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CooCooCachoo
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Hey :wavey:

Due to communications (theirs) and money (mine) problems, I am postponing my studies at Oxford and have decided to first take part in an Erasmus Mundus programme in Global Studies. For me, this programme takes place in Vienna for one year and in Leipzig for the second year.

Term starts early October, so I am busy with arrangements for arriving and living in Vienna. I was wondering whether people who know this city well, or Austria in general, could give me some pointers and answer some practical questions:

- Is there a store like the Dutch Xenos, where you can buy stuff like dishes etc. for low prices? I mean, I'd live there for only a year, so I don't need high quality stuff :p
- What is the best supermarket, especially for fresh stuff like bread, fruit/vegetables and meat?
- How expensive is travelling by public transport? And how well is it organized, and how safe is it?
- Is it advisable to purchase a second-hand bike?
- What should I definitely go and see?

And anything else you can think of :p

:wavey:

Petkorazzi
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:49 AM
You should PM ViennaCalling :D

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:57 AM
Good choice :yeah:

1) We have many Discounters, per example "Hofer", "Penny Markt" or Lidl. For dishes or furniture only IKEA comes to my mind, but there are other shops (like LEINER or KIKA) that have some good offerings throughout the year.

2) The best supermarket is "Zielpunkt" IMO, it´s not that big as SPAR or BILLA but i think the bread and the meat is better than at the others.

3) If you buy a Student-Semester Ticket for the public transport you don´t need to pay for every single way. It costs you 100 € per semester (1: October till January, 2: March till June) and for February you need to buy a month ticket, which costs 30 €. The public transport is very well organized and also very safe, don´t worry ;)

4) IMO the public transport is that good organized, that you don´t need to have a bike - but in Vienna there are a lot of parks, so maybe you want to go on a ride at the weekend. Then i would recommend you one ;)

5) Well, of curse you need to see the "Ring", there are the most beautiful buildings of Vienna next to each other. Then you have to see of course the Stephansdom, the Kärtner Straße and so on. There are many things to see in Vienna :lol: In the evening you will have tons of possibilities to have fun :p


If you have any other questions, you can PM me or ask in this thread. As soon as it´s possible i will answer you :hug:

Emiel Goelen
Sep 10th, 2008, 07:41 AM
Vienna :hearts:

I am definitely coming to visit you - if you want it or not :p

CooCooCachoo
Sep 10th, 2008, 08:37 AM
Thanks :D

I am really not a fan of the Lidl, so I will avoid shopping there as much as I can. OK, I am a student, but there's a limit to how low-budget/low-quality I want to go ;) But I'll definitely look at the Hofer, Penny Markt, LEINER and Kika. And of course I'll try to see if there's an IKEA not too far away from where I'm staying.

Zielpunkt, OK. I'll keep that in mind :D I will miss the Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn :sobbing:

With that semester card I can travel across the country per rail, bus, tram and underground, right? Or do I need a separate card for the railways? And I also thought that I could do without a bike. If I want to go biking, I can always rent one, I guess.

Thanks for your help :D

BTW I will stay in Simmering. Can you tell me anything about this district?

Good choice :yeah:

1) We have many Discounters, per example "Hofer", "Penny Markt" or Lidl. For dishes or furniture only IKEA comes to my mind, but there are other shops (like LEINER or KIKA) that have some good offerings throughout the year.

2) The best supermarket is "Zielpunkt" IMO, itīs not that big as SPAR or BILLA but i think the bread and the meat is better than at the others.

