Viennale – Viennas International Film Festival

Viennale 2013If you´re visiting Vienna these days you´ll have to face moody autumn weather. May be the best way to escape fog and rain is to take advantage of the Viennale, Austria´s most important Film Festival. Last year The Guardian commented on the Viennale: If the prime purpose of a film festival is to open up exciting new vistas and present work one is unlikely to see elsewhere, then Vienna in autumn is the place to be.So you obviously chose the right place to be.

The international Film Festival takes place since 1960 and offers a broad spectrum of artistic movies from around the globe. Many movies are shown in original language (subtitled in german). Commonly it is known for the variety of movies, serving the needs of main stream and more critical minded cineasts.

The Viennale 2016 takes place from October 20th until November 2nd. Participating cinemas are Metro, Filmmuseum, Stadtkino Künstlerhaus, Kino Schwarzenbergplatz and Gartenbaukino. All of them are places with a unique atmosphere and wonderful charme located in the city center. Every single one is easily reachable from every wombat´s CITY Hostel in Vienna. A special goodie is the retrospective in vienna´s Filmmuseum. The Viennale retrospective shows movies from previous editions of the festival. By the way, the Filmmuseum is worth a visit at an time of the year. For additional information, directions and most importantly the festival´s program check out their website www.viennale.at

 

72 Hours in Vienna – City Guide

72-hours City Guide

Vienna

Day 1: Encounter the old city

Never been to Vienna?

Well, it’s about time then.

There is a lot to be seen, and our tips how to see Vienna in three days may be a good start.

 
After breakfast, start the day with a tour of the Imperial Palace, viewing the private rooms of Emperor Francis Joseph (ruled 1848-1916) and those of his wife, Empress Elisabeth. In the Imperial Apartments, the Sissi Museum gives an insight into the life of the beautiful empress.

Certainly a must here: the Treasuries with the magnificent crown jewels.

Full-dress performances at the Spanish Riding School tickets must be ordered in advance.

Time for a little break? Drop into the dignified Demel cake shop, once a Purveyor to the Court (Kohlmarkt 14).

You can then continue to Judenplatz for a short visit to the Judenplatz Museum and the memorial in remembrance of the persecution of the Jews. You can also explore the maze of narrow streets where time seems to have stood still.

Now on to the oldest church in Vienna, St. Rupert’s (8th century), from where you have a nice view of the Danube Canal and Franz-Josefs-Kai. Climb up again to explore the medieval romanticism of Hafnersteig, Heiligenkreuz Court, the Jesuit Church and the quarter around Blutgasse, reaching on these winding paths the very centre of Vienna: St.Stephen’s Cathedral the city’s most famous landmark for just 850 years. If your feet will still carry you, climb the 343 steps of the south tower: the panoramic view is certainly worth it. (Guided tour of the cathedral at 3 pm)

Go for a stroll across Graben with the baroque Plague Column or in the famous Kärntner Strasse, both of which are lined with nice shops and cafés and street musicians or artists playing at every other corner. Walk through the pedestrian zone toward the State Opera and on to the Secession a magnificent specimen of Art Nouveau architecture that has just celebrated its 100th birthday. Take your time to study the Beethoven frieze by Gustav Klimt.

The buildings on Linke Wienzeile and the subway pavilions at Karlsplatz are more wonderful examples of Art Nouveau by architect Otto Wagner.
Roam across the Naschmarkt this produce market is a delight for all the senses – easy to see that Eastern Europe (or even the Orient?) begins in Vienna.

Before you plunge into Vienna’s nightlife, you may want to stop by at wombats for a little rest and enjoy the happy hour (6 – 8 pm, 9-10 pm and 12-1 am) in our famous wombar before you go on celebrating in the city… Check out the info wall for any parties and concerts!

Nothing more authentic than an evening at a “Heuriger – one of the wine taverns with gardens in the hilly outskirts, and the more plain and remote they are, the cosier the atmosphere. Therefore, don’t just try places in Grinzing but also in Sievering, Pötzleinsdorf, or on the other side of the Danube in Stammersdorf.

In the city centre, there’s still time to wander around the old town. If you feel up to it, finish the evening in the maze of streets called Bermuda Triangle (Rabensteig / Seitenstettengasse) where you find one bar next to the other.

Day 2: From Schönbrunn Palace to the Ferris Wheel

Take tram 58 to Schönbrunn Palace. Here you can enter the extensive gardens, where you are immediately faced with the beautiful palace. The famous glass-and-steel Palm House is a 5-10 minute walk through the gardens. Take a walk up to Gloriette where a spectacular view over the palace and the city awaits you at the café. Or you can visit the Zoo, the maze & the labyrinth.

