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The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria
The roof of the Stephansdom. Photo: Unesco/Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria

Austria has something to offer every visitor, whether for a winter or summer break. First class ski resorts, cities buzzing with culture, magnificent palaces, beautiful mountains with spectacular hiking, and lakes so clear and clean you can drink from them. But not everyone is convinced of the alpine republic’s charms… READ  

My Austrian Career
'I know the struggle of moving to a new city'
Andreas Tattersall. Photo: Private

'I know the struggle of moving to a new city'

Having moved to Austria ten years ago for love, Andreas Tattersall’s transition into his new life was difficult at first. The native Englishman felt isolated in the cultural hub of Vienna as he only knew one other person - the woman he moved for. He spoke to The Local about how significant the presence of an expat group has been in his life. READ  

The IAEA: The world's eyes and ears in Iran
IAEA headquarters in Vienna. Photo: IAEA

The IAEA: The world's eyes and ears in Iran

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency will be the "eyes and ears of the international community" in Iran, according to its Japanese Director General Yukiya Amano. READ  

My Austrian Career
'I want people to accept the differences’
Khaled Khoshdel. Photo: Negina Pirzad

'I want people to accept the differences’

A native Afghan who fled his homeland in 1994, Khaled Khoshdel immigrated to Vienna for a better life. He came with optimism and a culture he wanted to share with European people, which led him to open the only Afghan restaurant in Vienna, called Noosh. READ  

Help Me, Helen
Why ‘good fences make good neighbours’
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Why ‘good fences make good neighbours’

Do you ever get pressured into doing something you don't want to? Do you sometimes feel used by others? Is it hard for you to say “no”? If so, maybe you need to develop stronger boundaries. Many people do. READ  

My Austrian Career
'Growing up abroad - I feel international'
Mary and her two children. Photo: Private

'Growing up abroad - I feel international'

Mary Röttig was born in Bangladesh and adopted by an Austrian couple as a baby. She grew up in London and lived in New York and Texas before moving to Vienna where she set up a bilingual Montessori-inspired preschool and nursery. READ  

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Nine spectacular rides in Austria you have to cycle
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Nine spectacular rides in Austria you have to cycle

June 3rd is European Cycling Day and what better time to plan a cycling adventure in Austria? Picturesque riversides and lakes, idyllic villages, historical towns and magnificent mountains are on offer - and taking your bike on the train is no problem. READ  

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna
View of Klosterneuburg. Photo: Andreas Praefcke/Wikimedia

Seven great things to do within 50 miles of Vienna

Vienna is packed with imperial history, excellent museums and great places to eat. But how about when you want to escape the city? Barbara Cação, of Vienna Unwrapped, has some suggestions. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision's turkeys and triumphs
Winners from the 2015 second Semi-Final on stage. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision's turkeys and triumphs

As the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th anniversary watched by some 200 million worldwide, here is a trip down Eurovision memory lane - turkeys, dictators, Mormons, orcs, drag queens and all. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch
The audience at the first Semi Final. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Douze or nul points? Eurovision acts to watch

Who can follow Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst and wow 200 million viewers worldwide to win the Eurovision Song Contest at its 60th edition in Vienna on Saturday? READ  

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

Help Me, Helen
Couples counselling: Is it for you?

Couples counselling: Is it for you?

Couples counselling can completely revolutionize your relationship - changing it from a place of conflict and disappointment to a harmonious sanctuary from the outside world. If your relationship is already good, couples counselling can make it much better. READ  

What you should know about GIS

What you should know about GIS

Many of our expat readers who live in Austria have questions about GIS (Gebühren Info Service GmbH) - the company responsible for administering television and radio licenses. Who has to pay, how much is it, and what should you do if the GIS man comes knocking on your door? READ  

Hitler birth house haunts Austrian town

"Every year it's the same circus," mutters a resident at the sight of dozens of anti-fascist protesters stomping toward a large weather-worn building in the small northern Austrian town Braunau am Inn. READ  

Help Me, Helen
Challenges of expat life: Making new friends

Challenges of expat life: Making new friends

Expats, who are globally mobile and move every few years, often have to make new friends with each move. Helen Rudinsky writes that making new friends can be a challenge, especially for children, shy people, or individuals with limited social skills. READ  

 
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