3) If you buy a Student-Semester Ticket for the public transport you donīt need to pay for every single way. It costs you 100 € per semester (1: October till January, 2: March till June) and for February you need to buy a month ticket, which costs 30 €. The public transport is very well organized and also very safe, donīt worry ;)

4) IMO the public transport is that good organized, that you donīt need to have a bike - but in Vienna there are a lot of parks, so maybe you want to go on a ride at the weekend. Then i would recommend you one ;)

5) Well, of curse you need to see the "Ring", there are the most beautiful buildings of Vienna next to each other. Then you have to see of course the Stephansdom, the Kärtner Straße and so on. There are many things to see in Vienna :lol: In the evening you will have tons of possibilities to have fun :p


If you have any other questions, you can PM me or ask in this thread. As soon as itīs possible i will answer you :hug:

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 08:51 AM
I am really not a fan of the Lidl, so I will avoid shopping there as much as I can. OK, I am a student, but there's a limit to how low-budget/low-quality I want to go ;) But I'll definitely look at the Hofer, Penny Markt, LEINER and Kika. And of course I'll try to see if there's an IKEA not too far away from where I'm staying.

Zielpunkt, OK. I'll keep that in mind :D I will miss the Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn :sobbing:

HOFER is a discounter, it doesnīt look very nice, but the prices are lower than in the other supermarkets and the quality is very good.


With that semester card I can travel across the country per rail, bus, tram and underground, right? Or do I need a separate card for the railways? And I also thought that I could do without a bike. If I want to go biking, I can always rent one, I guess.

With the ticket you donīt need a separate card for the railways, itīs all in one. And thereīs really no need for a bike, the public transport system is pretty good in Vienna ;)

Thanks for your help :D


BTW I will stay in Simmering. Can you tell me anything about this district?

Simmering isnīt in the centre, but you can reach it without any problems with the railway (it has to be the U3 i guess) - it will take you 15 minutes or so (iīm not sure though :p)

Thanks :D



No problem, feel free to ask me if you want to know something :D

Petkorazzi
Sep 10th, 2008, 09:31 AM
I want to visit Vienna. :hearts:

Emiel Goelen
Sep 10th, 2008, 01:18 PM
I want to visit Vienna. :hearts:

Oh, you really should! It's such a beautiful city. I went there for a week last year with a friend of mine, and I simply fell in love with the city :hearts:

ce
Sep 10th, 2008, 01:44 PM
tomas can i come to visit you for free :p

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:10 PM
tomas can i come to visit you for free :p

If you spell my name right, maybe :ras:

Why not? :angel:

barboza
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:21 PM
I would like to visit as well.. It sounds awesome. But do people speak English there? When I was in France, everyone just didn't know how to communicate in English.

Xian
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I would like to visit as well.. It sounds awesome. But do people speak English there? When I was in France, everyone just didn't know how to communicate in English.

well, yeah we do :p. Shouldnīt be a problem to get around with English and we all know about that certain fact in France

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I would like to visit as well.. It sounds awesome. But do people speak English there? When I was in France, everyone just didn't know how to communicate in English.

Of course we are speaking English :lol:

French people think that their language is the most important one in the world :p :lol:

azdaja
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:32 PM
BTW I will stay in Simmering. Can you tell me anything about this district?
2 things are sure - everything you'll want to see and everything you will do for the uni will be outside of this district and it is too far from the city centre to make use of a bike meaningful. if you will live close to the u3 underground line you will need 20-30 minutes to the centre depending on where you need to go and you will have a good connection by night bus. if not, then it can take longer.

the semesterticket is valid for all means of public transport in the city of vienna. if you want to travel elsewhere you will need to buy a ticket separately from the city limits to the place you want to go.

bike can be still useful for riding around in parks (donauinsel, prater...). beware of thieves though.

you should check out offers that each supermarket chain has every week, so visit their websites whenever you are making the shopping list. you will probably have at least a billa or a zielpunkt close to where you are staying and in this way you can buy most of the stuff for little money even there.

as for recommendations what to see, that can't be a serious question :lol: there is just sooo much to see and you can easily reach many other interesting places in austria and also hungary, slovakia and czech republic in not more than 3-4 hours by train.

