We offer a lovely self contained modern flat (studio) in one of the most exclusive districts of Vienna. This peaceful and quiet suburb is ideally situated to explore Vienna (the famous Palace of Schönbrunn is practically next door!) and the surrounding treasures (the wine country of the Wachau).
In the well proportioned living room there is one hide away double bed and a comfortable sofa-bed, an open plan kitchen with all gadgets like microwave oven, ice crusher etc. There is central heating or air condition, a CD-and radio-player, TV set at your disposal, internet access can be provided. From the front hall you enter a separate bathroom (bathtub with shower and washing machine) and separate toilet. You have your own key and are completely independent.
The flat overlooks a spacious, quiet garden which is also used by our friendly neighbours.
We ourselves live next door and the flat is used by us to accommodate visiting friends. So no real exchange is necessary and the flat could also be rented out.
We will be there to help if you want to (We are experienced tour-guides) and our greatest pleasure is to make new friends around the world and see the world from a different angle.
Practically next door to our flat there is not only the Palace of Schoenbrunn, but you will also be hobnobbing with lots of residents who live in the villas around us that were originally built by the followers of the Austrian Emperors to be as near as possible to the "Royals" in their summer residence of Schoenbrunn. In earlier times this part of Vienna was a wine growing region and there are still some idyllic new wine places (the famous Viennese "Heurigen") in quaint old vintners’ houses more or less next door.And now is the time of the wine harvest and the "storm", the delicious first stage of the new wine, drunk at the famous "Heurigen" amidst the flaming fall colours of the wine-leaves!
Nowadays of course there is a bus on the doorstep that gets you to the metro/underground and within twenty minutes into the city centre.
About Vienna and its cultural and historical venues and its beauty at any time of the year nothing need to be said. It is as beautiful as all the songs and brochures say. There is music old and new, not only in the air but also in many of the theatres and concert halls of which the Golden Hall of the Musikverein and the State Opera (worldfamous not only for its opera ball!) are not the only ones. In summer Vienna is brimming over with places where you can enjoy an elaborate meal (where once and still today emperors, queens and other celebrities used and use to dine) or simply enjoy the buzzing life of the Viennese and the many tourists from a "Schanigarten", one of the roadside places that spring up with the first warm rays of the sun right on the sidewalks.
In winter of course the atmosphere is tinged with romance at the many advent markets with their lovely and enticing perfume of winterspices and mulled wine, snowy huge Christmas trees and lovely arts and handicrafts that leave you with maybe more souvenirs to take home than you intended.
If you want a break from the city the famous Vienna Woods are within walking distance.
We are a family of two with a grown up daughter who has left the nest: Walter and Maria took early retirement from teaching (engeneering technology and foreign languages, also German as a foreign language) and now work freelance as educational advisors and consultants. Our daughter Stefanie is twenty-four and a student of languages at the University of Vienna. She has spent the fall term 2005 at the University of Illinois as an exchange student and spring 2007 as a research student at the University of York and will be teaching at the University of Mexico City (UNAM) from spring 2009.She occasionally travels with us.
We have travelled widely (Asia, Australia, Africa, America, South America, Europe), are very outgoing and can think of nothing nicer than to meet new people and make friends. We are experienced exchangers ( our partners from England, Scotland,France,Italy,U.S.A.,Canada,South America,Africa,Australia, New Zealand can give recommendations) and have only had the best experiences so far.(35 exchanges!) We would be happy to help you in any way with your sightseeing and with whatever you might need.
We also offer Immersion German on a person to person basis for every conceivable purpose and length of time with your private apartment thrown in and your own personal and highly professional teacher. Ask us for details.