A local’s guide to Vienna
- By Susanne Gottlieb
- Photos by Stefan Fuertbauer
Glistening along the shores of the Danube, Vienna has been a point of European intersection for centuries.
The air of its imperial past still blows through its stately streets and narrow cobblestone alleys. Yet, over the past century, Vienna has reinvented itself as an urban hub. Its contemporary architecture, modern housing and vibrant micro-districts harmonize with UNESCO-recognized buildings, creating the city’s distinctive look.
Being a melting pot of European cultures has given Vienna not only a unique cuisine, but also one of the most layered cultural identities on the continent. The mesh of tradition and demand for alternative lifestyles creates a constant tension. While development keeps up with the pulse of the city, things tend to move more slowly in this part of the world. Spend a day at a coffeehouse or a wine tavern, and you’ll experience a coziness that you’ll find few other places.
Meet Susanne Gottlieb
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.
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Explore more of Vienna
- Thirsty? Vienna has great tap water whose quality probably even surpasses what you’ll find in stores.
- When using public transport, be careful with weekly travel passes, which are valid only until Sunday of the same week, no matter what day you stamp them.
- Most shops close by 6:30 p.m., supermarkets by 8 p.m., and kitchens in restaurants and bars typically by 10:30 p.m. Almost everything is closed on Sundays. If you’re in need, some small shops are open at train stations.