I am currently living in Austria, where it is typical for people entering a semi-public space (e.g. doctor's office, barber shop) to greet the entire room and receive a greeting back. What is the appropriate response when greeted with "salaam alaikum" (selamün aleyküm)? [more inside]
My SO will be doing research in Vienna from September-June 2016, and we've decided our child will stay in Vienna as well, and I'm thinking about joining them. I have a good job in the US that I can not take with me, but I might be able to cobble together enough freelancing work (I'm a programmer) so that it's not a complete financial bloodbath. What should I look out for in terms of laws about taxes and working in the EU/Austria? (nb: US citizen) [more inside]
Simple as that. I fly into Munich Airport at 0700 on Friday morning. I have a rail booking to Hohenems (extreme west of Austria). I am going to a concert in Hohenems at 2000 hrs on Friday night. Back to Munich Airport the following morning to catch a flight at 1100. If Deutsche Bahn is on strike, how do I make this work? [more inside]
Flying into Munich for work and planning on visiting Salzburg for a day trip and Prague for 2 days. Would love to know recommended places but also if places are going to be closed around this time.
I will be in Vienna for one day! What should I do? [more inside]
My trip to Switzerland and Austria sneaked up on me. It's also my first international conference. I have hotels booked. What's left to do? What can I expect when I'm there? [more inside]
What is this dessert I read about on a blog? It was cooked by a German person and the blog author wrote: "It was like a really, really thick pancake cooked in a huge skillet, then cut up into big chunks, and topped with a syrupy, crystallized type of peach topping that was just to DIE for. Everyone in Germany/Austria/Hungary knows what it is". I don't think she knew what it was called, but I want to, because it sounds freaking delicious!
The Murrey family is heading to Germany this July and staying in Stuttgart with friends. They have a car. We need your guidance on what to see and where to go. [more inside]
I am traveling to Europe for work, for a week. I have never been outside the US before. Please tell me about very simple, basic things which I might not know due to inexperience. [more inside]
This coming Saturday morning (September 8th, 2012) I have a six hour layover in Vienna. Do I have enough time to do anything worthwhile outside the airport? [more inside]
Is it possible to find detailed, English-language information on the initiation rituals, and other rites and customs, of 19th-century German dueling societies, or "burschenschafts"? I've found some excellent overviews (like this one) but I'm looking for a step-by-step account of exactly how a new member would be initiated. [more inside]
I have a sister about to go through a separation and likely divorce while in a foreign country. Would appreciate any comments/advice on the impact of the separation on the visa of the dependent husband, and how to prevent the husband taking the child out of country. [more inside]
What foods do I need to try in Vienna and Berlin? Are there any foods I should try to bring back? [more inside]
AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
I'm a big fan of sausage - all kinds of sausage. Street vendor sausage, fancy sausage, pork sausage, chicken sausage, beef sausage. I am traveling to Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna for a few weeks in July. Where can I get the best (for whatever definition of "best" suits you) sausages, whether it be a quick lunch at a vendor between sights or a sit-down dinner?
Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
Hotel and other quick recommendations for Vienna? [more inside]
Which ski resorts in Eastern Austria would one recommend? It seems the majority of recommended Austrian ski resorts are on the Western side of the country. However, we're traveling by car from Budapest, and in our wish to keep the drive under four hours, wish to stick with Eastern Austria. Flying is not an option. Also, with English-instruction on learning how to snowboard would be a plus. One of us is very well versed with skiing resources in France, but when it comes to Austria we are clueless! [more inside]
When walking in the woods in the region of Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, and/or northern Italy, what type of predatory animals would one be most likely to encounter, and how does the likelihood of encountering them compare to the likelihood of encountering predators in the mountain West of the US? For instance, in western Montana/Idaho, I frequently see coyotes, I often hear Great Horned Owls and sometimes see them, and I know mountain lions and wolves are out there but it's very rare to actually encounter one. (I'm not asking about danger to humans, it's just a more general question about common types of predatory animals.)
