It's usual that the guy will pay for romantic dinners and drinks, especially on Valentine's Day. This is where it can be handy to learn some German - Austrians often don't want to look stupid and may be shy about speaking English - so learning a few cheesy chat-up lines like "Ich möchte dich nicht dumm anmachen, aber ich hätte nichts dagegen, wenn du es tust" could be a game changer. Some of our readers tell us that despite that initial shyness Austrians are more willing than some more conservative cultures to move on from the kissing and the cuddling and into the bedroom. Austrians are famed for their sweet tooth and fabulous cakes and pastries. Read up on some of the Austrian literary greats to impress your date.Sex on a first or second date will not be held against you, but that said, don't get your hopes up. A fail-safe option for a gift on Valentine's day or any special occasion. Treat your sweetheart to Imperial cakes in the palatial yet intimate atmosphere of Gerstner's Salon Privé. We suggest Stefan Zweig or Arthur Schnitzler - the latter's books are famous for their erotic references, and Stanley Kubrick's movie Eyes Wide Shut is based on Schnitzler's Traumnovelle. Sadly, some Austrian men can be a bit “unreconstructed” and haven't quite caught up with the notion of feminism.While dating sites are a popular choice among people aged 35 and over, Ideal Introductions Director and expert match-maker Linda Prescott says many young professionals are time poor and want quality over quantity when looking for “the one”.“People are now abandoning social media and opting for traditional face-to-face encounters,” she says.
If you're in Vienna, and looking for something a little different than your usual restaurant, Barbara Cacao recommends the privacy of Mezzanin 7. Austrians are generally fans of punctuality - or Pünktlichkeit. Think sexy but mysterious, and a little conservative. Once you have met an Austrian man, they tend to be chivalrous - taking your coat for you, and opening doors and so on. Katia Farias, a Brazilian journalist and blogger who lives in Vienna warns that it may take some perseverance to snag an Austrian man as they are hopeless at flirting and tend to give off an “I'm not interested” signal.
A is for adhering to tradition Vienna native and blogger Barbara Cacao says that for Valentine's Day “Austrian women expect flowers and chocolate at the very least. Most male other-halves need years of training to meet their wives' or partners' expectations..I think Austrian women are patient and persevere.” B is for Bubbles. So the onus might be on you to make the first move. Coffee just doesn't cut it for a romantic date, especially on Valentine's Day. Winters are cold in Austria, and women tend not to reveal too much flesh on a date.
One French reader, Valerie, told us Austrian men don't know the first thing about seduction, and she misses flirtation and men making eye contact with her on the street.
“They need help filtering out those who are not genuine and want to avoid wasting time sifting through online dating profiles.” So according to Prescott, “[If you] have been out of the dating game for a while or…
have just been unlucky in love, the key to success is being proactive, not sitting at home alone and wondering why that special someone isn’t knocking down your door.” She says, “Just be yourself and don’t play games”.
According to her own research, based on 26 single men and 39 single women, Prescott said nearly half agree that some of their best dates have been blind dates and that over 40% of respondents would give blind dates a go.