European nation, from Medieval Latin Marchia austriaca “eastern borderland.” German Österreich is “eastern kingdom,” from Old High German ostar “eastern” (see east) + reich (see Reichstag). So called for being on the eastern edge of Charlemagne’s empire. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Django Friends Vienna – Hey! Doing Django development and living in or around Vienna? Meet fellow Django hackers: Hear about their best-practices, their daily work-arounds or simply relax together – having a drink. [meetup]

Fit Clubs Vienna – Meet together for a sport, exchange experiences and goals, and enjoy a recovery shake after the training has been completed – all this and much more awaits you. [meetup]

Freelancing in Vienna – If you are a freelancer or are thinking of becoming a freelancer, this is the group for you. We are freelance software developers working locally and remotely and have some years of experience making it work successfully. [meetup]

Innsbruck Meet Eat Treffen Essen – Let’s get together, meet new people, share good conversations and enjoy fabulous food across the city. [meetup]

Meetup Innsbruck – This group should provide the opportunity for everyone either local or international to meet up and share some great moments together. Everyone who wants to meet new people is welcome to join and I am sure we will experience a lot of fun together!! [meetup]

Modern Data Science Tools – Spark and more – We are a bunch of people passionate about Data Science and about the modern tools available today that make you more productive, allow you to tackle previously inaccessible tasks and generally increase the fun factor in your Data Science projects. [meetup]

React Viena – Join us if you’d like to learn more or if you have your own React experience to share that others can benefit from. [meetup]

Salsa Cubaila Viena – So if you are interested in learning Cuban style, or just meeting new people and going out to dance some Cuban Salsa or Rueda de Casino, this is your group. Welcome! [meetup]

Vienna Brunch Club – With the group Vienna Brunch Club we meet once a month on a Sunday to a casual meeting. The places are different. If you have a good tip or want to meet in your favorite place with friends, this is the place to go! Your suggestions and active participation is welcome. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – is the best online dating site in Austria and has the most members by a long shot. Most of the users are from Austria, with a high concentration of members living in Vienna and Styria. has a simple sign-up process. After registering, you will receive an e-mail with an activation link. Be sure to click that link so that your profile is not deleted. After you click the activation link, you can then get started filling out your profile and then fill out what your dream partner should be. One thing I like about is that you can segment by category. You have the option to look for travel partners, adventure partners, activity partners, friendship, relationship, or marriage. Totally cool. [visa hunter] – is a good second choice. They have been around a long time (founded in 2000) and are really strong in neighboring Germany. As is the case with most dating sites, there is a free and a pay acccount. To pretty much get any useful functionality out of Parship though, you will need to pay. The good side is that this payment helps keep the riff raff out and filters out a lot of the pretenders. My tip for Parship is to really spend some time filling out the questionnaire. It is the key to finding a good match. [visa hunter] – is old school in design. It is not as big as the sites above, but it is free. This would be my third choice if the well runs dry at the other Austrian dating sites. Like Parship, has been around for ages. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Original Vienna Tours – Welcomes you to the capital of Austria. Join us as we explore the city and meet new people. We think everyone should get the chance to see the best side of Vienna so we have made tours suitable for everyone! [original vienna tours]

Sherpa Expeditions – Like most European countries, Austria looks back on a very eventful history. Yet there are some elements of the Austrian character that haven’t changed much over the centuries: the partiality for indulgence, beauty, and cultivation has always been a driving force in the country’s past and present. [sherpa expeditions]

U Tracks – The landlocked country of Austria is a little slice of heaven on earth. Characterised by a superb alpine wilderness comprised of gorgeous mountains, rich blue lakes and deep valleys, it is the ideal European location for the active traveller seeking out new outdoor holiday experiences. [u tracks]

Vienna City Tours – Enjoy a memorable trip to Vienna, the capital of the Republic of Austria, on guided tours in Vienna that take you to some of the most celebrated, impressive, and historic landmarks and attractions in this beautiful city. [vienna tours]

Walks Worldwide – Austria is justifiably famous for its stunning Alpine scenery. All of our wonderful walking adventures take place in the absolutely stunning “Lake District of Austria”, the world famous Salzkammergut region, the favourite destination of former Emperors and Empresses and “Sound of Music” country too. [walks worldwide]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Dachstein Salzkammergut and the Giant Ice Cave – Hallstatt, undoubtedly one of the most picturesque small towns in Austria, is a good place from which to explore the spectacular Dachstein Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll be rewarded with a chance to explore the Dachstein Caves, one of Europe’s most impressive cavern networks, which are, in places, up to 1,174 meters deep. [planet ware]

Eisriesenwelt: The World of the Ice Giants – Found on the western edge of the Tennengebirge, the spectacular World of the Ice Giants is the largest system of ice caves in the world. Covering some 30,000 square meters, the caves were carved by an underground river in the Tertiary period. Discovered in 1879, they were opened to the public in 1912, and to date, an amazing 45 kilometers of the network has been explored. [planet ware]

