What to Know Before You Go to Oktoberfest

It’s fall in Germany, and that means one thing: Oktoberfest. Despite having lived here for three years already, this year marked my first trip to Oktoberfest—the real one, anyway! In just one weekend, I learned a lot about the do’s, don’ts, and history of this storied festival. Here’s everything you’d want to know before you…

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Travel Inspiration: State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Photos

I have a small confession to make. On my first trip to Vienna, I tried to find this mythical library. It was meant to be the most beautiful thing a bibliophile could ever bear witness to. But I…couldn’t find the door. And by the time I did, it was closed for the day. No chance.…

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A Vienna Museum Guide

Because Vienna has so many museums (over 100!), it can be hard to decide which to visit. Luckily, on our last trip, 3 days out of our 7-day Vienna itinerary were dedicated to exploring as many museums as we could—resulting in this Vienna museum guide!  A Vienna Museum Guide Schönbrunn  The imperial family’s summer residence,…

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10 Tips for Visiting Schönbrunn Palace

Located just outside of the main city, Schönbrunn Palace is a grand, golden complex—as you’d expect from the main summer palace of the Hapsburg Imperial family. The Rococo residence has 1,441 rooms and gardens that seem to unfold forever. Housed within the complex are a multitude of smaller museums and gardens—a literal trove of historical…

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Is the Vienna Pass Worth It?

One key aspect of our 7-day Vienna itinerary was visiting Vienna’s museums. After some quick calculations, we decided to spring for the Vienna Pass, hoping we’d see enough attractions to make it worth the purchase price. Now, with the trip over and our brains (and phones) crammed with as much art, history, and antique furnishings…

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A Tour of the Vienna Coffeehouses

Whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, a tour of the Vienna coffeehouses should definitely be integrated into your Vienna itinerary. The coffeehouses serve up so much more than a strong espresso: you can order wine, cake, sandwiches, and—most importantly—a heaping dose of history.  Vienna’s Coffeehouse Culture You might be tempted to stop at a…

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What to Eat in Vienna

“Austria,” said Johann, the instructor of our strudel-making class in Salzburg. “Austria is the only country in the world whose cuisine is named for its capital city.” Food there isn’t Austrian cuisine, or national cuisine—nope. The food we ate over the course of our 7-day Vienna itinerary was all “Viennese”.  I’ll confess I was a…

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Is Bratislava a Must-See?

When I researched our 7-day Vienna itinerary, Bratislava kept popping up as “must-see” stop to include. So naturally, I slotted it into our weeklong plan. Our Bratislava day trip itinerary took us through most of the well-known sights, and we certainly enjoyed the city’s hospitality. But at the end of the day, I found myself…

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Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary

Part of our 7-day Vienna itinerary took us not only out of Vienna, but out of Austria entirely. The Slovakian capital is located a mere 55 km from Vienna, making it easy to take the train from Vienna to Bratislava and back in a day.  Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary Despite being in a different country,…

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Salzburg Day Trip Itinerary

Salzburg is an easy day trip from Vienna. On my first Salzburg day trip, I adhered to my typical travel M.O.: wander and get lost. But this second time, I wanted to be more intentional with my time. For one thing, this trip featured a special guest: my mom, who came all the way in…

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