Economics instructor, Waukesha County Technical College; partner, Senior Diamond Referrals
Cory Wanek regularly teaches economics at WCTC, but for more than a decade he has traveled twice a year to Vienna to teach economics there, as well.
“Take the CAT (City Airport Train) to the city center. It takes only 16 minutes, leaves every 30 minutes and costs about $20. A taxi usually costs about $60 and an Uber ride is about $36. Once there, taking a taxi or Uber is quite convenient and reasonably priced. The public transportation, which includes buses, trams, subway and the local trains, are clean and reliable. I suggest getting a weekly pass, which costs about $20, which is good on all the public transport options.”
“Vienna is well-known for their ‘coffee house culture.’ You can spend a whole morning or afternoon in one of their coffee houses, or cafes, just reading or talking with a friend without feeling rushed to pay or leave. They will not give you your bill until you ask for it. Doing so would be considered rude. This is true for all restaurants and cafes there.”
Most hotels on the ‘ring’ around the city center and those in the city center are very good places to stay. Vienna is a very multicultural city, but stay with the typical Austrian restaurants and foods. Plachutta is a must. Even though it’s a higher end restaurant, it’s worth every penny, which you spend there, for example, on the famous ‘Tafelspitz.’”
“Most will speak at least some English in Vienna, but it is good to know a few phrases in German. Allow time to see the city with those you are with for business. If they are from Vienna, they will be more than happy to show you some places. It is a good time to talk and develop the business relationship as you view this wonderful city! Vienna is a very safe and clean city.”