As you know, we are already great fans of the beautiful city that is Vienna. Like London or Paris, it is one of those cities that we would be just as happy spending a long weekend exploring as we would a full summer holiday.
It is a love affair that started when my parents visited, bringing me back a t-shirt with the word “Vienna” written on it in five different languages and it continued now we are lucky enough to work with the famous Spanish Riding School.
Speak Like a Local
As many of you know, language is important in the way that we, here at Good To See, like to travel. How can you properly relax and enjoy a drink or two when you know that, when the time comes, you can’t ask for the toilet or understand the answer?
So learning a bit of the local language is as important as visiting the Vienna Tourist Board for guaranteeing an enjoyable short break to Vienna. It’s not only a politeness but a way into the locals hearts.
In Austria, the official language is German, so practice
- “Guten Tag!” (Hello),
- “Zwei bier bitter” (two beers please),
- “Wo ist die toilette?” (where is the toilet),
- “Haben sie ein zimmer?” (do you have a room)
- and “danke schön” (thank you very much)
Once you have these off pat you can ask for two of anything, (“zwei kartoffeln bitte” – two potatoes please), you can find our where something is (“Wo ist die Spanische Reitschule” – where is the Spanish Riding School), you can find out if somebody has something that you want (“haben sie ein Taschentuch ? – do you have a hanky?) and you can thank them for their answer (danke schön)- even if you don’t understand it!
However, in Vienna they put a slight twist on this and speak a dialect called Austro-Bavarian. To be honest, it is not that different and probably not worth going down the route of learning it (just stick to German) but they do have some cracking sayings…
- “Liaba an Bauch vom Saufen, ois an Buckel vom Orbeiten.”
- “Wer fü pforzt, der braucht koan Orzt”
- “Wer long sudert wird net pudert.”
…are three great examples and I am sure you can find a use for one of them, but check their translations first 🙂
Want to know what they sound like? There are two ways: go to Vienna, to ask a local, or visit ImperialTalk
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