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28 ways to be Austrian

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Adapting to life in Austria can be tough, but understanding some of the key traits of the beautiful nation will help you get closer to understanding its people. Consider this your short guide to the hilarious/awesome/crazy things I’ve noticed from my first year living in Austria. These are the little things you need to embrace to truly uncover your inner Austrian!

1.Be on time. They really, really like being on time. The Germans and the Swiss have the more famous reputation but God help you if you’re not on time to meet an Austrian.

For an Austrian, to be 5 minutes early  is to be on time. You have been warned!

2. Speak Austrian Deutsch. The language spoken here is technically German, but an Austrian variety. So a Potato is an Kartoffeln in Deutsch, but Erdäpfel in Austrian. German apricots are Aprikose, Austrian ones are Marillen, German tomatoes are Tomaten and the Austrian (specifically Viennese) tomatoes are Paradeiser….you get the idea. 

These tricksy little differences separate the Deutsch from the Österreicher! I’ve been struggling to learn any German at all, and I think these dialects are why!!

3. Get used to Smoking. Austria is one of the few countries that has been sloooowww to take up any kind of smoking laws, because Austrians adore smoking. For a country that’s so modern in so many ways the smoking habits here make me feel like its still 1960.

Bars, restaurants and streetside you can buy super cheap packs of smokes (€4!). It’s legal at 16 meaning half the population is addicted by 17. It’s gross.

Even their healthiest export is into it!

4. Get nude! This is so normal here as to barely* rate a mention. Topless sun baking is the norm at all public swimming spots, be it beside the Danube, at a public pool or with your kids at the local swim spot. Nuding up is par for the course, particularly beside lakes.

While some areas are specifically reserved for this, people don’t tend to look twice at folk of all ages nuding up. Stay tuned for a later post about this and how it positively affects body confidence throughout the country – I reckon us English speaking folk have a lot to learn!

*sorry (not sorry) for this terrible pun!

5. Eat Dairy. There is dairy everywhere. Austrians love any kind of Dairy product – cheese, milk, butter, buttermilk, cream, creamy spreads, creamy sauces on meals, mayonaise in every salad….  it’s endless. I reckon its  from their rural tradition of farming and loving their cows so much.

So versatile is their love of Dairy that they literally invented a drink made from  ‘cheese juice’ – as in leftover juice from the cheese making process. Its called Latella. S loves it. The thought of it makes me wanna vomit in my mouth.


Milk & Fruit and CHEESE JUICE!! Belurgh!

6. Embrace Pork ‘n Potatoes. The diet of Austria is built on the back of a Pig – always served with generous helpings of Potatoes. More often than not, the potatoes are in salad, the famous Kartöffel Salad. Natürlich, the best Kartöffel salad is always made by Austrian Grannies. Pork cannot be avoided – they sneak it in Schnitzel, in salad, in cordon bleu,  even in breakfast as a spread (the fat of the pig is made spreadable). Basically for Austrians, Pork = life.

7. Be Neat & Tidy. The enitre country is an OCD dream of cleanliness. Crossing the border into Austria I swear the fields get more organised, the streets are neater and everything is more orderly. There’s a woman on our street who has been spotted sweeping leaves from the footpath at midnight.

No joke – cleanliness is imperative. If cleaning your house isn’t enough, they have city wide initiatives in Spring to help clean the city for incomiung tourists…very serious business!

8. Holiday Often. Most Austrian work contracts have 5 weeks annual leave built in. Add to that the many many public holidays throughout the year (at least 14) and the ‘swing days’ ( if a public holiday falls on a Thursday you can normally get the Friday off too) and you have one very relaxed country.

Being smack in the centre of Europe means you can holiday in Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic or just enjoy some of the stunning countryside of Austria. Tough life!

Danube Relaxation

Viennese Day off – very tough!

9. Be Polite. Normally, in any English speaking country when I get in an elevator,  I avoid eye contact, clutch my phone and pretend i’m not surrounded by 20 other people in an enclosed space. Entering and exiting buildings I look busy, stride quickly and leave everyone the hell alone to do the same. Standard human interaction, no? Not so here. Every office I walk into someone greets you with a cheery ‘Gruß Gott’, you step out of a lift and a hail of ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ sends you merrily on your way.

I think this is part of Austrias very strong  formal culture. In the villages of Tirol, if you walk past someone on the street its extremely rude to not say ‘Servus’ or ‘Gruß Gott’ in greeting.  I personally love this – it gives your day to day interactions a little more cheer!

10. Get a Dirndl/Lederhosen, This is not mandatory, but super fun! I got my first Dirndl last weekend for a local ‘mini-Oktoberfest’ in Tirol and I loooovve it. Dirndl’s & Lederhosen are the traditional clothes of Austria, known as Trachten. They’ll lend you the air of authenticity while holding a beer and speaking broken Deutsch in a beer hall. Apparently Trachten are making a comeback in the fashion stakes so you can get yourself ahead of the game, like so….


Advising others on the benefits of a Dirndl…

11. ‘Where are you from?’ is a mandatory conversational topic. I don’t just mean asking which continent, or country. The first 15 minutes upon meeting anyone new is generally spent dissecting which particular region a person hails from. Points are gained if the correct answer can be picked from a speakers accent, double points if a specific village can be named. Maybe this is a European habit, but for Austrians its seems to be a particularly rewarding game – where if you guess correctly, friendly jibes and stereotypes are exchanged about each respective persons village.

12. Get Fit. Austrians love a good walk, or hike, or mountain bike, or rock climbing or going for a ‘Wandern’ – which is a hike that can go for hours. All this incredible countryside encourages outdoor fitness freaks. Then in winter there’s skiing, snow boarding, ice skating, or ‘touring’ which is hiking (again), but this time in snow, up a mountain. Yep. They’re bonkers about getting up those mountains.


No idea why they’d want to get all the way up here!

13. Love Winter Sports. They are waaayy more important here than any other sporting codes. It may seem obvious when you think of the climate, but still surprises me. I’m slowly getting used to the idea of watching ski races on a Saturday afternoon instead of the footy. Because Austria kind of sucks (on a national level) in popular European sports like soccer, they tend to embrace the stuff they’re good at, like skiing. Just don’t tell them they suck, you may be kicked out 🙂

David Alaba: Alle lieben unseren SuperstarSuperflous shot of Austria’s best soccer player, Alaba, looking dreamy.

14. Daily Kaffe & Kuchen. The greatest Austrian habit of all – mid afternoon coffee and cake. Any & every day around 3pm is Kaffe & Kuchen time. You need no justification to stop your day, get yourself a coffee and slice of cake – Sacher Torte, Apfel, Marillen, Shokolade, whichever – then sit and enjoy 20 minutes of pure bliss.

15. Coffee must always come with a glass of water on the side. This is genius to the perpetually thirsty, like myself. I adore it so much and notice the lack in other countries now. The Austrians literally invented the idea of modern coffee in the 1500’s – when the fleeing Turkish Army left behind bags of coffee beans, the Viennese added milk, sugar and deliciousness – and have been perfecting coffee ever since. You can get your fix at these cosy Viennese cafe’s.

kaffee and kuchen

Note  all the Dairy heaped on top!!

  16. Dance Like no one is Watching. Dancing here is less of an art, and more of a group activity in clapping, hopping, jumping, flapping your hands and cheering along to lyrics. They may be famous for the Vienna Waltz season, but thorough research in many bars has revealed Austrians are much more partial to Macarena-like sing-alongs to folksy music, with corresponding dance moves that an entire dance floor will bust out. Its a thing of beauty to witness!

 17. Grow a Moustache. The moustache ratio here is definitely above average, the most magnificent ones are  tended to like 1940’s masterpieces. Its inspiring & hilarious to see them in the wild. My favourite moustache of note was spotted in the gym, on a be-muscled man who was sporting the very traditonal ‘handlebar with a twirl’ look. I wasn’t stalky enough to take a picture, but trust me when I say it was definitely a descendant of this guy:

Sadly, he was not wearing a leopard print onesie that Tuesday.

 18. Hide your Office. Most offices are hidden in converted grand homes. Any Doctor, Dentist, or everyday appointment can occur in a gorgeous old apartment building, rather than purpose built, soulless concrete block. The buildings here are incredible, and finding the re-appropriated Optician’s office hidden in an apartment building from the 1890’s is an everyday architectural adventure!

 19. Avoid the Viennese Attitude. Ah the Viennese reputation for gloom. Renowed for being grumpy, unhelpful and all round sad sacks, I can say this is only half-true. The true Viennese outlook on life tends to be more ‘its not so bad’ rather than ‘life is great!’ but you can find friendly people, and if you attempt a bit of Deutsch, they  open up more.

20. Get used to Churches & Catholicism. Though changing with the new multicultural population, Austria is still very much a traditionally Catholic country. Most of the public holidays are on Catholic religious holidays, festivities are built around Catholic traditions and every second village in the countryside has a Catholic Kirche as its architectural focal point. Not such a bad thing when the Churches are as pretty as this:

KircheThat’s me, being overwhelmed by all the  goooooold in a small Kirche in Tirol

21. Classify Water. Water is more than just wet stuff from a tap. Here, it has a number of classifications – prickelnd, mild & ohne. And there’s allegedly a difference in taste between tap water depending on what side of the Danube you live. This, more than anything tells you how much Austrians love a good classification process! Water is very sacred here as they treasure the good, clear product fresh from the mountains.

22. Love The Hoff. Yes, they are as mad for him as the Germans. No one is entirely sure why he’s so successful here. He came through Vienna in March and was still given VIP treatment at Volkgarten club and the Austrians (including S) went mad for seeing the original Knight Rider vehicle. They even nominated him to be a Governor for Styria! Check the article here. Allegedly the photo to go along with his nomination was something like this…

There are no words for this….

23. Enjoy Explicit Radio. Like anywhere, commercial radio in Austria is pretty repeptitive. Unlike anywere else, there isn’t a lot of censorship going on. You will hear full, explicit versions of everything. In the middle of the workday there’s old-school, full length Eminiem alongside tracks like ‘What’s my Motherf**in Name’. I’m no prude so it doesn’t really bother me but for those sensitive to swearing, beware!

24. Sunday Funday!! There’s no shops open on a Sunday here. So adapt your grocery habits accordingly, or you end up starving on a Sunday evening. Sunday is traditionally a ‘family day’ used to socialise doing non-capitalist activities, like long lunches at Grannies and playing in a park. Its a delightful way to force you to find something outdoorsy to do on a weekend. Number one choice of activitiy is to…

25. Wash your Car on a Sunday. The neat and tidy thing extends to vehicle maintenance, specifically spending your Sunday’s vigorously cleaning your car. This is regardless of weather or if the car actually needs cleaning.  The gigantic queues at Carwash outlets can attest to the popularity of this pastime. The secondary church on a Sunday is the carwash.

26. Sit Down Boys. I’m talking about boys bathroom etiquette. They pee sitting down. Legitimately, taught from a young age to pee sitting down. I only realised this when I never had to put the seat down in our apartment, and upon some delicate quizzing established that its a non-issue here. Boys pee sitting down. Hallelujah!

27. Fashion Rules. Fashion here is…..classic? I’m still a bit bemused by Vienna’s fashion choices. I say ‘classic’ when what I mostly mean is a teensy bit boring. Classic cuts, nothing too zany, nothing too colourful (unless its fluro which, ick) and not a lot of risky choices. Wearing my Black Milk tights feel positively rebellious! (see my heaven here) However, Vienna fashion week is in September so I’ll withhold complete judgement until then. There’s also an adorable fashion and lifestyle blog here that’s helping me uncover the inner fashionista’s of Wien!

28. Learn to drink Beer.  Austria is hovering up in the top 3 for biggest beer drinkers in the world. They knocked Germany off the perch recently and have some delicious varities of beer to back up the claim. My personal favourite is Weissbier, but the variety and cheap prices mean you can discover your personal favourite. Prost!!


Some extremely Austrian things here – Weissbeer, cigarettes, mountains & a lake. Oh and the human too.

So how Austrian are you??? I think I’ve still got a long way to go, so any other Austrian traits you can think of, let me know!!



  1. Great stuff, really well written! I think, weirdly, I’m about 60% Austrian based on this list, despite living in Italy. Maybe we made the wrong choice of country… 🙂

  2. Being an Austrian expat in Denmark, I do understand how one easily falls for stereotypes from a somewhat half outsider/half insider view, but I can’t help noticing how some piints here are really too cliche. For example, while the whole Coffe&Cake thing, is sure something Austrians do like, nobody does that every day sharp 15.00 pm except for our grandmas. Generally lots of the points listed here are more descriptive of an older version of Austria and don’t say much about the present life culture.
    Austria is also not a nation of Hasselhoff Fans, although I don’t deny he is still popular among a certain demographic and tongue in cheek acknowledged as a funny 80’s relict by others.

    One of the most important aspects of Austria and especially Vienna you are missing here is our love for irony and ironic humour. That is also what makes the much bigger difference between Germany and Austria. The difference is not so much the few different words you mentioned, but actually an essentially different concept of language. Viennese love to make up ironic funny and quirky ways to phrase one thing while meaning something quite different, if not even the opposite. Just for the heck of it 🙂

    I forgot who it was, but one wise man once perfectly described it in a nutshell as ; – ” Germans use language to transport information, while Austrians use it to talk” 😉

    1. Well, I am also a foreigner living in Austria for quite many years, and I have to say, that actually all (well maybe except the mustache one) of the points are quite accurate, and obviously, by saying Austrians are mad about David Hasselhoff, it doesn’t mean that everyone likes him, but rather that he is generally popular, same applies for coffee culture, etc.
      As for the Wiener Schmäh, I have found this is something for which the Viennese, or the Austrians think they are well known, but indeed, you need first to perfectly speak German (actually dialect) to also get it, which makes it for outsiders almost impossible to follow.
      I have been to intercultural exercises, and what the locals think they are well known outside of their country, rarely correlates with what foreigners actually think what is “typical” for the one country.

      1. I would agree with you, except that while the ‘Wiener Schmae’ as suchgets lost in translation, the irony and certain blackness of Austrian humor is something that to a certain degree does translate into English at least. I noticed that for example I find it a lot easier to have a fun banter with a Briton in English, than with the average German in what is supposedly our shared native language.
        As for your closing sentence – sadly, the farther you get, the more people you meet who wouldn’t even know that Austria and Germany are different countries. Austria isn’t by far as famous outside of Austria as we might think 😉

        1. Never knew AUSTRIA existed until I met an Austrian , very nice people

      2. I agree with Julian K: I always have more fun with people from the UK, because their sense of humor is similar to our own.

      3. As Austrian living in New Zealand, i agree that the british and also the NZ humor is kind of similar. E.g. if british would say “that is interesting” they mean that is totally rubbish. Bit the same way as we do it.

    2. Hi, I’m from Vienna, living in Australia for the past 16 years (which, by the way isn’t so very different to Austrian lifestyle). I have read the whole story of how Austrians behave and I MUST disagree with quite a few things here. But again – I’m from VIENNA which usually is different to the rest of the country!
      Ok, I disagree with:
      FASHION – I remember people wearing all sorts of colors and nothing looks “boring”
      Guys SITTING on the toilet when they wee – not true! I’ve never heard of any guy sitting when weeing except, of course, when they poo as well (hahahaha, funny word)
      Everyone washes their CAR on SUNDAYS – rubbish! Most people in Vienna have to park their cars on the street (living in flats/apartments), you can’t wash your car there. Sometimes I went to the car wash to get that done.
      GRUMPY VIENNESE – yes, that’s true – I agree :-(. I remember sometimes going to work by U-Bahn (underground train) or tram. Most people were hiding behind their newspaper and nobody was in the mood to talk to strangers. That’s something I love, love, love about Australians: Strangers start talking to eachother and they’re very funny. Again this is AustrALian (just as a comparison to the Viennese)!!!
      MOUSTACHE – no, that’s rubbish, at least in Vienna. Guys grow moustaches if they want just like in every other place on earth.
      Coffee & Cake (Kaffee & Kuchen) precisely at 3pm – I remember my parents having coffee and kuchen or strudel or something else at around 4 pm when they retired but having lots of coffee (no cake) throughout the day while working.
      NEAT & TIDY – unfortunately not so much in Vienna, but maybe in other places. Never seen volunteers cleaning up the streets for tourists!!! Who cares about them?
      ALWAYS EAT PORK – naaahhh. We had pork schnitzel with “green salad” (gruener Salat which is also known as butter lettuce in English speaking countries) every single Sunday, that’s true but on other days we just had lentils & Semmelknoedel, Green beans with rye bread, meatballs with rice or mashed potatoes, paprika chicken, krautfleckerl etc. Our food at home was mainly Hungarian-Austrian food also influenced by former Czecoslovakia. Sometimes we eat food like Kaiserschmarren or Palatschinken (Crepes) as a main meal which in other countries is more a dessert.
      ALWAYS having dairy – not true either, but as I mentioned before, I can only speak as Viennese. We love our sour- and butter milk though! In summer we love to squash strawberries, add sugar and mix it into butter milk mmmmmmmmm.
      As of the rest of your story: Yes, I agree (not so much with the “Hoff” though hahahaha).

    3. Well I’m still living in Austria und wenn still have Kaffee in either 3-4 pm. \(°°)/ well maybe we’re in Salzburg and Tirol.

  3. Enjoyed reading this post very much – thank you for this polite description of the “typical Austrian” – even if I tend to be of other opinion in some points 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for this, love it! I am very proud Austrian, living in Australia! So many points you brought up, I have been missing over here.

  5. brilliant! it’s sooo true! thank you so much for describing it in such a hilarious way!

  6. You did indeed pick the most beautiful church in Austria! I partly grew up in Absam, where this church is situated, and it’s common to visit it more than once a week! 🙂

  7. This is hilarious, and true in so many ways… And yes, Molke is delicious, don’t you dair (yeah, intended) talk shit about it! 🙂

  8. Very nice to read your opinion. I don’t know anyone who is having coffee & cake everyday … and I think that Austrians own opinion in being an “Coffee Nation” is very outlifed (most of the time you get some tasteless brew for to much money, but you get real coffee in Italy, Spain or France for half the price …).
    But worst of all 😉 … “Franziskaner” is beer from Germany – you should know by now that you never shall never mistake an Austrian for a German – just kidding. If you need some lessons in “Learn to drink beer” call me 😉

  9. I have to correct you about point 22…
    You talk about the GUMBALL 3000 Stop @ Volksgarten Vienna. The People where there to see the car and some famous people (Xzibit, Tony Hawk, The Hoff, …..) There was an aftershowparty in the club there. The Hoff was performing some songs at this night.

    The reason: The Hoff is the godfather of Georg Fechter, the organizer of this Party. Fechters father (Herbert Fechter) was the manager of David Hasslehoff for a looong time. Georg Fechter is the founder and head of the MASTERS OF DIRT (http://www.mastersofdirt.com). So 95% of the visitors of this party where there to see some riders or just going crazy cause dj Mosaken was playing.

    But its true that we love jumping around like monkeys, when we hear “Looking for Freedom”….at BAD Taste Partys 😀

  10. LOVE your article! Living in Sweden now, one of my American friends here just recently asked me how Austrian were different from Germans or from other Europeans and I had to think about some good points for a while, but now that I will have him read THIS he won’t have any more questions, probably 🙂
    What do you do in Austria?

