5/8erl and the Soul of Vienna
The quintet 5/8erl in Ehr’n and its “Viennese Soul” are one of the Wienerlied movement’s driving forces. And yet only one band member is actually from Vienna.
The quintet 5/8erl in Ehr’n and its “Viennese Soul” are one of the Wienerlied movement’s driving forces. And yet only one band member is actually from Vienna.
What began in 1988 with an idea - to found Europe's first storytelling festival - has evolved into one of the most important events of this genre. Classic storytelling from all over the world, combined with other narrative arts - from music, pantomime and dance to clownery.
The Fête Impériale was brought to life as a “charity for four hooves” to safeguard the future of the world-famous Lipizzaners. The net proceeds of the ball go towards scientific research to protect Europe’s oldest yet sadly endangered cultural horse breed. Like in imperial times, guests arrive in horse-drawn carriages, then eat, drink and dance until the small hours.
Collectors, artists, curators, gallery owners and art lovers from all over the world will be travelling to Vienna this September for the 1st edition of viennacontemporary, Austria's newest international art fair.
A tour through Austria's oldest sparkling wine cellars opens the door to a world of bubbling delights. Learn how the sparkle is created and enjoy ample opportunity to sample some of Schlumberger's best varieties.
If you would like to plan a culture trip to Austria then you will get the best itinerary and value for money when booking a themed package. Take a look out our current favourites.
It seems as if everyday life in Austria is a celebration, no matter whether you’re in a Viennese coffeehouse, in Salzburg’s Old Town, in a Styrian vineyard or high up in the Tirolean Alps.
Far beyond its borders, Austria is known as a country that knows how to live well, and Austrians as people who enjoy culture to the fullest. It comes as no surprise then that Austria's annual calendar is filled with more than 200 music and dance festivals.
Austria offers surprising diversity, extending across the most charming expanse. One reason for that is Austria's open-mindedness and curiositiy; another its passion for tradition. We tell you where to find traces of Austria's colourful heritage, to be purchased and on display.
The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Vienna Stadthalle with the ORF as host-broadcaster. The two semi-finals will take to the stage on Tuesday, 19th and Thursday, 21st May. The grand final will be held on Saturday, 23rd May. The theme for 2015: "Building Bridges".
This festival will once again cast a web of contemporary music across Vienna. As in previous years, it combines both tradition and innovation, seeking to cross boundaries, pique audience's curiosity about contemporary art-making, question, highlight and overthrow established classical concert formats, and propose and discuss new ones.
MODEPALAST is Austria’s biggest designer pop up store. Around 100 designers meet at the annual event and transform the venue into a colourful palace of fashion, jewellery and accessories. If you want a unique shopping experience, MODEPALAST is the place to be. Talk to the designers, get to know them, learn from them and let them inspire you.
The Jazz Fest Wien is a modern, metropolitan festival with international flair. Founded in 1991, it has since established itself as a major event.
Once again, Schönbrunn Palace provides the imposing backdrop for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's Summer Night Concert. The performance takes place in an outdoor arena in the palace grounds.
At the beginning of May, Vienna's Stadtpark will be turned into a place of epicurean delights. The Genussfestival Vienna is a showcase for select culinary specialties from Austria.
The VIENNA DESIGN WEEK takes a look at the many facets of recent developments in product, furniture, graphic and experimental design, giving the visitor a vivid sense of what's new in these fields.
Austrian cities are always good for a surprise, even if one visits them regularly. A tour of the country’s cultural sights promises an astounding variety of experiences, impressions and pleasures that could scarcely be more different from each other.
For many centuries Europe’s second-largest river has served to bring together the continent’s nations and peoples, which up until today makes the Danube region a fascinating cultural meeting place.
When the Viennese talk about beef, they always mean boiled veal or Tafelspitz, the king of the beef dishes.
Although not invented in Vienna, the breaded and fried veal escalope has long become one of the city’s famous icons.
One of the best known Austrian deserts – Wiener Apfelstrudel served with icing sugar and Viennese coffee.
