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Ten things to know before an Austrian party

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As the festive season gets underway, here are The Local's tips on how to prepare for a party in Austria. From taking off your shoes, to the perils of Schnapps and what songs you really shouldn't sing, we've got you covered.
So you’ve made friends with an Austrian, congratulations. Austrians are some of the most generous friends and hosts you will encounter. Hanging out with Austrians means learning to socialize like one, too. Relax, you’re in for a treat.
 
But there are a few things you should know about.  Austrian society is deeply influenced by the Catholic traditions, which includes a lot of feasting and drinking, so an evening with Austrians - at home or on the town - is by no means austere.
 
Austrians also tend to be extremely well educated, so don't expect a typically hedonistic night out, it is likely to be peppered with insightful and somewhat highbrow conversation.
 
Take a look at our gallery, for ten tips on how to party with Austrians. 
 
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