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM
^^ You are very well informed :yeah:

Michael!
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:37 PM
I would like to visit you, Thomas :drool:

Vielleicht am Riesenrad im Prater? :hehehe:

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:40 PM
I would like to visit you, Thomas :drool:

Vielleicht am Riesenrad im Prater? :hehehe:


Nicht am Riesenrad, ich hab Höhenangst :scared:
Und vollkommen überteuert ist das auch ... man steht zwischen hundert anderen in einer grossen Gondel und steht wahrscheinlich noch neben einer fetten Tonne :o

Michael!
Sep 10th, 2008, 02:43 PM
:scared: OK, schlechter Vorschlag, sorry :lol:
Dann im Apollo-Kino? :hehehe:

ĪCharlDaĪ
Sep 10th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Awww so I'll have to stop in Vienna instead of London next April-May to see you? I think it actually makes things easier for me ;)

ce
Sep 10th, 2008, 04:30 PM
If you spell my name right, maybe :ras:

Why not? :angel:

Vienna is calling me :hearts: :p

kwilliams
Sep 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Vienna's stunningly beautiful! There is tonnes to see. Public transport is quite efficient and safe...I can't remember if it's cheap or not. Enjoy it.

I can't remember the names of all the sights but I'm sure you'll get to see Schonbrunn Palace, Gardens and the Zoo. Stephansdom, the Parliament/Hofburg and Heldenplatz area, the Rathaus and Burg Theatre, Votivkirche, Karlskirche, Kartner Strasse and the other main street of the Stephansplatz and the Staatsoper...as well as the University and the WWII memorial and the amusement park and ferris wheel north of the Danube.

CooCooCachoo
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:13 PM
2 things are sure - everything you'll want to see and everything you will do for the uni will be outside of this district and it is too far from the city centre to make use of a bike meaningful. if you will live close to the u3 underground line you will need 20-30 minutes to the centre depending on where you need to go and you will have a good connection by night bus. if not, then it can take longer.

the semesterticket is valid for all means of public transport in the city of vienna. if you want to travel elsewhere you will need to buy a ticket separately from the city limits to the place you want to go.

bike can be still useful for riding around in parks (donauinsel, prater...). beware of thieves though.

you should check out offers that each supermarket chain has every week, so visit their websites whenever you are making the shopping list. you will probably have at least a billa or a zielpunkt close to where you are staying and in this way you can buy most of the stuff for little money even there.

as for recommendations what to see, that can't be a serious question :lol: there is just sooo much to see and you can easily reach many other interesting places in austria and also hungary, slovakia and czech republic in not more than 3-4 hours by train.

Many thanks :hearts:

Yeah, I'll not be too far away from U3, so that's fine.

I did see those other countries are close, so obviously I am going to use my time travelling and sightseeing loads ;) Studying will be secondary :tape:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Awww so I'll have to stop in Vienna instead of London next April-May to see you? I think it actually makes things easier for me ;)

Haha, yes, CD! Do come by :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

FORZA SARITA
Sep 10th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Vienna:inlove:

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 09:15 PM
Well, we could have a tennisforum-meeting in Vienna :rocker2:

But you have to search for a hotel, in my flat there isnīt that much space :p

ce
Sep 10th, 2008, 09:37 PM
Well, we could have a tennisforum-meeting in Vienna :rocker2:

But you have to search for a hotel, in my flat there isnīt that much space :p

we all need one bed anyway :shrug:
or maybe two :p

ViennaCalling
Sep 10th, 2008, 10:04 PM
we all need one bed anyway :shrug:
or maybe two :p

Although i have a King-size-bed, itīs just for me (and a girlfriend) :p

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 05:59 AM
VC, have you been to the Linz tourney travelling from Vienna before? Is it easily accessible? And is the tourney worth going?

SloKid
Sep 11th, 2008, 12:02 PM
Tijntje, you can come visit. :D

ViennaCalling
Sep 11th, 2008, 12:04 PM
VC, have you been to the Linz tourney travelling from Vienna before? Is it easily accessible? And is the tourney worth going?

With the car it took you a little bit less than 2 hours i think.

