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Madebyus: Red Bull Funk Event in Vienna

The RED BULL FUNK EVENT is happening at Wombats Hostel Vienna–the Lounge this Thursday, 23 August at 10pm. 8 musicians, 4 stops, one bus, and free entrance! Continue reading

Don’t Miss “Europe’s Largest Free Party”: The Danube Island Festival Vienna 2012

Come to Vienna this June and join over 3 million visitors in seeing 2,000 performers at the Danube Island Festival! The dates of the festival are 22 to 24 June 2012.

Photo from the Danube Island Festival

Danube Island Festival

Performers will include: Simple Minds, Jennifer Rostock, DJ Antoine, Haight Ashbury, Johnny Logan, Samy Deluxe, and many more. There will also be activities and events like speed climbing, volleyball, sailboat races, and a Freestyle Mountain Bike Show.

There will be over 250 vendor stands where you can get delicious food and beer. You can also bring your own beer (if it’s in cans, not bottles), as well as your own food.

Read more on the Vienna tourism site (English) and the Danube Island Festival’s website (German). In the Vienna underground stations, you can also usually find a free newspaper that has a map of the event. You might want to pick up one of those maps, because the festival is several kilometers long.

Hope to see you there!

[womphotocredits]Photo © Claus Rebler under CC BY-SA 2.0 license[/womphotocredits]

Best Travel Apps for Android Phones

Here are some of my favorite travel apps for Android phones. I’ve focused on travel apps that are most likely going to be used while out exploring a destination, rather than ones that are used for pre-trip planning.

I’ve used most of these Android apps over WiFi, so you don’t absolutely require a data plan to get some use out of the apps as long as you are in a city with abundant wireless Internet connections. Continue reading

10 Vienna Museums Featuring Gustav Klimt in 2012

If you’re traveling to Europe in the summer of 2012 and you like Gustav Klimt, it’s a perfect time to visit Vienna. 2012 is the year that would have had Klimt’s 150th birthday. To celebrate, 10 museums in Vienna are featuring his work.

Here’s a list:

Belvedere: 150 Years of Gustav Klimt

The Kiss painting by Gustav Klimt

The Kiss

The Belvedere has the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings, including The Kiss. The exhibition, 150 Years of Gustav Klimt, runs from 12 July 2012 to 6 January 2013. Visit the museum’s website at

Leopold Museum: Klimt – Up Close and Personal

Tod und Lleben, Gustav Klimt

Tod und Lleben

Klimt: Up Close and Personal will run at the Leopold Museum between 24 February and 27 August, 2012. The exhibition contains paintings, as well as 400 documents sent to Emilie Flöge.

Austrian Museum of Applied Art: Stoclet Palace Designs

Gustav Klimt Stoclet Palace

Stoclet Palace preparatory design

Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment (Designs for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet Palace) runs from 21 March to 15 July 2012 at the Austrian Museum of Applied Art. The exhibition contains nine preparatory designs for Klimt’s art at the Stoclet Palace in Brussels.

Secession: The Beethoven Frieze

Beethoven Frieze, Klimt, Secession

Beethoven Frieze

The Beethoven Frieze is on display at the Secession building between March 23 and Nov. 4, 2012.

Wien Museum

Klimt - Emilie Flöge

Emilie Flöge

Klimt at the Wien Museum is a place to see hundreds of Klimt drawings as well as the famous painting, Portrait of Emilie Flöge.

Albertina: Gustav Klimt, The Drawings

Klimt: Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat

Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat

An exhibition called, Gustav Klimt, The Drawings, runs from 14 March 2012 to 10 June 2012 at the Albertina.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Gustav Klimt in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, from 14 February 2012 to
6 May 2012, centers on wall paintings around the museum’s grand staircase.

The museum’s website also has information on the Klimt Pass, which offers discounts on the Klimt exhibitions around Vienna:

Discover the artist and his works in Vienna‘s most important museums. By showing this pass at the cash desks whenever you visit a Klimt exhibition you will save € 1,- on each adult admission. When you have collected 10 stamps a “Klimt” present is waiting for you (ready for collection in all participating museums). With 5 or more stamps you can participate in the grand lottery:

1st – 3rd prize: an exclusive weekend on Lake Attersee including a visit to the Klimt-Centre and a trip on the Klimt-boat
4th – 10th prize: a Klimt-catalogue package (one catalogue of each of the 10 exhibitions!).

Just drop the complete pass at the cash desks of the participating museums.

Austrian Theater Museum: Nuda Veritas

Nuda Veritas - Klimt

Nuda Veritas

The famous painting, “Nuda Veritas”, will be on display between 10 May and 29 October 2012 at the Austrian Theater Museum [English]. The painting depicts a naked woman holding a mirror to the viewer, with a quote by Friedrich Schiller above:

If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.


The exhibition, Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus, runs between July 6 – September 2, 2012 at the Künstlerhaus.

The “Gustav Klimt and the Künstlerhaus” exhibition uses documents, letters and photographs from the Künstlerhaus archive to explain many of the artistic and biographical milestones in the work of Gustav Klimt.

Austrian Folklore Museum: Emilie Flöge

Emilie Flöge

Photo of Emilie Flöge

The Klimt exhibition at the Austrian Folklore Museum between May 25 and December 2, 2012 features works by fashion designer, Emilie Flöge. (See the Wien Museum, above.)

Planning Your Museum Visits

Here are some tips about planning your museum visits:

  • Read more about activities and events during “Klimt 2012” on
  • Check the museums’ websites for updates as well as any special rates and discounts.
  • For public transportation information, check out this website or, if you are walking, check out Google Maps for directions.

Enjoy the exhibitions!