Road blocks due to Akademikerball

Due to the Akademikerball on Friday, 26th January, and announced demonstrations against it, there will be police cordons and traffic restrictions around the Hofburg and Heldenplatz. From 4 p.m. the Ring will be blocked between Schwarzenbergplatz and Äußeres Burgtor. Tram and bus lines 1, 2, 62, 71, D, 1A, 2A and 3A will be out of service or redirected. Shops in the surrounding area might be closed from 4 p.m.

The traffic situation can be checked here:,16.43369,11,traffic

Parking permit for the 10th district

With the extension of the U1 subway line to Oberlaa in September 2017 the city of Vienna also introduced a new city-wide parking management. In order to facilitate the application, the opening hours of the municipal authorities have been extended.

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Finding a parking space in Favoriten is not easy. The new parking management will help to reduce traffic and provide additional parking spaces.

As of now Favoriten is the 17th district with the new parking management, which enables parking on weekdays form 9 am to 7 pm.


10 Things you should consider in case you are experiencing spontaneous wanderlust

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experiencing spontaneous wanderlust

With these tricks this holiday is guaranteed to be the most beautiful time of the year.

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1 compare offers
Bargain Hunters! Last Minute Deal  tour operators are often cheaper than flat-rate travel offers. You should definitely compare the offers and you should book by the lowest provider.
I recommend you to use portals like for example Expedia or Opodo.
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2  Be flexible
Travel prices are very different it depends on the day. Therefore,  flexibility is the A and O. 
Do not commit yourself to a certain arrival and departure. Flights on weekdays are often
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3 Avoid School holidays! 

You can save money when you look at the holiday calendar. During the summer holidays is high season.
Flight prices could be much cheaper off season. Calculate the costs for the transfer to the airport.
Sometimes train rides/transportation is not included.

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4 Do not book at the airport!

Still widespread but not true: At the airport, there are the best last minute bargains.
The last minute counters at the airport are normal travel agencies, which offer the same as you can find even in the large booking portals.
Book your hoiday at home at your sofa and  you have not to drive to the airport.
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5 Stay awake

Stay up late, especially when traveling by plane. Whoever makes the night to day, gets the cheapest flights.
The best ticket prices are usually available at 1 o'clock in the night.
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6 Read the small print

This is especially true for all - inclusive offers. Check what the offer includes.
Is it really a 24 hour drink flat rate? A closer look at the small print is definitely worth it.
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7 Wanderlust

Who just wants to get out, needs to be flexible regarding destination. The countries, which are currently in trend are often more expensive than other travel destinations.
Also, the cost of living on the ground plays a role. Depending on the goal you can save money.
For the weather-proof among you, it is also worth travelling to countries where now the rainy season prevails.
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8 Be ready for a compromise

Anyone who wants to get the best offer on the last minute must also be willing to make a compromise.
Who books the last must takes what remains. Sometimes the hotel is a bit further away from the beach, sometimes it goes instead of Mallorca to Bulgaria.
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9 Get information about your holiday destination

You should definitely inform yourself about your holiday destination before you travel.
So you avoid unpleasant surprises during your journey and on the spot. Is a passport required and which currency do I need in this country?
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10 Vaccination protection

Spontaneously to Thailand or South Africa? Check in any case your vaccine passport.
For many exotic targets the vaccination protection is essential. Most vaccinations can be made relatively short date. For some countries, like Africa or south America, you need proof of a yellow fever vaccination.
This must be at least 10 days before arrival.

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EU approves visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The European Union approved visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens. Ukrainians will no longer require visas to travel to most EU countries for tourism, family visits and business reasons.

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Ticks – TBE vaccination

Ticks (Zecken in German) are most active from March through November, with greatest activity in spring and summer. They live in soil and climb as high as 70cm (28″) on grass and bushes to look for their hosts (animal and human). They usually attach themselves to hair-covered portions of the head, behind ears, elbow, backs of knees, and to hands and feet. If you hike or spend time exploring the Vienna woods and parks, you might have seen signs warning against ticks. Around Central Europe, there are increasing amounts of ticks that can cause tick-born encephalitis (TBE), a viral disease transmitted by the bite of an infected tick (i.e. not every tick transmits the disease).

There is no known treatment for TBE and the only way TBE infection can be successfully prevented is through vaccination. One effective vaccination recommended for Austria is manufactured by the Canadian corporation Baxter (the vaccination is called FSME-IMMUN).

Other measures for general tick bite prevention:

- avoid tick-infested areas when possible (read the warning signs!)
- wear light-colored long-sleeved clothing, tight at wrists and ankles, and shoes that cover the entire foot
- apply DEET to skin and permethrin to clothing
- check skin and clothes regularly for ticks.