In the palace itself, rent an “Audio Guide” for an individual tour through the magnificent state rooms to see the living and working atmosphere of the Habsburgs.

Now take the U4 back to the city centre where at first you can stroll across Karlsplatz with the Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn pavilions.

Do I hear your tummy rumbling? Sit down in any cosy inn. On the Naschmarkt you can find nice little restaurants!

There’s the guided tour in the State Opera House: the grand staircase, marble foyer and red-and-gold auditorium are well worth seeing. Afterwards, you will pass the Hotel Sacher behind the opera – famous for its chocolate cake – and take in the Monument against War and Fascism by Alfred Hrdlicka on Albertinaplatz.

Not far from here (Neuer Markt/ Tegethoffstrasse), go down to the Imperial Burial Vault, the final resting-place of the Habsburgs’ bones. From here, take the city bus (3A) or walk through Annagasse to Schwarzenbergplatz, behind which rise the exquisite gardens of the baroque Belvedere Palace – enjoy a great view of the city centre from the Upper Belvedere, in which the Austrian Gallery has a permanent exhibit of works by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.

After so much art and history, some diversion should follow. From the South Railway Station (Südbahnhof), the “O” tram-line will take you to the big amusement park in the Prater (Wien-Nord station) – or walk to Südtiroler Platz and take the U1 to Praterstern.
Try a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel and taste some typical Viennese hot sausages with sweet mustard at a “Würstelstand” (sausage-stand). Or else take in a real meal at the Schweizerhaus, for instance Spiegelkarpfen nach böhmischer Art (carp Bohemian style) or Stelze (roast leg of pork). If you have had enough of the fairground hubbub, go for a walk along the Prater Hauptallee – a paradise for jogging, in-line skating or strolling.

Enjoy Vienna’s cultural life to the fullest – after all, Vienna is a center for theater and music: in addition to the traditional venues, musicals, and concert stages, there is a lively alternative scene with numerous cabarets and venues for live music – check out Jazzland, Joe Zawinul’s Birdland, or Porgy & Bess.

There’s a busy nightlife in the pedestrian zones around Stephansplatz until the early morning hours. No problem finding a nice streetside café or good entertainment in one of the many side streets.

 

Day 3 Special Tipps

Now that you’ve seen quite a lot of Vienna already, you should have an opportunity to set your own focus of interest
But before that, a little tour of the Ringstrasse:

After breakfast, take your constitutional through the Burggarten Park across Heldenplatz and into the romantic Volksgarten Park where the Art Nouveau memorial to Austria’s most famous empress is a must for all fans of “Sissi”. Opposite the Volksgarten, there is the Parliament with the Athena fountain. Or have a refreshing walk through the cool Rathauspark past its many fountains, statues and exotic trees.

Facing the Vienna City Hall, there is the National Theatre – its programme is always a controversial discussion matter among the Viennese. Treat yourself to a Melange, Vienna’s most popular coffee variation, at Café Landtmann, a fashionable meeting-place for theatre people and politicians from the nearby government buildings.

The tour ends at the University Building and the picturesque neo-Gothic Votive Church behind it.  Now plan the rest of the day according to ideas of your own… care for a few suggestions? Interested in whimsical architecture? Then go and see the Hundertwasser House (Kegelgasse/Löwengasse) – a “somewhat different” council house. More of this eccentric building style can be seen in the nearby KunstHausWien (with a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition).

The House of Music (1st district, Seilerstätte 30) is imaginative and unconventional; it presents musical highlights and visions, history and entertainment, according to the motto: “Your ears will be amazed.”  Friends of classical or modern art can make a selection from many museums, exhibitions and galleries – for instance, the Museum of Fine Arts (Maria-Theresien-Platz) with its great collection of the old masters, in particular the Bruegel Room.

Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier is a spectacular cultural complex located on the fringe of Vienna’s old city and one of the world’s nine largest museum districts. It is a sensational blend of revitalized baroque architecture (the former court stables) and impressive modern edifices.

The new cultural district comprises the chalk-white Leopold Museum in the new section, the Museum of Modern Art shrouded in dark-grey basalt, the Kunsthalle, Halls E und G (Vienna Festival, Dance Centre), some restaurants, the Architektur Zentrum Wien (Vienna Architecture Centre), the Zoom Children’s Museum, the Dschungel – a children’s theatre and experimental areas for cultural initiatives.

 

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Interested in ART?

