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Happy New Year, Vienna!

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A December 2007 trip to Vienna by Mandan Lynn

Home of the Spanish Riding School Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: My brother, our friend, and I rang in the New Year in Vienna.

Happy New Year, Vienna!

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Overview

Home of the Spanish Riding School Photo, Vienna, Austria
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What better place to ring in the New Year than Vienna? This grand city played host to our celebration, and we couldn't have been happier. The streets were bustling with revelers as early as 6pm—the spiced wine was flowing and people of all ages were dancing to live music. After watching the astounding fireworks display from the roof of a building, we made it to a couple of parties and met many delightful Austrians. We even got to take part in a unique Austrian tradition that helped us discover what the new year holds in store!When not celebrating the birth of 2007, we found the time for some of Vienna's fabulous museums and, of course, the opera.Quick Tips: The world around the ring i...Read More

Felber

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Restaurant

Over Coffee Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Felber is just a little bakery, but I had to mention it because it was so lovely!From the outside it looks like nothing more than the usual pastries at the usual bakery, but once inside we learned they have several dishes available. They're in German, of course, so I can't really tell you what they were, except for ham and eggs! My friend Joel ordered that and it looked delightful. Three eggs, several slices of ham, and all for just a few euro.There are several coffee options available as well. Joel made the mistake of ordering "coffee" and he was served a shot of espresso—not exactly what he had in mind, though a popular choice in many of the restaurants we have visited. Viennese capp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

OH Pot OH Pot

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Restaurant

OH Pot OH Pot Photo, Vienna, Austria
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I went to OH Pot, OH Pot on a recommendation—good, heavy food for hungry tummies. Also, they do a lunch special: soup, a "pot" (a casserole-type dish), and dessert for 6,50 euro. Unfortunately, we were there on a Sunday, and the lunch special is for weekdays only. We ordered anyway.The menu included soups, salads, desserts, and numerous pots which included several veggie options. They ranged in price from about €3 to €9.My friend did the Sunday brunch buffet for €11. It included cereal, bread, juice, coffee, soups, and five different pots from which to choose.I wasn't sure I could eat so much, so I ordered the Thai curry pot. It was delicious and plenty filling, but at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

OH Pot OH Pot
Wahringer Strasse 22
Vienna
+43 1 3194259

Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Wien

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Attraction | "Judisches Museum Wien"

Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Wien Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Many central and eastern European cities play home to a Jewish museum, and Vienna is no exception. After visiting their museum, however, I doubt the others can meet this standard.It was quiet on this particular winter day, so we could take our time and see the exhibits without having to fight through any crowds. Admission price included a free audio guide which gave so much information, I'm sure I didn't get through it all. The first stop is the auditorium on the ground floor, which houses Max Berger's collection of Jewish objects. Berger was his family's only survivor of the Holocaust, and in order to understand his history and religion, he set about collecting items of Jewish interes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Jüdisches Museum der Stadt Wien
Dorotheergasse 11
Vienna, Austria 1010
+43 1 535 04 31

MAK

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Attraction

MAK Photo, Vienna, Austria
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We arrived in Vienna on a Saturday, dropped our luggage off at the place we were staying, and hurried over to the Austrian Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art—it's free admission on Saturdays!I was entranced from the get-go. On the main floor there were several rooms, each focusing on a different aspect of art in design. One room was for Oriental rugs, another for furniture, another for lacework. My favorite was the alley of chair silhouettes—you walked down the center of the room and on either side of you are white screens, behind which are chairs, behind which are lights. The lights shine on the chairs to display their silhouettes on the screen. It was beautiful, and an excellent way to t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

MAK
Stubenring 5
Vienna
+43 (1) 71136-248

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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I'm starting to develop quite an appreciation for contemporary art, and the MUMOK is a great place to foster this appreciation. The top three floors were devoted to Erwin Wurm and his "Keep a Cool Head" exhibition. I was fascinated. He does lots of photos, sculptures, and performance art. One of my favorite photograph series was "Be Nice to Your Curator" and it showed him feeding a curator chocolate, carrying a curator, and kissing a curator, among others. Another was the "Palmers" series, which shows people wearing clothes in unorthodox ways—for example, sleeves on legs, head through arm holes, whatever. For some reason, it was remarkably thought-provoking. I couldn't stop looking at those ph...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK)
Museumsquartier Museumsplatz 1
Vienna, Austria

Volksoper

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Attraction | "Die Fledermaus at the Volksoper"

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We got our seats at the last minute for the Volksoper performance of the traditional opera Die Fledermaus on New Year's Day. (See "My Night at the Opera" for the process of securing the tickets.)It wasn't so difficult as we thought it would be, because everyone was at the Staatsoper, which has the reputation for being the best around. This concerned me for all of two minutes, until I realized that I wouldn't know the difference between a superb opera and an average opera unless I could see them both, and since I can only see one—I'm sure the Volksoper will do a fine job. They're professionals, too, after all.And a fine job they did. Those voices—I can't imagine possessing something so ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Volksoper
Währinger Straße 78
Vienna, Austria A-1090
+43 1 315 1933

A Happy New Year

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Jack and Joel Hold Their Fortunes Photo, Vienna, Austria
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Our New Year's celebration began with a delightful dinner prepared by our hosts in Vienna. Afterward, we took part in a uniquely Austrian tradition: we melted some lead on a spoon over a candle and dropped it into a glass of cold water. Then we faced the task of interpreting its new shape to determine our fate in 2007! The interpretation process is not easy, but we had a lot of fun with it—and it looks like I'll be having a fantastic new year!I'm not sure what our original plan was. There was talk of heading to a hill overlooking Vienna where there were bound to be a lot of people. Apparently we took too long with the eating and the melting, so we instead opted for a roof on some building...Read More

My Night at the Opera

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A necessary stop on my trip to Vienna was the opera. I didn't make reservations, thinking I could just stop by the venue the day before and pick up some last-minute tickets. This was easier said than done.We first went to the State Opera because I was told that it is the better venue, but it was sold out for the January 1 performance of Die Fledermaus, a traditional opera that is performed every New Year—at both venues. Apparently everyone recognizes the Staatsoper as the superior opera.The next day we went to the Volksoper to try to reserve tickets. However, the box office had only been open for 3 hours that day (as it was New Year's Eve), and we missed it. The handsome gentleman in t...Read More