  11. Haha, sounds about right aye! Although I think the Viennese have a reputation they don’t quite deserve… just avoid snobby coffee-houses and you’ll be alright. That’s my general rule (with the restaurant at Belvedere ranging as the shittiest among them all). I love living here. 🙂

  12. i really enjoyed your observations, which made me laugh quite a bit.
    being an austrian myself (a born and raised viennese, even), i am always curious how customs and habits, which seem so natural to me, might be perceived by foreigners.

    however, reflecting on being austrian by comparison to my friends from other countries, i would add two points to your list which – for me – are quintessential austrian/viennese:

    leave a backdoor open: austrians tend to be quite indetermined … about everything. do not mistake this as indecisiveness or fickleness, as there are often very strong opinions or rather definite positions behind it. but somehow, austrians prefer statements that are less clear, leave a backdoor open or at least leave some room for interpretation and to muddle through. a perfect example would be referring to another point of yours, the anti-smoking laws: while most eu countries clearly and strictly forbid smoking in restaurants, austrian laws on this are quite complex – and a bit flexible. it is forbidden to smoke in restaurants, except if you have a separate room for smokers, which then has to fullfill specific requirements. and if your restaurant is bigger than so-and-so-much square meters. because if it is smaller, you can decide whether it is a smokers or non-smokers restaurant. (not sure if this is still up-to-date, but at least, that was the gist of it when the law was introduced.) see? backdoors everywhere.
    perhaps this roots in the already mentioned politeness – to be less direct and explicit means not risking to offend anyone.
    very austrian and also one of the great differences to germans, who tend to be very direct and clear about what they want (to say) and what not.

    tone everything down: ok, this is typical viennese (not necessarily typically austrian) and you might have to understand the viennese dialect a bit to get it, but everything is or can be toned down – also horrific things (maybe even more so). the typical syllable is “-erl”, which can be attached to almost everything – in an attempt to make it seem harmless, small or at least “not that bad”. the most prominent thing you will hear everywhere is the “sackerl” – viennese/austrian for a (plastic) shopping bag. a “schnapserl” indeed sounds less harmful than a simple “schnaps” – even if it is already your ninth that night (beware, btw: the more you already had, the more likely it is that “schnaps” turns into “just another schnapserl …”). i can also recall my grandmother once mentioning that someone had a “schlagerl” – the cutesey form of “schlag”, meaning someone had a stroke. yes, really. there are no limits.

    enjoy your time in austria!

  13. love this article! In some points I can see myself and I think I can be prould of being an Österreicher 🙂

  14. As an Austrian, I absolutely agree. Interesting what Aussies think about this place and what you experience. Watch out for the direction of the water when flushing the closet, might be different than in OZ 🙂

  15. LOL! I love it. I am austrian and staying in Boston right now, writing my thesis. I had to lough a lot – the “Where are you from?” part – they don t even know it here. I have to teach them 😉

    1. To bad, I just left Boston, otherwise as a fellow austrian we could have discussed where we are from in more detail.

  16. Very good! But… as you started right: Kartoffel is Erdapfel in Austria (2.). So: don’t talk about Kartoffelsalat (6.) 😉
    Servus from Vienna

  17. Some funny observations. A few of them even to the point. But after all your tone tells more about Australians than about Austrians (I am Italian by the way).

  18. What a lovely article!! I am an Austrian living in the US, and you made my day with all of these positive ‘quirks’ that I can totally relate to and know exactly what you are talking about (well, except No. 26 maybe, that’s a new one to me).

  19. Hi!!! Another Aussie living in Austria 🙂 This is hilarious as myself & the expats here in Linz can soooo relate to all your points!! If you ever head to Linz be sure to look me up 🙂

    1. Is there some kind of English stammtisch in Linz. I’m Austrian, but I’ve lived abroad and miss the English language – especially speaking it – so much.

      1. just go on couchsurfing and find the stammtisch in your city – there are alot of couchsurfers gathering around us 😉

  20. There´s one thing I (as a Person being born in Austria) have to explain. The Boys don´t pee while sitting. As most of them are born between Mountains, they love to pee from above even if it´s just the hight of theire Hips. But also very well educatet and trying to go with the rules of modern society they know about the bad habit of urinating while standing in Front of the Toilet…. Theire Solution ist typical austrian: pee while standing -> and clap down the toiletseat after finishing … and let every person entering the Toilet after you belive in a lie 🙂 Thats how austrian Boys do small bussines 😉
    ps: sorry for my typical astrian bad english 🙂

  21. I would definitely add bureaucracy! What would austria be without all the public servants. Getting a new drivers license or registration card can take for ever! It sure has something to do with the great working hours our public servants have (monday-thursday until 12 p.m. and of course fridays off) but also with their lack of interest in work. Why work harder or faster if no more money will come in??? I think this goes back to the gooood old times when Austria was a huge country in the K&K monarchy and somehow we still haven´t figured it out how to get rid of all the unnecessary public officials. This is really a no go for any politician in this country because we have so many public servants that would then not vote for them. But with the size of Bavaria we have at least 5 if not even 9 times the public servants.
    Just so you know how I felt the last time I needed something from a municipality:

    Aaahh and before I forget! I don´t know if you ever worked in Austria but doing so it is mandatory to say “Mahlzeit”, which means Enjoy your meal from about 10 a.m – 2 p.m. or even 3-4 p.m. in some offices, in order not to be rude. I thought that was a fun fact as well 😀

    Enjoy your stay!

  22. wtf teh hoff?? dafuq are you talking about?!? and then we are boring, because we do not wear black milk like marihuanna leaves and unicorns on our clothes…? oh please… and who dafuq drinks weißbier??? thats plainly german! no we do not generally love smoking, we have also banned it from practically all public places, and our percentages are just about as high as every other country’s.
    we eat just as much beef and chicken, and yes we are generally not moslems, so no prob with pork. who teh fuck washes their cars EVER??? the christian pary ÖVP is down to 20% and over 40% of austrians have no official religion, so what catholicism?? and yes we love our water nicly potable and fracking/poison-free, that must be a weird thing especially to us-americans, if your tap water don’t burn…
    and then, have you ever tried lattella? not only is it really healthy but also it is really tasty.
    all in all: get a grip on that stereotypes of yours, PLEASE!
    thanks for visiting though!

    1. a little bit harsh but true.
      i just thought watafaq – weisbier in austria? this is the most (aweful) typical behavor for germans. also austria is vizechampion in smoking after greece regarding to wikipedia. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabakrauchen and i think i have once read something about austria is european champion in smoking ^^

      about the clothing – u should have gone to the MQ to see some hipsters. i think they might have been your type 🙂

      also yes we are proud about our water – cause its the best water of a capital or bigger city worldwide. thats a thing u can be proud of 🙂

      but was allways – putting a whole country into one stereotype may not be correct in the most cases.

      u forgot to mention choclate – milka was austrian befor they became part of the starkcompany. also austrians are crazy for soccer – i mean really crazy – never heard of a country which sucks so hard in a sport and has allthough so many fans for that sport…

    1. Latella is only the brand name. The fluid is called Molke and it is very healthy. My favorite is with maracuja juice!!

  23. Well the whole ‘sit down boys’ thing has called an uproar in the office. It seems one gen y male has been re-trained by his girlfriend to sit down & close the lid whilst flushing. This greatly reduces the spread of germs & he is very serious & on borad. BUT one his peers finds the concept an affront to manhood & would leave his wife if forced into this shameful situation. It seems although the names of the countries are similiar, bathroom etiquette in Australia ( remember the L ) very different to Austria!

  24. if a public holiday falls on a Thursday you get the Friday off too??? Where? Witch company? You get off, only when you did overhours for this day!!! And i would not agree to everything but some of that is true, yes

    1. Other ways to be Austrian:

      Be totally nonchalant about everything.

      For guys in particular who all seem to have this dour and passive look on their faces, never ever express emotion…particularly in public!

      Never be spontaneous

      Never have any inflection in your voice, just talk in a monotone and deep voice

      Ignore your children. Never interact with them in public

      Never ever ever laugh at yourself or admit fault

      For guys, just be quiet and boring…in Austria this is considered being cool

      Avoid humour in daily interactions. Be functional and robotic

      Don’t stand out…follow the status quo. Do not strive to be different. Get a black or grey car, holiday in Croatia, wear a lot of black. Do not smile. Remember, individualism is not cool

      Never show emotion in your voice. Just talk about everything as if you couldn’t care less.

      Finally….stare at anyone expressing themselves, particularly foreigners…but never comment. Just say “shhh” to your kids and eat semmel

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  26. Na so was! My mother is Austrian, so to me, these things are all just basically normal, even growing up in Canada. Except for Latella, which I have never seen.

  27. So … being a Catholic moustache wearing fashionable dresser happy to get nude, polite beer drinker who doesn’t mind swearing because It’s Not So Bad, partake in coffee made with mountain water, dairy goodness & cake in afternoons; smoking fit, neat & tidy, work from an office that nobody can see, Hoff-loving-Clean-car-driving-Pee-sitting kind of person?

  28. One other thing that I noticed – it seems to me that many Austrian politicians on the federal level have got their PhD in some field or other. Nice to see that they are not afraid of voting for intelligent people!

  29. great stuff, LOL! some things are more than true, others a little pulled at the hairs. but however, it’s fun to read! :-))))

  30. I have a bad habit of looking over the fence, but you make me nostalgic for where I already am. Thanks for that!

    One more thing: Austrians take of their shoes when they enter a house or flat. Which is why everyone has to provide Patschen, Pantoffeln or Hausschuhe. 😉

  31. Well written and very precise in the details …. however. The guy in the foto in nr. 28 drinks FRANZISKANER WEISSBIER, which is definitely not Austrian. It’s a Bavarian Brand. Well, the Bavarians are as close to Austrians, as Germans can possibly be, but nevertheless, they still are GERMANS and so is their beer.

    1. you’re 100% correct!! That photo’s getting me in lots of trouble hahahaha!! We were ten minutes from the border and foolishly ordered Bavarian! My apologies 🙂

  32. This was really fun, I mean many things are oberved well. Some “traits” are not totally true for me though. Having been to Japan recently, I have to tell you that Austria isn’t that clean. Or compared to Zurich. It can’t be that clean, because most people are not as concerned about public property as the Japanese are. I really never felt like living in a very clean society, but this may be a subjective feeling. And honestly: my fellow male Austrians do not sit on the toilet in general. One common misunderstanding is also that the Viennese are more unfriendly or gloomy than the other Austrian population, Austrians are really fucking unfriendly in general, most of them are also gloomy, yeah fellow Austrians, that’s a fact. Thus, I have no problem with the Viennese. They are even more cynic if anything, I love that.

    I’m always astonished when people from abroad tell me that Austrians have so much vacation! Actually I think we have not enough freetime :). But it may be true, we should be more grateful, really.

    But Austrians really love the Hoff, who posted here that this is a stereotype (?!), it’s not, 9 out of 10 people do, I’m sure!

  33. Very interesting observations! 🙂
    As a German living in Vienna now for a couple of years already, I can confirm most of the things although some I would also consider German, while other things are more important to me (I could talk literally for hours about the differences between German and Austrian German :D)
    However, I have to disappoint you on the Weißbier: while there are some really good beers in Austria, I had to realize that almost all the Weißbier they offer in bars and restaurants comes from Bavaria (also the Franziskaner on the your picture). I don’t even know if I ever had a truly Austrian Weißbier. I even recently learned that the Weißbier from Ottakringer is brewed in Bavaria – although the brewery is 100% owned by Ottakringer. So if you want something typical Austria, better drink a Zwickl 😉

    1. Dont’ agree at all. Yeah, bashing ! 🙂 Now seriously, there are some Weissbier in Austria like the “Ennstaler Weizen Bier Schnee Weisse” or the “Stiegl Weisse” and my favorite one, “Die Weisse” from Salzburg. Give it a try. Check out the local breweries, they serve much better beer than the big brands do. Cheers!

  34. That’s great. You made my day. Seems as you have a good time in Austria. Hope it’s going on that way. – For all the silly comments correcting her because of some spelling or ‘I don’t think that’s true, bla bla’ go to a corner and get forgotten. Find yourself in a new country and find 28 for you typical habits. It’s her view. Your view must not be true too, especially if you are an idiot with no sense of culture! Shame.

  35. haha, very well written, but trust me if I tell you: you MUST give latella a chance! I am an austrian abroad in China and would kill for a can of this stuff right now!

  36. so true that!
    But I have to add that Tracht is not only for drinking beer at Kirtag-weekends, it is in most regions of Austria THE outfit to dress up. Weither you go to funerals, business dates, weddings, balls, church or parties, one Dirndl fits all. You are never dressed badly in Tracht. It’s a go-to outfit when you don’t know what to wear and is a legitimate substitute to suits and ties.

  37. Actually, Franziskaner is a Weißbier from Munich. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only exception in peeing standing up around here 🙂 but apart from that, that’s a nice wrap up!

  38. As an Austrian I have to say – you made my day 🙂
    And yes, we looovveee Lattella it is so delicous.

  39. As an Austian I wouldn’t agree 100% 😉 but thanks for the refreshing and fun-to-read outside perspective on our little paradise 😉

  40. as an austrian… it s interresting to see the viewpoint from an “outsider” perspective but i do have to say that parts are VERY stereotype and just not true.

    made me giggle though so thumbs up!!!

    ps: mayonnaise has nothing to do with dairy… its basically just eggs, oil and various kinds of spices

    1. I am a terrible, terrible cook so the ingredients of mayonaiise is well beyond me hahahaha!! But thanks for reading the blog!

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  42. Certainly a fun read! It also tells a lot about the mentality/ customs of those who make these observations (the anglophone world, in this case).
    Although, that an Aussie would be impressed by Austrian levels of beer consumption – I’m frankly surprised… 🙂
    Anyway, ask Germans, and they would probably give you a quite different picture of Austria than this. Or the Spanish, again totally different. It’s in the eye of the beholder…

  43. You made some nice fun points, but after living here for a year I’d hope you would have gotten more of a grasp of Austrian culture than stereotypes. Some of your points are right, even though you should note that there are vast differences between small countryside villages and cities, Vienna in particular. Some of your ‘facts’ are simply wrong though – smoking has been widely banned and a large percentage of Austrians are in favour of smoke-free bars, Austria’s cuisine is not only about pork as I can assure you as I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 15 years. And Latella is definitely not cheese!

    I do encourage your attempt of bringing your impressions of Austria closer to your friends back home, but please do try in the future to be more culturally sensitive and do some more research. Stereotypes can be quite tricky, dangerous and annoying as I have personally experienced during my various stays aroad. Thanks for your efforts understanding and getting to know our culture though!

      1. fully agree with the reply. and however you see it – there’s close to 100% truth in this post; we just may not be used to be seen so clearly 😉

    1. I have lived in Vienna a few months at a time over the last few years, and while I have seen some reluctant kow-towing to anti-smoking initiatives by restaurants come into force slowly I haven’t ever had the impression that “most Austrians are in favour of smoke-free bars”. I always tell my friends that smoking is kind of like a religion among the friends/acquaintances that I have there, and many’s the time I’ve been out at a bar in the ‘smoke free’ section only to see someone light up and be quickly followed by others.

  44. Absolutely great! I never thought about that foreigners could see us in the manner described … You made my day, I can’t Keep up laughing 🙂 Some points maybe are overstated, but have definetely a grain of truth. But, Weißbier is definetely German 😉

  45. (I am from Austria.)

    Calling the event in Tirol a “mini-Oktoberfest” really hit me hard — I suspect it was a “Kirtag” (or in Tirol “Kirchtag”). It can be compared to the German Oktoberfest, but doing that insults the Tirolian people. There are also numerous Kirtage in and around Vienna, and there is no intention to replicate the Oktoberfest.

    Overall I can confirm most of the points, especially about punctuality and politeness.

    1. Hey Lorenz! It was just a Dorfest in Söll, but being Aussie, the closest translation that I can relate to was Oktoberfest. I would never mean to insult Tirolians as half my in-laws are Tirolian! Sorry for the misunderstanding and thanks for reading 🙂

      1. I guess he was offended because Oktoberfest celebrates the marriage of one of the kings of Bavaria, Ludwig I. They had such a good time in Munich during the marriage celebration (in 1810) that it became an annual event afterward, so doesn’t have much to do with Austria.

      2. Nevermind, Tirolians are just easily offended with small things, they are a very proud people. Comparable to corse people maybe 😀 (lived there for three years, Tirol is just one of a kind 🙂 God bless Andreas Hofer!)

  46. First of all, this is hilarious. Secondly, it’s mostly true. But there two or three things I can’t really agree with: (1) You’re really fortunate if you get swing days off, but this is not usually the case, except for students in schools and, sometimes, universities. (2) Where would you find pork in a salad? In my 23 years living in Austria I have never ever eaten salad as a main dish that contains pork. If we talk about pork with side salad that’s another story, of course. (3) How exactly is mayonnaise a dairy product? You’re right when you say that the Austrians love their dairy. But considering that mayonnaise is mostly made of eggs and oil, we’re innocent here. 😉

    1. I just saw that you answered the thing about the mayo already, so sorry for that. 🙂

      1. While named “salad”, I don’t really consider these two real salads, but that’s probably my overly narrow definition that excludes anything that isn’t green. Setting aside this “narrow-mindedness” of mine, you’re definitely right, Sven and Ingrid. 🙂

    2. Would you validate a Krautsalat mit Speckwürfel as a “real” salad? It woulde me a little bit more green than the Erdäpfelsalat. 😉

  47. Though one other thing: the Austrians crazy about nuts in their baking – most of the biscuits, cakes, anything contain some type of nuts.. *sigh* One wouldn’t probably notice too much without a nut allergy..

    1. What about the Salty food…? They love SALT…. Maybe its so they can drink more beer… 😉

  48. Hahaha, as an austrian, i loved to read this 🙂
    Very funny and also true in many ways.

    @The Charmed Cupcake: if you saw socks and sandals in Austria, i’ll bet that these were german tourists….no austrian would do that! 🙂

    1. I get the socks + sandals look at the office in summer (Graz)… So, sadly, I must say that it’s not only the Germans.

  49. Very fun read, also for Austrians. But The Hoff? No way!
    And I wish we had daily Kaffee & Kuchen breaks at the office ;D if we did, we’d all be pretty fat. 😀

  50. fantastic, hilarious, bold .. and… to all austrians…join in a good laugh and don´t take every word so serious… one more great thing about Austrians – we are very proud of who we are (see above 😉 but we can also laugh about ourselves – fantastic humour in this country (in general 😉 please write a book and send me the link, you have a great style of writing, thanks for making my day and the one of my many friends that have shared this blog already via facebook within seconds… congrats 😉

    1. Austrians… Laughing at themselves is a joke itself! Being born in Austria i know that this is true 😀

  51. Hi,

    I found it hilarious. I too have been living here for a while now and found what you wrote funny and very true. Of course what a lot of other readers fail to see is that when writing such blogs, one tends to exaggerate a little on their ideas so that they are more humourous to readers, Or use examples (‘Octoberfest’) so people who have never lived here can imagine what you are talking about. At least that is the way I read it. Living in Vienna, there is not so much of a focus on Winter sports here, probably due to the lack of mountains, but it is true that Austrians in general do like their winter sports, and as you say, because they are good at it.

    I would really like to know where you are from, I suspect perhaps Australia or New Zealand only due to your use of the word ‘footy’ and ‘Sad sacks’ I laughed out loud on so many choice colloquialisms you used. Its good to know that I am not the only one who notices these things.

    The one point that you failed to mention is Schlager Music. I call it Austria’s Vegemite, because only Austrians (well also the other german speaking coutries too) like it. I can embrace all other things Austrian, but Schlager Music is off the table for me.

    Excellent read and really made my day. I look forward to your next blog.

    1. As a Viennese I can tell you: We focus on wintersports just like all the others, but we just can’t practise all of them in Vienna itself 😉

    2. I hear Schlagermusik is very popular in Asia, especially in China and Japan, they love it. That’s why Schlagersänger make soooo much money. I don’t like it either, hardly anyone I know likes it. It’s more for old people. And when this Schlager loving generation dies off, who knows what’s going to happen to Schlagermusik. For all I care it can die whith its’ audience. I think what you mean is Austropop. That shit is sacred in Austria O_O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qRdFvnX_f0

  52. Austrians are picky! Mayonaise is not a dairy product, just to show you an example! We are also always moaning and complaining and if there is a moment, where there is nothing to complain about, we will suddenly recognize, that we are not satisfied with the actual weather!

