• Museum of Natural History in Vienna / Winter

    Wintry Cultural Tales

    Writers sought inspiration in Austria’s wintry Alpine landscapes, painters were fascinated by the winter light, classical composers created wintry masterpieces and many intriguing local traditions mark the season.

    Winter in Literature

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      Hemingway and Fleming: Finding Inspiration in the Wintry Alps

      The wintry Alps as a source of inspiration for world-class literature: Find out what the famous authors Ernest Hemingway and Ian Fleming experienced in Austria’s Alpine regions.
      Finding Inspiration in the Alps
    •                     Winter landscape on the Schöckl in Styria

      Adalbert Stifter and Peter Rosegger: Literature between Snow and Ice

      Adalbert Stifter and Peter Rosegger’s stories focus on people experiencing the beauty and the challenges of winter in the Alps.

    Winter in Painting

    •                     Skier, Alfons Walde

      Kitzbühel and the Painter of Snow

      This year, Kitzbühel celebrates its 750th birthday. The town renowned for winter sports and spectacular downhill runs is also associated with artist Alfons Walde, the Painter of Snow.
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    •                     Thomasnacht

      Winter in Fine Arts: The Colour of Snow

      The depictions of snow and ice in the masterpieces of artists such as Werner Berg, Pieter Bruegel or Egon Schiele are impressive to behold. The colours range from mystical grey and blue hues to turquoise pastels.
      Winter in the Fine Arts

    Winter in Music

    •                 Johann Strauss Memorial Vienna

      Winter Themes in Classical Music: Music for Long Evenings

      Winter found its way into Classical Music when Austrian composers such as Leopold Mozart, Schubert and Strauss chose it as a theme of their compositions.

      Classical Winter Music

    Winter Traditions and Culture

    •                     Penguin Snow Globe

      Mother Holle in a Snow Globe

      The snow globe, beloved throughout the world, was invented in Austria. We say hello to the family Perzy and their Snowglobemanufacture.
      The Viennese Snow Globe
    •                     Iced trees at the lakeside in Maurach

      A Raucous Christmas: Winter Traditions in Austria

      From the Krampus to Blossoming “Barbara Branches” – in Austria, many mystical traditions are still celebrated between Christmas and the New Year.
      Rauhnacht Traditions in Austria

    Also of interest

    •                 Vienna Christmas market
    •                 Family holiday in Schladming