s Funeral Museum

Not many people know that Vienna and Austria in general has a fascination with death. Proof of this are the existence of a number of buildings where the dead are still preserved and remembered. 

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Best Spots for Writers

Vienna is home to some of the world’s famous artists of all kinds. In the literary world, some of the famous writers it has produced in the past include Grillparzer, Nestroy and Schnitzler. 

Today, the Austrian capital continues to be a magnet of artists who are attracted to the city’s history and well preserved architecture as well as its serene environment. Budding and veteran writers visiting the city have many choices for places where they can keep their creative juices flowing. The coffeehouses and cafes are perfect but there are more options when in Vienna. 

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Augustinerkirche

The Augustinian Church is one of Vienna’s many places of worship and a must-see for visitors. Situated on Josefsplatz, this 14th century palace church was constructed in the Hofburg complex originally to serve the imperial court. 

Completed in 1339, it hosted burials and weddings of the royal family and was also the starting point for processions and pilgrimages. However, it was only in 1634 when it became the parish church of the imperial church. 

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Tips for Bearing the Heatwave

Summer in Vienna means the possibility of heat waves and this can be unbearable to many people including tourists. The weather in the city is forecast to ohave high temperatures of up to 38C including in some parts of Austria. 

With the summer heat sure to stay for awhile, locals and visitors need to know the ways to keep cool particularly the elderly and the young ones. We share here some useful tips which should help cool you down these hot months. 

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Best Swimming Spots in Austria

Swimming is a very popular activity during summer time and if you’re heading to Vienna or other parts of Austria, you won’t be disappointed. Although Austria does not have natural beaches, it sure has its share of beautiful lakes and rivers where people can enjoy a dip in the natural waters. 

Old Danube

When you’re in Vienna, the Old Danube or Alte Donau is the best place to visit. The Gansehaufel area boasts of two kilometersr of beach plus there are also swimming pools, playgrounds and cafes. 

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Best Places to Cool Down in Vienna

Summer in Vienna means heatwaves and not too many people are able to bear the high temperatures when outdoors. But thankfully, there are many places you can go to in Vienna to cool down and still enjoy the summer season. 

Churches

If you’re the religious type of person or someone who just wants to explore places of worship, a visit to one of Vienna’s churches will be worth your time. In the first district alone, there are already 25 churches in place. 

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Learning the Local Etiquette

When visiting a new country, it’s a good idea to be able to learn a few phrases of the local dialect. This will help you interact well with the locals and even make some new friends. 

When in Vienna, travelers should learn to use formal greetings when meeting a local. You can say “Gruss Gott” or Guten Morgen/Tag/Abend” depending on the time of day you’re going to use this. It’s also customary to return the greeting when you are greeted first or the salutation. 

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Fiaker Horses Working Full Time

Horses are strong and can stand the heat during summer just like the fiakers of the Austrian capital. And if you are visiting Vienna, it’s a must to experience riding in these traditional horse-drawn carriages while touring the city. 

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Vienna is 2nd Most Liveable City for 2015

Vienna adds another feather in its cap as it earned the second spot in the list of most liveable cities for 2015. The London-based Monocle which is a culture and lifestyle magazine gave the title to Vienna. 

Monocle magazine has been comparing the quality of life among the world’s international cities since 2007. It ranks cities based on a number of factors such as local public transport, affordable housing, crime rate and favorable business climate. Subjective factors are also taken into account such as joy of live, vibrating nightlife and tolerance. 

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