  53. Verry funny to read. I was linked to this site by reddit. I am verry amazed about the fact that you got a picture in my church in my little 1000 people town in the middle of tyrol 🙂

  54. Very nice compilation!!
    Only I have to disappoint you about the use of the “ß” … the correct spelling is “Prost” 😉

  55. Hilarious! I really love your blogpost and think that most of the things are true (I´m Austrian myself). With my boyfriend (he´s from Mexico) I came over these characteristics a lot. Congrats for the good summary 🙂

  56. Great article! Only one thing…I have never heard that you get a Friday off too when a Thursday is a public holiday. You can take it off but that gets taken off your leave balance 😉
    Oh, and Weißbier…that’s our neighbours the Bavarians. We don’t do Weißbier 🙂 And I love number 2!!! I always tell my Australian friends that I dont speak German, but Austrian.

    1. Yes – she probably should have talked about a Radler instead of Weißbier. The Radler takes some getting used to, but perhaps she hasn’t run into it yet.

      I’m also not certain the people lined up at the car wash are Austrian. I could be wrong, though. It just seems like most of them in the line are from points a bit farther east and south.

  57. should you hope for a career in journalism, research or similar, perhaps try to work on your accuracy. – mayonnaise is a dairy product – really? franziskaner weissbier is sooo austrian – really? latella contains milk – really? if potatoes are erdäpfel, then potatoe salad isn’t erdäpfelsalat, right?

    1. Latella, or more accurately the whey, is a by-product of cheese, which happens to be made from milk 😉 and it’s also delicious. (but then again, I’m Austrian)

    2. how is about taking it easy, not everything is meant to be serious.

  58. nice (and hilarious) to see how a foreigner sees our little quirks.

    But two things: Oktoberfest is a bavarian thing and how dare you say its a thing in austria, in any dimension.
    and Latella is fucking delicious, deal with it.

    1. Of course the Oktoberfest is a Bavarian custom, but it IS becoming a thing in Austria. I think that has something to do with the growing popularity of Dirndl and Lederhosen among young people, and the popularity of beer, and the fact that Austrians are ready to take any excuse to celebrate and eat and drink a lot. I think most places have an Oktoberfest nowadays. (Check out the Wiener Wiesn if you don’t believe me!)

      1. The thing is “Oktoberfest” is a unique name for one fest in munich.
        Its a name not a “thing to do”.
        The fest she visited was probably some Kirtag or some other festivities which, granted, do look a lot like the Oktoberfest.
        And those festivities don’t become anything, they are the most “traditional” fests you can visit. Well…at least the occasion is mostly a very traditional one. This, of course, comes from the fact that the bavarian and the austrian culture is, even if both negate that completely, very similar.

    2. actually over the past years “oktober fests” have stared to poo up. e.g. “wiener wiesn”

  59. There are some things, I feel are worthy of mentioning.
    1.) Wienerschnitzel is made from veal! If it is made from any other kind of this has to be pointed out in the menu or else you can be actually sued. (And our food laws are among the strictest in the world, the power of the inspectors of the Bundesministerium für Gesundheit surpass those of the police and even judges when it comes restaurants, bars, etc.)
    2.) Being on time is very important but it is more complicated than that. In fact the amount of time you can be late (or have to be on time) is based on your social status. For example if you were to meet a professor and he is 15 minutes late (the akademische Viertelstunde) no one bats an eye, but you as a student must not be late. There is even a proverb saying that being on time is the suavity of the emperors. So if people who rank above you (or think they do) are on time it is a token of appreciation.
    3.) Up to the second world war it was mandatory for a village to have a catholic church, even if the majority was protestant (parts of Styria for example) so there probably is a church in every town in Austria.
    4.) No meat on Friday, this is not as strict anymore as when I was child but you will still meet people who adhere to it and it is common in school cafeterias, … . Of course that does not mean eating something healthy and boring as vegetables. It is the time for our sweet main courses (sweet dumplings, Kaiserschmarrn, Scheiterhaufen, Mohnnudeln, … the lot)
    5.) We love the Obrigkeit and we obey them (if they are looking, if not it is time for shenanigans). Seriously though Obrigkeit is very important. A lot of our history and the way things are run can be traced to our love for titles and uniforms.

    That being said I loved reading this, half of it is the reason why I never want to leave and the other half why I cannot wait to get away. 🙂

  60. hahah… LOVED IT! 😉

    i am austrian but i agree to many things! i think you like it here? its a different culture. i used to live in canada, so the “punctuality thing” is still one thing i imported from canada, it means: “we meet up at 8 o ‘clock? i will jump into the shower at 8:30” LOL! great article! keep it up and enjoy!

  61. Never noticed about the Hoff, and having performed to Austrians in theatres for almost a year I can say that they are rarely punctual! The rest I totally agree with though. Funny article!

  62. Hey, I enjoyed reading your blogpost to the fullest. It’s great to get that “outside” view and find such a lot that is very common in everydays life. Thanx for that piece!

  63. what a fun post – I truly enjoyed reading it :). my journey here started 16 years ago and I´m still learning how to be austrian. really enjoyed your blog!!

  64. Love this!
    I’ve learned something new: I thought it was only my slightly fastidious-with-his-bathroom-habits husband who sat down to pee; I had no idea it was a typical Austrian thing!

    Secondly, thanks for introducing me to Black Milk. I kind of love the Star Wars stuff 🙂

    Also, I have to agree with Mordechai above: my Viennese husband would be horrified if he thought people were passing off pork as legit schnitzel. It’s veal all the way, baby. Nothing like a discussion of meat products to get a group of Austrains worked up! Thanks for the laugh 🙂

  65. Another Austrian here.

    Just wanted to let you know that this article of yours really made my day. While not totally on spot or absolutely correct it contains a lot of helpful pointers for the uninitiated visiting Austria. There’s plenty more to be found, though. How about another article next year?

    Oh, by the way, happy belated birthday.

  66. A few more points:

    To the diary products: Austrians also love their sweets – as in having breakfast for lunch, dinner… all day long! They could live out of milk, sugary stuff and applestrudel for a whole year and be perfectly happy.

    Speaking of sweets: they also do love to put CINNAMON everywhere. There is no good cake, dessert, etc. without it. They even put it in spicy things sometimes. You might compare it with Hungarians’ obsession with paprika, or Italians’ with basil and tomatoes.

    1. Cinnamon is definitely a thing here. When we joined the EU, one of the first things people complained about was that the EU wanted to regulate the amount of cinnamon we’re allowed to add to our food. Another thing was the language – they wanted to make us label all food products so that the Germans would understand them, which we fought tooth and nail. Part of our cultural identity is in celebrating our differences to the Germans (and sometimes, our similarities with the Bavarians, who are often thought of as almost-Austrians), and most of the language differences occur in food names (like Topfengolatschen, Powideltatschgerl, Fleischlaberl, etc), so that’s something most Austrians are quite passionate about.

  67. Hey hey hey dont you mess with our latella. Its fucking delicious XD

    I had fun reading this article but there are some points which needs a little correction. 1)smoking: since last year we have a strict non smoking law. Big Restaurants, shops etc have to have a smoking and a non smoking room. Not area!!A room for smokers so other people like non smokers wont be bothered. Little shops and restaurants have to decide beforehand if they want to be a smoker or nonsmoker area.

    2) nudity: oh come on is it really that bad? Ok yeah we like being topless but not naked and often its not the young generation but the old like my granny. Would you really like to see my grandma topless brrrrr no stop imaging XD but yes its true we have our own big areas for total nudity. Its fun. Cause no one bats an eye or will criticize you for your body.

    3) pork: nope we dont loooove pork. Its just it tastes good. And you can have all common kinds of meat here. Pork, cow, chicken (to be true we have a lot more chickenmeatmeals than porkmeatmeals), rabbit, lamp,…… just the old traditional meals are with pork. Except the schnitzel. The original has to be made from vealmeat. Cooks can be sued if they dont use veal and call it wienerschnitzel! But we are proud of our porkmeals 😉 we dont like someone to prohibit our pork. Even if we dont like eating it. Dont you dare taking our pork away 😀

  68. not true: sitting down while peeing, and the water next to the coffee is to wash away the flavour in your mouth during the ritual of drinking coffee!!!

    1. bin froh, dass den punkt 26 eh so viele verneinen 😀
      hab schon geglaubt, ich hätt was verpasst ^^

  69. Quite impressive how an outstanding person is gonna recognize so many weird things! =) I’m swiss but we are quite similar to the austrian habits especially when it comes to be on time or eating dairy-food.
    In ten days I am leaving beautiful switzerland (which is definitely worth for a holiday! ;-)) to get to australia (sydney). Maybe I am also going to write down some “ways to be australian” 😉

  70. You forgot dogs, there are too many dogs in Austria, especially in Vienna. If anyone plans to visit us, watch out for dog poop!

    1. At least they usually clean up after their dogs in Vienna. In Paris, as there’s no such thing as a fine for leaving a dog’s poop bto rot (and of course you won’t have the French cleaning unless you forced them), the sidewalks are generally a poopminefield! I miss Vienna!! :(,

      1. Are you kidding? Despite years of ‘gackerl/sackerl’ advertising the footpaths of Vienna continue to be covered in dog shit. Best of all: allowing a poo right in the middle of the footpath; points off for gutter or between the cars; and ALWAYS leave it where it lies.

  71. Grüß dich,

    first of all, awesome read and yes its true that describes Austria and Austrians very well, but you forgot to mention the vast amount of pumpkin products like roasted pumpkin seeds (plain, with sugar or with salt), pumpkin puree, baked pumpkin, pumpkin seed bread and of course the delicious pumpkin seed oil which you can put into salad or add it to various other dishes.
    and as you see in the comments, Austrians love it to point out mistakes someone made even if 10 people mentioned it before, one does not simply miss an opportunity to that 😀
    (i´m austrian myself btw.)


  72. A pretty good article, but as an austrian myself I would also disagree in some points, even feel a little bit insulted by the way some of our habits make you feel (as in “gross” or “want to vomit in my mouth”) not the most polite way to describe your dislike.
    Many others above me have already pointed out the beer, or the lack o mentioning the folk music (VERY IMPORANT for austrians!!!!) also classical music and the love for the theatre, the new years performance by the Wiener Philharmonika and so on….culture is very rich!
    Ok, now to the Hoff…having to mention, that not being a fan myself, David Hasselhoff was of big influence for the Germans being on the best hits list for weeks with his song “looking for freedom” in 1986. I guess they felt identified with it….it’s more, if I’m correct, Hasselhoff was present in 1989 when the Berlin Wall was removed (I still remember seeing the news showing that event). An event of BIG importance for germany, also Autrians for being involved in the War.

  73. Sitting naked on the toilet, smoking and listening to the radio, too much beer and coffee to pee while standing, wondering about my fitness – I should do more skiing and dancing like I used to do, or at least wash my car by hand on next Sunday, or maybe a short holiday in Salzkammergut, I could buy a new old style fashioned Lederhose -, hearing strange voices coming from the old office building near by – those high ceilings make it sound like inside a Catholic church, the Austrian dialect speaking one investigating in a polite way where the other one is coming from because his German is so funny to listen to and what is so difficult to be “on time” for a meeting -, feeling the sudden call to extend my session with pork ‘n potato stuff, cake and Lattella I had for lunch taking their toll, I wonder how this young lady from Australia ever came up with such stereoptypes. And how does the Hoff fit in? Well, I could see it shortly when I flushed with fresh alpine water. Happy B’day mate!

  74. oh, what a fantastic article you have written!
    i’m from the austrian countryside (now living in graz) and I wonder how much you have recognized from our habits. i would have never thought of some things before, but they are definetly true. hehe
    for an foreign, you know so much of our culture, i would instantly hand you over a citizenship or an “i’m more austrian then you, wappla!”-achievement patch.

    now quit your relationship to australia and stay here forever!

    PS: add the “endless nagging about everything” to your list, and it’s perfect. 😉

  75. You forgot all the “rats” 🙂 we have …Hofrat ,Bundesrat, Kommerzialrat,Ökonomierat,Regirungsrat,Medizinalrat,SchulRAT, Oberschulrat….it goes on and on and they all think they are VERY Important

  76. You spelled PROST wrong. And never ever say soccer in Austria. Thank you I had really fun reading this

  77. Take this pill with a lot of water, a good spoonful of skepticism and a dash of flexibility in opinion on the side.

    The post is great, I laughed out loud a lot 😉 but it refers to a very specific experience in parts and can in no way be generalized to everyone’s experience of Austria.

    a Viennese guy

    P.S.: Try Latella, that shit is great. And please don’t ever make me think of it as cheese juice. That’s gross.

  78. It’s kind of cute reading this article being an Austrian myself 😀
    Most of this is true, some things not ;P

  79. I’m an austrian and I think this is the best description of my country ever written. But there would be a 29th point in my view: “Hate the politicians”. Austrians hate their politicians all the time, and not just a particular party. They hate the government and the opposition. Even if they just do their work.

    1. would love to hear from the politician, who actually did his / her work

      1. Well the Austrian “Green”-Party got election in Vienna and they actually did do some stuff.. Like changing major street into pedestrian zones and now there is even more of a jam in rush hour.. And lowering the price for a yearticket for public transport but making it more expensive for students and every who doesn’t have to always use the bus… Oh and they painted the bicycle lanes green… only to discover that they turn black very fast again…

        So they do their job ob being a Green-Party.. it’s just that they do it lousy .. like “yeah creating more space for pedestrians is great and stuff is great.. and you promised that.. but why did you choose this place?”..

        So yeah.. we hate them all..

  80. AS a Brit living in Carinthia for the last 5 years, I can identify with an awful lot of this! Despite some of the comments the no-smoking rule is NOT obeyed round here and pork, potatoes and dairy are definitely on every meal menu! One thing though – punctuality – not here! The average Upper Carinthian appears to think the concept of ‘Manyana’ is really rather too pressing. If there is an appointment made for 10.00, being 2 hours late is quite common and no-one thinks to warn you or even to apologise. Of course if its a sunny day, they might just go swimming instead… Still that is the difference between a big cosmopolitan city and a country area I guess. Politeness, cleanliness and safety and security make up for a lot!

  81. Thank you so much for your time and efford!
    This should help millions of future tourists to know the difference between uns and the Aussies.
    Yes, we Austrians are a bit different – but on the other hand I always say: “It could be worse” 🙂

  82. Very Nice Blogpost! Good job! your such a keen observer. I enjoyed reading it. :)) Danke Schon.

  83. As an Austrian I guess I have to denationalize as I hate wintersports , am very untidy and unpunctual, don’t dance in public and the Hoff could kiss my a.. even when Knightrider and Baywatch was shown on every channel, but in every countries there are the odd ones, aren’t there? Anyway, what you write has its points although it is Vienna you’re talking about, not Austria. In Western Austria nobody says Erdäpfel and Paradeiser, but everyone Kartoffel and Tomate. As for Latella: I guess it was invented by the pork industry to sabotage dairy products. 😉

  84. I’m going to be a stickler here, but beware: Trachten are not!!!! the same as Dirndln! They might look similar in some regions, but Dirndln are essentially an invention of the 19th century, when a romanticising of the rural life took place. Dirndln can be worn to any occasion and by anyone, but Trachten are very specific to their place of origin, and quite a lot of people take offense when they are worn by strangers.
    This is a picture I found on google images, it doesn’t belong to me, but look at this: http://www.google.at/imgres?client=firefox-a&hs=MK3&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:de:official&biw=1024&bih=429&tbm=isch&tbnid=qCj4rCYlhNrzeM:&imgrefurl=http://www.juppenwerkstatt.at/&docid=XBSExH7rcHHXSM&imgurl=http://www.juppenwerkstatt.at/typo3temp/pics/fa8894d09d.jpg&w=398&h=600&ei=wdgcUp_mHZT64QTPqIGoBg&zoom=1&iact=rc&page=1&tbnh=182&tbnw=108&start=0&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0&tx=49&ty=33
    this would be a Tracht. It’s vastly different from a Dirndl!

    1. To my understanding (and I’m a native Austrian), Tracht ist traditional, regionally specific clothing in general and a Dirndl is only one type of Tracht. For instance, the Ausseer Dirndl is the traditional Tracht of Bad Aussee. Of course, with modern fashion, plenty of modernized and out-of-context Dirndl styles have emerged but still, the traditional Dirndl is part of the Austrian Trachten-Culture. There has recently been a weekly spread in Kleine Zeitung about regional Trachten throughout Styria and of course, the dresses women were depicted in were Dirndl. Traditional Dirndl. Sunday Dirndl for going to church as well as everyday dirndl for working on the field. What you posted is a regional Tracht from somewhere else, I guess it’s from some german or maybe scandinavian region.
      tl;dr: The word Tracht applies to all regional traditional clothes, may it be Dirndl, Kimono, Sari or something entirely different.

  85. Yeah, I think that Graz residents are way more fashionable than the Viennese, but I might be a little biased. I lived in Graz for a year. And I also lived in Czech Republic (Brno) for a year and noticed that they do the same thing in cafes (you get a glass of water that is actually sometimes bigger than the typical one that comes to you in Vienna or Graz with your cappuccino or kleinen Brauner, whatever you order) as Austrians do. Graz also has its own fall dirndl fashion show every year.

  86. you forgot to mention that we have public saunas, where you MUST go naked, and you will really find sauna rooms with like 40-50 people, mixed gender, including kids, and all are naked

  87. Very nice! High Five!
    …however, as a matter of fact most Austrian males do not sit down peeing. Although we do put down the toilet seat after finishing. As mentioned before: Neat and polite. 🙂

  88. As an Austrian I have to say that having “Franziskaner Bräu”, a beer made in Munich, in the picture as something typical for Austria is kind of an insult. A “Zwickl” is way more Austrian than “Weißbier”.
    Why no Stiegl or Gösser?

    Everything else is pretty much spot.. but we are not even a bit tidy compared to the swiss…
    And smoking rules are finally getting better..

    It’s funny that you mentioned pork because it’s soo true even though the original “Wiener Schnitzel” is made of veal you can hardly get that anywhere xD

    1. I know! That Beer is getting me into LOADS of trouble!! We were ten minutes from the border….deepest apologies, we normally drink Otaakringer or Radler and I will never again refer to Weißbeer as Austrian!!

      1. Wow! No hard feelings there ^^
        The insult part was meant more as a joke than anything else.
        As an Austrian you have to be automatically be “beleidigt” as soon as someone confuses something German with something Austrian.. like a reflex.

        We’re just so proud of our beer since it’s the best in the word… THE BEST!!

        No seriously, Weißbier is also pretty great 😉
        But don’t tell anyone I said that.. shhhhshh.. our little secret..

      2. Couldn’t Radler, which just means “shandy”, just be from anywhere? Btw you do get a glass of water with your coffee also in e.g. Southern Poland, North and West Romania and all of Hungary. Are you sure the German expressions you are using are spelt the way you do? Really fun blog, but precise it’s not.

  89. Reblogged this on Adventuring in Austria and commented:
    So, I don’t have an original update this week (so far) but I enjoyed this list of “Austrian traits” and can’t wait to see how my experiences matches up!

  90. i’m austrian and i’ve never heard of the rumor/stereotype that all men pee sitting down?! haha and david hasselhoff?? seriously? nevertheless, funny article 🙂

    1. I’m living and grew up in Vienna, and i was taught to put the seat down when i’m finished peeing, so at least the part about
      “I only realised this when I never had to put the seat down in our apartment” is true.

      some of the things the OP pointed out in the article seem kinda off, but in their core they are true

    2. thumbs up! hätte ich auch noch nicht gehört, deckel anschließend wieder runter lass ich mir noch einreden ^^

  91. Haha, you got it. BUT men do not sit while peeing, they just put down the toilet seat after to avoid any disscussion with the females in the house.

  92. Franziskaner is a german beer from Munich. And it’s gross.
    The best Ausrian beer is Zwettler Export. 😉

  93. Great, fits us Austrians very well except for the mustache thing 😀 Ans at least I am ALWAYS five minutes late 😀 Hugs from Linz!

