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Living in Vienna

ViennaVienna, considered by many to be the cultural capital of Europe, is a modern metropolis with a unique atmosphere and considerable charm. It provides excellent infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has a stimulating cultural calendar. All this contributes to a remarkable language and culture learning experience. Indeed, according to a recent international survey, Vienna is considered one of the three top cities for quality of life around the world.  Spring weather is unpredictable, but temperatures range from 10 to 25 Celsius (50 to 80 F), with fresh mountain air blown in from the surrounding wooded hills, and drinking water that is the purest of any European city. Best to come prepared for anything.

A Vienna street cafeFirst-time visitors to Vienna from Marquette are often dazzled by its diversity, if not necessarily slightly overwhelmed by its size. However, you will soon discover that Vienna is a walking city with its treasures hidden around every corner. Whether exploring the markets in Mariahilfer Strasse, the main pedestrian zone of the Inner City around Kärntnerstrasse, the museums of the Museumsviertel, or the performing arts scene scattered over the entire city, Vienna can yield a pearl in each small area of the city. Vienna offers more than the guidebooks can show you. While tourist spots like the Hofburg or Schönbrunn should not be missed, Vienna will be more thoroughly enjoyed if you venture down side streets and mingle with the locals in their own neighborhood haunts. The most important tip we can offer is strive to make Vienna your home while you are there. You will look less like a tourist and be well received. Sit and enjoy a mélange in a Viennese coffee house during the day and go for a glass of wine at a Heurige in the evening – just make sure you let the relaxed Vienna atmosphere take hold.

Our apartments are located at the very edge of Vienna old city core - a few blocks from the Belvedere Palace and grounds as well as the Botanical Gardens. Vienna's 3rd District, often referred to as the Pheasant's Quarter (Fasanviertel) since it was at one time the home of fields outside Vienna's medieval walls, is walking distance to the Ring Boulevard, the Karlskirche, the Vienna State Opera, the Suedbahnhof, and the center of town. It is a vibrant, multi-ethnic, working-class district with numerous shops, restaurants, and pubs. Mass transit is immediately accessible to take you in whatever direction you desire.

Our school is located right off of the exact center of town - the Stephansdom. It is thus in very heart of Vienna, one block from the central Metro station. What more can one ask?

Websites

Culutra Wien Home Page
Portals of the World
State Department Information
Lonely Planet on-line         
Center for Disease Control Information
Virtual Tour of Vienna

BOOKS

Frommer's Travel Guides
Let's Go Europe
Michelin Guides
Rough Guide
The Lonely Planet
International Travel Health Guide - Stuart R. Rose, M.D.

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