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Out tips for the pre-christmas season in Vienna

As soon as summer is over and the grey, fogy autumn begins, we are all looking forward to the pre-christmas season ahead. When all the buildings are illuminated in a gorgeous way, the streets are decorated and you can smell "Glühwein" and roasted almonds in the whole city; when it's bitterly cold outside and (hopefully) there is a thin snow cover on the streets of Vienna, then it is the best time of the year here. That's why  we want to give you some tips how you can spend the most beautiful time here in pre-christmas season. The most beautiful christmas markets in Vienna At "Winter im Museumsquartier" you can either try the delicious culinary offers in the so called "Eispavillons", which are designed from the austrian artist Gerry Ammann, you can admire the fancy light installations or enjoy the pre-christmas season with live-concerts or DJ-"winter-sounds". This artsy christmas market is a little different than others, but so worth seeing.  (03.11.-23.12.2017, Mo to Fr 4 – 11pm, Sa&Su 2 – 11pm) The most beautiful scenery for a christmas market you will find at the "Kultur- und Weihnachtsmarkt" in front of the castle Schönbrunn. Here you can stroll around the nicely decorated [...]

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Shades Tours – Take a look behind the golden scenes of Vienna.

The innovative, austrian Social-Start-Up "Shades Tours" organizes guided tours in Vienna. The specialty about it: all of the tours are guided by a (former) homeless person and show the participants Vienna off the beaten track aside of golden facades and opulent Sacher cakes. Shades Tours tries to create awareness for the shady sides of Vienna and living on the streets as a homeless person. What?How?Where?When? Whether you are a single person, a travel group, a corporation, school or association - Shades Tours offers different tours year-round, where you visit different social facilities or even cook as a group for homeless people in one of those facilities. What all offered tours have in common: they are guided by a (former) homeless person, who gets the chance to reintegrate himself in a working place with this job and at the same time illuminates the participants about living as a homeless person in Vienna. Fighting against bias and stereotypes, to sensitize the people and to broach the issue of homelessness - that's what Shades Tours want to achieve with their work. How everything started. The founder Perrine Schober incorporated Shades Tours in fall 2015, after she engaged intensively with the issue "Tourism as [...]

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Streetlife Festival and Career Day in Vienna

Who has not heard it a thousand times, the motto “business before pleasure”? But who says that it cannot be the other way around? We will turn the tables in September and have a lot of fun before we dedicate ourselves to the serious side of life! Therefore, we will reveal everything you have to know about the Streetlife Festival and the Career Day in Vienna: Streetlife Festival At the weekend from the 16th to the 17th of September it will become colourful in Vienna, at the yearly Streetlife Festival! For two days, all the city persons can amble along the Babenberger- and the Mariahilfer Straße. Much will  be offered at this year’s Streetlife Festival and the best thing about it: the whole event is free. Not only numerous culinary delicacies are waiting for you but also more than 70 live acts, artists and initiatives. Culture lovers will get their money’s worth at concerts, street art and street theater performances. And the sportive ones among you can burn off their energy at dance workshops, parcours, street soccer and skate contests. The open air festival has opened for you on Saturday from 10 to 22 o’clock and on Sunday from 10 [...]

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Buskers Festival 2017

You do not have to wait much longer! From the 8th until the 10th of September, the Buskers street art festival will take place for the seventh time in Vienna! On the Karlsplatz, more than 100 artists from all over the world will show their skills and enchant the young and the old! And the best thing about it: the admission is free! We will reveal everything you have to know about the festival: Experiencing street art at close quarters Busker festivals can be found all over the world, but the open air event in Vienna meanwhile belongs to the most diverse and innovative ones in Europe. Whether it be clownery, juggling, acrobatics, graffiti, music and dance or impro theatre, at the Buskers festival in Vienna you will get to see international street art at the highest stage! Moreover, as a spectator you will regularly get involved in the performances, so that everyone gets the chance to become part of the programme. Due to this exciting interaction, the shows will never get boring and one can experience street art at close quarters. For that reason, there is no stage at the Buskers festival, in order that the interaction between the [...]

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Zero Waste Lifestyle (4)

After we have already explained the basics of the zero waste lifestyle in our last blog articles, we will come to concrete tips in the field of groceries and the kitchen today: In the Kitchen Do you remember the five basic steps of implementing the zero waste lifestyle? Especially step two also applies to your kitchen, wherefore you should part with rarely used kitchen devices and cookbooks. Also use-and-throw things should be abandoned in a zero waste kitchen, of course. Instead of tin foil or freezer bags, you could use air-tight jars for storing your groceries. Moreover, many foodstuffs can be easily fabricated with only a handful of ingredients. Then, you will also know, what you are actually consuming instead of straining your health with chemistry. However, you should only prepare things which are not too elaborate for you should be able to integrate it in the long run without making your life too complicated. Organising your refrigerator efficiently and defrosting it regularly can also help saving energy and groceries from perishing. Shopping Before going shopping, you should write down a weekly schedule for your meals and only buy ingredients that you really need therefor and that you do not already [...]

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