  94. Don’t forget the Austrian obsession of having and using academic titles (and how many people have no qualms about using their academic title to get preferential treatment). And over the years here I have found that Austrians have no consideration for others as well as no idea how to line up (aka queue up) and wait in a line fairly. My husband is Austrian and he totally agrees with this too!!

    1. HAve u been at the supermarket queue?! When the other “Kassa” opens is like a human race for getting there 1st :-O

    2. Yeah, agree with the queue thing but c´mon Austrians have consideration for others.

  95. Thank you for your very amusing entry. I am Austrian, living since 12 years in Barcelona and I gonna share it with my friends here, so they can know more about!

  96. well, I do pee sitting down, but only, if the toilet is clean and belongs to someone I like 🙂 I don’t smoke 🙂 but i defnitely agree with the getting naked thing 🙂 but I don’t agree with the moustache thing, I don’t know anyone in my circle of acquaintances with a mustache. Swing days are no holidays…but many companies allow for compensatory time-off.

  97. Dear Aussie,
    Greatly enjoyed reading your list, particularly being a half-Austrian (grew up here mostly, but having an Anglo half gives me a slightly different perspective on things). Must emphatically agree with lots of points, but add objections/comments to a few. Here goes.
    ad 2) Austrian Deutsch. I agree. And once you’ve learned that, you can get into the local dialects… if you’re in the west, there are differences between villages only 10km apart.
    ad 3) Smoking in public. Sorry, honey, but compared to the bad old days, we’re doing pretty good. I was around in the 90s, and the amount of smoking today (at least in offices, schools, cafés, bars…) is nothing in comparison. Used to be you couldn’t go out at all without coming home smelling a bit smoky (afternoon coffee) or like you’d bathed in a bleeding ashtray (night out with drinks). I used to put a towel over my pillow on Saturday nights so the stink from my hair wouldn’t rub off on the pillowcase overnight – and I’m a non-smoker
    ad 4) nudity. Yup. Ain’t it grand? And you haven’t even started on Saunas, which are mixed, and where there are actually signs telling you it’s a “textile-free” zone – i.e. we will glare at you, make evil comments or even kick you out if you try to wear anything in here.
    ad 5) Latella: Come on, this stuff is delicious! Even if combining whey and fruit juices does sound weird. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. And even then, disparage it at your own peril…
    ad 7) tidyness: Thanks. But if you want to see serious public tidyness OCD, head to Switzerland or Alsace… they put us to shame!
    ad 16) dancing. Agree. But you might be flabbergasted at the number of people who can actually do basic ballroom dancing (waltz, polka, chacha, etc). Lots of people take dance classes around age 16 or so, it’s part of your ‘education’. Try attending a wedding or go to a Ball in the winter season…
    ad 21) water: prickelnd, mild & ohne/still only refers to the amount of carbonation in certain brands of mineral water. But do you know the difference between your Mineralwasser, Sodawasser and Leitungswasser? Yes, we love classifying stuff!
    ad 28) Beer!: Amen sister, amen!! (even if Weißbier is traditionally Bavarian… it’s darn good). And please check out all the local and microbreweries if you’re anywhere in Austria, they have great stuff.

    Others have already pointed out the whole Dirndl vs. Tracht thing, so all I can add is : cute dirndl!

  98. Funny 😉 Some things are new for me, although I’m Austrian 😉
    “If a public holiday falls on a Thursday you get the Friday off too” – what?? That would be really great, but for most jobs it’s not true.
    And car wash? I must admit, I never wash my car. Never. I just wait for the rain. Maybe the car wash is important for older Austrians – like pork, moustaches and maybe Hasselhoff (really?).
    And boys don’t pee sitting down in general. Women try their whole life to convince them of sitting down. Sometimes it works. Mostly, if he has to tidy up the toilet on his own.
    It’s true that most Austrians love winter sports, but most also love soccer. Although the Austrians are not good at it 😉

    1. I think what she means is that when the holiday falls on a Thursday, many people also take the Friday off, which is true. Many offices, doctor’s offices, etc. are closed on that Zwickeltag. The Austrians in my neighborhood are always washing their cars – I think they’re obsessive about it. And Austria – home of the Schweinsbraten – is definitely “pork country” 😉 Lg

        1. I most definitely am that inept. I burn spaghetti. Hence, complete lack of knowledge of mayonaiise ingredients!! Hahaha sorry, and thanks for reading 🙂

  99. Hilarious Article a friend showed me…
    But you have to watch some austrian TV-classics like “Kaisermühlenblues”, “Kottan ermittelt”, “MA 2412” or “Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter”. But I think it will be hard to find at least one with english subtitles.
    And my choice for one of the best and interesting bears is “Schremser Hanfbier”. A good beer with a descent flavour of hemp. Also if I am speaking about culinary Leckerbissen, I shall not forget about “Scheiterhaufen” one of this tasty sweet main meals like “Scheiterhaufen” oder “Marillenknödel”.

    Thank you for this funny and enlightening article about my folks.
    And once you can speak austrian enough try to speak denglisch 😉

  100. 1) jop, definitely
    2) well, vocabulary is only half the thing, pronunciation and modulation are also extremely important (and esp. germans are sometimes surprised by the variety even in normal speech not just sarcastic or similar sentences)
    3) aw, cmon … and being modern? i think you need to visit the countryside
    4) whaa?
    5) mayonnaise contains 0 dairy (and does not belong on salad), sauces are usually made rather from flour … and yes, latella is awesome (fresh butter milk is really hardcore)
    6) woooop! Eventhough Schnitzel should be made from veal
    7) ah, yes, sometimes there is a certain itch for that 😀
    8) you don’t get swing days off by default (at least I don’t), but it depends on the contract (eg. i recently heard printers get 15 salaries)
    9) more importantly, people are sometimes very pissed if you tell them directly what you think eg. of an idea of theirs, but this is the austrian modus operandi, be polite and with the right modulation the other guy still knows what you think
    10) meeeeh
    11) well, long standing tradition of a multi-culti country (all the coljacics and whatnot whose grandparents came from all the parts of the old kingdom will agree)
    12) mountains forever 😉
    13) you have to excuse us, that’s the only thing we are good at (with the notable exception of extreme sports)
    14) obvious
    15) ah well, nothing better than a good coffee, but it is hard to find places nowadays who still know how to make all the different classic vienese recipes (Einspänner for instance, hardly anywhere on the menu anymore)
    16) don’t dance 😉
    17) hell no, full beard!
    18) oh jean, but this can very annoying at times when you don’t find the right entrance
    19) “not so bad” is the highest level on the scale … but it is always said with a twinkle in the eye (and tone) to indicate the non-seriousness
    20) oh jean, my arch enemy
    21) obviously water tastes differently around the country, and esp for vienna where it depends if you are connected to the hochquellwasserleitung or however the northern side of the danube gets their water.
    22) nope?
    23) can’t confirm, at least not for the public stations
    24) shopping on sunday? you mad?
    25) nope
    26) obviously, if there is no pissoire sitting down is also way more comfy
    27) fa…what?
    28) wheat bear is a very german thing, but luckily slowly it is coming to austria, too *yum* 😉

  101. My girlfriend linked me to your post, very informative! I’ve just moved to Austria from the UK and though I haven’t been here very long I’ve noticed a lot of the points you’ve made, particularly the one about politeness, it’s such a huge cultural difference that I already enjoy. It sounds like you haven’t yet tried Latella? Honestly, I never thought I’d like it because it does sound like a strange combination, now I’m hooked and it’s a rare time I don’t have one accompanying my breakfast at Der Backer Ruetz!

  102. What an accurate way to describe us! I am an Austrian living in Australia and nearly got a bit homesick reading this…emphasis is on nearly, than other then this summer the weather back home usually leaves lot to be desired for;-)

  103. I agree with some things.. But I can explain the whole Hasselhoff thing 😀 nobody (at least the young people) don’t really love him 😀 He’s just a funny figure and so trashy, that it’s getting cool. It’s like going to a bad taste party, listening to Backstreet Boys, Kelly Family or to 90’s techno music. It’s just funny 🙂
    Aaaand you have to try Latella!! It tastes awesome!!
    I think some things don’t work for Vienna, because Vienna is a little bit different, as you already pointed out 🙂

  104. haha
    You’re making me feel as if I’m not Austrian at all!!! 😀
    but in the whole I think you’ve portrayed “us” pretty well – especially since I did spend the week-end wearing a Dirndl

    here’s a little coffehouse culture info which I love to share:
    The adding of a glass of water to the coffee originates from the good old times of the viennese coffeehouses for the upper classes and aristocracy. The water was not for drinking but for putting your silverspoon in it so it wouldn’t get those nasty coffee-spots. It went against the etiquette to lick your spoon after stiring your coffee …

  105. Helloo! a friend of mine posted this on facebook and I immediately had to comment and share. I’m a Viennese living in Vancouver, Canada currently and having lived in Manchester, England for three years previously and I have been trying to explain Austria to so many people by now it’s refreshing to hear it from someone else’s view.

    here’s my post if you’re interested in my response – I’m talking to my friends in Canada mostly though so “you” is adressing them, mainly. 🙂

    “HAHAHHAHAHA! This is… yeah pretty close to the truth in most parts so if you’d like to understand me better then you mayyyy wanna give this a read. it’s very entertaining.

    a few notes you should read AFTER (or simultaneously to) the article though (if you want):

    1) I honestly can’t say if this is true because I’m ALWAYS late and I apologise profusely when I am but peole know this most of the time so.. well.. maybe. just not me. ^^

    2) YES!

    3) DOUBLE YESS! and it’s not gross it’s the reason why I feel like my personal freedom is inhibited in about every other country in the world. besides we have tons of non-smoking areas everywhere so shush. but you can smoke in parks and on beaches and on the street and in pubs no problem and STILL it is clean everywhere so don’t give me that “cigarette butts everywhere” crap – it’s not an issue if you’re a decent human being and don’t fucking throw them everywhere.

    4) YES! thank you very much. such a healthier way of living. this is probably also why I’ve been called up to the office at VFS (Vancouver Film School) – there had been complaints that apparently “I show too much skin” when I didn’t think I was dressing provocatively at all – my face looked approximately like this: O__________________O” excuse me, I what?
    I thought it was “being european” but maybe it’s just being Austrian. I still think its a european thing. we’re just more comfy with that kind of stuff. except the english. they’re a bit weird.

    5) yep. tru dat. and LATELLA IS DELICIOUS! of course it sounds disgusting the way she describes it but what does she think buttermilk is? seriously. don’t think about what is is just try it. trust me it’s delicious.

    6) yep. this goes the same for beef actually. we do rather have a lot of cows so yeah. also bread. there’s bread in everything. Knödel (dumplings) and even in things that are made of minced meat we tend to also put a bread mixture in. There’s bread in salads and in soups and with your proper “Frankfurter” (which is a wiener sausage) you get a piece of black bread or a “Semmel” on the side. we also have a massive cold cuts tradition meaning hams and bakons (not the ones you have to cook – you can eat them straight from the cut) and salami and sausages etc etc. TONS of cheeses and spreads and they’re eaten with bread. this meal in the day is called “Jause” (I think it’s aVienna specific word though) which pretty much means “break food” and as children we would have that in the morning recess around 10ish – so between breakfast and lunch. but you can also have it as a brunch in the afternoon. And we have a big variety of dark breads which I miss pretty much everywhere else in the world. you people only have white bread. you racist folk. (joking

    7) HAHAHA errrrr… well I guess I’m the exception then? Austria’s cities are remarkably clean though compared to a lot of cities I’ve been to. I’m a fricking mess though.

    8) remember when I told you about “Gemütlichkeit” ? 😉 the state of being comfortable. yes we’re all about that. this is also why nothing EVER gets build under 3 yeas in Vienna. which is annoying when you live right next to the construction site.

    9) Well..I guess this is why the Viennese are considered “rude” in Austria. we don’t really do that too much to my knowledge.

    10) I WISH! I love Dirndl! but Dirndl is just one kind of Trachten. Trachten just means traditional clothing and they are different in every region in Austria.

    11) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! this is SUCH a revelation to me you have NO idea. I thought it was just me but apparently it’s an Austrian thing. this is hilarious. I had absolutely no idea.

    12) hate hiking. love skiing and snowboarding and iceskating though. also biking or rollerblading along the Danube and swimming. there’s even a thing called “summerstage” in the middle of the city in Vienna where you can play beach volleyball in the summer.

    13) yes pretty much. I grew up watching superG with my gandma. Austrians are crazy about Football too but we suck at it.

    14) & 15) YES. THANK YOU. it’s called “Kaffeekultur” and there’s a whole literary movement which happened in Viennas coffee houses. we’re serious about our coffee. hence I’m so darn picky. also pastries. pastries are very important.

    16) 😀

    17) huh. can’t say I’ve noticed that. then again I’m from Vienna so I’m guessing there’s rather a lot less moustaches going on in Vienna.

    18) true dat.

    19) as I told many of you before this is just the typical “the whole country hates the capital and the capital hates the whole country” thing that is going on in so many countries. she’s right with the “it’s not so bad” attitude though haha.

    20) yep. looots of churches in austria – and all of them are beautiful – but the great thing about austrians is that they don’r try and push their religion onto you. and most of the ones that I know who are practising at all are pretty lax about it. there’s just generally a more relaxed attitude towards that kind of thing going on I find. I was born and raised non-religious – never had a problem, more than that – it never even came up nor can I ever recall being asked about it in Austria. it only comes up when you talk about religion in general.

    21) ehhh.. well there’s sparkly and still water everywhere else too. And I’ve never heard about the tab water thing. I only know that Viennese Tab water is THE BEST.

    22) eugh. although I can’t deny that he seems to be popular with the general public do NOT make the mistake of thinking everyone does adore him. ESPECIALLY in Vienna.

    23) still not worth listening to because repetitive and annoying.

    24) a few of you have looked at me weird when I told you I’m still not used to everything being open on weekends. this is why. also groing up saturday shops were only open till 1 or 2 pm. this has gradually changed but in my mind still works under the assumption that “Weekends everything’s closed”

    25) is labelled as 26 as well btw – this I don’t know, honestly.

    26) WHAT? not as far as I know. my brother most certainly doesn’t fucking put the toilet seat down. this must be a country ting. I have never heard of this.

    27) sad but true – most people, well… are a bit boring in that respect but you DO get the occasional jewel. like my cousin. she’s crazy. and gorgeous. and all about fashion ^^ the thing is – fashionistas or people with a crazy clothing style they tend to be a certain kind of people and they are not as obvious in the touristy places in Vienna as they may be in barcelona or paris. but it all depends WHERE in Vienna you are 😉

    28) yes that’s true and also, in Vienna especially – WINE. Vienna is surrounded by Vineyards – the second most popular drink is Wine and Wine mixes like the famous “G’spritzter” which in Vienna is usually white wine with soda water or seven up. there’s also lots of different kinds of spritzers with fruit syrups – like peach. peach spritzer is YUUMMYY~~
    also learn to drink A LOT. haha

    I loved this. this was fun.”

  106. 😀 😀 so funny to read .. never thought about these things but i have to say most of them r sooo true (for me as an austrian .. or as a girl born in austria )
    love it 🙂

  107. OMG, so many truths! The hidden offices, the coffee, the top-less sunbathing, the radio…. I’ve been living in California for 15 years, listen to oe3 while working and am amazed at the uncensored songs (F Zappa “Bobby Brown” at 7pm local time), and what they cut out here by comparison

    1. I don’t think it’s amazing that uncensored American songs are played on Austrian radio. Most of the population does not understand the words – they had English in school, but F. Zappa’s language never came up there – , and so non of them is offended. Probably you could not air such lyrics in German.

      1. I don’t think so. Most Austrians understand all this stuff perfectly well, especially because we love all kinds of insults, swear words and so on. Still almost noone is offended, because this is only music, oh my …. (german songs won’t be censored i guess, well maybe on ö3, because that’s the big radio station) And also, Austria is no prude country at all, maybe that’s why US, Australia, and else have so much more (unnecessary) censorship (and laws, like for public nudity), no offence.

        In general I think you spotted some real habits, but some are, as many already said, more on the stereotype side.
        Haha, and one thing about Austrians “hating” Vienna, in this case not the actual city is meant, it’s the inhabitants, and what’s more, not migrants and so on, but the traditional snobish Viennese upper class 😉 (especially because some tend to speak “German” and look down on people speaking dialects, although I think that being able to speak dialect and the proper German stuff is much more interesting and also helpful to understand people from Switzerland or people with terrible accents)

      2. If you speak german I highly recommend Ostbaha Kurtis’ “Bertl Braun”. Its the german cover of Bobby Brown and was most deffinitly played on Radio and the lyrics may be even more offensive 😉

        Natursekt ausm Doppelliter, Cheers!

  108. possibly my fave next to # 28!!
    14. Daily Kaffe & Kuche. The greatest Austrian habit of all – mid afternoon coffee and cake. Any & every day around 3pm is Kaffe & Kuche time. You need no justification to stop your day, get yourself a coffee and slice of Cake – Sacher Torte, Apfel, Marillen, Shokolade, whichever – then sit and enjoy 20 minutes of pure bliss. Genius.

  109. Go somewhere else, come back and you’ll notice everything is true, which in fact put’s a smile on my face every time I come “home” 😉

    Well, most is true or it’s at least close enough.

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  111. Carly,
    congrats, what a hilarious and sharp observation of us Austrians. I’ve been hearing most of this from my Portuguese husband for the past eight years. One more thing I can think of: Austrians, or rather Viennese, love to be rude when on the driving wheel. So much so that a while ago the Viennese municipality even launched a campaign to promote calmness and politeness amongst local drivers….in that respect I’m happy to drive in London most of the time.

  112. I am an Austrian living in Australia and there are a few things on this list that I have never heard of. I have certainly never sat down to pee and I think it is a little ironic for an Aussie to criticize Austrian fashion sense when the fashion in Sydney is “wear what everyone else is wearing regardless of whether it suits your body type”. The other thing that really got me about this article is the poor written English, you’d think a native English speaker who is interested in writing would know when to use an apostrophe.

  113. as always a lot of what is written is true but there are also certain stereotypes! at the end I have to say! It describes us austrians quite well!
    A austrian living in Melbourne

  114. Great read! As a born Austrian you are just used to all these things and don’t tend to think about them. You are right in each point you mentioned, it’s really impressive that you needed just one year to “analyze” us :). My favourites are 13 and 19. The slightly negative attitude to almost everything is a typical viennese thing. And I love it. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy living here in Austria. I do. 🙂

  115. You’re spot on! Maybe except for the Franziskaner Weissbier on the one picture, but otherwise, it’s just a perfect description of Austrian culture.
    But…. how can you NOT love the Hoff? He is THE Knight Rider and he brought us Baywatch – what more can I say? 🙂

  116. Another trait is that Austrian’s never say ‘No’ to any request, even when they know it might not be possible. This is great most of the time, but can be frustrating when things don’t quite go to plan.
    #9 Be Polite, I am so used to that that I had completely forgot about it. Kids going to school, shop workers, people in the street (villages), they all say hello to you in one form or another… Wonderful country, wonderful people

  117. ok so … either I’m not Austrian enough (despite being born here and having grown up here) or some things are just too stereotypical (The Trachten thing for example … we do have it but we don’t wear it most of the time? Only special occasions … and I don’t even own one) and some things are just so typical Viennese and only Viennese, that no other state in Austria does it (and yeh, especially the western parts of Austria HATE Vienna). Apart from that, some things are really spot on. Oh and you really have to try Latella. It’s delicious!

    1. these issues with Vienna in the Western areas come along with a narrow-mindedness that is sadly typical for “valley”villages. honestly, one must have a severe inferiority complex to “HATE” this city, which is (I am not from there) one of the most interesting and greatest cities on the planet. as a matter of fact, that there is (of course) a higher percentage of immigrants in Vienna as it is a metropole. The wide spread xenophobia, especially in rural regions, is often the reason why they feel umcomfortable in a big city. they also think that Vienna is no place for outdoor activites which can´t be less true. And they already forgot that it was (and still is) people from the cities that created Alpinism in the first place. 100 years ago, you would´ve been declared a mad man in Tyrol or Styria if you wanted to climb a mountain.

      so in general, it is countryside vs. city and not rural Austria vs. Vienna.