Gurk Cathedral – Built between 1140-1200, Gurk Cathedral is the final resting place for the remains of St. Hemma, moved to the crypt in the 12th century. The large twin towers, 41 meters high, had onion domes added in 1682, and the barrel-vaulted porch with its 13th-century doorway has been enclosed since the Gothic period when its interior was richly decorated with wall paintings and stained glass. [planet ware]

Kitzbüheler Horn – At 1,998 meters, the Kitzbüheler Horn in the Tyrol region is one of the most picturesque of Austria’s many summits. Accessible by cableway via the Pletzeralm or by climbing from the village of Kitzbühel, the summit affords glorious views: to the south from the Radstädter Tauern to the Ötztal Alps; to the north, the nearby Kaisergebirge; to the west, the Lechtal Alps; and to the east, the Hochkönig. To the south of the Kitzbüheler Horn rises the 1,772-meter-high Hornköpfli, also reached by cableway. [planet ware]

Klosterneuburg Abbey and the Verdun Altar – A flight of steps in lovely Klosterneuburg Abbey leads down to the 12th-century St. Leopold’s Chapel where Leopold III is buried. It’s also where you’ll find the famous Verdun Altar. Perhaps the finest existing example of medieval enamel work, the altar consists of 51 panels of champlevé work on gilded copper depicting Biblical scenes by Nicholas of Verdun from around 1181. [planet ware]

Krimmler Ache: Austria’s Tallest Waterfalls – The Krimmler Ache plunges 380 meters in three tremendous cascades and makes for an excellent excursion from the nearby village of Krimml. At an altitude of 1,076 meters, Krimml – perched high above the Salzachtal in a wooded valley – is a wonderful place to stop for a few days if you’re into hiking. In addition to various excellent walks to the waterfalls, there’s a rewarding climb to the Schettbrücke and continuing to the spectacular Krimmler Tauernhaus. [planet ware]

Medieval Burg Hochosterwitz – To the east of St. Veit, on a crag rising some 160-meters above the valley, sprawls the imposing Burg Hochosterwitz, Austria’s most important medieval castle. After a turbulent history, the castle – first mentioned in 860 AD – was captured by the Khevenhüllers, and was enlarged in 1570 in the face of Turkish invaders. Never captured by a foe, the castle has remained in the Khevenhüller family since. [planet ware]

Melk Benedictine Abbey – Melk Abbey is one of the world’s most famous monastic sites, and its spectacular buildings are laid out around seven courtyards. The most prominent part of this massive 325-meter-long complex is the west end and its twin-towered church rising above a semicircular terrace range. [planet ware]

Mozart’s Salzburg – Numerous cities claim a connection to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but few were as important to the famous composer as Salzburg. It’s here you’ll find No. 9 Getreidegasse, the house where Mozart was born on January 27th, 1756. Now a museum called Mozart’s Birthplace, the rooms once occupied by his family are full of mementos, instruments, and portraits. [planet ware]

The Emperor’s Tomb: Hofkirche and the Museum of Maximilian I – Innsbruck is home to the Hofkirche, or Court Church, with its spectacular Tomb of Emperor Maximilian I who died in 1519. Widely considered the finest work of German Renaissance sculpture, the monument’s central feature is the massive black marble sarcophagus with a bronze figure of the Emperor. On the sides of the sarcophagus are 24 marble reliefs depicting events in the Emperor’s life, and around it stand 28 larger-than-life-size bronze statues of the Emperor’s ancestors and contemporaries (look out for King Arthur). [planet ware]

The Grossglockner Road – The Grossglockner Road from Bruck, in the Pinzgau, to Heiligenblut, at the foot of the Grossglockner was constructed between 1930 and 1935 and is one of the most magnificent mountain roads in Europe. Although its importance as a route through the Alps has declined, it’s still a splendid highway through the Hohe Tauern, Austria’s highest mountain massif and one of the country’s outstanding attractions. [planet ware]

The Hohe Tauern and Franz-Josefs-Höhe – In the massive Hohe Tauern mountain range, Franz-Josefs-Höhe is famous across Europe for its spectacular views. Named after a visit paid by Kaiser Franz-Josef in 1856, this wonderful vantage point stands 2,422 meters above sea level and offers incredible vistas of the surrounding country, including the Grossglockner which, at 3,798 meters, is Austria’s highest mountain. [planet ware]

The Pilgrimage Church in Maria Saal – The Church of Maria Saal, perched on a hill high above the Zollfeld, is one of the leading places of pilgrimage in the state of Carinthia in southern Austria. It was here around 750 AD that Bishop Modestus consecrated a church from which the surrounding area was Christianized. The present twin-towered church was built in Gothic style in the first half of the 15th century on the foundations of a Roman basilica, and was remodeled during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. [planet ware]

The Spanish Riding School, Vienna – The Spanish Riding School dates back to the time of Emperor Maximilian II, the man responsible for introducing the famous Lipizzaner horses into Austria in 1562. Today, it’s the only place where the Classical style of riding preferred by aristocracy is still practiced. Viewing the famous equestrian displays in the Baroque Winter Riding School – held here since the time of Charles VI – is a must when in Vienna. [planet ware]

