Welcome to Vienna!

Find here a little overview to help you have a good start when moving to Vienna.

Museums

Vienna is famous for its many high-quality museums. Amongs the most impressive are:

  • Albertina
  • MumoK – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig
  • Leoploldmuseum
  • Kaiserappartements and Silberkammer Kunsthaus
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum & Naturhistorisches Museum
  • MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst
  • Schatzkammer

You can easily find information about these museums at their respective webpages.

Kaffehäuser

If you come to Vienna and don‘t try some coffee, you‘ve missed one of the great reasons to come here. Vienna has a reputation for having an excellent coffee culture. You should at least visit one of the countless traditional 19th century coffee houses where you can sit down, relax, and have some coffee. But please, never just order „coffee“, for you could deeply offend the ‘Herr Ober’, the ‘senior waiter’ of the coffee house. Vienna prides itself of its dozens of varieties of different coffees.

Heuriger

‘Ausg’steckt is!’ (‘It’s open!’). As Vienna is the only metropolis world-wide where high quality wines are grown it is evident that also the places, where Viennese wine-growers serve their own wine together with solid local dishes (Heurigen) are known all over the world. Heurigen are spread all over the city, the most popular (and of course most tourist and expensive) ones being in Grinzing, Sievering and Heiligenstadt (19th district), the more ethnic ones being in Stammersdorf, Strebersdorf (21st district) or Mauer (23rd district). However you can find nice and good ones on either place.

Shopping

The two main shopping streets in Vienna are

  • Mariahilfer Straße
    (U3 – Neubaugasse, Zieglergasse or Westbahnhof)
  • Kärntner Straße (high end)
    (U1 Stephansplatz or tram D, J, 2 Oper / U1, U2, U3 Karlsplatz)

There are also a lot of Shopping malls in Vienna. The biggest one is the Donauzentrum in the north of Vienna (U1 Kagran).

The biggest mall in Austria, the ‘Shopping City Süd SCS’, is situated in the suburb of Vienna in the South.

Language

If you want to start learning German or improve your language skills you can take an evening course at a language school like IKI Vienna (http://www.ikivienna.at/de/abendkurse.php 330 € for 40 hours)

Interesting Links

Registration with the Authorities (‘Meldeamt’)

According to Austrian law you have to register with the authorities within three days after moving to a new address in Vienna. Therefore you need to go to the registration office responsible for your district (`Magistratisches Bezirksamt`).

To register you need your passport and a completed registration form (= ‘Meldezettel’) with your landlord’s signature.

Here you can find the addresses of registration offices:

Address

 Phone +43 1/

1010, Wipplingerstraße 8

4000-01550

1020, Karmelitergasse 9

4000-02551

1030, Karl-Borromäus-Platz 3

4000-03551

1050, Rechte Wienzeile 105

4000-05551

1070, Hermanngasse 24-26

4000-07551

1090, Wilhelm-Exner-Gasse 5

4000-09551

1100, Laxenburger Straße 43-45

4000-10551 or -10552

1110, Enkplatz 2

4000-11552

1120, Schönbrunner Straße 259

4000-12551, -12552, -12555 or -12556

1130, Dommayergasse 12

4000-13551

1150, Gasgasse 8-10

4000-15551

1160, Richard-Wagner-Platz 19

4000-16551, -16552, -16561 or -16562

1170, Elterleinplatz 14

4000-17551, -17552 or -17554

1180, Martinstraße 100

4000-18552 or -18553

1190, Gatterburggasse 14

4000-19551

1200, Brigittaplatz 10

4000-20551

1210, Am Spitz 1

4000-21551

1220, Schrödingerplatz 1

4000-22551

1230, Perchtoldsdorfer Straße 2

4000-23551

Opening hours:       

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri    8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Thu                             8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Good Friday, December 24, December 31: 8:00 – 11:30 am.
Closed on public holidays.

Public Transport (‘Öffis’)

Here you can find information about the public transport system in Vienna

www.wienerlinien.at

Vienna has a very dense and efficient public transport network: tram- (‘Bim’), bus-, and underground-lines (‘U-Bahn’), suburban trains (‘S-Bahn’), regional buses, etc. They take you almost everywhere, are quite fast and have rather reasonable fees.

Operating hour: The buses, trams, underground and municipal trains run from about 5:30 am to around midnight. Since autumn 2010 the underground-lines offer a 24h-service on Fridays, Saturdays and on public holidays meaning metro trains running approximately every 30 min including security (police, video surveillance…).

Night Line: Between midnight and 5.00 am, there is a special night bus service. They pass every 30 minutes. The tickets mentioned below are all valid in these buses. You can also buy a special ticket in the bus. Price: € 2.20. As mentioned above metros also operate at night.

List of Austrian Telecommunication Providers

  • Drei www.drei.at
  • T-Mobile www.t-mobile.at
  • Telering www.telering.at
  • Bob www.bob.at
  • Yesss www.yesss.at
  • A1 www.a1.net

Business Hours

Most stores are open Monday to Friday, from 8 or 9 am – 6 pm, but some may close for a 1- or 2-hour lunch break during the day.

Supermarkets will usually be open between 7:30 am and 7 pm. On Thursdays and Fridays some shops are open till 9 pm, especially in the inner city. On Saturdays, shops are open from 8 am – 5 or 6 pm. (This depends on the district and whether the shop is on a main street or not.) No shops are open on Sundays and public holidays except some supermarkets at the bigger train stations and gas station shops:

  • Billa at Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof : Mon – Sun 9 am – 9 pm (Julius-Tandler-Platz: trams D, 33, 5 or U4 Friedensbrücke)
  • Billa at Praterstern: Mon – Sun 9 am – 7:30 pm (U1 Praterstern)
  • Spar at AKH: Mon – Sun 9 am – 7 pm (U6 Michelbeuern)

On December 24 (Weihnachtsabend) and 31 (Silvester) stores are mostly open until 12 or 2 pm.

Post offices are generally open from Mon – Fri 8 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm.  You can buy stamps in every post office and in tobacco stores (Tabak-Trafik). Mailboxes are yellow and can be found everywhere in the city.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day (Neujahr)
January 1
  • Epiphany (Heilige 3. Könige)
January 6
  • Easter Monday (Ostermontag)
March or April, date varies
  • Labor Day (Staatsfeiertag)
May 1
  • Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt)
May, Thu, date varies
  • Whit Monday (Pfingstmontag)
May, date varies
  • Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam)
June, Thu, date varies
  • Assumption (Maria Himmelfahrt)
August 15
  • Flag Day (Nationalfeiertag)
October 26
  • All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen)
November 1