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Grinzing

The quiet villages scattered among the vineyards on the slopes of the Vienna Woods usually come to life during the wine-making season, when large groups of tourists descend on them to sample the new-vintage Heuriger. Originally, the vintners were licensed to sell their own wine, while snacks were offered for free. This tradition developed into today’s Heurigen — newvintage wine taverns, typical of Vienna. Today, of course, such hospitality is no longer offered for free. At Heurigen inns, wine and other drinks are served at the table and food is available from self-service buffets. Guests sit on benches around wide wooden tables, where they can drink and enjoy themselves until the early hours. There are many such villages in the area around Vienna, but undoubtedly the most famous of all is Grinzing. Although it may have lost some of its original charm, this is still a nice place to spend an evening. On the way to Grinzing, it is worth taking the time to visit the Heiligenstadter Testament- Haus at in the narrow Probusgasse, Ludwig van Beethoven’s most famous home in Vienna. It was here that the great composer tried to find a cure for his worsening deafness; when he failed, he wrote a dramatic letter to his brothers, known as The Testament.

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