Be careful and check yourself, your family and your pets regularly!

Please find more information abou tick bite prevention in English on the following homepage:


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Good to know

U4 is this weekend only operating between  Hütteldorf ande Schottenring - Please use tram E4 instead

Easter Monday is a holiday in Austria - shops  are closed (have a look at our news section: You need milk on Sunday or on a holiday and find out which shops are open)

Easter markets are open until the 17th of April

15.04.2017 - you may change from summer to winter tires

Increase of Austrian Broadcasting Fees on the 1st of April 2017

GIS - broadcasting fee to receive signal for radio and TV

In Austria you are required by law to register and purchase a licence for all broadcasting reception equipment.

Fees will be increased on the 1st of April 2017

Euro 26.33 (Vienna)
Euro 26.33 (Lower Austria)
Euro 26.73 (Styria)
Euro 20.93 (Upper Austria)
Euro 25.63 (Salzburg)
Euro 26.03 (Carinthia)

Vienna tops Mercer's quality of living survey on cities

Vienna is the top city in the world for overall quality of living for the eight consecutive year, according to the latest Mercer Quality of Living Survey.

The majority of cities on the top ten on the list are European, with Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel – a newcomer to the list in 10th place – all featuring.

The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5).

According to the survey, the highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79).

At 34th on the list Dublin, is the highest ranking city across the UK and Ireland.

In the UK, London (40) ranks highest ahead of Edinburgh (45), Birmingham (53), Glasgow (53), Aberdeen (58), and Belfast (66).

Commenting on Dublin’s ranking, Consultant at Mercer Ireland Noel O’Connor said: “Dublin enjoys high standards of quality of living and remains an attractive location for business.

“Some of the factors placing Dublin in the top 50 for quality of living worldwide include an excellent choice of consumer goods, lower levels of air pollution, stable political, and strong socio-cultural environment.”

Mercer’s survey is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

SERBIAN driving licenses can now be changed without taking a practical test in AT

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If you hold a non-EEA driving licence and have become a resident of Austria, you must exchange your driving licence for an Austrian driving licence within 6 months.  

Since February 2017 Serbian driving licenses are considered equivalent to driving licences issued in Austria and can therefore be exchanged for an Austrian licence WITHOUT having to take a practical test.

RANDOS is happy to support you in this matter!

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1 St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
Stephansdom, one of Vienna’s most famous sights. St. Stephen's Cathedral defines the city centre and has been the heart of Vienna for centuries. It is one of the most famous Viennese sights and was built in 1147 AD. For a long time it was uncontested as highest building in Europe measuring almost 137 m.

Various tours are offerd - also towers can be visited. In the North Tower, Austria's largest bell, known as the Boomer Bell (Pummerin), has found its home (there is an express elevator to the observation platform - skip this great view if you are afraid of heights!). Next to the North Tower elevator is the entrance to the catacombs underneath the cathedral, an underground burial place which contains the mausoleum of the bishops, the tombs of Duke Rudolph the Founder and 14 other members of the Habsburg family, and 56 urns with the intestines of the Habsburgs buried between 1650 and the 19th century in the Imperial Burial Vault.

In the South Tower, the 343 steps of a tight spiral staircase lead up to the watchman's lookout 246 feet above 

2 Schoenbrunn palace in Vienna
Schonbrunn Palace, or Schloss Schonbrunn, means 'beautiful spring' and was a royal hunting park when plans were made to build a sumptuous palace to rival Versailles. Queen Maria Theresa's architect, Nicholas Pacassi, is responsible for the eventual design of a long, symmetrical palace full of gilding and crimson displays drawing on Japanese, Italian, Persian and Indian works of art. There are ceiling frescoes celebrating the Habsburgs and 18th century furnishings. It was finally finished in 1749.

The gardens are huge and beautiful. There is a spectacular iron and glass palm house, a maze and labyrinth, and a viewing terrace. The gardens have been open since 1779, making it the first public park in the world. The palace is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Various tours are offered!

3 Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck - Tyrol - Golden Roof
Centred on one truly gorgeous Old Town of Baroque palaces and Tyrolean mansions, Innsbruck is every inch the onetime residence of revered Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Weaving between the cobbled lanes and old imperial palaces left over from Habsburg rule, visitors here can spy out sights like the Golden Roof and the grand whitewashed Hofburg.

And then there are armouries to see, and glorious Ambras Castle on the ridges above the city, not to mention the wealth of lively little Bavarian-style beer halls and energetic apres joints touting schnitzel and strudel near the base of the nearby pistes!

4 Wiener Prater in Vienna
Adventure, tradition, and Viennese charm at once - no other place radiates so much energy  as the Vienna Prater.

