Visiting Vienna

One of the first things you should do you’re in Vienna is going to Stephansplatz, which is basically the city centre, the ancient medieval town. There you can walk through many tiny and beautiful streets, among bookshops, cafés and souvenirs. As soon as you get out of the metro station, you see the cathedral (Stephansdom) which you can visit, and you can also climb up the South Tower to get a great view on the city. It’s 343 steep steps, but it’s totally worth it! (Student tarif: 6€)


Two streets away from the cathedral stands the Mozarthaus — formerly known as Figarohaus — one of the many places where Mozart lived while he was staying in Vienna. You can visit it (full tarif: 11€), it’s 3 floors in total with an overview of Mozart’s life, works and family. He lived in this house for three years, and this is where he composed The Marriage of Figaro as well as Don Giovanni. It’s beautiful and the audioguide is in many languages, totally worth it!


In the Hofburg, also known as the Imperial District, you can visit the National Austrian Library, which is 650 years old and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. (Student tarif: 6€)

Take your time walking around this neighbourhood because it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s full of cafés and souvenir shops, and obviously old, beautiful buildings such as the parliament and the theatre, as well as the opera. You can also visit the Sisi museum there, as well as the Theatre Museum, which is in facts, a small palace. Don’t forget to walk past the opera as well!


Further in the North of Vienna, you can go to the Prater Gardens. It used the be the imperial hunting grounds, and has now become an amusement park. You can take the old ferris-wheel and have an amazing view over the city (for 9€), go on roller-coasters and eat cinnamon donuts there, and it’s totally worth the detour.


 

One of the unavoidable sights in Vienna, of course, is the Schönbrunn Palace, where Marie-Antoinette spend some of her childhood, and where Sisi lived as an empress. You can visit the Palace, or just tour the gardens and walk up to the Gloriette, where you have a great overview of both the site and the city itself.


If you’re into architecture, a walk from the city center (Wien Mitte) will take you through the 3rd district to the Hundertwasser House, which is a unique (and quite famous) building. The place itself is quite pretty along with some lovely souvenir shops.


Tips:

For public transports, there’s a weekly ticket available from Monday to Sunday which only costs 17.50€.

If you’re going to Vienna, be ready to walk a lot and spend a lot of time in cafés!

In the summer you can also take the U2 line up North and take a swim in the Danube!

There are also many opportunities to take day trips from Vienna, either with the bus or the train, to cities such as Bratislava (capital of Slovakia) or Salzburg (home city of Mozart in Western Austria), which I both recommend.

Have fun traveling, and I hope you have a wonderful day 💜

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Don’t go on Erasmus… It will change your life!

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Going on Erasmus and living abroad has always been a great dream of mine, and now that I am back in my hometown, I can tell you it exceeded all my expectations, and honestly changed me for the best. I have spent all my life hearing people ask me what I wanted to do with my life without really knowing what to say, but now I can finally say I have found my answer to this question: I am completing my degree (hopefully I will get it in June) and trying out some part-time jobs to save as much money as I can, and I am moving back to Berlin with two amazing girls I met there. And there, I will find a job in a bookstore or a café or something similar. And even if it will obviously not going to be easy – what is, really? – I can finally say that I have a plan.

I found a place where I belong.

Living abroad for a year has changed me in so many ways, and yes it sucks to be back in France, but I wouldn’t change any thing that happened this past year, because it has made me who I am now. I learnt how to care less. I learnt how to keep the people who matter in my life, and just forget about those who don’t. I learnt how to live in a foreign country. I definitely got better at administrative stuff. I realised that I didn’t miss France one bit. I came back at the end of July and have already been back in Berlin once. I grew addicted to coffein and I don’t regret it one bit. I became a vegetarian in the most vegan-friendly place I know. I met the best people in the world, and I can’t wait to see them again. I got a tattoo. But more importantly, I got so many amazing memories to cherish. And that’s forever.

I found a place where I belong, in the last possible place I expected to belong, to be honest. And I can’t wait to be back there. In this place that feels like home.

I used to hear people say that going on Erasmus was an amazing experience and everything, and I would gently chuckle, thinking they were exaggerating. Well let me tell you. They were right. Sometimes, I even think that I have become an adult.  It’s a study in people, in places, and in life in general. It is the best experience you could possibly dream of. At least it was for me.

And I can only recommend and encourage you to do the same. It’s an opportunity you might only get once in a  life time but I promise, if you catch it, you won’t regret it. And it will help you and change you in every possible way.

Warning: don’t go on Erasmus if you don’t want your life to change, because I can guarantee you it will! 😉

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Feel free to share some Erasmus or abroad experiences in the comments!

Tips To Travel To Paris

Last week, two of my friends visited me in Paris and I came up with some advice and pictures. I originally shared this post on Travel Amino (you can add me there, I’m also called Clemi Reads) and I figured I could also share it on here so more people could read it!

I hope these are useful, I also added some more from my original post, since I got a few more ideas as I wrote this.

Pictures are all mine!

* Be aware that the security in crazy high in Paris, and your bag will be checked everywhere.

* All National Museums are free for people under 18 and European students under 26, so always carry ID and/or student ID if you meet these conditions. Also, you don’t have to stand in line for tickets if you meet the conditions. You will just need to stand in line for security. (Louvre, Orsay and Versailles are all national museums). I believe they are also free for teachers, though you might need to check that.

* The entrance to Notre Dame is free. If there is a long line when you come, you can also go about half an hour before it closes in the evening, there shouldn’t be a long line at that time!

* Go visit Shakespeare and Company, it’s the best booshop ever! ♥

* If you want to go to the Louvre, there is always a huge line for security through the Pyramid. However, there are other entrances with no or very little line. One of them is through the metro station Palais Royal Musée du Louvre. Follow Exit n°6 and then the arrows pointing at the museum entrance. The line for security is much smaller if you go this way.

* Keep in mind that a lot of museums are closed on Tuesday.

* If you want to go to Versailles, you should go at 9 am to avoid the crowd.

* If you want to go to the Eiffel Tower, I definitely recommend taking the stairs instead of the elevator, as it’s much cheaper (student price is 5€ to the second floor, there are 3 floors) and also the line is much shorter. It’s around 650 steps to the second floor but it’s honestly doable!

* You will need a transports ticket. I believe there is a tourist ticket, but I’m not sure it’s the cheapest way to travel, especially if you don’t need to go to the airport. There is a day ticket called Mobilis which is, I believe, much cheaper.

Don’t hesitate to ask me if you want more advice and addresses!