There are many routes leading to pleasure on a walk through an Austrian vineyard, as the next wine tasting or tasty break is never far away.
Enjoy a culture break in Vienna, a city with the graceful ease of a waltz.
Ever dreamed about dancing the waltz at one of Vienna's many famous balls? With hundreds to choose from, here are some highlights of the Viennese Ball Season 2014 / 2015.
Whether in the historic city centre, at a traditional wine tavern or on the other side of the Danube: Vienna is full of architectural highlights. Here, contemporary and historic buildings coexist in a strikingly innovative way.
As one of the most liveable cities in the world, Vienna is culturally on the cutting edge. Discover here the fascination of a vivacious, young and thrilling city.
The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the only riding academy in the world which has been cultivating the art of equitation in its purest form for over 400 years, and which trains both horses (the famous white Lipizzaners) and riders according to methods which have been used for centuries, passed down over the years by word of mouth alone.
Vienna is known around the world as the city on the Danube, but it is also home to wetlands, streams, ponds and lakes. In short, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip when visiting the capital.
Vienna was one of Europe's most important 19th century cities, home to many great musicians and some of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture. Nowadays Vienna offers its visitors an insight into its cultural heritage with a fantastic range of modern accommodation and a true cosmopolitan touch.
The Viennese singer and songwriter scene comes together at the end of November every year with international guests to perform at a small, but highly acclaimed event: the Vienna Songwriting Association’s Blue Bird Festival.
Design with a touch of humour is the trademark of product design duo Marie Rahm and Monica Singer, who own the Polka Products label. Today it is regarded as one of Austria’s most successful design studios, with a leaning towards interior design.
A culinary voyage around the world does not take 80 days, but minutes at Vienna’s Naschmarkt, named the “city’s stomach” by locals. The Naschmarkt has existed since the 18th century and is Vienna’s largest inner city market.
A crazy village and a museum for inventions that nobody needs...quirky rather than certifiable. The Nonseum museum in Herrnbaumgarten exhibits 'inventions that make everyday life'.
The Albertina accommodates one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world. Today, it comprises nearly 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from all major epochs: from Late Gothic to contemporary art.
Thanks to the acquisitions by and the patronage of the House of Habsburg, the Museum of fine Arts in Vienna has an unrivalled collection of old masters, including a vast selection of works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Today, it is one of Austria’s most photographed structures and a leading centre for contemporary art. But when it opened in 1898, the Secession - Vienna touched off a scandal.
No other country can lay claim to so much viticulture and wine-culture in its capital city. Grapes were cultivated in Vienna as early as 1132 AD.
Austria's reliable and comfortable trains make it a pleasure to embark on this 12-day journey that takes you from Vienna via Salzburg to Innsbruck.
On an Austrian menu you will not just find regional specialties, but also dishes from the former crown lands of the monarchy. Sometimes not even the Austrians know the origin of their favourite dishes.
The land surrounding Vienna is the nucleus of Austria and at the same time the country's most diverse province. It is the perfect destination for a golf and city break in one.
Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with delicious delights, and stallholders get shoppers in the spirit with their handcrafted goods.
The best things about Vienna seem to come from somewhere else. The "Wiener Schnitzel", for instance, actually comes from Milan, and the same goes for such authentically Viennese forms of music as “Dudeln” (the local name for yodelling) and "Schrammelmusik”, which have also “migrated” here.
Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night.
The Viennese say they looted sacks of coffee beans after the Turks withdrew following a failed siege in 1683. But it was a spy on the payroll of the Royal Court who gave the city its real taste for coffee. Born in Istanbul, he founded Vienna’s first Kaffeehaus in 1685.
The Viennese concern themselves with death quite happily during their lifetime: they sing about it, play with it and build monuments to it. The cult of the dead is a slightly macabre yet gleeful manifestation, and a strategically clever move against the finiteness of life.
Levade, courbette and capriole are classical school jumps performed by the Lipizzaner stallions, who enchant their public at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The traditions of this haute école of classic equestrianism have been passed down by word of mouth for more than 400 years. Once these intelligent white stallions have completed their training, they are known as professors.