The Styrian Armoury (Landeszeughaus) – In the heart of Graz is the Landeszeughaus, the Styrian Arsenal. Built in 1644, the building houses a spectacular collection of completely preserved 17th-century arms and armor – enough, in fact, to arm 32,000 men, including helmets, and weaponry. While in Graz, check out the Landhaus. [planet ware]

The Vienna Hofburg: Austria’s Imperial Palace – The spectacular Hofburg Palace in Vienna was for centuries the seat of Austria’s monarchy, the powerful Habsburgs. Now the President conducts state business in the same rooms that once belonged to Emperor Joseph II. Nearly every Austrian ruler since 1275 ordered additions or alterations, resulting in many different architectural influences, including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Classicism. [planet ware]



Bregenz Festival – Bregenz is different. An opera festival with two stages: a traditional opera house, home to less-known operas, and an open-air lakeside stage, where productions are held in the most spectacular fashion. [austria]

Carinthian Summer – A highly attractive combination of culture and nature is offered by the Carintian Summer music festival in the area surrounding Carinthia’s Lake Ossiach each year. [austria]

Grafenegg Music Festival – The combination of a historic castle, culinary pleasures, modern architecture, and world-class performances makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all senses. [austria]

ImPuls Tanz Festival – Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers, teachers and students from around the world transform Vienna into a global dance capital for five weeks every year. [austria]

International Jazz Festival Saalfelden – The imposing Alps, deep-green mountain pastures, and a lovely lake form the backdrop for Europe’s most important festival for contemporary jazz. [austria]

Schubertiade Schwarzenberg – Since more than 25 years, the Schubertiade Festival has been mastering the seemingly impossible: To maintain intimacy, yet become the most important Schubert festival in the world. [austria]

Wiener Festwochen – This festival is a firmly-established high-point of the Vienna cultural calender, offering exciting theater productions as well as a great number of orchestra concerts, recitals and chamber music performances. [austria]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses & Trams  – Bus services operate in most cities and are complemented by a few night-bus lines. Tram and bus services in most places run from about 5am to 11pm or midnight. You usually need to press the stop-request button, even in trams. [lonely planet]

Metro – In Vienna, the metro runs all night on Friday and Saturday nights. From Sunday night to Thursday night it stops around midnight or 12.30am. No other towns have metro systems. [lonely planet]

Taxis – Austrians mostly call ahead or use taxi ranks. Flagging down a taxi usually works, though. Drivers always expect a 10% tip. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Azure Meetup Vienna – Microsoft Azure for IT pros, developers and decision makers. Meetup topics regularly alternate between these areas. [meetup]

Hadoop User Group Vienna – This group is for everyone of any level of skill using Apache Hadoop, who is located in Vienna. The focus of the group is clearly technical with an eye on use cases. I try to organize technical talks of Hadoop related vendors for the sessions. [meetup]

Java Vienna – All things Java / JVM in Vienna, Austria. Meetup of the associations “Java Student User Group” and “Java User Group Austria”. We meet once a month to discuss various Java related topics, including frameworks, best practices. [meetup]

Scala Vienna User Group – We are a bunch of software developers interested in discovering Scala, learning about new techniques and frameworks and meeting other Scala developers in the Vienna area. Our aim is to meet regularly in 4 week cycles and share knowledge and experiences about the Scala programming language and its ecosystem. [meetup]

Vienna DevOps Meetup – DevOps is not a product and no specification. DevOps can not be bought and DevOps is not a standard. DevOps is a movement in which experts exchange with experts, because DevOps is based on shared experience. [meetup]

Vienna Filmmakers – Filmmaking is the ultimate team sport. Join like-minded creative people, and share your vision for a short film, documentary, TV pilot or full-length feature film. Everyone has a story to tell these days. Make contacts, make a little money and maybe make film history! [meetup]

Vienna PHP Community – The Vienna PHP User Group is a usergroup which tries to gather like-minded developers on a regular basis. The idea is to get people to exchange ideas regarding PHP, Web- and software development. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Café da Língua Portuguesa – A group dedicated to the practice of the Portuguese language in all its variants. A group dedicated to the practice of Portuguese language in all its variants. [meetup]

Innsbruck Internationals – As the name suggests, Innsbruck Internationals is a group of people from all over the world who share at least three things in common: we love Innsbruck, we love meeting new people and we’re open-minded enough to give everyone a chance! [meetup]

Internationals in Wien – As the name suggests, Internationals in Wien is a group of people from all over the world who share at least two things in common: we love Vienna and we love meeting new people. [meetup]

Women of Vienna – Women of Vienna is an English-speaking community and resource of international and local women living in Vienna, Austria and the surrounding areas. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Gay Vienna – Art, Music, Theatre – Are you looking for people to do more in Vienna and take advantages of the cultural richness of Viena? This meetup group is for people that are interested in art, music, theater and another cultural activities. [meetup]

Travel Gay Europe – Vienna – a city with a world-class musical and cultural heritage, liberal attitudes and diverse gay scene. [travel gay europe]

Vienna – Not too many European cities have such a rich gay history as the Austrian capital. Gay emperors, generals or composers of days gone by and all the gays and lesbians of today convert Vienna into a unique travel destination. [vienna]



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