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#StrangePlanet: Travel Trivia

Truth is stranger than fiction. Here are eight travel factoids to help prove it.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in August.

Watch this short film by National Geographic photographer Bob Krist to get a taste of the sleepy alpine city of Salzburg during Advent season.

Cruising the Danube

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons takes a river boat cruise down the Danube with her sweetie just in time for the holidays.

The Best Cake in Vienna

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons highlights the best sweet treats in Vienna — including what may be the best cake in the world.

I Heart My City: Lea’s Vienna

Lea Hajner grew up in Vienna, Austria with the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace on her doorstep and parents who dragged her to museums and plays. But it took a trip around the world to truly appreciate what her home town has to offer. Now Lea makes her living working for tripwolf.com, an online and mobile travel…

Photos: Where You Went

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Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

Nat Geo photographer, Catherine Karnow talks about shooting Vienna for the Nov/Dec issue of Traveler

Deals: Where to Sleep in Vienna

By Raphael Kadushin From the October issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Alstadt › Museum Quarter Staying at the 42-room Alstadt is like moving in with your rich, urbane uncle. The five-story, circa 1902 town house, anchored by a wrought iron central staircase and a serious collection of contemporary art (Warhol, et al), features an eclectic range…

Nonja, The Orangutan Photographer

There’s a new photographer in town, only the thing is, she doesn’t even know it. Nonja, a 33-year-old female orangutan at the Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, became an Internet sensation last week when her photographs of life inside her 750 square-meter (8,072 square-foot) enclosure started appearing on a Facebook page set…

Strange Planet: Sewer Pipe Hotel

If you ever find yourself traveling near Ottensheim, Austria, (located in Upper Austria just seven miles from Linz on the Danube River) in need of a place to rest your head, the Das Park Hotel offers an affordable night’s rest so long as you don’t mind sleeping in a former sewer pipe. The hotel, which…

Travel and the Tina Fey Effect

I’m a fan of both Tina Fey and travel, and as such, I find myself using her oft-used remark from 30 Rock, “I Want to Go to There,” more and more lately. Most often uttered when Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, is in a dreamlike, gut-response mode, “IWTGTT” is the feeling I get when I see…

When friend of IT and Nerd’s Eye View blogger Pam Mandel saw Traveler’s feature story on Austria’s Lake Country in our current issue, it brought back fond memories of when she used to live in the area. So we asked her to dish on some of her favorite spots in the region. When I lived…

Vienna (Opera) Waits For You

Travel to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without seeing an opera. But how to see one on a tight budget? I just learned how to get tickets to a world-class show, without giving up my right arm. The Vienna State Opera (pictured, above), the oldest German-speaking theatrical venue in Europe, has a variety of options to…