Category: Austria

Where to Buy and Sell Second-hand in Austria

Whether you just moved to Austria or are looking to let go of some items around your home, buying and selling second-hand items in Austria is possible. Not only is buying and selling second-hand items a great way to give old stuff a new life, but it is also environmentally friendly. You know what they […]

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Recipe for Villacher Kirchtag Soup

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Villach – Villacher Kirchtag! Today I am sharing a recipe for Kirchtagsuppe, a delicious soup served during Kirchtag. Villacher Kirchtag is the largest folk festival in Austria, with a week full of festivities and more than 400,000 visitors coming to town to celebrate. Kirchtag is my […]

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5 Inspiring Instagram Accounts from Austria

Austria is a beautiful country that is full of Instagram-worthy places. From the Alpine wilderness to the sophistication of Vienna, it is easy to understand why there are so many talented photographers snapping pics of this country on Instagram. Here are 5 Inspiring Instagram Accounts from Austria: Fabolus_Vienna is based in Vienna and features beautiful low-light pictures of […]

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Hiking the Finsterbach Waterfalls in Treffen am Ossiacher See

The Finsterbach Waterfall Trail in Treffen am Ossiacher See is one of the top hiking trails in the Villach area. Located near the Gerlitzen Alpe, the waterfalls bring water from the top of the mountain down to the Ossiachersee. The trail is remarkably rewarding for how easy it is. In about 1.4 kilometers of hiking, […]

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Villach Singt: Traditional Austrian Choirs in Carinthia

​Every year, the city of Villach hosts traditional Austrian choirs to perform in the city center for “Villach Singt.” Villach Singt takes place on a Saturday in June from 10 – 13:00. In the Villach Innenstadt there are several choir performance areas. The music is fantastic and it brings the town to life in the […]

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Gailtaler Speck Fest

Every year, the town of Hermagor hosts a Speckfest to showcase its delicious Gailtaler Speck. Speck (pronounced “shpeck”) is a salty, smoked and cured meat that is similar to Italian prosciutto with a sharper flavor. Speck is typically eaten as a part of “Jausen teller” which is charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, pickles, and bread. […]

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How I Converted my Foreign Driving License in Austria

  Today, I am sharing how I converted my American driving license to an Austrian driving license. I know, thrilling right? However, I saw this question posed on an expat message board and remembered just how confusing the process was. The best resource is to use the Conversion of a Foreign Driving Licence article on help.gv.at. […]

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Learning German in Austria

I have been on a quest to learn German since moving to Austria. When I initially moved here, I had this idea that by living in a German speaking country, I would gradually pick up the language through immersion. What I did not account for was how regional German can be. I had no idea that there […]

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Celebrating Easter in Austria with Carinthian Reindling 

Reindling is a traditional cake from the Austrian state of Carinthia that is served during Easter. On Easter, Carinthians will eat Reindling as a part of the traditional “Osterjause” which consists of ham, hard-boiled eggs and freshly grated horseradish. Reindling gets its name from the pan it is traditionally baked in called a Rein. The Rein […]

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Villach Easter Market

The Villach Easter Market takes place every year in the city center of Villach, Austria. There are several stalls selling sweets and snacks, as well as some handmade wares for sale from local artisans. This week kicks off the Easter Market and I was happy to visit today in search of some Carinthian Reindling. Easter in […]

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