Looking for recommendations of bakeries, cafes, konditorei, restaurants, etc with AMAZING sweets and pastries in Vienna. Am looking to avoid touristy places like Demel. Bonus points for places (regardless of sweet offerings) with views, like Cafe Urania. [more inside]
I want to travel to Europe (France, Germany, Austria, and maybe Poland) this fall. I have never left the United States. I have absolutely no idea how to plan this. Many details inside. [more inside]
Upper Austria & Salzkammergut: Recommendations for interesting places to stay, eat, see? [more inside]
Should I switch health care plans? To what? I'm living in Europe and am using the extremely cheap, works-more-or-less-fine, Austrian health insurance. But I have an insurance policy in the USA that is costing a fortune and is basically useless... [more inside]
European Vacation! Zurich, Neuschwanstein, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Ljubanja, Bled, Trieste, Venice. Then Stockholm, Roslagen! [more inside]
I need an English-speaking genealogist in Austria with experience searching Austro-Hungarian military records. I haven't had much luck using search engines. Any suggestions?
Need precise recipes for various Viennese coffee variations. Too many websites either list competing information, or seem to have carelessly copied other sites' lists without any sort of editorial fact-checking. [more inside]
Travelfilter: How to see Europe without burning out? I'm planning a 2-month long trip that includes Italy, France, and ultimately Africa, and would like to spend 8 days traveling in Germany and Austria. Mefi - what's your recommmendation on how I should spend my time? [more inside]
What is the easiest way for someone in the US to give an online gift card to someone in Austria? [more inside]
Where can I find Holocaust- or post-Holocaust related sites in the Vienna area? [more inside]
Where can I find sturm (the cloudy young Austrian wine) in NYC? [more inside]
Travel-filter: I'm leaving for Europe in less than a month, and I feel wildly unprepared. [more inside]
Cheap transportation between Prague/Vienna and Graz? [more inside]
My grandparents were part of a group taken to Austria as slave laborers via the Strasshof concentration camp. The last surviving member of the group remembers their destination as being "Landerthal near Blaustaden, Austria". Does anyone know where this is?
I might go be an au pair for a friend of a friend in Austria. Help. [more inside]
Salzburg and Vienna (and day trips in Austria) for two in April. Two people from very different countries who have never met before getting to know each other. Your tips and suggestions most welcome. [more inside]
Quick! I need to buy one book which best captures the history, culture and people of Central Europe! [more inside]
Where can I buy furniture in Innsbruck, Austria? [more inside]
What type of international work will I be doing and how do I do it? [more inside]
AustrianHealthCareFilter: How do I go about getting minor post-surgical care in Vienna over the holidays? [more inside]
European road-trip for the holidays (filter). [more inside]
Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him? [more inside]
How do I get from Paris to Innsbruck? [more inside]
Tips on getting a mortgage in Austria? [more inside]
Returning to the States from Austria with electronic equipment: What to worry about at customs? [more inside]
What is the meaning (if any) of these strange markings I saw on this door in the Steingasse in Salzburg yesterday? Is it bored teenagers? A weird Christmas thing? My google-fu is failing me here and I'm burning up with curiosity.
Things to consider on getting to Vienna, Austria, from Sydney, Australia? [more inside]
We're looking to drive to St Anton from the UK, will more than likely take the ferry across from Dover to Calais. Any tips on how we should approach it, best stopover points etc?
I'm going to be in Vienna from September 26 (early morning) - 29 (afternoon). I'm 18 years old and will be traveling with friends. What should we do/ see? I've been put in charge of figuring all this out, but apart from the obvious tourist things I don't know what's good. I guess I'm looking for more off-the-beaten-path stuff. Thank you! [more inside]
Depression while traveling: it's such a bummer! [more inside]
I have one free afternoon in Vienna - how should I spend it? [more inside]
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