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While Americans were celebrating our Armed Forces over Memorial Day weekend, across the pond all of Europe was abuzz with the annual song contest Eurovision. Celebrating its 60th year, the competition showcases some of the best in songwriting and performing from each European country. (Think of it as the Olympics of music.) As is tradition, the preceding year's winning country plays host to the live concert, which drives a large number of music tourists to one city. This year that host city was Vienna, thanks to last year's win by Conchita Wurst.
This year was also a special one because the contest saw a new country competing. No, a new European country wasn't created minutes before the deadline for entries — rather, Australia traveled halfway around the world to show Europe its talent. You see, the Aussies are pretty big fans of the show and this year they were invited to compete. Alas, they came in 5th place — so we won't be watching Eurovision live from Sydney Opera House in 2016.
So which country took home the win? Where will all of Europe's music masterminds be headed in 2016?
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Vienna is so much more than Schnitzel.
It's also more than opera, Mozart, Empress Sisi, and Edelweiss on a mountainside. Vienna, Austria is a world capital of good eating, a fact that doesn't get nearly enough play. We'd almost rank it above Paris in terms of excellent culinary adventures, and we simply cannot narrow down our favorite Viennese flavors to a list of 5 or 10 items; nope, we have 19 must-try Vienna food and drinks to share with you.
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Vienna, cultural home of fine music, fine art and absolutely fine dining. A menuexcuse us, a Speisekartehere goes far beyond the Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte known around the world, but oftentimes the best dishes may be lost in translation.
To navigate the culinary scene in Vienna like a local (or at least, an educated beginner), take these terms to heart:
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We're tempted to describe Vienna as Europe's other Paris, but that would definitely fall under the "what not to do" title since Vienna is wholly itselfa wondrous city built with a heady mix of majesty and cultural creativity. Thinking Vienna can be seen with a quick trip of 3 or 4 days while en route to Prague or Budapest is a common mistake, but visitors put themselves at risk of permanent infatuation with any length visit.
As with any world capital, there are time- and money-saving tricks as well as special nuances of etiquette to help you best enjoy your stay. So without further ado, here is the Jaunted guide of What Not To Do In Vienna: The Top 5 Tourist Mistakes.
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What can you expect of an airline started by a race car driver? If you're flying NIKI, you'd never guess that this small Austrian airline of A321s, A320s, and E190s only began in 2003, by Grand Prix legend Niki Lauda. It's now a subsidiary of Air Berlin and partner with Etihad, operating out of Vienna International Airport to cities around Europe.
Our recent flyNIKI flights weren't something we chose, but were chosen for us as part of booking a normal American Airlines ticket to Vienna. You see, American doesn't fly to Vienna, and so have enlisted another Oneworld partner to fly the portion they can't. In our case, we flew AA from New York nonstop to Zurich, and then flyNIKI from Zurich to Vienna and back.
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Above: Heidelberg castle, with the market and ice skating rink in a Platz below
Christkindlmarkt, Weihnachtsmarkt or Marché de Noëlwhatever the name, the game's the same. European Christmas Markets are several weeks of seeing cities at their best, festively decorated and with tasty seasonal specialties on offer. Travelers used to seeing Europe in summer are in for a shock, and perhaps a change of season preference, once the charm of winter takes hold of the historic city centers and the hot mulled wine is poured.
With so much magic in store across the continent, it can be difficult to chose just one or two cities for your winter market visit. Luckily we've narrowed it down, highlighting the most beloved markets for the 2014 holiday season, in the countries with the most tradition behind the events:
Vienna. Just think of the city for a second and launch into daydreams of sumptuous cakes devoured in plush cafes, and evenings spent at the theater or opera, hobnobbing with the literati.
While Vienna indeed offers all that and more, there's just one big problem: for about two weeks Vienna is kind of a dud.
Learn from our mistakes, and avoid the first two weeks of November, any/every year. Here's why:
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From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.
Traveling alone can not only be liberating and fun, it can also allow for some new and exciting relationships to blossom. 'Before Sunrise' is a romantic comedy and coming-of-age film about an American traveling through Europe as he makes his final trek to Vienna, and here he meets a young French woman returning to university in Paris.
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If you’ve sat and waited at one airport gate for your flight to board, you’ve pretty much waited at them all. Sure, there is the idiosyncratic experience of open-air lawn chairs in the tropics or something equally unusual in other far-flung destinations, but most bear a depressing resemblance to each other: immovable rows of rigid chairs that will give you a numb butt way before it’s time to get on board.
That’s why we were so happy to come across something different during a recent departure from Vienna International Airport (VIE), where you can find these leather-clad, multi-faceted lounge islands.
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If you’re looking for something a little different during your European holiday this summer look towards Austria. We’re not necessarily talking about the country as a whole—although we’re sure you’d have a great time—but rather one of its newest tourist attractions.
Sitting up in the Alps, there’s a new way to check out the view of the Dachstein massif and the surrounding area. Located somewhat near Schladming sits a brand new suspension bridge that pretty much leads you right off a cliff—safely of course.
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Say goodbye to the days of Christmas trees decked out with strands of popcorn and cranberries or even homemade decorations. Cities around the world have turned to the Austrian crystal-iers of Swarovski to decorate their grand Tannenbaums.
If you're one to drive around the neighborhood oohing and ahhing at the Christmas displays, get your passport ready because we have the list of far-off (and not so far-off) places for you to check out the razzle-dazzle. Here's our list of trees with that special sparkle:
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It’s never too early to start thinking about ski season, and that’s especially the case with November just around the corner. Sure the good flakes might not start coating those slopes until a month or two from now, but we’re thinking that there will be plenty of the white fluffy stuff to get you outdoors. The only problem with skiing is that there’s a lot of equipment to lug and things get even more inconvenient when you need to fly to the mountain. Thankfully there’s one airline over in Europe that’ll serve as a lift for your equipment, and they’ll do it for free.
Monarch Airlines out of the United Kingdom is gearing up for ski season and offering to carry your stuff under the belly of the plane without an extra fee. You do need to book your tickets between now and the end of 2012, and you’ll end up saving yourself roughly $65. They’ve even got low rates to many popular destinations, as rates start around $55 each way inclusive of taxes to spots like Friedrichshafen and Innsbruck.