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Between christmas and new year we spent a few very relaxed days in Vienna.

Visions of sachertorte
and people saying grussgott
the barok and roccocco
of the mind

Yes, all that is true. But with plenty of world class art on show, fine hotels and some great traditional coffee houses, Vienna makes a great destination for a city trip.

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This picture is a zoomed-in view from the window of our hotel room. It shows one of the many churches of the Austrian capital. Austria is an old school catholic country.

Grüß Gott translates literally as 'God greets (you)'). It has long been the most common greeting form in Southern Germany and Austria. The salutation sometimes receives a sarcastic response from Northern (and thus mainly Protestant) Germans, such as "If I see Him" ("Wenn ich ihn sehe") or "Hopefully not too soon" ("Hoffentlich nicht so bald"). A bit silly, isn't it?

As outsiders we also found this greeting a bit strange, yet after a while we found ourselves copying it...

Grüssgott y'all!

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PS: No idea just exactly which church this is though...
Maybe someone of you can help?

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