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Vienna during winter - The INDOOR EDITION

5 Tips for the cold months in Vienna

We know, there is no bad weather. But doing stuff and discovering a city is best done during the sunny time of year, right? Wrong! In our two-part series, we will provide you with some advice on how you can get the most out of Vienna while it is cold outside. Have fun with part 1 – the indoor edition.


1. A trip to the museum

Vienna can easily be called a Mekka for those who are hungry for knowledge. No matter if you are interested in art, music, foreign cultures, or technology: This city is full of museums that will let you explore. Interactive exhibits and informative game stations in many of Vienna’s museums today offer a playful experience that lets you experience knowledge vividly, for example at the Museum of Illusions or at the House of Music. Take a look at all the museums in the city HERE. Now you just have to decide what you want to see first.
Grätzl-Tip: Every October the “Long Night of the Museums” takes place. If you have never experienced this spectacle, you might want to try come next October and experience your very own “Night at the Museum”.

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On Saturday, October 6, it’s time for the ORF Long Night of Museums again! Our museums will be open until 1 am. A variety of different tours, workshops and performances are awaiting you at the Imperial Armoury, Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, Imperial Treasury Vienna, Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Theater Museum, @schlossambras.innsbruck and @weltmuseumwien 🙌 And at our Imperial Shop we also have various special events prepared for you: e.g. you can have your @porzellanmanufaktur_augarten bowl personalized by an ‘Augarten’ painter – have a look into our Instagram Stories for more now!✨ Many thanks to @arminhdo for sharing this wonderful night puddle pic! #kunsthistorischesmuseum #vienna #langenachtdermuseen #langenachtdermuseen2018

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2. Play, Play, Play

Let us be honest: At heart, we are all still children that want to play all day long. Feel like playing some Monopoly, Activity, or the popular german game “Mensch-ärgere-dich-nicht” (Human-don’t-be-annoyed)? If so, we recommend a visit to one of the many board game cafés in the city, for example, the “SpielBar” or the Café Sperlhof. If that is not Viennese enough for your taste you can also just enter any traditional coffee house, many of which still have pool tables and chessboards for their guests. If you want to spend a fun evening as well, we can recommend a Pub-Quiz at the Four Bells Pub or in the Shebeen Pub. Let the games begin.


3. Get some reading done in peace and quiet

Fall and Winter are the perfect time to catch up on your reading, don’t you think? In Vienna we have some Book-Cafés that are ideally suited for such an endeavor. Try the Phil, where you can even buy a book, or the Pickwick. If all you seek is a quality newspaper while drinking a Melange coffee we recommend visiting a traditional coffee house like the Hawelka or the Café Landtmann, where you can choose from a large selection of international newspapers and study them in good Austrian manner. If none of the above is right for you you might want to visit our main public library, high above the Urban-Loritz-Square, where you will surely find the book you seek and where many comfy reading corners await. Book lovers, unite!

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One of each please 🍰

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4. The stage is the world

Nothing makes a dreary, cold evening more delightful than a stage event, we believe. Whether it is a Revue at Kaberett Simpl, a drama at the Theater an der Wien, a crime story at the Kammerspiele, or a Musical at the Ronacher Theater: Nothing is quite like an evening at the theater in Vienna. Much is happening daily on the big and small stages of the city. You should check it out.

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E domani finalmente sarò in scena anche io, dopo un mese fermo per un piede rotto ed un sacco di prove… ci sarò anche io!! Sono emozionato di poter finalmente far parte anche io di questo fantastico show! Per ora una piccola anticipazione delle prove che ho fatto oggi di Carbucketty! And tomorrow I’m gonna go on stage finally… after a broken foot and lots of rehearsals it’s time also for me to be there! I’m exited and looking forward to play this fab show! For now just a little preview from the carbucketty rehearsals of today! . . . . . #cats #catsmusical #performer #dancer #vienna #ronacher #ronachertheater #happy #dream #me #dancers #dance #musical #musicaltheatre #broadway

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5. Raise the heat

If you are feeling the cold in your bones and really need to warm up you should probably start with your stomach. Our secret weapon is called Pho. This sharp Vietnamese noodle-soup is spicy, delicious, and the perfect solution for rattling teeth. We highly recommend a visit to Le Pho, Ivy’s Pho House, or Pho84.
Hot Tip: If you are not feeling hungry but still need to warm up you can get the best ginger tea of Vienna at the Café Siebenstern. Just order a Honey Bomb and stop your running nose dead in its tracks.