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The Catholic church offering free tattoos? It’s a cross I’d be happy to bear | Bidisha Mamata
A monastic group in Vienna is offering to ink followers: with its cycle of pain and regret, it’s pure Old Testament, says Observer columnist Bidisha Mamata

Bidisha Mamata

22, Mar, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Rail route of the month: through the Alps to the Adriatic – Vienna to Trieste
Our slow travel expert finds the perfect excursion for winter days when daylight hours are short, leaving the Austrian capital just after dawn and reaching the Adriatic port at dusk

Nicky Gardner

04, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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In a whirl: aesthetic overload in Vienna
Art, music, coffee, chocolate cake … the Austrian capital, also the cultural heart of Europe, has it all

Simon Tiffin

08, Mar, 2020 @10:59 AM

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How do you get teenagers on a cycling holiday? Try the Danube for an easy ride
‘The prospect of cajoling my kids to cycle from Vienna to Budapest filled me with dread – but the only drama came from the scenery’

Amelia Gentleman

01, Feb, 2020 @12:00 PM

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Dream ticket: the night train from Cologne to Vienna
With Austria’s state railway revamping its night train network, our writer ponders the future of travel in Europe on one of its Nightjet sleeper cars

Dan Richards

11, Jan, 2020 @11:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Vienna: 10 top tips
With such a rich cultural and historical heritage, the Austrian capital is a wonder to wander but don’t overlook its diverse neighbourhoods, cuisine and bars

Christopher Brennan, interviewed by Kevin Rushby

16, Dec, 2019 @6:30 AM

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Six of Europe’s best cities for vintage and retro shopping
Locals share their go-to shops and markets for great-value items with bags of style and a tale to tell. Scroll down to see collectors’ favourite finds

Guardian writers

16, Nov, 2019 @7:00 AM

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A whirl through Vienna's modernist era, 100 years on
Celebrating a century at the heart of the modernist movement, the Austrian capital is putting on quite a show

Alice Fisher

11, Feb, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Sleeve notes: Recordbag, the essential music shop stop in Vienna
If you love music Recordbag is the perfect spot: a small, independent shop that supports up and coming bands, hosts in-store gigs and has its own label

Luke Jones, lead singer, Sheepy

22, Mar, 2017 @11:05 AM

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Five European city tours with a difference
From a hair-raising rooftop walk of Stockholm to a drag queen-led stroll through Hamburg and sniffing your way around Vienna

Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Maddy French and Will Coldwell

20, Sep, 2016 @5:30 AM

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Ten tips on how not to get in trouble on your travels
Whether it’s burping in the streets of Vienna, bible bashing in the Maldives or gum smuggling in Singapore, here’s what you need to avoid

Will Coldwell

24, Feb, 2016 @5:06 PM

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Five things to do in Vienna, the world’s most liveable city
The Austrian capital officially offers the highest quality of life on the planet. Even if you don’t live there, here’s how to make the most of a visit

Kevin Rushby

23, Feb, 2016 @5:14 PM

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