  118. I´m an Austrian and can’t confirm all mentioned facts. I’ve the feeling that you aren’t totally integrated by the Austrians and still see all through you homemade glasses. As a regular sauna visitor I can see that most foreigners’ are apparelled with swimming suits during the mixed sessions. Also your picture on the end of the list shows a typical Bavarian beer drinker with a product produced at Munich and a Weissbeer glass not usual here. Do you know that you have to “clash” such glasses with the bases only? This can be seen in Bavaria and some parts of Western Austria only. With this procedure all local people can realize whether they are coming from the surrounding area or they are strangers.

    1. “This can be seen in Bavaria and some parts of Western Austria only”

      so not true. I ve seen it in Eastern Austria as well and sometimes I can´t see it in Western Austria. What´s next, the habit itself has an antisemitic background (though most people doing it are unaware of that).

  119. I like this – but you need to learn how to use apostrophes! If you’re just talking about Austrians, lakes, etc you don’t need one! Sorry for being pedantic: I’m Austrian!

  120. Personally, I find some of your points insulting, like we’re some idiots far behind in certain points..

  121. Myself being Austrian, reading this was kind of fun 🙂

    There are some observations I can confirm:
    – speak Austrian Deutsch
    – Eat Dairy (because it’s delicious!!)
    – Eat Potatoes (because they are delicious and you will be served them anyway)
    – Be Polite (at least greet when you see someone)
    – Love Winter Sports
    – Drink/Love Coffee
    – Dance like noone is watching (this is a sad sad story)
    – Offices in old historical buildings (like mine ;))
    – Love the Hoff: All my male collegues love him (and I do too)
    – Bad/bland fashion sense
    – Love Beer!! (and wine, lately)

    Some I have never noticed before:
    – car wash on a Sunday (never seen anyone do that…)
    – moustache (I need to have a look around 😉
    – eat cake daily: there is NO WAY anyone is doing that. Unless they wanna weigh over 200 pounds or exercise rigorously.
    – holiday often: really depends on what kind of business you’re in. Also, my company would NEVER give me a Friday off, if Thursday was a public holiday. I wonder where you got that from?
    – be on time

    I hope you will enjoy your time here! 🙂

  122. This is classic. I lived in Kitzbuhel and Kirchberg in Tirol for a couple of years – ended up married to a local (currently living in my home NZ). You’ve hit the nail on the head in so many instances. We had a good laugh.

  123. As an Australian bloke living in Austria, I find this blog hilarious and thank you for sharing it Carly! Certainly makes survival away from the beaches palatable .. although the hidden lovely sand beaches of the northern Donau Insel still may have .. yet .. *some* sunny days left for their exploration. *looks out window* .. okay, maybe not. 😐

  124. Great blog!
    The everyday is cake and coffee day at 3pm is only half true. If you invite people or especially family over (mostly on a weekend), we invite them at 3pm for coffee and cake. I did so myself a couple of weeks ago for celebrating my birthday with my family, but you don’t do that every day – I’d rather say you can choose any day!

    I love this blog. You’ve seen a lot and recognized habbits I didn’t ^^

    1. I am a dual Austrian/American citizen, but grew up in Los Angeles. However, both my parents are VERY traditionally Austrian, and all I can say is that the cake and coffee thing everyday at 3 was spot on! My mom always had either a sachertorte or apfel kuchen or some other homemade Austrian pastry ready for me afterschool, and she and my dad and I would always sit down and enjoy a piece together every single day. That’s exactly how I grew up, and that’s exactly how all my relatives (all of whom live in Austria) are to this day. By the way, everything else was totally familiar (and wonderfully hilarious!) for me, too. Thanks for the great read!

  125. As native Austrian I also find most of them very accurate. Some are maybe true in the more western regions with wintertourism (such a beeing early), but in the east around Vienna beeing on time is not our greatest forte.
    The moustache one maybe also one of them, as I have yet to notice this trend.
    Other than that, I salute you for your precise observations 🙂

  126. point 9… don’t say hello on the street. I’m English, living in Austria and it took months to get used to not greeting strangers on the street. Generally in the city, a hearty ‘Guten Morgan’ to a stranger will be greeted with a confused look that borders on terror.

    holidays – the Friday after a Thurs public holiday is not free holiday, it counts as part of your 5 weeks if you take the day off. In some companies it is mandatory to do this as they shut down rather than deal with the problems when everyone wants the same day off.

    1. Maybe in the city the people don’t great on the streets but if you only live a few weeks in the countryside you will feel guilty when you pass someone and you don’t great.
      These people a much more cordially than in the citys.

  127. Great blog!
    I’m from Melbourne and just new to Vienna. Missing Australia but we really like it here so far.
    When people say ‘Austria – no kangaroos’ to my 10 year old daughter, she says ‘Australia- no Beethoven’. Very cute.

  128. I just want correct point 5: eat dairy: the cheese leftover is called Moke. Latella is but a brand.
    and a fun fact about point 15: the original purpose of the glass of water they serve the coffe with was to get coffee left-overs (aka Kaffeekrümel) out of your mouth.
    but still a very good and entertainig analysis( this blog I mean)

  129. This is hilarious. I spent a couple of winters in Kirchberg in Tirol a few years ago, and when i left i missed the friendly ‘servus’ of strangers passing by on the street. I found this soo accurate and hilarious. I can definitely relate to soo many on the list – the number of times I went hungry on a Sunday cos I forgot to go shopping in advance is ridiculous! Thanks for sharing. Definitely enjoyed my trip down memory lane 🙂

  130. Thanks for the laugh! As an Austrian living in Denmark, this was fun to read – and has to be shared among my Danish friends, so they finally, finally understand why I can’t drink their coffee.

  131. 🙂 This is too funny! I lived in Vienna for a while and I can attest that all these are spot on! I also won a bet by saying that I will be able to sit for 15 min in the middle of the Ring, near University, on a Sunday afternoon and NO CAR will be passing by. Only now I realized that everybody was actually washing theirs! Another fun fact about living in Austria/Vienna is that you *must* try the food sold outdoors, when you’re back from a party, in the middle of the night or early morning. I’ve never eaten more delicious wurst mit brötchen 🙂

  132. Horrible!
    Buttermilch is not cheese juice.
    It’s not common to sunbath topless !

    Etc,… Some thinks are true But you get a glass of water with your coffee in France too.
    Don’t want to correct everything but just wanted to say, don’t think what you experience is the norm or normal for Austrians. It’s like you would say people from melbourne are like the people in cairns.

    1. I’ve lived in Austria for over 24 years and I think she’s spot on with a lot of it! A lot of it is normal for Austrians.

    2. In Eastern Austria, it is not only common to bath topless , it is only much more common to bath completely nude (especially at countryside lakes, rivers, danube, etc.). But I have to say that people were more progressive in the past decades (50´s-90´s).

      In Tyrol I ve been to saunas were it was completely normal to wear swimwear as many tourists complained over the years…
      In all the Spa’s in the Eastern part, you´d be kicked out of sauna wearing e.g. shorts.

      1. I agree, I think there was much more nudity when I was young. These were the days. People seem to get more prude. The shorts in Sauna thing I have not yet experienced, and hope I never will. Its good for everyones self esteem to go to a Sauna in Austria and compare yourself to the local Sauna kings with their Sauna bellies.

    3. Latella is not Buttermilk.
      Sunbathing topless is not the norm everywhere, but it’s definitely more common and accepted than in most English-speaking countries. The further east you go, the more often you will see people sunbathing topless or stark naked. (Donauinsel, Lobau, Alte Donau, Neusiedlersee etc.)
      Of course things aren’t the same all over, but I’m not sure your own observations of the country are entirely accurate, Strawberryfan! 😉

  133. Thank Carly Hull, it is really interesting post. I have stayed almost a year in Innsbruck- Austria, but I am interested in your founded things. Looking forward the other your interested topics sharing. Best.

  134. I am not from Vienna, but have spent 2 years there. And I have to say people from Vienna are much less arrogant about their hometown (and oh boy, they could be! the city is just fantastic in so many ways) than other Austrians who emphazise explicitly that they´re NOT coming from Vienna, Austria´s only real big city.

    I think many Austrians just can´t deal with Vienna being one of the world´s greatest cities (thinking of the quality of life rankings) while they didn´t make it there or never got the chance to live there. And the more you come to the West or South in Austria, the less they know about this city but the more they dislike it and just point out things like a dirty street in some district or a homeless guy they saw…

    1. well 🙂 it’s more a historical issue dating back to the time of the K&K Empire 🙂 when rebellious farmers where slaughtered by the emperors army. Which is one reason why the hungarian stopped touching glasses to cheer as well, since the austrian army won a battle against seperatists and cheered in the bars. But I guess there are many reasons ;D but you’re right vienese ppl are more liberal in general 🙂

    2. I am from the West and lived in Vienna for quite a while and enjoy it a lot.
      The reason why many people dont like Vienna is for sure not envy. Its more that (1) they dont relate to it. From my home, Germany and Italy are way closer than Vienna; (2) in the media, obviously, a lot of the reporting focusses on Vienna. If you dont relate to it, why should you be interested in it.
      But basically, isnt it the same in all countries, like in France where people dont like those from Paris?

      BTW, I agree with many of the 28 points. But not so much on being on time. Being 5 minutes late without notice is completely acceptable…

    3. thats not direct true. i am from tirol and if i would have to live outside of tirol i would probably choose vienna because of its cultural attractivness. there are different “reasons” for austrian people to not like people from vienna not the city itself.
      1. people from vienna think they are different. its also quoted on the shield if you enter the city: “vienna is different”. many people dont like the so called “vienna cosiness”. they feel its more like lazyness
      2. in generally every austrian is proud of his homeregion and thinks there is no better like that. thats very traditional and normal for people living in the mountains since generations
      3. in history vienna always was the capital city of austria and its former kingdom and promised to protect the “outer regions”. but most of the time it betrayed these regions.
      4. vienna as capital city has the most officials in austria and austria has very too much of them which means that people from all other regions have to pay these persons with taxes and so on

      1. Agree on 2, and 4. in principal on 3 as well, but not sure to what extent this still influences current attidudes.

      2. Well we Austrians are very slow in changing our habits and opinions. And the politicans of vienna still betray us, but I think that is not an only austrian problem, this occurs everywhere else too 😉

      3. I agree of course but on the other hand, I learned that in Vienna you will more likely meet people from all federal districts of Austria. hardly know any Viennese-born. Vienna attracts so many people from all parts of Austria that it is constantly influenced by them, also population-wise.

  135. I am Peruvian and the first time I had Latella, in Austria, was a little disgusting. Since I was an exchange student there, I told myself I had to behave like an Austrian. After a couple of times of drinking Latella, I got used to the flavour and since then I love it. I am back in Peru now, and Latella is one of the drinks I miss most.

    Do not forget about Almdudler and all the “Wein Mischungs”… Being Almdudler the national soda there, can be mixed with white or red wine and you get a “Tiroler” (at least, that happens in Burgenland, where I used to live). Besides, you can also mix mineral water and white or red wine and then you get a “Spritzer”. Or you can also get the popular “Dreier” (white wine, mineral water and Almdudler). People usually get this kind of drinks in bars or festivals.

    One more thing, the “Jaegermeister” shot… You can get it in 0,02 l. bottles. Austrians love drinking it straight from the small bottle, placing the bottle cap on their noses and the bottleneck between their teeth. A “sam sam sam sam sam prooooooooooooooosst”, it’s said before they drink it off.

    1. Actually it’s “zam zam zam” which comes from “zusammen” (get the glasses/ bottles together) 😉

    2. I am on my Way from austria to Lima on sunday.
      Let me know if i can sort u Out with something.

    1. yes this happened in austria but there was a great outcry since it got public. unfortunately the person doing ths is russian and cant be sued for that. but i hope that the ‘official hunter’ who allowed that will get punished …

  136. Brilliant! Loved reading this and reminiscing on the 6 years that I lived in Schladming and as a Brit I have to say I agree on this and think it is a great classifiction of the majority of Austrians!

  137. Don’t forget to leave a tip when you pay your bill in the reataurant or pub. (about 5 – 10% of the bill)

  138. Love your comments and things you noticed about Austrians. Thank you. Makes me think to write a list about Australians. I think that would be pretty funny too. 🙂 An Austrian, who used to live in Melbourne.

    1. Please do! My partner who is Australian thought that might be the best thing to do to balance the scales. Make one please I bet there is a massive list !

  139. Hy question: That church is that in Reith bei Kitzbühel? It really looks like it (even I havent seen it from inside since years haha) I would love to know

    Because you were in tyrol and vienna: there is a biiig difference. I would never ever say ,,Paradeiser” or ,,Erdäpfel”
    And istn it normal to take of your shirt if youre at a lake? =)
    And Im not fit haha even I live in tyrol.

    aaand we do love ,,Spritzers” aaw wine

    BUT the one mistake you made is: Those swing days are only in some schools. At work you dont get those days off!! never..sadly

  140. You forgot that nearly no one knows ‘The sound of music’ and the great amount of different academic titles. 🙂

  141. Awesome Article!!! You certainly hit all the main points i noticed about my Austrian Boyfriend! 🙂 and yes i bought a dirndl and showed up in his home village in it, off the train to surprise him! 🙂 I’m from Canada, where are you originally from?

  142. @ 23. Enjoy Explicit Radio:

    I am from Austria and I can say that many People don’t understand the English text in songs (or just don’t notice what they are singing about).
    In Addition many of the songs (exspecially at “Ö3”, which is listnend by younger people) are in English.

  143. Comment on the last one:
    Weißbier – that is actually a very german kind of beer,
    Even the one in the picture on the table is from Bavaria (Germany) and not Austrian.
    There are a few local Weißbier but none of them worth drinking (my opinion)

    1. thats true, best weißbier comes from bavaria. other best normal beer come from bavaria and from austria. but you can forget any beer north from bavaria …

  144. Not only everything is closed on a Sunday, but in general the opening hours are not very friendly towards people who work long hours. I work everyday at least until 7pm, so this means no groceries for me. It is so annoying, actually for me it would be such a relieve if I could go shopping on a Sunday as well. I really really hate that about Austria. In rural areas it is even worse, if you come half an hour before closing, there is almost no chance to get anything fresh (veggies, bread, cheese), because they are already cleaning up or refuse to serve you.

    But another thing you forgot to add-we Austrians love to go to our Thermen=Spas with lots of sitting butt naked in Sauna, steaming rooms and whirlpools.

    1. Actually, I think that’s one of the good things. If consumers expect fresh stuff at the end of the day, this means a lot of stuff gets wasted. Apparently even today all the bread that is thrown away in Vienna is enough to feed Austria’s second largest city, Graz.
      So basically this means Saturday is your day to shop for the whole week. Which is fine.

      1. Basically you are right. Years ago you asked “what have you left” when coming short before closing, nowadays it says “what you don’t have this or that 10 minutes before closing”? Our consuming habits have changed because we are spoiled. On the other hand I also agree on Melanie because today both parents (mother & father) in most times have to work to earn money for living …

  145. AND Austrians who attended university and graduated loved to be called together with their academic titles-by everyone. Diplom Ingenieur XY, Frau Magistra XY, Herr Doktor XY. Wonder how this will no play out with all the Bachelors, Masters and PhDs out there, now that the system has changed, hopefully this awful attitude also changes.

    1. haha Melanie, that is so true. Especially the older generation is so peeky about that and they get upset so easily if you don’t call them with their title. I guess the purpose was to study just to get a title 😛

  146. Haha, Thanks for analysing us stange folks! I am Austrian, living in Chile and reading your article I realised that we really do have a lot of funny behaviours! I would say most of your observations hit the nail on the head (Austrian expression: den Nagel auf den Kopf treffen). Especially the milk products made me laugh a lot – that’s actually what I am missing most here in Chile: Where is the “Rahm”, the “Topfen”, “Joghurt mit 5% Fett”, “Joghurt mit 3 % Fett”, “Creme Fine”, “Frische Milch mit vie/wenig Fett”, etc. Seems like thats an Austrian pecularity having!

    And I totally agree with one comment made above: Most of us Austrians have never ever seen “The Sound of Music”, but that’s the first thing people ask me about when I tell them that I am Austrian. =D

    Continue having a good time in Austria!

  147. You forgot to mention the national haircut – the mullet ;p, the way they (Austrians) don’t believe in letting people off public transport before they board and the inability to queue ;p – oh, and the very annoying way that practically every Austrian comes out of the womb with skis, thus ensuring that when you’re swishing your way down the slopes feeling really good, a 3 year old Austrian will totally kick your arse.

    1. I think the Viennese people are super strict in making sure everyone gets off before getting on the subway. You might get insulted if you dont. I am now living in a country which would win the queuing mastership if there was one (If people see a queue they join in, without knowing whats happening at the front – I believe) and, surprise, they really dont care about letting people off. Thats when I noticed how strict the Viennese were.

      1. Living in Vienna and catching the U-Bahn everyday I would disagree with this. Happens all the time that people here do not wait for you to get off first and you end up getting pushed back onto the train by them or have to struggle through the crowd to get off – and this is often when standing right at the exit door. Not a major thing but can be annoying…

  148. Very funny and nice blog. I enjoyed it very much, thanks a lot.
    Just one remark and one question:
    Mayonaise is not a dairy product. It contains mainly eggs, fat and salt.
    Can whey really be translated with “cheese juice” too? I didn’t know that. Sounds gross indeed…
    Oh and an additional remark: Concerning the preferred sports, I guess that there is a difference between western austrians and the Eastern ones: E.G we, the Viennese people (at least the majority of the male species) love football (aka soccer) and Formula 1 too. 🙂

    1. it might be that you love football as you have 2 teams in the bundesliga but still you suck in football (not just you, whole austrian football teams) 😉
      and yes formula 1 comes straight after skiing i guess. though I hate it

  149. I think the people you come in contact with seem very traditional, very rural and old maybe? Lots of things you say are true (and funny as fuck btw =))but i think with the Car wash thing on sundays, viennese not beeing open (they are the most open people in Austria in my opinion) and the work days off between holidays, for example, you’re way off… very nice article, loved it!

  150. Great stuff 😀 Im from Sydney and have lived in Austria for 9 years now 😀 Loved reading this 😉 Molke is just Whey… We have it in Australia too. Little Miss Muffit?

  151. Gently critize the Germans for taking themselves sooo seriously. Sigh wistfully when mentioning the Empire. Consider all of Eastern Europe your market.

  152. oops – you forgot the pumpkin seed oil ! Or maybe that’s just a southern styrian thing 😉 It’s still good on most everything you eat though. Salads, schnitzel, ice cream, you name it!

  153. Omg I’m so austrian 🙂 check out the book: darum nerven oesterreicher by Walter Lendl !

  154. This is a great summary! As an Austrian from the West (classification is essential) I wouldn’t agree with everything, but then again I wasn’t sure that ‘my’ preferences for food, … were actually typically Austrian.

  155. Well written and most of them is true 😉
    It’s fun to read, how we AUSTRIAN’S are!

    But i think you forgot 1 important austrian habbit :
    We LOVE to eat KNÖDEL !


  156. It’s fun to read how you observe the ösis.
    You spend lots of time with western Austrians (Vorarlberg, Tirol), is that right?

  157. Don’t forget the enormous importance of titles, academic or non academic.
    Never, under no circumstances, omit the title in salutation!
    Its even better to come up with one than omitting the title.
    If the person u speak to really does not have a title, ‘Herr/Frau Direktor’ can be used.

  158. Austrian is a land of dogs.
    Austrians take their dogs with them everywhere. Its normal taking your dog to a restaurant (except some Asian ones), to chemistry, coffe shop … Many restaurants have bowls for dogs, and its possible they get food before u are asked what you would like to drink. And don’t wonder if an old lady puts her little bastard on the seat next to her in the Kaffeehaus, even he’s wet from rain outside. Its said austrians prefer their dogs to foreigners, or even their neighbors.

