Susanne has lived in Vienna since 2006. She originally moved there from the south of Austria to attend university and, like many before her, never left. She is now working as a freelance journalist and film critic for Austrian and international outlets. In her free time, she is either sitting in a dark screening room or enjoying a cup of coffee.
Where I live:
Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, located a bit southwest of the Inner City. Once notoriously dangerous, this multicultural neighborhood has gone through rapid gentrification and an immense image change since I moved here six years ago. It’s the perfect place to find ethnic food, cheap housing and green recreational areas.
Best way to get around the city:
Vienna’s public transport system is excellent and takes you even to the most remote areas of the city. The subway stations are clean, and the trains depart at regular intervals. Your ticket also allows you to take the S-Bahn within city borders.
Don’t leave without having:
Coffee and cake at a traditional Viennese coffeehouse. Try Café Landtmann or Café Centraal for the more classic locations, or try Café Hawelka or Café Sperl if you want something more eccentric. An enchanting part of the Viennese lifestyle, such coffeehouses have long acted as creative hubs for Austria’s artists and intellectuals.
But the local favorite is really:
The Mariahilferstrasse. It might be packed with shoppers during the day, but at night it offers a splendid stroll through its empty pedestrian zone, allowing you to take in the dimmed lights and the distant chatter of the night owls.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The coffee and the quality of life. It’s hard finding comparable coffee abroad, and I’ve become a spoiled child when my transportation takes longer than four minutes to arrive.