 

“Westlicht” > smaller art gallery famous for their exhibitions, check out > http://www.westlicht.at/

just 6 minutes with the tram tram 5 (direction Praterstern) from Westbahnhof) to

Kaiserstraße/Westbahnstraße, from there ist a 2 minutes walk to Westbahnstraße 40

 

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Spittelberg:

 

From MuseumsQuartier few streets further on, a charming blend of restaurants, shops and crafts businesses has evolved there.

 Dip into Vienna’s young and creative scene – the gamut runs from interesting shopping offers to trendy art and a lively nightlife.
The city’s old building stock, which was barely damaged during the war, has been carefully renovated and modernised. Now there are many lovely streets with the charm of ages past which can be explored during the daytime or in the evenings – apart from the 1st district, especially the 7th (Spittelberg Quarter) and the 8th (Josefstadt) can be recommended.

                        

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English Theatre

 

check their homepage for the latest program.

Vienna’s English Theatre is the oldest and most established English-language theatre in continental Europe.

Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering), go out at Volkstheater, from there  you can go for a walk about 10 minutes Josefsgasse 12 in the 8th district.

 

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Vienna CITY OF MUSIC > Collection of Ancient Instruments

 

Admire the instruments on which such musicians as Beethoven and Chopin once entertained the imperial family. Here, in the Collection of Ancient Instruments in the Imperial Palace, you will also find the zither on which Anton Karas played his world-renowned melody for the film “The Third Man.” Open Wed – Sun 10 am – 6 pm Take U3 Underground line (direction Simmering, go out at “Volkstheater”, from there its just a 5 minutes walk to Kunsthistorisches Museum.

 

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The Central Cemetery

 

with its honorary tombs for numerous prominent artists and politicians and with its Art Nouveau church is a special kind of “museum”.

 

If you found anything that should be changed in this city guide or had a good time using our 72 hour city guide to Vienna let us know. Just tell your receptionists.

HAPPY TRAVELS

Christmas market at Vienna city hall

Christmas in Vienna

Christmas away from home can be hard for some people. Fortunately, wombat’s Vienna did everything they could to make it feel like being home for my holidays last year. Upon arriving on Christmas Eve, there was a nice Christmas tree, and Christmas cookies at reception. I love Christmas cookies, so this already made me extremely happy!

Wombat’s Vienna Naschmarkt is a stone’s throw from the U-Bahn station, making my walk through the Austrian winter extremely short, which I very much appreciated. There is also an open air market right across the street, which has dozens of shops to buy warm food and groceries. After I checked in, the friendly staff gave me two free drink tickets (bonus!) and informed me that because it was Christmas Eve, they would be serving a warm punch at the bar tonight for free. Who needs presents when you have warm punch?

I decided to go on the free walking tour wombat’s has the next day. It was extremely cold out, but there was still a big group bundled up and ready to go! Our tour guide showed us around to a lot of the local sights, and I made friends with a few of my tour buddies!

Vienna is a beautiful, charming city and happens to be home of the original Wiener Schnitzel! There are several restaurants that specialize in schnitzel, so I would advise to do your research to decide which one to go to! Figlmüller seems to be the most popular, but make sure to make reservations in advance, as it fills up very quickly! I would also recommend enjoying some delicious Viennese coffee while you are there.

Nightlife it pretty diverse in Vienna, so I asked the wombat’s staff where to go based on my preferences. Turns out Christmas in Vienna has some special options in terms of nightlife. They had some great insight and made some recommendations that turned out to be just what I was looking for. I also spent some time at a couple of the Christmas markets, which are my favorite part of Europe in December. Nothing beats a mug of Glühwein (warm mulled wine) when its snowing outside.

It was cool to finally visit one of the original wombat’s on my trip around Europe. There is definitely a wombat’s theme, but each location has their own local flare. The most common similarities though, are the fantastic locations (both to public transport and activities) and the amazingly friendly staff. Thanks for making my Christmas in Vienna one to remember!

How Vienna Became the Heart of Central Europe

guest post by Eric Halsey

 

Moonrise over Vienna

Moonrise over Vienna

Alexander Russy / https://www.flickr.com/ / CC uiY

Anyone living or traveling in Central Europe for a while starts to notice something curious. You could call it déjà vu. Whether it’s the schnitzel and schnapps, or the architecture and opera, little bits of Vienna seem to be all over her former empire.