I wasnīt at the tournament so far, but friends of me and they said itīs really cool :D

Petkorazzi
Sep 11th, 2008, 12:51 PM
I'm definitely going to Vienna when I'm grown up. :inlove:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:36 PM
I'm definitely going to Vienna when I'm grown up. :inlove:

You have a long way to go :lol: :angel:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Tijntje, you can come visit. :D

How far from Vienna are you? :p I'll definitely try :rocker:

You can come visit me too :angel:

Just Do It
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:37 PM
Too bad for Oxford :(

Dont have any useful advices for Vienna, all I can say is I dont like it there.

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:38 PM
With the car it took you a little bit less than 2 hours i think.

I wasnīt at the tournament so far, but friends of me and they said itīs really cool :D

Hmm, so approximately 2-2.5 hours. That's not that bad.

I'm not a fan of indoor events, but I'll try to make it there, at least for qualies.

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:40 PM
Too bad for Oxford :(

Dont have any useful advices for Vienna, all I can say I dont like it there.

:lol: Why don't you like it?

Only yesterday I got the letter stating that I have been allocated a place at St. Hugh's College. Then I need to meet financial conditions. Everything'd have to be arranged in like one week :tape: Term starts early October :tape: :cuckoo: But the feelings are a bit mixed.

But friends of mine got a scholarship, and they had a GPA that was worse than mine. So I am quite confident that I could also obtain one when I try next time (I was too late this year :o).

Just Do It
Sep 11th, 2008, 01:44 PM
It depends what kind of person are you. I did not like it there because everything is so strict, people somehow cold and unfriendly, always rushing somewhere. While I was walking through the city I was scared a policeman would stop me because my hair was messy, honestly.

The city is beautiful though.

Shoulderpova
Sep 11th, 2008, 02:57 PM
Vienna :inlove:
I also love the way German is spoken in Austria :speakles:

ce
Sep 11th, 2008, 03:50 PM
It depends what kind of person are you. I did not like it there because everything is so strict, people somehow cold and unfriendly, always rushing somewhere. While I was walking through the city I was scared a policeman would stop me because my hair was messy, honestly.

The city is beautiful though.

:tape: :rolls:

ViennaCalling
Sep 11th, 2008, 04:32 PM
It depends what kind of person are you. I did not like it there because everything is so strict, people somehow cold and unfriendly, always rushing somewhere. While I was walking through the city I was scared a policeman would stop me because my hair was messy, honestly.

The city is beautiful though.

:lol: When was that? 1958? :tape: :p

Thatīs the first time i heard something like that. At which places you were?

I donīt think everything is strict (except the waiters in the coffee-houses :o ) and the Austrians are a little bit grumpy, but for sure not cold or unfriendly IMO.

ViennaCalling
Sep 11th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Vienna :inlove:
I also love the way German is spoken in Austria :speakles:

Yeah, itīs more charming than the "correct" Germany-german :lol: :rocker2:

rrfnpump
Sep 11th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Yeah, itīs more charming than the "correct" Germany-german :lol: :rocker2:

:tape: Rather funny than charming. :lol:

http://www.ostarrichi.org/wort-8164-at-a+Bier+leckn.html A Bier leckn. :haha:

Michael!
Sep 11th, 2008, 04:59 PM
I guess Thomas wants to (leckn) some other things :tape:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 11th, 2008, 06:10 PM
:lick:

ViennaCalling
Sep 11th, 2008, 06:38 PM
:tape: Rather funny than charming. :lol:

http://www.ostarrichi.org/wort-8164-at-a+Bier+leckn.html A Bier leckn. :haha:

Geh, das ist der Proletenslang, so redet höchstens der Arbeitslose aus dem Gemeindebau :help:

Ich für meinen Teil habe diese Redewendung noch nie gehört ... "Gehen wir einīs zischen" dann schon eher :cool:

I guess Thomas wants to (leckn) some other things :tape:

:rolleyes:

Xian
Sep 12th, 2008, 11:06 AM
Geh, das ist der Proletenslang, so redet höchstens der Arbeitslose aus dem Gemeindebau :help:

