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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Vienna?

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We asked people in Vienna if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"It is important to be aware that Vienna has a variety of culture and customs that are important to the local people, so it is helpful to take the time to learn about them before visiting. It is considered rude to be overly loud in public places, and in some places, like museums and churches, it is best to remain silent. Furthermore, it is considered offensive to take photos of people without asking for their permission first. When out to eat, leave restaurants in Vienna a small tip, as this is expected and considered proper etiquette. Additionally, when in public spaces, such as cafes or bars, be sure to be respectful with your choice of language and avoid conversations related to politics, race or religion, as these can be sensitive topics to some," remarked another expat in Vienna, Austria, Austria.

"When first here I rode the Tram and wanted to stop. Not knowing what the red handle was for, I chose to pull it, thereby stopping the tram abruptly. The driver came back and scolded me in German. You get the idea," said a member in Vienna, Austria.

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