You can see this Viennese spirit in Prague, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Lviv and Budapest, to name a few. You can find imitations of it in Sofia, Bucharest, Belgrade, and Ruse (one of seven cities that calls itself Little Vienna). You can nearly always tell whether your city was once under Vienna’s sway by the presence of a classic Vienna opera house.

In this whole swath of Europe, Vienna is inescapable. How did this happen?

Blame Everything on the Empire

Austro-Hungarian Empire

Austro-Hungarian Empire

Stuart Rankin / https://www.flickr.com/ / CC BY-NC

The most obvious answer to the question is simply that Vienna spent centuries at the heart of the great Austro-Hungarian Empire. Simple explanation, end of story – right? As usual, things are a bit more complicated.

Empires, after all, take many forms. They may lay a light cultural hand on their cities, preferring to take their taxes and return home, like the Mongols did. Or they may strive for homogeneity, centralization and control. These two styles of rule leave dramatically different legacies.

The Hapsburg rulers of Vienna undoubtedly leaned towards the latter category. As the centuries wore on, they increasingly saw themselves as cultural icons in their own right. Their immense wealth made them cultural kingmakers, drawing the finest painters, sculptors, architects, etc. from around the region in search of their patronage.

In this way, the empire itself wasn’t as much the culprit of this cultural legacy, but a tool to fund the grand cultural projects of the Hapsburgs. The central legacy of Vienna is inseparable from this single dynasty.

Cultural Empire: The Family Business

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Salon of Franz Karl from the House of Habsburg

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As The Guardian put it, “The entire story of European art from the 1500s to the birth of modernism could be told as a family history of the Habsburgs. Sensual mythological canvases and court portraits both found their greatest patrons in this royal family”

Their history of art patronage during the Renaissance is one of the great stories of that era, drawing artists from as far away as Spain and the Netherlands towards their style with the allure of their patronage. Anyone with a good eye can see this influence in galleries across the world.

But architecture is where this influence really comes face to face with the people of Central Europe. Within the empire, architectural firms like Fellner & Helmer could hone their craft in dozens of cities. That particular firm built dozens of theaters in an unmistakable style.

National Theatre in Szeget

Szeged, National Theatre

Built in 1883, designed by the Vienna-based architects Ferdinand Fellner & Hermann Helmer.

Istvan / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

The legacy of the Habsburgs wasn’t only that of great art patron, however. In many ways, they were  just as influential for the backlash they provoked.

Twin Legacies of Love and Hatred

Sarajevo roofs

Sarajevo – caught between the Ottoman Empire and the Habsburgs

Bob van Hesse / https://www.flickr.com/ / CC BY-NC-ND

By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, backlash against the conservatism of the Habsburgs had just as much influence as their patronage ever had. Both modernism and a variety of national styles came about in direct opposition to the centralizing power of Vienna and Budapest.

So, in a sense, even when you encounter totally unique national styles of art and culture, you’re still witnessing the cultural legacy of Vienna. This opposition became most pronounced once Communism came to much of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, with all forms of art fighting the perceived frivolity of that era.

In my opinion, perhaps the most fascinating tangible example of this uncommon legacy lies in Sarajevo. The contrast between the old Ottoman portion of the city with its Habsburg area and more modern sections makes the legacy of Vienna all the more clear.

When you step between the city’s districts, it’s as if you’re stepping into a new era of its history. Nowhere else does a Hapsburg legacy feel more profound and unique.

Why Visit Vienna When Vienna Is Everywhere?

In the end, part of my love of Central Europe comes from seeing these trends, the similarities and the differences, as you move across the continent. Speaking from experience, I can say that seeing Vienna makes every other city in the region that much richer. Put simply, Vienna is where it all began, and it always pays to see the original.

With that in mind, Vienna is a must for anyone who wants to truly experience Central Europe or understand the history of the Balkans. Whether or not you’re a fan of Klimt and opera (though you should really give each a try), it’s simply an unforgettable way to make sense of the beauty and complexity of the rest of the continent.

If you’re wondering how to quickly discover your full range of options for any opera or classical concert, check out Concert Vienna’s offerings. From equestrian shows to dinner and concert packages, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Then, when you’ve enjoyed some of the world’s greatest museums and performances, sit back and take it all in at an atmospheric cafe. Trust me, that’s as good as it gets.

What other legacies of Vienna have you seen in your travels? Share your experiences in the comments.

Eric Halsey is a writer, traveller, historian, and music lover who’s spent the past 4 years based in Budapest and Sofia. He has a strong passion for the history and culture of Central Europe and the Balkans and never passes on a nice cup of Viennese coffee and a train ride through the old empire. He shares his insights with Concert Vienna.