A fascinating world awaits visitors and guarantees entertainment for both young and old. Full of turbulent roller coasters, spooky ghost trains and attractions of all sorts  - there is hardly any other place in the world to challenge your senses in this intoxicating way. Time flies here while spendind a few pleasurable hours with your family, enjoying the Prater highlights or just having dinner with friends. Have fun and enjoy – this is the Prater's motto!.

5 Großglockner in Salzburg/Carinthia
Veritable roof of Austria as a whole makes its home amidst the chiselled summits and rugged peaks of the Hohe Tauern massif. Here, on the very divide between Carinthia and the Zillertal Alps of the Tyrol, the mighty Grossglockner soars to a whopping 3,798 meters above sea level. 

People come to hike in the glorious Alpine landscapes all around the peak, or to traverse the iconic High Alpine Road that hairpins around the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoints and 2,500-meter-high mountain passes.

6 Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna
A journey on the giant ferris wheel in Vienna, Austria is an unforgettable experience. It was built over a hundred years ago and has been updated on several occasions. During World War Two it was almost completely destroyed. The Viennese call the wheel the 'Riesenrad' and hold it in such esteem that it was one of the first structures/buildings to be rebuilt after its destruction during the war. Currently the wheel has over 750 000 visitors a year.

7 Fortress Hohensalzburg
Building work on Hohensalzburg Fortress was initiated by Archbishop Gebhard in 1077. It is the largest completely preserved castle in central Europe.
The fortress is over 900 years old and was originally built to guarantee the safety of the archbishops; while also serving as barracks and a prison. Today’s exterior was designed by Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach. Of particular interest are the fortress museum and the medieval stately chambers. The interior of the fortress was furnished to impress with magnificent gothic carvings, ornamental paintings and frescos, and decorative gold leaf – all of which attests to the wealth of the prince bishops.

8 Grazer Uhrturm - Gothic Clocktower in Styria
A glorious Old Town heart and a lively student vibe make Graz one of Austria’s best-loved and most fun-loving cities. Anchored on one seriously attractive Innere Stadt that fuses everything from Renaissance to Gothic to Slavic architectural styles between its cobbled streets and sea of red-tiled roofs, the centre here is awash with fascinating historical sites, like the Schlossberg hill, complete with one curious clock tower, and the Styrian Armoury, where a whopping 32,000 guns, swords, suits of armour and more stand testimony to the city’s onetime place on the frontier between the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe.

9 Dachstein in Styria
2,995 metre high Dachstein is the highest mountain in Styria and is located amid a stunning alpine landscape. From the Dachstein you have a panoramic view over the peaks of Austria as far as the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

Attractions such as the Dachstein suspension bridge, the Sky Walk, the Ice Palace and the stairway to nothingness guarantee an unforgettable experience.  Breathtaking moments are promised along with thrills with a view. In addition, the trip up the mountain on the Dachstein panorama gondola is an experience in itself. 

10 The Krimml Waterfalls
Europe’s highest waterfalls at High Tauern National Park They are impressive, mystical and unique: with a total height of 380 m across three cascades, the Krimml Waterfalls in Salzburg’s Pinzgau are an overwhelming and very healthy experience.
What explains our fascination for this grand natural spectacle and what secret healing power is hidden behind the masses of water?
We shed some light on its history and tell you interesting facts about the Hohe Tauern Health initiative. A few facts and figures explain the tremendous force with which the waterfall unremittingly rumbles down into the valley. Let yourself be surprised and see the beauty and grandeur of the Krimml Waterfalls yourself during a visit!

Choose your favourite expat blog


You are relocated to Vienna and can't wait to get first-hand information about life in Vienna? Let's read how other expats spend their time in Vienna and which experiences they make......Why not starting to write your own blog by the time you get here. We at RANDOS are excited about reading your Vienna Blog.

The Vienna Expat Community offers a list with a selection of Expat Blogs about life in Vienna.

The list  is far from exhaustive – it captures different Expat experiences of life in Vienna – some blogs are older and now discontinued, but nevertheless contain a lot of information about various people’s takes on life in Vienna.

German language learning

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In Austria third-country nationals need to prove for some residence titles, that they have German language skills at least at level A2. According to the European language levels the level A2 means the following:

Understanding/Listening A2
I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.
I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.
Spoken production
I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.
I can write short, simple notes and messages. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.

Three ideas how to improve your German 

  1.  Have a look at "Mein Sprachportal" - there are free online exercises and materials 

  2.  Meet locals, many people in Vienna are into foreign languages - Language Swap is a platform for people seeking learning partners for a cost-free, self-organised   language swap (tandem learning). 

  3.  Learn German in a language school – Sometimes you need to study basics in a school

You need milk and it is Sunday or a holiday? No problem!