  159. forgot to mention that when it is a sunny day, the Austrians feel some inner force to make outdoor activities!
    Actually, now I can understand this behaviour… normally, they dont have long summer days bc it would probably rain or it is cloudy (Count Dracula weather). Another very important topic is the weather, thats like a numer 2 topic of conversations and reply es geht, instead of good 🙂

  160. Awesome Article… you definitely nailed it! I’m from Austria, and even also know the church you photographed 😉

  161. Ok there are some mistakes in here.
    3. Get used to Smoking.
    Well it’s kinde allowed to smoke everywere, but you can’t smoke that easy in restaurants or bars, because we have a “non Smoking law” for them. If the Restaurant don’t have a ‘smoking area’ you are not allowed to smoke. Also it is forbitten to smoke in public buildings.

    4. Get nude!
    In Austria we have speziel areas du get nude and swimm. These are the so called “FKK-Strand”. If you are not in such a place and stile get nacked in public, somebody will press charges against you and you will have to pay because we have law for “Erregung öffentlichen Ärgernisses” or in englisch ‘indecent behavior’

    15. Coffee
    These days you drink the water. But when it was invented it had a difrent purpose. You put the spoon in it so that the china won’t get dirty

    22. Love The Hoff.
    Extually we don’t love him. It’s just that it doesn’t happend that ofend that a celebrity visit austria. Some of us reaced really chilled. Other well… you have seen them

    23. Enjoy Explicit Radio.
    In Austria we don’t minde swearing. Actually we are one of a kind. As far as I know there is no other land that has so many swearwords as Austria. And we stile keep inventing them

    24. Sunday Funday!!
    Not every Store is closed on sunday. In Tourism-regions they are opend on sundays as well. It quit depends on where you are.or how easy you can get food while an emergency. In Austria it is called ‘Nahversorgung’

    26. Wash your Car on a Sunday.
    ok…. no. There are more funny and enjoing things to do on a sunday

    1. angel, do you maybe know where I can learn typical austrian ‘swearing’ words? Becasue I’ve thought that you austrians do not swear much 😀 Thanks

  162. Never say something bad about Austria. Only the Austrians may do so.
    Greetings from a Viennese “life is not so bad” 🙂 sayer

  163. that was the first thing i read today; bit like a moment of sunshine on a rainy day. i guess for each of your 28 statements the famous saying “es gibt immer solche und solche” is true, but on the whole – very well observed! would like to comment on a few details, but i must be at school at 11:45, so i have to hurry! (although i’m always late, anyway, between five and ten minutes, students have got accustomed to that… see what i mean?) just this: if ever you come to salzburg – sunday shopping is no problem here, there’s a supermarket in the main railway station, open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., and there’s a number of small shops around the railway station run by people from turkey who sell stuff on sundays. i hope you enjoy your time in austria and add number 29, 30 etc. on your next birthdays!

  164. One thing that mustn’t be forgotten: BREAD! We eat bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are a bread nation and also we have the best bread ever made! Besides, we call our brown bread ‘black bread’ … hehe (just thought it’s a funny side note)

    1. i think that actually other countries eat way more bread than we do. f.e all balkan countries, greece, turkey, cyprus. so I think that’s more their thing than Austrian’s

      1. maybe other countries eat more bread then we do, but there are no other countries except germany maybe that have a greater variety of bread sorts as we have 😉

  165. very good description – just one little thing:
    there is a big difference between a “Dirndl” and a “Tracht”
    a Dirndl can be bought almost any where and is mostly not handmade, while a tracht is often custom-made an a traditional clothing that is different in every region

    1. If not mistaken (my wife will let you know), a Dirndl is a particular dress, while Tracht is any kind of traditional clothing. Men can wear Tracht and look more or less normal. A man wearing a Dirndl? Well, perhaps some, but not with the same effect. Perhaps due to the lighthearted nature of the postings, everyone has left out the Austrian characteristic of (until recently) ignoring certain periods of its recent history. Fortunately that is changing.

  166. Ok, as an expat South African who has been living here for 10 years I can appreciate what you´re saying. Spot on with the Hoff and listening to 80´s music on the radio over and over and over. Regarding Nr. 8 one should however add that Austrians are very hard working folk. If there aint anything to do, they find or invent something to do. Chilling is not easy for all.
    I also have a few points to add:
    1.) Tucked in T-Shirts. They are very adamant about this one. Youngsters and old folk alike. Get that T-shirt tucked in no matter how big that belly. If you´re wearing shorts, pull it up higher so that Tee gets right in there. If your belly is large tuck it right around so the contours are brought to the forefront. To prevent those smelly feet from sweating too much in sandals, bring on some socks when it is 30 degrees C outside, regardless whether white or black (this dresscode has however improved somewhat over the years. .)
    2.) Grillen. Then there´s barbecue, called braai where I come from. Now where I come from it aint about the food as much as it is about chilling around the fire and drinking some beers. Here it is about the pig and how fast we can cook it, and how much you can eat of it, which brings me to another point..
    3.) Lunch at twelve noon or else!
    I am sure we could come up with many more…

    1. I am truly having a giggle here, also as a South African who moved to Vienna 3 months ago I find this article almost spot on. I am very familiar with the Viennese culture, having visited the city many times over the past 11 years and also being married to an Austrian. I love the way that these little innuendoes have finally been documented. The one thing that really bothers me is the fact that no shopping can be done on a Sunday (I travel a lot on business and have found myself on an unplanned hunger strike, not out of choice I may add) unless you make the effort to go to the bahnhoff or airport for absolute essentials at 3 times the price.

      One thing that also makes me cackle about the Viennese is their inherent ability to obey, what I mean with that, is that rules are rules and don’t ever deviate from them, point in case: a “parkschein”….these are holy documents, sold in packs or single use pages bought at the local tobacconist (Trafik) and the Viennese set a reminder on their iPhones to alert them that their parking ticket is running out and that they should either move their car or renew the ticket, we all may think this is arbitrary but parking is based on an honest self allocation of time diligently filled in like a visa application form! In South Africa this would NEVER work!

  167. Very nice article, I’ve enjoyed it very much! Got a couple of Austrian friends and they fit very well in your description. Congrats from Spain!

  168. Well, I am from Vienna — and as a Viennese, I can tell you that all other real estate of Austria is considered “Land” (countryside). Got most of right, but forgot to mention that one of the most important meeting/drinking/eating places are the vintner’s Heurigen” where wine — nor beer — is sold, evaluated, tasted and consumed in rather large quantities. Interestingly, not too many drunks there, although many slightly and happily tipsy men and women are having fun times — and few, if any, talk about business. I live in Canada for over 60 years — and I like it — but the old soul is Viennese with many of the traits mentioned above .

  169. really great article. Am a South African living in Vienna for about as long as you. Didnt add 3 possible points : 1 : The word Queue, as in queuing in a bakery or airport boarding or suchlike, while it may be present in the German dictionary, has been struck from the roll in Vienna. The synonym for Queue in Vienna is ”free for all” or he who pushes to the front and speaks up first gets served””
    2: Men in Vienna probably spend as much money on fashion and hairstyling and facials and and and… as women
    3: Mustard Corduroy pants are in for men

    1. Wow spot on with the queuing here in Vienna, I thought it was just me….I love it here but it is true that in general there is simply no concept of waiting in an orderly line to be served or the concept that “oh hold on, that guy was waiting before I got here so I will gesture to him if they try and server me first. No biggie I guess, you just need to be on your toes or you might never get served…

      1. As a native austrian I have to agree. Two weeks in Great Britain and I never again can accept the pecking order in austria: sorry, but that’s a line!

  170. Good description!
    Please add:
    Austria is one of the 12 richest countries in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product), has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living.
    Austria is a highly developed industrialised country with an important service sector. The foremost industries are foodstuffs and luxury commodities, mechanical engineering and steel construction, chemicals and vehicle manufacturing.
    Unemployment rates in Austria 4.7%. Compared with the EU average of 9.7%, Austria is thus among the leading countries in terms of low unemployment.

  171. As an austrian, I vouch for the nearly absolute truth in this article. Except for 26, but I think it could be true for more urban environments than the rural one I live in ^^.

    1. not even for more urban environments point 26 is really true… in the last 7 years in vienna i didn’t see or hear a difference than from lower austria from where i come. maybe it’s just some kind of respect or maybe differs in some families but this is certainly not a general austrian attitude.

  172. Love your article! And how I miss my afternoon coffee here in America! 🙂
    Really liked your point on our uncensored radio – I think the reason for this is that we don’t understand the lyrics for the most time (or just don’t bother about them although singing along!) 🙂

  173. Hi! I’m from Vienna and really enjoyed your text but I want to add some minor details:
    8) Yes, you are correct, but if someone asks you about your job: don’t forget to complain a lot! (in fact: if anyone asks you about anything: don’t forget to complain a lot) It’s called “raunzen” here and it’s very popular!
    19) Our outlook on life (or attitude in genaral) is more like: “I don’t like it, but I don’t care” (it’s “oarsch” but “scheiß drauf”). And you can always score some points by complaining about the rest of Austria. Vienna is the biggest village here and we are very proud about that! In fact all the other Austrians are considered as farmers (Bauern) here!

  174. 300+ comments and reading no.9 “be polite” reminded no one of crocodile dundee in new york?
    (enough has been written about latella already, still here’s one more comment: if you try whey, why not try rivella too, opinions differ even more strongly there. it’s a swiss soda that’s got a kind of whey in it too: milk stripped of fat and protein.)

  175. and old aussie here, agree with just about everything you wrote but me being me, i dont like either australia or austria being made a fool of!!! but all in all i like your article and wish you many happy weeks or years here in the heart of europe. Carodale ex Sydney

  176. Great summary. I do love the wording of no 5. But: you should have used the mango pic. That’s THE one and only Austrian drink!!! 🙂

      1. Yeah, they use it on internet-forums, incognito. And it’s purpose is to offend mortally. When somebody would tell me that to my face, he would risk a broken nose. It’s unexcusable.

  177. I am from Vienna, and many observations are true. However, on Fridays between Thursday holidays and week-ends, people don’t GET off…many simply TAKE off. You still need to polish your German. Kaffe &Kuche is really Kaffee & Kuchen, and Kartoffeln have no Umlaut. And it’s Prost, not Proßt. Mostly funnily written, though.

    1. Here, a classic austrian grammar nazi who clearly likes correcting and can not let a spelling mistake slip

      1. ..and here a very rude, thoughtless, ignorant and arrogant person who does not know how offensive the word “Nazi” is and how to use it properly (which is NEVER). Especially in the Austrian/German culture this is the most inappropriate and disrespectful word you could ever use. Well done.

        1. The comment about use of “the n word” is very interesting. The popular American sitcom Seinfeld has an episode about the Soup-N….. In American political discourse, the other side is often described with that word. I note that German speakers likewise have no feeling for the emotional content of many English words. A favorite today is “shitstorm.” No American with any manners would use that word (which is a foreign invention anyway). In South Africa, one cannot say Kaffir even though it means infidel and not black in Arabic. So white South Africans are Kaffirs in Arabic – which comes as a great shock to them. In Canada, Newfi (referring to someone from Newfoundland) cannot be used on license plates. Two exceptions – English speakers say “get off Scot free” and “welsh on a bet” and the Scots and Welsh seem not to mind.

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  179. I have lived in Austria for 40 years,,,I think that Austrians are very unpunctual…either arrive. Earlier than asked or 20 minutes late or in some cases not at all…
    They seldom reply to an rsvp…one has to ring to see if they are coming…my wedding would have had all the guests there without one formal reply…maybe things have improved with modern communication.
    Lawn mowing…never on a sunday..a law,,and saturday until 2pm
    Some of the topless women and bottomless men need to look in a mirror! I dont mind the nudity but feel it should be in restricted areas as is done in France,so at least you know. The sights you will see!especially when taken visitors from down under to the local bathing spot. A kiwi in upper austria

  180. I have lived here in Austria for 52 years, came as a student, fell in love with a country and a man. Now with a big Austrian family I can only say all my dreams came true. What struck me about the article was that the things you were noticing are the same things I noticed first a half century ago. Obviously globalization and the EU have not changed all that much of the national character or the feeling of the country.

  181. Thank’s for the blog, it was fun to read it. I am austrian, living in france for a year now, and I have to say, usually I don’t miss Austria and austrian culture a lot, BUT point 26 is something reeeeaaally great about Austrian guys and that’s a thing that I DO miss, in all the countries I have been to! 🙂

  182. Ok, regarding 9) polite, that really is just regarding “greeting”. If it comes to waiting patiently behind people in a grocery store or at a bus station, Austrians will ram their elbows into your face to get ahead of you in the queue or get a good seat on the bus (unlike other countries where people orderly get into a bus). Forget the US/British “first-come-first-serve” etiquette rule. Likewise, you’ll usually not know your neighbors by first name or have any other contact with those people who live around you. When I was 13, me and my friends got attacked by a neo-nazi because of my friends skin color. The guy was twice our size, and we all were still kids at the time. The other Austrians around us (we where in a crowded area) just stared and watched and only after ten minutes and my friend being punched in the stomach someone finally intervened. On another occasion a woman yelled at me in the bus for talking English with my friends, and explained to me that I am supposed to speak German in Austria. Many years later, my wife was in her third trimester with a big belly standing in the bus, and nobody on the bus was willing to give a seat to her. I met sweet and nice people in Vienna and I’d easily say that some of my best friends remained in Austria, but politeness or manners are not what comes to mind when I think about Austria. That said, its a beautiful country, and I miss the pedestrian culture, good food, entertainment and other amenities that are so sourly lacking here in the US.

  183. Liebe Carly,
    because you’re now a half austrian, i write you in german. If you could some parts not read, write back, I will translate it for you.
    Meine Gratulation zu Deiner trefflichen Analyse. Ich hoffe, dass Du in Deiner humoristischen Art auch andere Länder beschreibst, denn die sozialen Aspekte eines anderen Landes in dieser Form kennen zu lernen wäre eine Weltreise wert. Also bitte weitermachen. Auch Deine anderen Artikel Liebe Grüsse aus Wien
    #29: Österreicher reden sich grundsätzlich mit “Sie” an und keiner ist gleich per Du (außer bei IKEA). Das hat aber nichts damit zu tun, dass sich Österreicher gegenseitig nicht mögen, sondern ist vielmehr ein Zeichen des gegenseitigen Respekts. Sobald jedoch das “Du-Wort” angeboten wird, dann ist dies damit verbunden, ein Glas Wein zu trinken und dabei die Glas haltende Hand in der Hand des anderen einzuhängen und so einen Schluck aus dem Glas zu machen. Kompliziert? Hm, Frau Hulls, dann muß ich Ihnen dies wahrscheinlich zeigen, wie das geht …… Achja, jetzt hätte ich fast das obligatorische Busserl vergessen, das mit dem neuen “Du” einhergeht.

    1. Das “Sie”-Ding ist so ein ostösterreichsches Ding.
      Schon mal in Tirol gewesen? Wenn du nicht grad in einem Nobelschuppen bist, wirst du mit “Du” angesprochen.

      1. Da muss ich wieder sprechen.
        Ich bin aus dem Waldviertel, also aus dem Ländle und ich bin damit aufgezogen worden, dass man Fremde, Ältere mit Sie anspricht, zwecks Höflichkeit und Respekt.
        Also hat das nichts mit dem Nobelschuppen zu tun.;)
        Servus und Pfitina

      2. Naja … Sind wir mal ehrlich. So richtige Österreicher sind die Tiroler ja eh nicht. Die sind primär Tiroler.
        Sagen wir das “Sie” gilt in ganz Österreich (ausser Tirol).
        PS: Mich zipft z.B. Krone Hit Radio an wo dich der Verkehrsfunk duzt. !!!

  184. Very accurate. Married to an Australian from Brisbane her little daily struggles are reflected in your 28 points….

      1. The author is australian, but married an austrian. The commenter above is clearly relating to the experience as an austrian married to an australian who has observed the same things, not reponding as if the article was about Australia! We get it. People confuse austria and australia. But the commenter above did not!

  185. As I was being guided around Vienna’s classic cafes a few years ago, a coffeehouse consultant and I were sitting an chatting, our coffee and water both long gone. I beckoned the waiter, who nodded but continued to wipe some tables in the empty café. I continued to chat and looked at my Austrian host, who smiled and said, “Oh, he’s a good, typical Viennese waiter. In his mind, he is king, not you. He knows his job and so he will come when he is ready. We accept it and are kind of proud of our rude waiters!” I found this amusing and have noticed it on subsequent visits. I don`t mind, as long as it`s not personal. Is this normal outside of Vienna?

  186. Oh gee! I thought Aussie girls were not that bright. But what do you know! Then again, Ive never been to the East Coast.

  187. Hey!

    I am Austrian, and I have to disagree with your Point one: Austrians are mainly extremely unpunctual! That is why all teachers at University, that come from Germany, have a lot of problems, cause they start at exactly eight o’clock. Austrian students arrive within 15 min later.
    I have a friend vom Germany who claims since she had been to Austria she cannot be on time any more. She got used to the “akademische Viertel Stunde”, which means, that it is normal to be 15 minutes too late (esp. at University).

    Speaking about time: have you ever tried to find out how to say “15minutes past 3 p.m.” in the different parts of Austria? 😉 it can be a lot of fun even for Austrians. 😉

    have a good time here, but don’t think that all Austrians are like the Viennese 😉 🙂

    1. Well, the academic quarter is used to get from one room to the next (and to the toilet in between). I wouldn’t say that this means they are not punctual. If you have university from 8am to 2pm without break, you’ll need this academic quarter for food and everything else …
      Still I am very punctual and arriving 5 minutes before is something all the boys learn when they are in the army.
      “5 Minuten vor der Zeit ist des Soldaten Pünktlichkeit”.

    2. I can’t agree with you.
      Maybe it’s a matter of age. The D.N. Generation is tends to be more “flexible”. You’ll get a notification via one in thousands of channels just one minute before, that someone will not come in time and you should wait for another 40 minutes or it’s postponed to another date.

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  189. Well observed.
    But punctuality being typical? Absolutely NOT the case!
    Point 29 could be added: the omnipresent RUDENESS of Austrians. Authorities, people servicing you, doctors, teachers, general public; many people are rude and arrogant beyond belief. Very often the first question you ask is the proverbial “one too much” and you’ll get an accordingly rude, impatient and irritated answer.
    People living in the country interact generally a bit better. Some of them, sometimes.
    I live here for 29 years. And this treat is a basic, a common place, sorry to say.

    1. Allthough Austrian myself, I have to admit you are def. right! I actually expected it to be one of the ways… 🙁

    2. Yes, absolutely, 100% this. You have summed up my thoughts exactly. I’ve lived in a númber of countries around the world and while you obviously get the full range of people everywhere, nowhere seems to leave me with the same feeling of bumping into rude, unfriendly, cold, and cynical people on an almost regular basis as Austria does. It is a beautiful country that does many things well but the human interactions are a point in which it is severely lacking.

  190. Love the blog! Some brilliant things have been added in the comments (and some well corrected), for instance that ‘tuck-that-t-shirt-in’ and sock fashion (I find they are generally pulled up to mid calf height)…classic.
    One thing worth seeing in Austria are the shop windows, especially in rural areas, although they are not much better in Vienna.
    They look more like a storage place than a haven for creativity.
    A friend from England came for a visit once and he actually took photos of these eye sores. Yes, it was that bad.

