Have you ever been inside a mosque? (If yes, this spot might not be the most exciting for you.)
However, I hadn’t been even once in most of my life, till I finally came to the islamic centre. This cluster of institutions contains, besides a Saudi-Arabian school, also Austria’s biggest mosque. Just take the main entrance, walk in, and a nice old man will instruct you on how to behave. In general: Take off your shoes, women should cover their head and if necessary other naked parts of their body, like e.g. the shoulders or knees (scarves are available). Behave quietly and respectful and that’s it.
The people there are happy to answer all your questions in detail. You can even register for a guided tour. If you avoid going there on Fridays or at the main prayer times it is even almost empty.
I appreciated the welcoming atmosphere there and the opportunity to learn a lot about the religious courses. I have to admit, maybe due to the world news over the last decade and because of prejudices that populist parties constantly stoke, I was sceptical about what to expect. Looking back, I am thankful that I overcame my inhibitions and simply walked in. You just have to try!
To get there step out at U6 station “Neue Donau” and you will see the minaret already when you’re within a walking distance of about 2 min.