The Danube Tower or the Donauturm is the tallest free standing structure in Austria. It weighs 17,600 tons, 827 feet high and is considered as one of the 75 tallest towers in the world. You can find the tower by the north bank of the Danube River in the Donaustadt district. The Donauturm was constructed from 1962-1964 and it was designed by Hannes Lintl. It took 18 months to build the structure and in April 16, 1964, it was officially opened by Federal President Adolf Scharf.
Naschmarkt is the most popular market in Vienna since the 16th century. It is 1.5 meters long and located at the Wienzelle by the Wien River. Back then only milk was sold in the area. Later on fruits and vegetables in carts were sold as well. Nowadays, there are plenty of interesting finds from all over the world, may it be China, Japan, Greece or Turkey. There are herbs, cheeses, meats, seafood, baked goods and even Persian Caviar.
The Palm House in Burggarten is one of the greatest nouveau structures was once the emperor’s private greenhouse and it was used for relaxation and entertainment. Since its reconstruction in 1998, the 3000 square feet area towers over the Hofberg Palace. Now it has become a tourist attraction with a nice cafe, plant storage, plant garden and a marvelous butterfly house.
The Hofburg Palace was the Hasburg’s official winter residence. Once a medieval castle, it housed many powerful people in Austrian history from the Hasburg Dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now the Austrian President.
Back in the day, ‘tracht’ referred to a person who belonged to a specific socio-legal status –married, single or their origins. Nowadays it is used to describe the clothing or traditional garment used in rural communities. It is similar to traditional German wear, but with some unique variations.
Each country has unique practices, beliefs culture and etiquette. It pays to learn about a place before you visit it even if you are just going on a holiday. If you are going on business then knowing the basics to will definitely be an advantage.
Vienna was once part of Germany, which is why it is no surprise that they have acquired some ‘German’ traits such as being frank and serious up to a point that it seems grumpy. These are just stereotypes; most of them are warm and laid-back once you get to know them personally. Most of them are warm and generally glad to help.
The Museum of Young Art also known as MOYA was founded in 2005. It is the first museum in Vienna dedicated to Young Art and artists. It showcases works by young artists ages 18-35. It is an avenue for them to display their artistic development. They also sell artworks that are not part of their collection. 100% of the sales go to the artists or their galleries.
It was the success of the Austrian Ski team in the 1966 Olympic Games Cortina, Italy which sparked the Viennese interest in skiing. In the same year they built and opened the Hohe Wand Weise. It was designed to meet FIS (International Ski Federation) guidelines so that it can become a venue for international skiing competitions.
Theresia Gartenhotel is a family run ecological hotel situated at Glemmvalley in the lovely Kitzbühel Alps of Salzburg. It is next to hiking trails, bicycle paths, ski lifts and slopes. It is owned by the Brettermeier family who believe in the Latin saying – HOSPES HOSPITI SACER or the guests are sacred to the hosts; which is why they tend to spoil their guests.
Friedhof Der Namenlosen or Cemetery of the Nameless is part of the 11th district of Simmering. It is quite far from the center of Vienna, near the junction of the Danube canal and the river itself. This tranquil place has been a burying ground since the 1800’s. Most of the bodies lain there are unidentified. Their badly decomposed bodies were washed ashore by the Danube’s currents. Only 42 of the many were identified by their families.