    I go back to Austria to visit my family about 1-2 times a year and every time I do notice one thing, which surprises me for a split second, until I remind myself where I am….
    If you go to a traditional coffee house, particularly in Vienna (the ones with those enormously high ceilings and waiters in black suits), you should expect the following:
    – there is no need to call for a waiter initially. If you do he will not come to your table instantly or in the very near future. It looks like he completely ignores you. Dont worry, he does see you walk in and he will decide when HE is ready to take your order. I have waited anything from 5min to half an hour to be able to order. This is normal.
    You can meanwhile read the newspaper on the wooden stick or just ‘plaudern/tratschen’ (chat) with your friends.
    – When you order make it quick. He really doesn’t have that much time to spend just with you. Any kind of special wishes, and you may get a ‘oh-ffs-hurry-up’ look. He will probably look around the room while you talk to him.
    – No matter how hard you try to smile at him, he will not smile back. If you get a possible hint of something like a smile, you deserve a gold medal.
    – they are amazing with remembering exactly what you had and you should have your wallet ready to pay. You couldn’t beat him with a calculator. Ever. The amount of tip should preferably be added to the figure he gives you.
    – usually waitresses do not behave quite like this.

    It may be a shocking experience the first time round, but it will definitely grow on you!

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  192. add 5) There is no dairy product in mayonnaise. Just to be exact. Mayonnaise consists on two major ingredients – egg, oil. NO dairy product in mayonnaise. Of course the are deviations to stretch the mayonnaise with yoghurt.

    Enjoy 🙂

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  194. Well, you have to understand the concept of s.t. and c.t.
    The latter is what everyone goes by…c.t. means cum tempore and it means – add 15 minutes to the agreed meeting time. Wll, everyone is 5 minutes too early, which makes them arriving perfectly 10 minutes after they said they would. Only in Austria (well, Vienna) you can be too early and too late and right on time just the same. Its a paradox. But not really. So its Austrian

  195. Oh, meine ganz suesse, beliebte Oesterreicher… Ihr seid ein bisschen verrueckt aber so wannsinnig lieb!

  196. Good reading, you gave me a bit of eye cancer though when I read “Weißbier” and Austria. Weißbier is typically Bavarian and the beer on the picture is “Franziskaner Weißbier” from Bavaria, Germany. Beside that, moustaches are not really common so I cannot agree with you on that. “Viennese attitude” is something you can strongly discuss upon, I guess you didn’t really come in contact with the “real” Viennese people (I live in Vienna but I don’t consider myself as one of them). They tend to be really pleasant guys but also a bit primitive. The “Burgenlandler” are rather the people you won’t want to meet. Approximately 90% of them hate foreigners no matter if tourists or immigrants and they are jealous of pretty much everyone. And about our water, you forgot to mention that in most regions they just simply drink the water from the water tap and sometimes even order a glass of it in restaurants. And people don’t get a day off at swing days, but a lot of people tend to take a day off on those. Monday is also a swing day if a public holiday is on a Tuesday on a sidenote. And one thing I deffinitely have to clarify! “The Hoff” is just famous for making fun of him, 99,9999% of Austrians are surely not mad for him! But beside these points I really loved your article or whatever to consider it as 😉

    1. You can always tell an Austrian, but never very much. ( it takes one , to know one)

  197. You had 26 twice (25 is missing). Not all the boys do sit down, but we (austrian women) are working on that. BUT:

    1. Hasselhoff isn´t that famous in the rest of Austria. Germans love him, he will be on the “Big Brother” show there. We are not Germans.
    2. Cigarettes are not super cheap, for us they got really expensive during the last ten years. Don´t call us “slow”, we just don´t want our government to treat us like a child – adults should have the right to decide on their own if they want to smoke or not (btw, I don´t smoke). 16 is too young, but smoking laws in other countries are too strict.

    I agree with most of your observations. Some of your attempts at explanation made me smile – seems like your boyfriend still has a lot to do to convert you into an Austrian, but you´re on a good way. 😉 Give Latella one more chance – try it “g´spritzt” on a hot summer day

    And here are other traits for you:
    If you are Austrian, you have heard of Julie Andrews and the sound of music (from american tourists), but never seen the movie.
    If you are female Austrian, you love the Sissi-movies with Romy Schneider and Karlheinz Böhm. If you haven´t seen them yet, do it (but don´t ask your boyfriend to join you, men can´t handle with it). 😀
    If you are Tyrolean, you speak “German German” fluently because you are used to buckle yourself for german tourists. 🙁

    1. Germans don’t love the Hoff either! Our media might think we do…

      On another note, Austrians wash their cars on a sunday? Phew… godless people… here in Germany, you do thoses chores on a Saturday, which is officially a working day. On Sundays, you rest. Beware if you don’t!

      1. yeah, I explain it to you why Sunday the car wash is happening……. It is the guy who is going to wash the car, so they have a reason to leave the house for “Frühschoppen” in the morning . The guys are meeting in a café for a coffee or some even for a beer after they finished their car washing job. So it is a guy thing, the mates can catch up, in the meantime the wife is cooking lunch at home and then the family day can begin. All the guys are punctually back for lunch. Hahaha, kind of smart the man’s domain 😀 I am Austrian and female by the way…… – I love this blog, sooo true, just the majo on the salad is definitely not right. We are a “vinegar country”, if you see some white staff on a salad, it is a joghurt dressing. Well, now we are back at the dairy issue 😀

        1. hahahaha! Now it all makes sense, thanks Babsi! I guess the Austrian boys have it all figured out 🙂 Thanks for reading the blog!

  198. I totally agree with Johannes!
    some of my thoughts:
    I really don’t appreciate people in Austria who buy the plastic bottles with water!!! So much waste!!! We have the best water in the tap!!!
    And your number1: Compared to for example South America we are really on time,… and if an event doesn’t take place at exactly that time it is supposed to …we get really pissed!… but when we meet each other??…not so much, i have 2 friends like you described who are always 5min early…but everybody else: always late;) around 5to maximum 15min is okay! so for friends and family it doesn’t really matter, but for an appointment you should be on time, or if someone invites you to there house for a meal!
    I m a vegetarian so i can’t understand the meat-lust;) but that might be an other thing: SO many vegetarians in Austria!..
    Molke: at first I was really disgusted as well cause i saw once how they produced it… but now a few years later i m addicted to Latella Mango-Maracuja;), and of yourse Buttermilch and CottageCheese,… but i hate mayonnaise!
    Hahaha an Tina: I love your comment about the waiter here->totally true!

  199. 1. Austrian are never in time
    22. “as in Germany” -> I dont know anybody in Germany, who liks David Hasselhof
    26. I think boys learn to pee and put the seat down after, then it looks like they were sitting 😛

  200. Mayonnaise is not made of milk at all and you don’t get the Friday off when the Thursday is vacant… And it’s called “Kaffee und Kuchen” 😉
    But a very entertaining post 🙂

  201. 1. We’re not that on time, either we are 5 minutes early (as written) or (as i prefer) 5 to 10 minutes late 😀
    13. fun fact – did you know austrians suck at soccer but are very successful playing american football (amateur sports)
    17. Beards are awesome
    22. hell yeah, most of us love the hoff (I guess 9 out of 10 )
    26. totally agree with the german guy. we learn to put it down after peeing to avoid conflicts with our mothers in childhood 😀

    But you need to add another point about austrians :

    Most Austrians have never seen “sound of music” or even heard of it before they met an american or asian person who asked them if the movie shows “the real austria”. I didn’t know it till I was 24 years old and still haven’t seen it at all.

    1. 1. Being late on a job interview or (as a worker; academics are freed a bit) coming later at your working place will be the death sentence of your job.
      13. I played American Football for some months and (fun fact) even used this topic for my matura. Austria is one of the best countries in American Football, compared to europe. Every American College football team beats our beloved champions 😉

      But I agree with the rest 😀

    2. 26. (sit while peeing) The only objective razor to that toilet topic might be my 9 year old daughter: She regularly goes for the men’s room because “they have way cleaner seats than the ladies’ “. This wouldn’t be possible if a majority of men would pee standing up, regardless where they’d put that lid while doing so.

  202. As to Sound of Music – I was on Crete in 1968 and it was raining, so I went to a movie – Sound of Music was playing in the village. I figured it would not be dubbed into Greek so I would just be seeing an American musical. What I did not count on was that if no one can understand the language, no one cares about how bad the sound quality is. I could not understand a word.

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  204. hey carly this is funny as. i showed my austrian grandparents and they laughed, my oma especially enjoyed “davy hosseldorf’ (david hasselhoff) haha
    and whats with people getting full offended at these posts?
    lighten up you pricks 😉
    cant wait to catch up with you soon and the rest of LOOSE AS FUCK STRAYA TOPDECK

    love from home.

    Dan Vogl 🙂

  205. We are American expats new to Austria as of June 2013 and had observed some of these things already. The only thing that we don’t love here so far is the amount of second-hand cigarette smoke. When squaring Austrian health-consciousness with the commonness of smoking, our seven year old said this “I guess Austrians are just so good, they like to be a little bit bad.” 🙂

    1. Thats so cute!! But you’re right the smoking here is ridiculous and hard to get used to….i guess they can’t be perfect! Thanks for reading!

      1. if you don´t like to be a second-hand cigarett smoker … you can leave … 😉

        i´m from vienna and yes we are a bit grumpy and actually not always friendly to everyone … why we should … !? … and no one likes the hoff …. 😛

      2. It’s a mayor PITA. But things a evolving, at typical Austrian pace (read: second to slowest): They “clarified” the non-smokers protection law (yes, there is such a thing) that a restaurant must not only provide a sufficiently sized non-smoking section but also a smoke free path to the restrooms. Restaurant owners, who only recently remodeled their operation to abide the law are fuming ( 😉 ) at that ruling.
        Of course, the only sound thing to do would have been to ban it like they did in Italy or Ireland.

  206. You’re way too biased about “molke” 😛 Its great 😀

    I learned as a lillte boy that i dont have to sit down if i didnt want.to. But leaving the toilet seat up is unpolite, since the ladies always have to put it down…

  207. LOl. Im a chilean expat living here for the last five days, coz i had the amazing idea of falling in love with a wonderful austrian man.
    I was used to loud nature of my country and continent men and women. Yes , we americans are LOUD.and colorful.
    Austria it’s an extremely tidy country and I love that.
    So peaceful and silent and quiet that sometimes I think im living on a remote very modern village but nooooo… Im in the middle of europeeee.

    One thing I have noticed though…as a general observation , they don’t seem too friendly to me. Actually quite distant and aloof. May be its just me trying to adapt … but we will see what happens by time-

    Great blog 😀

    1. IMO Americans are more… superficial. Americans are super friendly and open and everything, but it just feels like they’re lacking depth in relationships.
      Europeans in general and Austrians even more so, we are kind and polite to newcomers, but to really become friends we need time and a base for a friendship, like hard times together, you know? We need trust for a real relationship, but as soon as you have the trust of this friend nothing you’ve ever experienced comes close to it.
      So I, as an Austrian, find it really hard to connect to say Americans, because I feel like they just show me a mask and that does not feel like trust. It really is a devil’s cirlce 😉

  208. From a fellow expat, and blogger but from the UK, we’ve been here nearly seven years, and I agree with you mostly, except I avoid Vienna like the plague, we live in real Austria in the Lungau inSalzburgerland!!!!!!!!

    1. So true and makes me chuckle reading it. As the only Austrian in my office and indeed, the 11 storey building here in the heart of north London, getting into the lift and forcing everyone to be polite and greet each other rather than accepting the obligatory “stare to the floor” is a welcome challenge!

  209. Wow. Some of these things, apart from being awfully lopsided, are just borderline racist.

    1. Wow, really? Have you ever lived in another country? I’m from Vienna but have been living in Canada for the past 6 years now, and imho pretty much everything she said is so true. And I don’t see what’s racist about it? Most of it is nice or funny stuff. The smoking thing is true and it’s disgusting, here in Canada it’s hidden out of sight at the supermarket and you have to ask for it, because it’s such a no no.

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  211. Very funny to read, it made me chuckle constantly. But, as an native Viennese “Nörgler” (niggler), I had to add a thought:
    Most important is, that we austrians, especially the Viennese, make intensive use of the subjunctive, we use different stages of it. So, in our eyes, german people and, to a minor degree, all foreigners appear rude. For example we would never say:
    “Give me the sugar bowl, please.” We would use the subjunctive and say:
    “Please, would you give me the sugar bowl.” Or:
    “Would you be so kind and give me, please, the sugar bowl.”
    We love to give the addressed person the possibility to say no, theoretically. It’s more a question than a claim. Although we have learned that the foreigners don’t want to be rude, we can’t really adopt to be molested constantly.

    1. In my family we (Americans) are even more indirect. My mother (wanting me to pass the peas) would ask, “Would you like some peas?” But the most indirect I can recall was a German-speaker (Austrian or German) guest who asked me to pour the milk in his empty coffee cup before the coffee. I remarked that it usually went in the opposite order, coffee first. He said, “Yes, if one has a spoon.” Yes, I got him a spoon. I recall as if yesterday (and not 1979) hearing a German lawyer say on the phone – “ich haette gern mit Herrn X gesprochen.” Off the Austrian topic, yes. Sorry. I read with interest.

      1. I’m sure the lawyer was from Austria, this wording is typical for Viennese, it’s the common phrase. I’m thinking back to a visiting professor from the Nederlands: he can’t adopt to the different levels of subjunctive, that everybody calls him “Professor” and not by his first name, that the waiter in the “Landmann”, a very traditional coffeehouse vis-à-vis of the university, automatically withhold the tip, without loosing a word (he rounded up, a little “help” for the strangers, even a little bit extrem for Austrians). This guy was poor, his uncomprehending, stunned face, again and again, I will never forget it.

      2. Some years ago on I-95 heading east I was about to pass a car in front of me, piloting my buddy’s F150 dragging his trailer with both our motor bikes in it. I pull out, seeing head on traffic far up in front, he glances up and calmly says “if I were you I wouldn’t pass now”, looks down again and continues reading. That from a full bred republican letting his Austrian pinko commie internet buddy drive his rig. To me it doesn’t get more indirect and polite as from that Californian.

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  214. One Austrian trait that I would like to add: Austrians are hard to meet and to become friends with, but once you have a friend, you’ve got a friend for life.

    1. sooooooooo true…old Austrian girlfriend sought me out after 35 years!!!…either friendly or desperate…

  215. Love this! I used to live in Austria (not Vienna though) and this is sooo true! I now live in Germany, and some of the things apply for Germans as well… especially the sitting down to pee thing. I still can’t get my head around the fact that my boyfriend does that…. it’s just not natural!

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  217. “Austrians love any kind of dairy product…” That’s true, but this is Europe, after all. You’ll be hard pressed to find a country where this doesn’t hold. But “mayonnaise on every salad”? Now, nothing could be more wrong than this. First, there’s, to the best of my knowledge, and I was a chef in an Austrian restaurant for many years, not a single traditional Austrian salad containing mayonnaise. Mayonnaise just isn’t used at all in traditional Austrian cooking. If you encounter a salad with mayonnaise (which really isn’t all that often from my experience), you can be sure it’s originally from somewhere else, like Germany. Second, this is entirely beside the point because mayonnaise is not a dairy product! It’s made from eggyolks, oil and vinegar.

    Also, have you actually tried the “cheese juice” or is it just the idea that repulses you. Because whey (that’s what it’s called in English, btw) is actually rather delicious and very healthy. It’s nearly fat free and contains a lot of minerals and proteins. It’s also not an exclusively Austrian thing, of course.

  218. haha so many truths in here!!! Funniest part to me is about the fashion, since after living in Australia for a year I had a few BM leggings myself and wearing them out in Vienna was a weird experience – everyone was staring at me and whispering about the leggings!! I felt so outrageous!!! 😉

  219. You might want to check your spelling, grammar and punctuation before posting – potato, not Potato; church, not Church; spring, not Spring; I, instead of “i”;Weißbier, not Weißbeer, . . . So a potato is a Kartoffel, not “So a Potato is an Kartoffeln”, etc.

    Apropos Weißbier, the Weißbier in the picture is Franziskaner Weißbier, from Munich, Germany. 🙂

    David Hasselhof may have been popular for a while in Germany and Austria with his one popular song and his TV show, but that’s not the case anymore. That’s just media hype.

    You could also add the the Austrians are not too fond of the Germans and do not like to be thought of as German. Yet, the cultural characteristics are very similar.

    1. Correction:
      You could also add that the Austrians . . .

      I should put my money where my month is, geh?

    2. What are you talking about ?? Austrians love the Germans.. Its rivalry not hate, similar to the way Americans and Canadians act to each other or New Zealanders and Australians.. When everything is fine it may seem like they dislike them.. But in times of crises Austrians are the first to help the Germans and vice versa as for not wanting to be called German.. If you were Canadian would you like to be called american? No .. .. From a patriotic osttiroler 🙂

      1. P.s if there’s anyone we don’t like its the Viennese… Every ‘bundesland’ dislikes Vienna

      2. Totally agree on the ‘fake rivalry’, except when it comes to futbol…

      3. German living in Austria here: We are not liked. There’s definitely some passive aggression going on and I am a very friendly person. It fades, too, but often it’s there at the beginning. And it’s onesided, too, I wasn’t even aware of any of it before I moved here – no rivalry at all. So, no, no love there, unfortunately.

      4. kurze frage von einem in wien geborenen und aufgewachsenen wiener:
        warum hassen alle die wiener? hahaha

      5. this genuine Wachau Valley girl agrees with Kreutmeyer! We don’t HATE the Germans – we just put a lot of value on being recognized as AUSTRIANS. For decades we were the butt of jokes from our Teutonic neighbors, and now that we have left them in the dust in all matters economically or otherwise, we are allowed a little dose of Schadenfreude here and there! 😉 But it is all in good fun. We even provide German translations on many our restaurant menus, to make life easier for our German guests!

    3. i am austrian and love all germans. all my austrian friends love germany too! we even say “Kartoffel” every now and then.

  220. Funny post, good attempt to show some sides of us Austrians as we are quite unknown by the public. I find it hilarious that you, as an aussie, have written about Austrians because: I don’t know how many times I had this conversation with (non European) people:
    “Where do you come from?”
    “Oooh! Kangaroos how awesome”
    Dirndl: please choose a picture with a real Dirndl, we have the most beautiful ones 😉 (just type into google “Oesterreich dirndl tradition”)
    Otherwise I kind of agree with most of the points made, most important: austrian german is not german german, smoking, tidy, polite, kaffee (water on the side, essential, they tried to introduce 50 cents obligatory payment but didn’t succeed following viennese rebellion ;)), wasser (tap water please it tastes so good!!!!)

    1. Glad you liked the post! I try to use all my own photos on the blog so haven’t been lucky enough yet to afford a ‘real’ Dirndl yet…but as soon as I do I’ll update the pictures 🙂

  221. Recently I read the Austrian study which says that Austrian meat-eaters have better quality of life than their vegetarians or vegans. Seems like a paradise for steak-lovers! But wait a minute! David Hasselhoff? Seriously?

  222. Being Austrian, I can confirm that some of those things are absolutely true, though I never even noticed most of them until now. Not too sure about David Hasselhoff though…

  223. Yes, that’s us! Good job! And where in Australia are you exactly from? 😉

    1. Thanks Alex! I’m a Melbourne girl, born and bred so moving from one arty kinda cold city to another has been ok:)

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  225. oh dear, that was hilarious 😀 I am from Austria myself and I always wanted to know what tourists think ’bout AT as a holiday place.
    But the thing is: Nobody I’ve ever met really cares for Hasselhoff, the most important thing ’bout coffee is that we don’t just have “coffee” – we have the “Kleiner Brauner”, “Großer Brauner”, “Einspänner”, “Fiaker”, “türkischer Kaffee” and so on 😉
    And actually I guess you just mean “without a shirt” when you say nude, right? ‘Cause the only people who’s genitals one’s unhappy to enjoy are usually old one’s that kinda want to annoy people with there shamelessness. But yes, boobs are often seen.
    And I guess like everything else ever written from a tourist’s perspective about any country ever this mostly refers to older people. I didn’t grow up witch Kaffee and Kuchen and neither do I know anyone who does that on a regular basis. And drinking “cheese juice” (called “whey” btw^^) is not only a thing in Austria, And the greeting-thingy is more usual in the countryside – the one on the street at least. The greeting when entering a building is supernormal and I’d hate it if it wasn’t 😀 And drinking “cheese juice” as you call it is not only a thing in Austria,it’s done a lot all over Europe.
    Best part was the one with that “Where are you from”-game 😀 Laughed so hard ’cause it’s sooo true xD But I never thought this was just some typically Austrian habit, I was sure everyone’s interested all over the worl. But when I come to think about it, this is probably also caused by the many mountains – especially in Tirol there’s loads of valleys and those also have own accents.