Ich für meinen Teil habe diese Redewendung noch nie gehört ... "Gehen wir einīs zischen" dann schon eher :cool:



:rolleyes:


zischen is auch sehr proletig :wavey:

Adrian.
Sep 12th, 2008, 11:16 AM
Ich fahr nach Wien:woohoo:
Aber ich weiß noch nicht wann:lol:

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 11:23 AM
zischen is auch sehr proletig :wavey:

Ja, und? Auch ein gebildeter Österreicher darf sich mal daneben benehmen :devil:

Im Übrigen heißt es "proletuid" :p

Adrian.
Sep 12th, 2008, 11:24 AM
:haha:
Ich sag einfach nur:
Geh ma auf ein Bier?;)

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 11:25 AM
:haha:
Ich sag einfach nur:
Geh ma auf ein Bier?;)

Das ist eh auch meine normale Ausdrucksweise ... :lol:

CooCooCachoo
Sep 12th, 2008, 12:18 PM
All the German talk :scared: I have to face this everyday in real life :scared:

:rolls:

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 12:34 PM
All the German talk :scared: I have to face this everyday in real life :scared:

:rolls:

:devil: Itīs a good training :p

Did you learn German at school? Or will you begin with it? :D

CooCooCachoo
Sep 12th, 2008, 12:45 PM
Nope, I had German in high school ;) I was actually quite good at it, but a) I hate putting it into practice and b) it's very, very rusty.

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 12:47 PM
^^ I understand you. I had Italian in High School and i will be a semester in Bologna from January till June. My Italian was quite good then but now i have forgotten most of the things for sure :lol:

Understanding isn´t that difficult, but speaking is an absolutely horror for me :help:

ce
Sep 12th, 2008, 12:48 PM
same french for me
i am going to France next month :p

Adrian.
Sep 12th, 2008, 01:27 PM
I love francaise:inlove:
But I can't speaking very good.
I have 4 languages that I can speak and understand, and 3 out of them perfect:woohoo:
(German,Polish,English and French which is my worst language:o)
:wavey:

Rerun
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:09 PM
^^ I understand you. I had Italian in High School and i will be a semester in Bologna from January till June. My Italian was quite good then but now i have forgotten most of the things for sure :lol:

Understanding isn´t that difficult, but speaking is an absolutely horror for me :help:

so you can speak italian? :D


btw anyone here from Prague? I'm going to open a twin thread to this because I'm going to move there :help:

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:17 PM
so you can speak italian? :D


btw anyone here from Prague? I'm going to open a twin thread to this because I'm going to move there :help:

Si, un poco :p

Un mio amico era al Praga per un semestre con Erasmus. Mi ha detto che c'era il tempo piú bellissimo da sua vita :lol: Sará tutto bene ;)

Rerun
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Si, un poco :p

Un mio amico era al Praga per un semestre con Erasmus. Mi ha detto che c'era il tempo piú bellissimo da sua vita :lol: Sará tutto bene ;)

si, io ancora sono indeciso se trascorrer lì un semestre oppure un anno intero. Il problema è che questo dovrebbe essere il mio ultimo anno di università e se trascorro lì un anno appena torno devo fare tutto di corsa per concludere e discutere la tesi finale :help:

ad ogni modo I'm not made for living in cold places :help: so già che soffrirò il freddo tantissimo come mi è già capitato le due precedenti volte che sono stato a Praga :help::help:

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:26 PM
si, io ancora sono indeciso se trascorrer lė un semestre oppure un anno intero. Il problema č che questo dovrebbe essere il mio ultimo anno di universitā e se trascorro lė un anno appena torno devo fare tutto di corsa per concludere e discutere la tesi finale :help:

ad ogni modo I'm not made for living in cold places :help: so giā che soffrirō il freddo tantissimo come mi č giā capitato le due precedenti volte che sono stato a Praga :help::help:

Exactly the same as with me :help:

I would love to go Bologna, but iīm a little bit afraid it too :help: It will be difficult for sure at the beginning.

