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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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Republic of Kugelmugel

One of the lesser known attractions in Vienna that tourists should find time to visit is the Republic of Kugelmugel. Situated in Vienna Prater, this spherical house is a republic of its own. 

This house and republic got its name from German terms kugel which means sphere and mugel which is an Austrian German expression for bump or mogul. 

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Gay-themed Traffic Lights

On city roads, the traffic lights are normal installations people see every day. But if you’re Vienna, you will be amazed to see their different kind of traffic lights for pedestrians. 

Instead of the usual pedestrian stick man figure people are very familiar of, the Austrian capital this year installed new traffic lights focusing on gays. They feature a couple (man and woman), two women and two men and were designed for use during gay-friendly events. 

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Best Weekend Destinations Near Vienna

Weekends are great for spending quality time with loved ones and friends. While Vienna has so many great spots to offer, an out-of-town trip would be worth taking once in a while. 

We share here some places not far from Vienna worth exploring on your free time. A visit to these places would give you and your companions a truly enriching and fun experience whether indoor or outdoor. 

Klosterneuburg

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Chequer Trees

Not many people may be aware that Vienna is home to one unique tree specie. The chequer tree is an ancient and very rare tree that can be found in Brand-Laaben in the Vienna Woods. 

Also known as Elsbeerbaum in German, this tree bears fruit particularly between the months of May and September. 

Visitors in Vienna who would like to learn about the culture of this chequer tree and taste the fruit should join a hiking tour. It is even recommended that you spend a night there for a unique experience. 

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Wiener Festwochen

Cultural events are always part of Vienna all year round. They are worth attending as they provide insights into the city’s rich history and culture. Owing to these valuable events, the Austrian capital has been known as a cultural metropolis. 

This month of May until June, visitors and locals can experience Wiener Festwochen. Established in 1951, this activity was originally organized to show to the world that Vienna can engage in cultural events despite the destructions caused by the war. 

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