European way of life

Tag: Austria

Gare de Budapest - Keleti, août 2014, Hongrie © Eurofluence

The InterRail pass in question

When you plan to travel in Europe by train, the first thing you think about are the InterRail passes. But are they always essential?  What is InterRail? The brand is self-advertised as backpackers-friendly and offers several passes that allow you to travel in all of Europe by train. Buy your pass and then, take any train without paying anything (except…

Sachertorte du Café Sacher, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

The Sachertorte: a sweet story about a Viennese legend

« Don’t make me feel ashamed, it’s the only thing I ask you… ». The story of the most emblematic Viennese pastry begins with these words. And it’s often the same story. Exactly like the Madeleine of Commercy in France or the Trdelník of Skalika in Slovakia: one day, an earl, a duke or a prince orders to his pâtissier a special…

« Der Zeit ihre Kunst - Der Kunst ihre Freiheit », « À chaque époque, son art - À chaque art, sa liberté », Palais de la Sécession, Vienne, Autriche  © Eurofluence

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 3: eclectic Vienna

It’s already my last day in the Austrian capital. Bye, Sisi: from the Baroque to the Vienna Secession, it’s time to explore this part of the local History. The MuseumsQuartier The sky is low this August 19th, 2014 and a few raindrops escape from it. The Secession building is a twenty-minute walk away from my hotel. I go through the…

Café Central by night, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

Impressions: the Café Central, a Viennese institution

I said so: Vienna has more than a thousand coffeehouses. But this one is like no other. The Café Central is a living museum, a swarming institution that makes us familiar with an old way of life. « To understand this, we must understand that the Viennese coffeehouses are an institution with no equivalent anywhere else in the world. It is actually…

L'impératrice Élisabeth, par Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1865)

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 2 : Vienna, a Sisi marathon

A Sisirathon. The Sisirathon is my Viennese marathon entirely devoted to Sisi – Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary (1854 – 1898). It was the program of my second day in the Austrian capital. It is possible to visit the two main palaces of Vienna, the Hofburg and Schönbruun in just one day. You just have to like trekking…

Hugos classiques, photo de http://www.ristoramagazine.ch/2014/07/quali-cocktail-beviamo-destate-eccone-5-da-non-perdere/ (en italien)

The Hugo : a trendy cocktail from the Alps

Fed up with the eternal mojitos or caïpirinhas? Good news: Latin America is not the only place where people know how to make sunny cocktails. Goodbye Cuba or Brazil: welcome to the South Tyrol! It was there, in the Trentino-Alto Adige, that the Hugo was born in 2005; a summer cocktail that quenches your Central Europe thirst, from Austria to Bavaria,…

Hôtel Rathaus Wein & Design, réception © Hôtel Rathaus Wein & Design

Review: Rathaus Wein & Design Hotel, Vienna, Austria

Austrian-style wine & design, that’s the concept of this nice four-star hotel, located behind the Ring and only just a five-minute walk away from the MuseumsQuartier, the Volkstheater and the subway stations Rathaus (U2 line) and Volkstheater (U2 and U3 lines). It’s hard to find an establishment at a reasonable price in the Innere Stadt – the historic Vienna, so you have to cheat a little bit. The Rathaus Wein & Design Hotel offers spacious rooms at competitive rates and allows you…

Apfelstrudel traditionnel, photo de Justine Duppong (http://justineduppong.com/2012/09/12/wiaw-europe-tour-vienna-and-a-visit-with-the-dalai-lama/)

The Apfelstrudel, a traditional Austrian pastry

From Austria to the United States, through Israel or Argentina, its reputation is worldwide. The Apfelstrudel is emblematic of Central European cuisine and has traveled along historic migrations, specifically of Jewish Ashkenazi communities. Austria, Germany, Switzerland, North-Eastern Italy, Hungary, Alsace, Slovakia, Czech Republic, even the Balkans, every country has its recipe and keeps it as a memory of the Habsburg…

Einspänner, photo de Kaffee Magazin (http://www.kaffeemagazin.com/rezepte/der-einspanner)

Impressions: Viennese cafés

On November 10th, 2011 the UNESCO classified Viennese cafés as masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. These Wiener Kaffeehäuser, the true temple of delightfully outdated lifestyle, have been described as places “where time and space are consumed, but where the only item on the check is the coffee”. A spacio-temporal rift there lets us contemplate the ordinary and…

Tel Aviv Beach, Donaukanal, Vienne, Autriche © Tel Aviv Beach

Eurotrip in Central Europe, day 1 : the Viennese summer

My last post presented to you the program of my little trip in Central Europe, between four cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Prague. The idea is to tell you about this trip day by day, focusing on places, moments, delicacies, attractions, etc. Don’t hesitate to share your observations or your favorite places with me! Let’s…

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