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Glorious Advent and Christmas time in Vienna 2018

The Advent season in Vienna has already started. Streets and parks are illuminated with decorations, Christmas markets have opened.

I do recommend the concert Christmas in Vienna on December 21st in Konzerthaus. Prominent singers and the Vienna Boys' Choire will give their best.

Impressions of Vienna

Another view of Vienna - modern architecture, constructions from the 18 hundreds, traditional instititions, fantastic realism.

5 unique pieces of art in Vienna

Once in Vienna do not miss to see these unique pieces of art and architecture:

The Saliera by Benvenuto Celini (1500-1571) in the Kunstkammer of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, a masterpiece of the highest artistic quality, a manieristic small sculpture, a salt cellar, a piece of decorative art, representing the universe.

Did you know that these personalities lived in Vienna?

Falco (1957-1998), Austrian musician, considered the initiator of the German Rap. With his greatest success Rock Me Amadeus (1985) reached # 1 on the US Billboard charts in 1986.

 

Felix Salten (1869 - 1945), Austro-Hungarian writer, author of Bambi (1923), later filmed by Walt Disney. The erotic novel Josefine Mutzenbacher - The novel of a Viennese prostitute is also attributed to him; Friends with Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Karl Kraus; Admirer of Theodor Herzl; Contemporary of Sigmund Freud; Lives in Vienna on the Porzellangasse and in the Cottageviertel. In 1939 he flees from the Nazis to Switzerland, is buried in Zurich.

Films shot in Vienna

The Third Man is a 1949 British film noir directed by Carol Reed, starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli. The plot is based on Graham Green's novel of post-World-War-II-Vienna and is framed by the unforgettable zither-melody by Anton Karras.

Woman in Gold is a 2015 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis, starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl and others. The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria (2004) to reclaim Gustav Klimt's painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II.
The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was painted by Gustav Klimt in 1907, it was exposed for the public in the Upper Belvedere in Vienna until 2006. Now, it is displayed at the Neue Galerie in New York. Sites in Vienna seen in the film: neighborhood St. Ulrich in Vienna’s 7th district, Hofburg, Belvedere, Roosevelt platz and others.

Viennese Coffeehouses

The Viennese Coffeehouse is an institution and the Viennese Coffeehouse culture is an immaterial world heritage, listed by UNESCO. The typical Viennese coffee house is furnished with round marble tables and chairs made out of bentwood, covered with dark red velvet. The grumpy waiter is part of the picture. In the past the Viennese coffee house was a place to write, check out the encyclopedia (present in many coffee houses), read newspapers (up to 250 different ones), meet friends and discuss the issues of the day, play chess, cards and pool. Every professional and social group had its favorite coffee house. Well known are:

Things you should not do in Vienna

Buy bottled water
Vienna, as a capital, has the best drinking water in the world (I am not exaggerating!). The tap water comes from the Alps and has an excellent taste. On the other side a bottle of water in a restaurant might cost more than a small beer or a glass of wine. Drink the tap water and order a small beer or a glass of wine in restaurants.

 

Drive your car to see the city
Vienna is relatively small, the city centre is mostly pedestrian, public transportation is very reliable and inexpensive. Leave your car in a garage and explore the city on foot or by public transportation. Take tram 1 and 2 to make a full round of the Ringstrasse.

 

Visit only the city centre
Vienna is not only St. Stephen’s, the Hofburg, the Ringstrasse and Schönbrunn. To get a real taste of the city and local life, take public transportation and see some neighborhoods like Yppenmarkt, Baumgartnerhöhe, Neustift.

Restaurants and bars with a view in Vienna

Dinner or drink with a view over Vienna:
- On the 57th floor of DC Tower,  57 Restaurant & Lounge, Donau-City-Straße 7, 1220 Vienna
- A restaurant which turns around, Restaurant im Donauturm, Donauturmstraße 4, 1220 Vienna

With a view over St. Stephen’s cathedral:
- Onyx Bar, Stephansplatz 12 (Haas Haus), 1010 Vienna 
- Hotel Lamée, Rotenturmstraße 15, 1010 Vienna
- Sky Café Restaurant Bar, Kärntner Straße 19, 1010 Vienna

Spanish Riding School Vienna

A Lipizzaner going to his morning training in the Winterreitschule, Spanish Riding School Vienna.

The Lipizzaner, these Baroque-type horses are trained in the Spanish Riding School in Vienna according to the haute école (high school) of classical dressage. The Lipizzaner pedigree has hardly changed in the last 230 years.

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