Rerun
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Exactly the same as with me :help:

I would love to go Bologna, but iīm a little bit afraid it too :help: It will be difficult for sure at the beginning.


well I live in the opposite side of Italy but Bologna is very friendly and so many people know foreign lenguages (especially english and french) so I think will be not so difficoult

ViennaCalling
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Yeah, i know. I love the Italians - they are so friendly and funny :hearts:

Rerun
Sep 12th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Yeah, i know. I love the Italians - they are so friendly and funny :hearts:

yeah but Bologna probably is one of the cities more close to your way of cooking, I think to try new tastes (mainly meat and pasta) you should come in south Italy

CooCooCachoo
Sep 13th, 2008, 06:26 PM
ViennaCalling, I was looking to see if there are any interesting artists performing in and around Vienna this fall and winter, and I must say the music scene there is very, very alternative :o I don't know most of these groups :haha:

Still, it's nice to see Lo-Fi-Fnk are coming and also Amy Macdonald, so I might be heading there :cool:

What are the best and most popular music venues in Vienna, by the way? I saw Gasometer, Arena and Szene mostly? And WUK?

ViennaCalling
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:36 AM
ViennaCalling, I was looking to see if there are any interesting artists performing in and around Vienna this fall and winter, and I must say the music scene there is very, very alternative :o I don't know most of these groups :haha:

Still, it's nice to see Lo-Fi-Fnk are coming and also Amy Macdonald, so I might be heading there :cool:

What are the best and most popular music venues in Vienna, by the way? I saw Gasometer, Arena and Szene mostly? And WUK?

Arena :scared:

Iīm not into the alternative scene, but if you like that the Arena is for sure the best place :lol: :help:

I wasnīt at the Gasometer yet and didnīt hear anything from Szene, sorry :lol: Maybe another Austrian poster can help you out with this question ;)

You have to go to Musicals and symphony concerts in Vienna, itīs the city with an enormous cultural life :lol:

A cool club is the "Babenberger Passage" - itīs quite cool, every Wednesday there is a free entry.

CooCooCachoo
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:03 AM
Arena :scared:

Iīm not into the alternative scene, but if you like that the Arena is for sure the best place :lol: :help:

I wasnīt at the Gasometer yet and didnīt hear anything from Szene, sorry :lol: Maybe another Austrian poster can help you out with this question ;)

You have to go to Musicals and symphony concerts in Vienna, itīs the city with an enormous cultural life :lol:

A cool club is the "Babenberger Passage" - itīs quite cool, every Wednesday there is a free entry.

:haha: I am not into alternative music at all, that is why I hoped that maybe there'd be a more mainstream venue ;) :lol:

Thanks anyway :yeah:

Epigone
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:18 AM
:haha: I am not into alternative music at all, that is why I hoped that maybe there'd be a more mainstream venue ;) :lol:

Thanks anyway :yeah:The best club in Vienna is called Nachtwerk :banana:

ViennaCalling
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:19 AM
:haha: I am not into alternative music at all, that is why I hoped that maybe there'd be a more mainstream venue ;) :lol:

Thanks anyway :yeah:

How could I forgot the "U4" - that mainstream venue ;)

In the "Passage" they play House and RīnīB ;)

CooCooCachoo
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:30 AM
How could I forgot the "U4" - that mainstream venue ;)

In the "Passage" they play House and RīnīB ;)

Haha, no I don't mean nightclubs, but more like venues where concerts are held ;)

ViennaCalling
Sep 14th, 2008, 08:31 AM
^^ Oh, okay :lol:

If you like Rock there are many festivals throughout the year :p

CooCooCachoo
Sep 14th, 2008, 06:19 PM
I am sure I will enjoy the cultural life there ;)

Another more practical question: what is the best place to go to for a cell phone + subscription or SIM card? Are there special student places (there are here in Holland)? I just want a decent phone for not too high a price :p