From January to March, Vienna city hall transforms into a winter fairytale with a 6,000m² lit ice-skating area.
Created in 1832, the Sacher Torte must be the most famous chocolate cake in the world today.
The Life Ball is an exuberant charity event with extraordinary performances that celebrates life year after year and makes a loud and sounding statement in the fight against HIV and AIDS – resounding far across the boundaries of Vienna and Austria.
As one of the leading figures of fin-de-siècle Vienna, Gustav Klimt created a body of works that made him what he is today: the most famous Austrian painter in the entire world.
Equally controversial and successful in his day, Gustav Klimt was one of the central figures of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the epoch that marked the beginning of Modernism.
In 1907 Gustav Klimt began work on The Kiss, the most famous work of his entire oeuvre, as well as the culmination of the European Jugendstil movement.
There are stories about most artists that move or amuse generation upon generation of followers. Have fun reading our selection of Gustav Klimt anecdotes.
With the exception of his early works, Gustav Klimt painted portraits only of women. These paintings, along with his drawings, show him to be one of the greatest masters of eroticism in the history of art.
Jugendstil was one of the greatest international phenomena in the history of art and culture, which at the beginning of Modernism was aimed at the renewal of the entrenched, paralyzed art of the time.
Three of Austria's regional capitals are UNESCO listed, and all are worth a visit. From Vienna via Salzburg to Bregenz, explore Austria's vibrant cities.
Austria is filled with magnificent castles and palaces, grandiose witnesses of a bygone era. Follow the footsteps of emperors and knights and let history come alive.
Thermal waters that massage the skin, rejuvenation for the body, and clear alpine air at the door. Did you know physical well-being could be this agreeable?
A family holiday is a holiday with the kids, not all about the kids. But those who think children are obliged to go on countless hikes in Austria are a little behind the times.
For convenience of travel and quirky location ideas, Vienna is a true wedding gem. Celebrate in the city's historic tram, for example, or quite literally be on top of the world in the Giant Ferris Wheel.
The array of markets and magnificent concerts and operas will entice you to return to Vienna for Easter every year.
Plachutta is to beef what Figlmüller is to schnitzel. In keeping with the tradition of fabled Viennese beef establishments of the past, the Plachutta restaurants have now become legends themselves.
If there was a superlative form for “good traditional cooking”, it would be “best traditional cooking”, and this term is the perfect description of the food at Restaurant Eckel, in Vienna’s Sievering neighbourhood.
Figlmüller is synonymous with Schnitzel in Vienna, making what is probably the best and most famous Schnitzel in the entire city.
Small, friendly, family-run hotels - the kind where you immediately feel like you're at home or visiting good friends - really do still exist. And one of them is Hotel Schwalbe in Vienna
Boutique hotel, design refuge, living room for globetrotters and the pampered jetsetters. The Hollmann Beletage is all this and much more, a Viennese jewel in the truest sense of the word.
In the middle of Vienna’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991, the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians and non-group travellers from all over the world.
A trendsetting combination of sustainability, design, and a touch of luxury: the world’s first hotel with a net zero energy balance is a green haven located in the heart of bustling Vienna.
Each year a huge celebration in front of Vienna City Hall kicks off this festival, which combines cultural experiences of the highest order with socially relevant themes and objectives.
The Austrian Women's Run® has been Europe's biggest run for female participants for some years now. A fantastic atmosphere is guaranteed when 30.000 women and girls set off on the track.
Huth is a prime example of a contemporary Viennese inn: modern in appearance, but classic when it comes to hospitality and cuisine.
"On your bike! Ready, steady, go!" Travel through outstanding landscapes in pure mountain air with a well-signposted network of cycle paths. Choose Austria for its unrivalled cycling and mountain bike routes, plus accommodation which offers the full service – from repairs to cycle sheds and delicious meals – a cyclist must experience Austria!
This festival is a firmly-established high-point of the cultural calender in Vienna, offering exciting theatre productions as well as a great number of orchestra concerts, recitals and chamber music performances.
Entwining impressive fin de sieclè and contemporary style, the Hotel Sacher Wien is the synonym for luxury and high class standard in Vienna.
Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings. Many of them make use of Austria’s beautiful surroundings, and most of them offer an outstanding culinary menu to accompany the cultural experience.
He was the speaker and organizer of the Jugendstil art movement and promoter of young, up-and-coming talent. He created some of the most famous Art Nouveau paintings worldwide and gave Vienna plenty of reasons to celebrate his 150th Birthday in 2012.
Austrian composer Joseph Haydn was a much loved person, esteemed by his contemporaries, diligent, humorous and affable, unspoilt by his steep climb from humble conditions into the highest social circles.
Have you ever thought about celebrating your big day in Austria? From luxury spa pamper weekends for brides-to-be, to being swept up to the mountain chapel in a wedding gondola, find inspiration here.
Fall for Vienna's imperial palaces, opulent Jugendstil cafés and the MuseumQuartier's cultural riches. Find Mozart in Salzburg, running through the city's baroque veins. Peer above red-tiled rooftops and gables in Graz's Old Town, up to alpine peaks from Innsbruck's maze of narrow streets, and seek out Roman-rooted Linz along the Danube.
Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers, teachers and students from around the world transform Vienna into the global dance capital for five weeks every year.
An annual festival of Viennese song and music with the aim of positioning it in novel contexts, performing in unexpected venues and inviting representatives of other styles - jazz and contemporary music, for example - to risk a fresh look at the Viennese "trad".
The Austrian capital strikes a pose as fashion designers and fashionistas rush to the MuseumsQuartier for Vienna Fashion Week. Fashion shows, exhibitions and parties provide a chance for international designers to show their latest creations and mingle with Vienna's beautiful people.
The former K&K purveyor to the court is well known all over the world for glass culture and light design. Nowadays the glass empire not only focuses on tradition, but also on the creations of young Austrian designers.
To think of pickled vegetables as anything other than exquisite would prove the delicious variety of Staud’s products completely wrong. Non-believers will be convinced by visiting the Staud’s Pavillion in Vienna.
Austrian designer Anna Aichinger prefers to read the political magazine “Spiegel” over the fashion magazine “Vogue”, drawing inspiration for her new collections from politics. She has earned herself a reputation in Paris, London and Hong Kong.
Award-winning chef Klaus Fleischhaker, who operates the gourmet restaurant Pfefferschiff in Salzburg, has made his dream come true in Vienna: He has created a hotel in which everything is dedicated to wine.
An unforgettable evening of musical entertainment in honour of the Viennese industry. Watch the impressive opening ceremony, learn the secrets of the waltz from a professional instructor, or enjoy a glass of champagne in one of the magnificent Hofburg halls.
The Bonbon Ball is the only ball event that takes place in the Konzerthaus, home of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Up to 4,000 guests can dance in the four concert halls. A jury elects a Miss and Mister Bonbon from the guests, and their weight in confectioneries is then donated to charity.
The Rudolfina-Redoute is the oldest and most steeped in tradition ball. Redoute means 'masked ball' where the ladies, who come alone or with a partner, wear a mask and can invite the men to dance.
Seeing in the New Year in the staterooms of the imperial residence is one of the finest Hofburg traditions.
Every year, Vienna is the set of the Vienna International Film Festival, presenting a range of movies from all over the world.
With first-hand local knowledge, we've compiled a list of the best Austrian eateries, to guarantee a gourmet gastronomic break, whatever time of the year you might be visiting.
Farmers’ market, flea market or potters’ market: Markets are a feast for all senses and a celebration of colours, scents and voices.
It's easy to browse the day away along one of these favourite shopping streets. The longest shopping mile of all is Mariahilfer Straße in Vienna, followed by Landstraße in Linz.
Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, iconic sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns and the very special Viennese charm.
Once you have arrived at one of Austria's airports there is a quick and comfortable way get to your final destination.
Vienna is well known for its music and culture, the coffee houses, opera and its Imperial history, showcased across the city. Vienna’s cultural appeal is, in fact, what draws an ever larger number of gay and lesbian travellers to the city.