Vienna is home to peculiar traditions and manners. One of them being its strong relation to Death. Vienna and Death share a passionate and melancholic intimacy, which has sunk in deeply in the city’s character. The famous “Wienerlied” is full of death references and the central graveyard is a popular destination for trips and getaways.
The second love-relation of Vienna is Wine. Being surrounded by the richest wine regions of Austria, Vienna has a long tradition of wine making and drinking. The “Heurige” are traditional wine taverns, who serve mostly regional wine of the common Austrian Flavors like “Grüner Veltliner” or the “Wiener Gemischter Satz”. The Wine calendar has important influence in the Viennese season, when the Heurigen put up their “Ausg’steckt” signs in the end of the summer, wine is all that matters.
If you think about it, exotic Coffee Beans and Austria have very little in common. Nevertheless Vienna is famous for its coffee house tradition, due to the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683, which brought the seeds to Austria. Coffee houses are very old, noble and beautiful cafés with well-mannered garçons and a unique atmosphere. Being in Vienna without having visited a coffee house is an absolute no-go.
Vienna is a city of music and has brought forth many famous componists like Johann Strauss for example. The three-quarter timed circular dance is the symbolic anthem of the city.
Another famous musical happening in Vienna is the New Years Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which takes place every morning of January 1st and is broadcasted all over the world. Since 1939 the Concert is anchored in Austrias annual musical calendar.