Where true Viennese, Multiculturals & Ex-Pats meet

Where true Viennese, Multiculturals & Ex-Pats meet

Falling in love with Vienna, its people, culture, language & lifestyle

Unlock Vienna!

Understanding a new culture is exciting, but can also be overwhelming. No worries, we have the keys to help you unlock Vienna. Whether you are visiting or relocating, we'll help you make Vienna feel like home. Have a look at our helpful tools below.

Welcome to Vienna and Servus!

Albertinaplatz
© Yolanda Reischer Bohanec

Welcome to Vienna-The Multicultural Heart of Europe!

Vienna is a city layered with multicultural history, richly formed by a migrant population. And waiting to be experienced. Hear it in the language, most specifically in the Viennese dialect. Read it on the surnames written on apartment doorbells. Taste it in the local cuisine. Feel it in the different musical rhythms to which the city hums.

People & Culture

This website is dedicated to the many people that reside and have resided in this cosmopolitan city.  It showcases the intercontinental layers that create the cultural fabric of this ever-expanding metropolis.

Our podcast, Wiener Heroes, features different Viennese residents and begs the question: what is “ein echte Wiener”?

Language

If the term sounds foreign to you, then watch out for our upcoming post on Why German is not always German! In which we will also reveal what the most important thing is that you need to do before moving to Vienna. Or, at the latest, once you have arrived.

German is the common language that separates the Germans and the Austrians.
-Karl Kraus

Adjusting to Life in Vienna

Café Museum in Vienna
© Yolanda Reischer-Bohanec

Small things matter when adjusting to Life

Adapting and adjusting to life in another city or country can bring unparalleled pleasures. It can also harbor unexpected challenges. Change, however exciting, is rarely easy. 

But isn’t that what makes international travel and relocation so attractive? Change can be as seductive and addictive as any opiate!

Travel, near or far, is an adventure, a personal quest of sorts. It forces you to question your reality and rewards you with an expanded vision. It teaches you to see through different eyes, feel with a new heart, and walk to a foreign beat.

Understanding Vienna can sometimes prove challenging because not all the city’s qualities are immediately apparent. Vienna, like the muses, is lovely, graceful, alluring, and just as fickle. The city can be as elusive as it is inspirational.

It takes time to get acquainted with Vienna. You have to learn to see with different eyes. But once you change how you look at things, the things you look at change.

And rest assured, it is time well spent, for Vienna has never failed to reward or inspire.

 

They say money can’t buy happiness. But it can book your flight to Vienna – which is kinda the same.

-Anonymous

 

Your guide to Vienna!

Horse and carriage in front of the Grand Hotel in Vienna
©Yolanda Reischer-Bohanec

A guide & handbook for navigating Vienna

This site is also foreseen as a guide and handbook to help you better understand and navigate Vienna together. It is a manual to help you experience the spirit of this city and discover how to touch its heart. Regard it as a road map to a window that opens into the Viennese soul.

Whether you are a temporary guest or permanent resident, identify as Viennese, Austrian, European, or multicultural, I am sure you will find value here.

Viennese by choice

Understanding Vienna serves residents, who are Viennese by choice, to navigate the cultural challenges and advantages associated with visiting or settling in a new city. If you are an ex-pat, a newly arrived migrant from near or far, a multicultural, a European, or an Austrian from one of the nine federal states, this site is for you.

Viennese by birth

Understanding Vienna benefits residents who are Viennese by birth. Whether first-generation or long-established, you can find informative and entertaining value here in discovering different and perhaps new facets of your hometown.

Viennese together

Understanding Vienna helps us all cut through stereotypical assumptions and allows the residents of Vienna to fully enjoy the diverse privileges and opportunities that this inspirational city has to offer by promoting a better understanding of each other.

Welcome to all who have the good fortune to call Vienna home!

Welcome to all those who hope to do so one day!

Vienna waits for you!

-Billy Joel

Getting Around in Vienna

Vienna has a well-connected public transport system. The public transport system is inexpensive, frequent, fast, clean, efficient, and rarely overcrowded. Wiener Linien is the municipal transport authority Their tickets and passes cover all city train and subway services and nearly all tram and bus services Buy network passes for reasonable, …

Dahlias in Vienna’s Botanical Gardens: The Flower of War, Food & Medicine

In Search of Dahlias, Edible Bulbs, in the 3rd District of Vienna. Dahlias are beloved around the world as decorative flowers. But did you know that they are valued not just for their beauty but also as culinary delicacies? Both the tubers and the petals can be used in cooking. …