Ball fever has once again taken over the cultural city of Vienna and one of the most anticipated this season is the Rainbow Ball. On its 16th year, the “Wiener Regenbogenball” will take place on February 2nd at the magnificent and newly-renovated Parkhotel Schonbrunn.
For fans of the theater culture in Vienna who would love to soak up on the history of the performing arts in the city, there is the Osterreichisches Theatermuseum, the Austrian Theatre Museum in the Baroque Palais Lobkowitz. Opened in 1922 at the Austrian National Library, the vast collection of theater memorabilia housed in the museum dates back to the 17th century. It was only in 1979 when the museum was transferred to the Palais Lobkowitz after being acquired by the government. In 2001, it was integrated as a branch of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. […]
The fun never stops in Vienna, even with a chill in the air and snow on the ground. After the wondrous Christmas markets and the euphoric New Year’s Eve revelry now it’s time for some winter skating fun. So put on your warm coats and bring your ice skates to the Rathausplatz in front of the City Hall. The entire square will be transformed into a massive ice skating and winter fun place for kids of all ages.
When you plan a visit to the Austrian National Library in the Hofburg palace, make sure to include the Papyrus Museum in your must-see list. Even if you are not a fan or a student of Egyptian history, the astounding collection housed in the library located in the Neue Burg wing will still capture your interest. Started from the private collection of Austrian Archduke Rainer during the 19th century, the museum is devoted to the preserved written heritage of the Egyptians and houses a portion of the massive Papyrus Collection.
In 1887, optometrist L.L. Zemenhof created the language Esperanto with the dream that it will be the universal language that would finally bring world peace and unite everyone. The language did not succeed in doing this, but it has gained enough attention and following all over the world through the centuries.
With over 100 museums in Vienna, visitors will definitely be able to explore different facets and genres of art. One of them is the School of Fantastic Realism which was a movement that started in Vienna in 1946. The genre followed Surrealism but it was a combination of techniques of Old Masters and the use of religious and esoteric symbolism that set it apart. The movement was founded at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, all students of Professor Albert Paris von Gutersloh. […]
The first landscaped garden in Austria still maintains its proud place near the Vienna Woods as a haven for relaxation and fun outdoor activities. Also called the Black Mountain Park, the 80-hectare park is located in the 17th district of Hernals along the Neuwaldegger road. It was built in the 18th century by Count Franz Moritz Lacy along with a row of luxury chalets on the Hameau. It was originally known as the Lacy Park and was during its time the largest landscape garden in Europe. There was a Chinese pavilion and a “Garden of Eden” along with other landscape garden features. […]
A time-honored tradition in Vienna and most awaited by classical music lovers worldwide is the Neujahrskonzert, or the Vienna New Year’s Day Concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. Started in 1939, the concert was originally held on New Year’s Eve and was called Auserordentliches Konzert (or “extraordinary concert”). The only music pieces performed then were from Johann Strauss II and conducted by Clemens Krauss. The Vienna Philharmonic initiated the classical music concert at a time when Austria needed a source of inspiration and hope for a better tomorrow. […]
Before the clock strikes twelve and ushers in the new year, Vienna parties like no other city. A dazzling lineup of events, performances and choices of entertaining activities await those who are spending the last days of the year in the city and the celebration promises to be one that will go on throughout the night and the next day.