    1. I agreee about the Hasselhof part – I don’t know ANYBODY who cares for him, lol

  226. “Die Mentalität der Österreicher ist wie ein Punschkrapfen: Außen rot, innen braun und immer ein bisschen betrunken.”(Thomas Bernhard).

  227. Re point #19, I find the whole cranky Viennese stereotype to fit other Austrians too. I spent a fair bit of time in Linz and other places in the country, and it was not rare to encounter the same thing, although maybe “cold unfriendliness” would be a more apt way of describing it, rather than out and out grumpiness like with the Viennese. I also often find the friendliness (or lack thereof) to sit on extremes, like some Austrians are so cranky and unfriendly it truly makes me wonder what on earth is wrong with them (particularly in the Ämter where they can act borderline neurotic), while others are so friendly and nice that it’s often a really pleasant surprise. I found that across all age groups and political leanings, too.

  228. You forgot to mention our really dark and nasty sense of humor 😀
    There are more jokes about the death than about anything else 😀

  229. As an Austrian, I gotta say this is very accurate, except for #26. Austrian guys DO NOT pee sitting down, the vast majority of them at least. They do have the option though in most lavatories.

  230. One of the things I really notice here is that some Austrians can be really nosy and inquisitive. They seem to enjoy staring at and “inspecting” other people, whether from their balconies, on public transport etc. They check out your clothes (up and down, down and up), what you’re carrying, who you’re with, and stare particularly hard if something deviates even just a bit from the norm. A few times I’ve even told people to stop as occasionally it crosses the line in terms of being too intrusive, like when I was dating a Chinese girl it just sent them into overdrive. To be fair though Germans and Eastern Europeans seem to do it just as much (if not more in the case of Germans – Google “Staring Germans”!!) so I wouldn’t call it a uniquely Austrian thing. But I even catch my dad, who is Austrian, doing it a fair bit when he sees someone who seems to pique his curiosity and give him a quick “Dad don’t stare!” A friend from back in England also visited with his wife and kids recently and said even on the plane on the way over he felt they were really stared at by some of the other (presumably Austrian) passengers and felt like telling them to stop.

    1. This I can completely agree with! My mister is a massive one for staring and we’ve had loads of instances where my polite English instincts can’t take it – especially on public transport or in cafe’s. ..I’m convinced he’ll be hit for it one of these days for staring at the wrong person but so far in Vienna its pretty acceptable. Very different attitude!

  231. I am a foreigner living in Austria and also find the smoking habits of the people terrible.
    I come from a country where we also have many many smokers but the latest law completely forbids smoking in restaurants and bars.
    And here in Austria the laws are loose and the cigarrete automats give unrestricted access to children of any age.
    It is not about forcing the adult people to stop smoking but to prevent the young generation from following this bad step.

    As for the other points, more or less I agree. One of the hardest things for me was to get accustomed to the Sundays when no food could be purchased except for a few shop on train stations where you may have to wait in a queue to get inside 🙂

    1. you need a debitcard to get cigarettes from the automats! only if your over 16 you get cigarettes. We are a lot of smokers i admit but for gods sake we should still be allowed to decide if we wanna smoke or not. and whats the big deal if you can smoke in a bar. As if drug legalisation is that great or genetic modified food is that great and healthy.

      1. Bella called it! You need a debit card to prove your age to get cigarettes (called Tschiks in dialect) out of a machine. And yes, we are somewhat rebelious about the freedom of smoking – much to the horror of many other nations. Truly we ought to be ashamed of ourselves for it, we are a bad example for our youngens – but there you have it . . .

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  235. Hello 😉 well I am austrian and honestly I have to say some are true but some I really don’t agree on, like i personally couldnt care less about Hasselhoff, but I agree on the vienniese attitude, thats also one of the reasons why I don’t like Vienna cause I just don’t like the people there 😉

    Oh and btw it’s Kaffee and Kuchen, and Kartoffelsalat 😉

  236. Disagree on the Weissbier. This is a translation error. Austrians do not drink Weissbier (wheat beer) that much, actually many restaurants do not offer this kind of beer at all. Austrians drink “Helles Bier” which translates to “Lager”. Weissbier is definitely a German thing, not an Austrian!

    1. Depends where you are from. Where I live (in Vienna) it’s not really popular, but from Upper Austria westwards (not so much in Vorarlberg, I think) it definitely is.

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  238. Funny old place, beautiful too. The men in particular seem to lack confidence, rather dour and poker-faced. When was the last time you saw an Austrian dad really laughing with their kid in the park and showing emotion? Everything is ‘ya ya, das ist so’..nonchalant and a bit empty of personality it seems. very serious and oooh so quiet.
    And what’s with black? In the winter time, check it out…EVERYONE is wearing black, black jacket with jeans..its like some sort of national uniform. Austria is a nice place, nobody will hurt you, but it’s a bit dull. I’m not saying the restaurants should be like American diners full of over-the-top laughter, but it’s all a bit hush hush. Jesus, I’ve been to a few major concerts here with global stars on stage..and the crowd? You’d think it was a funeral! Just dead crowds, Austrians just stand there, do they get into the groove and dance a bit? No! That would be showing emotion and passion, god forbid! If you speak English to another English speaker you get looked at like you’re a green martian. Art and theatre all seems to be very minimalist and strange, almost like it needs to be weird to rebel against anything that is mainstream. A room full of white bits of paper or a stage show about vaginas with people screaming or something like that, just strange stuff. And what’s with the OCD? Again, the good old Austrian men, borderline illness with their need for everything to be perfect. Kids seem to have soul though, but if they laugh to loud or run or make a bit of noise, chances are there will be some dull parent ” Shhhh…..Florian…nicht so laut bitte….”

    I do like the place, but it seems so insecure and unsure of itself. The department stores in the cities are like peculiar fashion shows. Men well into their 50s with long hair, women with handbag dogs , it’s like some sort of parody.

    Another thing, what’s with social situations that involve a comment? NOTHING! If someone pushes in front of you and you tell them that intact they are pushing in..what do they do? Say sorry? Say something biting back at you? NOTHING! They retreat like a snail and just turn their head away. Yesterday, I saw a guy on a bike come around a corner, a car nearly hit him, they didn’t even make eye contact, just these poker faces…it’s the Japan of Europe here..emotion is a weakness! Do not show feelings! Especially the men. Jesus…where’s the personality? Where’s the passion? Being from the USA is one thing here, but having a passionate and emotive country like Italy bordering somewhere like Austria is hilarious!

    I’ve seen a few political demonstrations here too, COME ON!! get wild! Make some noise! They just stand there waiting for someone to take the lead. Honestly, show some LIFE! Are all Austrian men brought up to be these non events? The kids seem cool until they hit 17 and then they retreat and become these clone-like people…I don’t get it.

    As the for the cigarettes…no comment there. Strange and dated.

    I went on business to London and Amsterdam and then came back to Vienna and the place seemed dead. Downtown had no atmosphere, the waiters in the restaurants couldn’t give a damn, dead from the neck up.

    So I know, Austrians are going to get mad about this post and disagree with it, go on…show me some ENERGY!

    Aside from that, I love it here!

    1. funny that you got no “energy” in response to your post…..proves your point, I think. tee hee.

    2. “The Japan of Europe”…well said. It sums up quite nicely a lot of what I have experienced here. I think the advanced social democracy thing with relatively high immigration and multiculturalism (at least in Vienna) and so on can throw you off a bit, as at its core it’s in many ways a deeply conformist country.

  239. Haha some “facts” are really true!! But there is something that has to be mentioned. Austrian hardly ever say “NO” to anything. If you ask an Austrian if he wants to see a movie he’ll say: “Schau ma mal” that basically means no but in a very polite way of not actually rejecting anyone!! Yeah and watching ski-races on sundays is also a thing and if there is no skiing, then we still like to watch Formel1!!

  240. Hi Carly,
    How funny is that, I’m an Austrian girl and live now in Australia – Melbourne. My partner sent me the link to your post, and I just read it at the Beach. I have to say, it is soooooooo true what you wrote, I had to laugh all the time. You observed that absolutely correct. I mean there are some points I can’t agree with, but probably thats because I was born on the other end of Austria in Vorarlberg.
    Since I live here in Melbourne I started to miss things from home, like the crazy dance-moves or specially the Latella or a Landjäger – did you ever try a Leberkäsesemmel? I could kill for that.
    Well you’re right with the holidays and the Fridays off, but let’s be honest, if there is a public holiday on a Saturday or Sunday here in Australia, you guys get the Monday off – that’s even better.
    Enjoy your time in Austria, and think of moving to the West – it’s so much better and you can learn some crazy dialects there.
    Thank you for sharing your observations, I really enjoyed it.
    Maybe we can meet for a chat and Kaffee and Kuchen either in Austria or Australia one time.


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  242. I’ve gotta say your description is spot on. I’m from Osttirol (really really backwater Austria where people bearly leave the district that they’ve grown up at) and I’m currently traveling trough north America, right now I’m have way trough my visa and I’ve come to wonder what other nations outside of Europe think of us
    austrians. So I fed my question to Google and after a few websites on which I was readingthe usual bullshit about the sound of music, mozart and such I happend upon this blog, and seriously I loved every piece of it. I had to laugh so much reading this cause everything you wrote is (saying it again) spot on. I’m like seriously proud to be Austrian and I love my home country and after I got over my little mental mantra of “Jawohl Österreich!” and it’s many repetitions after reading this I can only say NICE WORK!

  243. Sorry if i have posted here already. This is not a spam. I’m just chasing dealines, but nonetheless i’m delighted I came across your site. It is lovely and interesting. I was wondering if you or any of your readers can give me some advice about recruitment in Austria. I’m working for a company that is looking to expand into Wien and was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best places to advertise locally. We are looking for English speaking businessmanagers so any advice would be greatly appreciated. We’ve advertised on Linkedin and Monster.com but haven’t had much luck attracting the right applicants

  244. So funny Carly! Being a Germanised – British person, I’d have to say that all of these points are pretty similar in the “other country” just larger, and perhaps less picturesque LOL! Either way, I love them both and have beautiful memories of when I went hiking in the mountains of Austria. I even went mushroom-picking in the forest. With a basket and everything. I couldn’t understand a word of what the man was saying though and when Austrians have different words for things it makes sense. I didn’t know this at the time. I thought I was backward in my German LOL.

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      Hahahaha yeah I didn’t understand half the things people said to me in Berlin! Its kind of a relief to know even native German speakers can’t always understand each other between Austrian and German dialects 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment lady!

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  247. I agree with a lot of points but the beer in your last picture is a German one and things like that are really iportant for us because we really hate it when somebody is mixing our cultures up 😀

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      Aw man I’ve been told off about that beer so much!! Haha but I know now how important it is so thank you for making sure I know 🙂

  248. sorry, I wasn’t patient enough to see the fields at the end of this website, so I replied to an older comment.
    There’s another fact I want to comment on though: Yes, it’s sooo true what another reader writes and that is the fact that Austria is a country of titles! When someone has got a title you HAVE to mention that when approaching this person with “guten tag, herr magister, ingenieur, doktor” etc. I was once working in a company where my boss was a “Magister” and even when he picked up the phone he answered with “Magister xxxx” which we employees found very funny and laughed often behind his back.

    About Viennese not being liked by other federal states in Austria: I once met a woman in her late 80s, here in Australia and asked her why the rest of Austria doesn’t like the Viennese. She told me that this comes from the past when women on the country had to work hard, wearing pants and getting their hands dirty while women in Vienna wore pretty dresses behaving like the ladies of Austria. Well, that’s a pretty poor attitude I think and we should leave the past in the past. We Viennese like our fellow Austrians, no matter where they come from or where they live, but unfortunately this still doesn’t apply to the other way around :-(.

    Something I realised since I live in Australia is: We Austrians say the word “hate” a lot – way too much for what it’s worth. When I migrated to Australia, people criticized my wording a lot and said “Hate is a strong word” and luckily I got used to avoid this word.

    I’ll fly to Austria next year and after reading people’s comments here I’m really curious how much has changed in “my” country (not a citizen anymore) within the past 16 years…..

  249. Thank you, this will be helping me a lot, because I am from Africa, and really want to know how things done there, I’ve being there few times, but I see I have a lot to learn

  250. Interesting points!

    I hate to get all negative though, but I agree with another comment further up that rudeness just seems so common here. That and unfriendliness along with what I perceive to be a general degree of suspicion just feel to me like pervasive aspects of Austrian society, and even Austrians themselves have on occasion said as much to me. Maybe noticing this depends on personality type or something as some people seem to register this a lot more than others. It’s honestly the only main drawback to what I feel is otherwise such a great country.

  251. I think the titles is part of how Austrians love to feel a bit clever and superior in their own kind of way. They criticize the Germans for it (“Sie meinen immer sie wissen alles”) but you then see the titles put bloody EVERYWHERE and if you’ve known Austrians before and after gaining said “Titel” you notice how much their ego can inflate afterwards!

    I was having a chat with a neighbour recently and she started complaining about it (“Titelsucht,” as I think she called it), which shows Austrians themselves find it a bit over the top too.

  252. I am Austrian have been studying in Adelaide for 5 months – and I think your post is just hilarious made me laugh so much 😀

  253. I’m an Australian who has been living in Austria for ca 25 years and I disagree 0n most points., Too many clichés. People are different and you will find similar characteristics in any country. My experience has shown that there are things I would suggest are typical Austrian, but would I find the same thing if I lived for a long period in another country, e.g. stubbornness (Tyrol)? Most likely. Men sitting to wee instead of standing – I wish! Clean and tidy; not any more. Austria has changed enormously over the last 15 years, but one thing that doesn’t change is bureaucracy, but they share that with other EU nations and Brussels.. For me typical Austrian is the love of titles and the number of people still in awe of a title. Even though the Viennese are different from other Austrians, there are differences in each area, but again that is something you find elsewhere, e.g. Germany. Is it typical Australian or typical Mensch? Take it all with a grain of salt.

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  255. Nicely spotted
    i am in the country for 2 full years and can agree on many points.

    My experience was different from yours on the following points:
    – i was very lucky with Viennese people – they came across as warm and hospital even though everyone says the opposite
    – i do not see moustache so much
    – i also did not observe Austrians as extremely physically fit probably due to the love for pork, Kuchen and smoking -) but all is true about national love for winter sports.

    i should say that here was the first time i met a male who pees sitting and he is Austrian, So i am with you. -)

    and yes – with all my respect – the clothing style overall is very boring in comparison to other big capitals.


    1. You really are lucky then. I have honestly had experiences in Vienna that people back home would literally find hard to believe if I told them. The sort of thing that if it happened there would at minimum end in a heated argument, at worst in fisticuffs!

  256. I am Austrian and i don’t think that there’s too much smoking here, it’s mostly just old people or weird teenagers. And by the way I also learned much about the country you come from – there are seriously shops open on a Sunday? Unbelieveable!
    Ps: It’s Kartoffelsalat, not Kartöffeln salat 🙂

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  259. Nice sense of humor! Btw, I was surprised about fifth point, because around 21% of the population of Austria are obese. Is it because of cheese juice?! Definitely want to try it.

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  261. Hi I am a real Austrian and I disagree with a few things you mentioned: e.g. Latella: it’s a very good cool drink in summer and you cannot compare it with “cheese juice” just try it once it tastes like fruit juice and nearly everybody I know loves it. Also don’t compare the Viennesd to us other Austrians. They are more like Germans (Preißn) than the rest of us.Moreover I hope there are not too many prejudices about us Austrians in the rest of the world.

  262. There are soooo many stupid people on this planet that mix up Austria and Australia. The one is a huge continent with kangaroos and the other one is a small but beautiful country in the alps in EUROPE!! Just remember that!

    1. The amount of usaians who confuse the two countries or don’t even care or know of their existence is too damn high lol. Many/most never get outside of their country or even states. Loved Austria when i used to live there.

  263. Love your compilation – almost all is true incl the seated pees (love that!) – what I would want to add on the ‘nude’ topic are the saunas and spas where we are really naked whilst surrounded by people we have never seen before.

    Further on enjoying water and pools are the outdoor swimming pools in every town and all the cities incl Vienna. So lovely and relaxing in summer. In winter, yet again, the spas come in with their 30 degree outdoor pools and jacuzzis.

    On eating habits: we love sausages – some varieties are quite particular, eg the black ones made from the blood of pigs and others you wouldnt want to know the recipe for. Actually, we love to eat them with mustard and/or grated horseradish. It’s a must!

    Anyway, thx for the article and congrats to your first ‘Dirndl’!

  264. Ja, und dann nicht vergessen wenn Du Wienerisch sprechen wilst dass einige Wörter vom Französischen kommen (eingeleitet vom Wiener Kongress in 1814), wie zum Beispiel: Bonbonaire, Trottoir, Plafond, Chandelier, Pissoire, Garsoniere, etc

  265. I am an American who has lived in Tirol and currently living in Vorarlberg. I must say, I have observed almost all of these things. And I certainly know what you mean about the Black Milk leggings. In the 5 years since you wrote this, the rather bland style of dress hasnt changed. I’ve noticed this in Germany and Switzerland also. I feel like people must look at my colorful clothes and jewelry and immediately know I’m not European.

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      Absolutely true! I’ve recently been using Zalon.at to order more interesting clothes because they at least have a spread of brands and a few different styles – but it can be rough. Embrace the colourful clothes and jewellery wholeheartedly I reckon, I’m sure Vorarlberg needs/will enjoy the colour 😉

  266. I’ve lived in Vienna for 2 years and can honestly say it is one of my least favorite places of the hundreds of cities I’ve been to or lived in. Not a gigantic fan of Austrians either. Most are unfriendly, grumpy or downright rude. And for the most part bland in just about everything they do, including the way they dress.

    I’m looking to move on soon. It’s been an interesting experience but not one I want to repeat for much longer, as I think there are much nicer countries, but most importantly, much nicer people just about everywhere else.

    1. This is very much how I feel too. I kind of envy people who “love Vienna” and think it’s this amazing place, as that just hasn’t really been my experience and it kind of makes me feel like I’m missing out. I too have lived in several places and always find enough positivity to make the experience enjoyable, but in Vienna the people seem to put such a dampener on things that I can’t say the same. They are often rude, unfriendly, and stand-offish, such that I haven’t ever really been able to properly warm up to the place. I too will end up moving on in the near future. Life is just too short.

  267. We are a Czech couple that visits Osterreich on regular basis. Thank you for funny and enjoyable article! Most points we agree with, the mistake with German beer has been pointed to death, so no need to elaborate on it, lol. To add our three eurocents – the animosity of Austrians towards Germans can be quite strong, and no-so-discreet. Once, we were wearing a DFB (Deutsche Fussband) hats and t-shirts, and the amount of evil looks and whispering behind our backs (not a good sort) was…enormous. Word “Piefke” appeared quite often,haha. And we are not even Germans. Also, many of our German friends tell us, they get overcharged for hotel rooms , because they are Deutsch on regular basis, and often get pretty bad level of service. For us, as Czechs, it is quite funny in a bizarre sort of way, but Austrian animosity towards their Teutonic neighbours is definitely not a myth..we have seen it way too many times. In general though , Austria is a lovely country – Felix Austria!

  268. I just wish the Austrians would stop staring all the time, it’s so freaky. My god they are so super insecure, they have no energy or confidence. Glad we got the hell out. Weird place through and through, the world’s most insecure nation. In Graz it was snobs, students, senior citizens, and scruffy hipster parents. Weird weird weird.

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