Open shops on Sundays and holidays in Vienna & Graz

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In Vienna the store’s are closed on Sundays and Holidays, but don’t worry there are places open for those who have not managed to work in food shopping during the week. Please note what you may purchase on these days is limited by law.

Shops in major railway stations and airports are allowed to open on Sundays but have to limit their supplies. The following shops are usually open on sundays and public holidays, too:

  • Billa Praterstern Bahnhof Wien Nord, Praterstern, 1020 Wien 6.00-22.00

  • Billa Franz-Josef- Bahnhof Julius Tandler Platz 3, 1090 Wien 6.00-22.00

  • merkur mini-markt Bahnhof City Wien Westbahnhof 1150 Wien, 9:00-21:00

  • SPAR Pronto Wien Mitte, Landstraßer Hauptstraße, 1030 Wien, 6:00 – 23:00

  • Billa Airport Wien-Schwechat, Schwechat, 6.30-22.00

The OKAY’s in the various stations are like an enhanced 7-11. They have a little bit of a lot of things-breads, drinks, cheeses, vegetables, eggs, candies, chips, etc. For those who are out of something desperately needed, they’re great.

A little SPAR in the General Hospital is also open daily:
  • SPAR im AKH, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, 1090 Wien 09:00 – 19:00

Esso Petrol Station it’s on corner of Landstrasse/ Oberzellergasse Open 24hours every day. they have fresh baked bread, frozen food, beer,cornflakes..everything really. of course they are a bit more expensive than a normal store..but then so is 7/11.

Besides most Bakeries are open on Sundays and some on Holidays


Be it in the evening, on Sundays or holidays - here is where you can still shop in Graz

8.00pm and you suddenly feel like some fresh fruit or a nice snack for your relaxed evening of TV? Sunday afternoon would be the best time for you to shop? No problem. In Graz you will find a number of shops open in the evening, on Sundays or on public holidays - such as at the main railway station or the airport.
The following supermarkets are open late:

  • Spar at Hauptbahnhof (main railway station), Europaplatz 2, 8020 Graz, Mon - Sun: 6.00am - 10.00pm

  • Spar am Flughafen (airport), Flughafenstr. 51, 8073 Feldkirchen, Mon - Sun: 5.30am - 9.00pm

  • Spar, Hans-Sachs-Gasse 14, 8010 Graz, Mon - Sat: 6.00am - 9.00pm


Family allowance

The monthly amount of family allowance per child varies according to the age of the child.
From January 1, 2016 these amounts per child and month are:

from birth 111.80 Euro
3 years and over 119.60 Euro
10 years and over 138.80 Euro
19 years and over 162.00 Euro

If there are several children in a family, the total amount of family allowance rises by the following
amounts (sibling supplement scale):

a) by 13.80 Euro per month for two children,
b) by 51.00 Euro per month for three children,
c) by 104.00 Euro per month for four children,
d) by 157.00 Euro per month for five children,
e) by 210.00 Euro per month for six children,
f) by 51.00 Euro per month and child for seven children and more.
Supplement for a child with a severe disability is 152,90 Euro.

Child tax credit:
Each tax-payer who draws family allowance is entitled to child tax credit amounting to 58.40 per
child and month.
This child tax credit is paid together with the family allowance and does not require a separate

Where to apply:
At the tax office for your place of residence

Agreement on Social Security between Austria and India

Deployment regulation:
An employed person who, being in service of an employer in the territory of one of the Contracting States, is posted in the territory of the other Contracting State, shall remain subject to the legislation of the former Contracting State. He shall also continue to pay contributions under that state’s legislation, as if he continued to be employed in the territory of that country on the condition that the foreseeable duration does not exceed 60 months.
Personnel of air transport organizations and persons who work on board of a ship be subject to the legislation of that Contracting State.
Social Security:
The periods of coverage of a person completed in a third country, with which the concerned Contracting State has a Social Security Agreement of the same kind, shall be taken into account for the purpose of acquiring entitlement to a benefit under respective legislation.
Pension insurance:
The Agreemkent provides comprehensive security in the area of pension insurance.

Homepage relaunch

The relocation business is an extremely flexible and varying branch. There are no similar days. Our clients’ requests carry the demand for persistent orientation and information exchange in order to be able to provide them with the best service on the market. This makes us both highly specialized all-rounders and convertible trouble-shooters. Thus our team is always flexible, mobile and open for new challenges. Our motto says that “we expect the unexpected”, especially in relation to the Austrian authorities.
Therefore was the re-launch of our new homepage a great concern. Our goal was to get even closer to you than before; to be with you – as your favored relocation specialist in Austria. The new RANDOS homepage is becoming our new communication tool: We would like to provide you with valuable information, hints, and first and foremost support and help during your relocation.