Friday, April 6, 2012

We want to Go with Oh to Vienna!

We interrupt this post to bring you BREAKING NEWS!

Did you know House Hunters International chose us to film an episode this past winter? And we finally have an air date! If you live in the U.S. mark your calendars for May 3rd. Our episode will air at 10:30pm EST and 1:30 am EST on HGTV. Air dates are subject to change, but you can verify them here and read our episode description here. Once we know the air dates for other countries we'll let you know right here on our blog.

After our episode airs in the US we have permission to tell you all about our new pad and take you behind the scenes of the show. We've been sitting on photos of our new place since January and it has been very difficult to keep quiet about it, so we can't wait!

In light of our impending stardom (We kid. Sort of. The show is watched by 97 million people around the world.) Go with Oh would be crazy not to chose us to be their travel bloggers this Fall! And without further ado...



There must be something in the water in Vienna. The list of historically significant men and woman this city has raised is as long as the its RingstraßeMarie Antoinette, Gustav Klimt, Strauss, Schubert, Otto Wagner, Karl Landsteiner, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and more. Consequently, Vienna is known for many things: music and Mozart, roses and romance, luxurious balls and local's beer gardens, sachertorte and Sisi. And we want to explore just what makes Vienna so multi-faceted and culturally significant when Go with Oh to Vienna this autumn. 



When we Go with Oh to VIENNA we will:


1. TAKE WALTZING LESSONS. While most people were hanging out at the mall during high school, we took dancing lessons together. Think foxtrot, jive, and classical ballroom. Fast forward six years and we're a bit rusty. But what better place to brush up on our waltz than Vienna? Home to the magnificent Vienna Opera Ball, we'll take a class in Viennese waltzing in the city where it was born. 

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2. OUTDOOR OPERA. It's no secret: Vienna is the world's capital of music. More famous composers have lived in Vienna than any other city in the world, and it would be amiss if we didn't take in a performance when we Go with Oh to Wien. But we'll do it a little differently than most. Opera al fresco, anyone?

From April to September the Vienna State Opera shows selected performances on a live screen on the square in front of the opera house. And best of all, they're free. Throw in some Viennese chocolates (we'll grab some at the city's Chocolate Museum) and a bottle of Gemischter Satz, and we'll spend a perfectly romantic evening with Strauss under the stars.


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3. SKATING ON THE DANUBE - WITH WHEELS. When we were in Vienna last February the Danube had frozen over, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to skate on the river. But in the autumn you can still skate the Danube - on wheels. Rollerblades to be precise. The Danube island, or Donauinsel, is a long narrow island in the middle of the Danube dedicated to recreation activities. And we are challenging ourselves to skate it tip to tip (21 km!) and work up a sweat alongside Vienna's locals. Mike has a bit a lot more experience on Rollerblades than Jess, so we'll see just how far we get.


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4. PALATIAL TOURS. Vienna was once the seat of power for the Hapsburg Empire. Who, it turns out, were quite fond of constructing opulent palaces during their 300 year rule. We want to experience this royal legacy by visiting the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the summer Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn). Schonbrunn is overflowing with superlatives, and here we'll see the world's largest water lily at the Palm House, the world's oldest zoo, the location of six-year-old Mozart's first concert, and the best view of the palace and the city. At Hofburg we'll meet Empress Sisi, and see where Austria's most famous couple - Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elizabeth - lived and played.

image from our February 2012 trip

5. PLAY AT THE PRATER. The Prater is Vienna's 250 year old urban playground, and it's here where new Vienna meets old Vienna. In the mid to late 19th century Viennese aristocrats, in their horse-drawn carraiges, rubbed elbows with famous composers here, just as the Wurstelprater (the Prater's amusement park) was beginning to take shape. You'll still find nostalgic carousels,  Punch and Judy shows, and plenty of vintage park rides at the Prater today. But over the years the Prater has grown and now boasts over 250 attractions, including a Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and high tech roller-coasters, making it the perfect place to spend an action-packed day.

Won't you join us? We'll take you on a phototour of Prater, starting at the Prater Museum. We'll hop on a roller-coaster before we grab lunch at Scweizerhaus, the Prater's beer garden. And in the afternoon we want to explore the park's green spaces, pop into a funhouse, and play bumper cars. At sunset we'll take a ride in one of the luxury cabins of the infamous Risenrad - the Prater's 116 year old, 200 foot high ferris wheel - with a glass of champagne, enjoying unparalleled views of Vienna and St. Stephen's Cathedral. We'll end the day at the Prater Dome, Austria's largest disco.

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- Mike & Jess


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6 comments :

  1. You guys will be on House Hunters International? I love that show! I watch it all the time. I will have to keep an eye out for you guys!

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    1. Glad to hear you like the show! We're getting pretty nervous about so many people watching it, hopefully we didn't do anything to embarrassing on film. Do let us know what you think once you see it!

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  2. I lived in Vienna for a while and can tell you that in summer it is very charming! If you go there, check out the fabulous Daniel Hotel and bakery/café. It is FAB!!

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! We LOVE getting tips from locals in-the-know.

      We've pinned this one on our Go with Oh Pinterest board and will be sure to check it out when we go back to Vienna! http://pinterest.com/by_jess/we-want-to-gowithoh-through-europe/

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  3. exciting! I love watching House Hunters! I'll definitely be on the lookout come May 3rd - can't wait see you guys on TV!

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    1. You'll probably see it before we will! We don't get the DVD until June. Let us know how silly we look on TV :)

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