“Tschuldigung?” – that means “Scuse me?” – and it’s something you don’t hear typical Viennese people say all that often. After all, they are supposedly not great ones for being polite. But there is one situation that comes up pretty well every day, where a fervent and slightly exasperated “Tschuldigen’s” pops out. Where? On the escalator, of course.
And as any local knows, the one rule that really matters in Vienna, is “stand on the right, walk on the left.” And woe betide anyone who settles into a comfortable position on the left. Their mistake will be pointed out in no time in the best Vienna style. The length of the escalator makes no difference: the same rule applies for the longest (Zippererstraße station on the U3 line) or the shortest (Schottentor on the U2).
For any daredevils out there we have a bold suggestion: try standing still on the left side of the escalator some time, and you’ll soon get to know the real Vienna.