This is a guest post, so wombats hostels do not take any responsibility for the content of this article.

“Vienna – Berlin the Art of two Cities”

Vienna - Berlin the Art of two Cities

copyright: Unteres Belvedere, Bildergalerie

Great Exhibition at Vienna´s Belvedere Palace

Visual Arts of Vienna and Berlin until the middle of June

Many travelers have both cities on their list and obviously Berlin and Vienna are famous for their creative atmosphere and cultural activities ever since. Never the less the outcome differs a lot. Until the middle of June you can visit a collection of historic paintings in one of Vienna´s most beautiful sights.

This rich collection of paintings takes the viewer into the period ranging from the turn of the century to the 1930s. With their gaze influenced by a multitude of clichés, the habitants of both big cities have observed each other – driven by curiosity, but also scepticism.

While Vienna was the capital of a multi-ethnic empire, Berlin was the up-and-coming metropolis of a united Germany. The old Habsburg Empire Vienna, the city of elegance opposed to Berlin, a dynamic metropolis, with a modern appearance. These are two cities that could not be more different but still had so much in common.

From Vienna Secession to Käthe Kollwitz

Following the founding of the Vienna Secession, in 1897, a similar artists’ association was established in Berlin. As different as both groups of artists were, they shared a similar international outlook in their opposition of the historicist-classicist traditions. In Berlin, this was reflected primarily in French impressionism, whereas in Vienna artists strived more for the total artwork. With his psychological portraits Oskar Kokoschka attracted the interest not just of the Viennese. Expressionism was certainly rampant in both cities.

While in Berlin artists compensated for the horrors of war with playful subversive force of Dada, in the economically weaker city of Vienna artists took up various variants of modernism.The spectrum extended from the German artist George Grosz who turned to big-city life with his critical-belligerent imagery, to Christian Schad who lived in both Vienna and Berlin and was known for his melancholy images of man, all the way to the Viennese chemist Franz Sedlacek with his magical imagery. They can all be seen in the exhibition, along with eminent works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Raoul Hausmann, Max Liebermann, Max Oppenheimer and Egon Schiele. The Weber series by the German socialist artist Käthe Kollwitz captures the great misery in which the poor in both Vienna and Berlin lived.

source: wien.at

 

TOUR DU MONDE -Bicycle Stories, Vienna

Cycling is big in Vienna in 2013. Vienna not only hosted this year´s Velo-City conference, but also dedicated the whole year as the Viennese Year of Bicycle.iconic bicycles

Besides various efforts to make the cyclists´ lives easier throughout the city, there´s now also an exhibition taking place in MAK.

Showing an iconic bike collection of the 20th and 21st century, the exhibition will draw visitors into a journey through the history of the bicycle.

As weather in September favors the visit of an exhibition rather than a bike tour, it´s good news that the exhibition still runs until Octobre 6th.

MAK is located in the city center, close to U-station “Stubentor” an easy aprox. 20 minute bike or underground ride from either wombat´s CITY Hostel in Vienna.

 

For further information check the exhibition´s site

http://www.mak.at/en/program/event?article_id=1350932543320

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! Read more

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 Belvedere.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.

Künstlerhaus

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 klimt2012.info.
  • 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!

Walking in Vienna: Spring Is Waiting for You!

Walking in Vienna

A few weeks ago, we introduced WildUrb, a Vienna based online community that encourages urban people to discover urban space by walking. As spring is pampering us with sun and warmth these days, it’s time to head outside and discover Vienna’s outdoor secrets! So we asked Doris from Wildurb to give us her personal recommendations for some really cool walking tracks in the Austrian capital. Here we go:

Flashy Expressions – street art at the Danube Canal
Chill out trail (8km) in the center of Vienna. Start at the U4 and the U6 metro stration “Spitellau” and walk along the Danube Canal to find good mood, good people and good graffiti.

Colourful Contrasts – from urban subculture to decadence
Walk along the Wien river to find various kinds of architecture and urban space – from the wild side of the Wiener Gürtel all the way to the Naschmarkt and the Karlskirche. Easy 4,29 kilometers and highly recommended!

Urban Moods – A tour round Vienna’s unofficial “Central Park”
Central park, ey? Yes! The recreation area of the “Wienerberg” gives you a feeling of nature while  offering views of the “skyline” of the Vienna Business Park with its twin towers – a little bit of New York feeling!

Ancient History – Straight across the heart of Vienna
Start at the U3 metro station “Herrengasse” in Vienna’s first district and discover the old town off the beaten track. Find a good mood of mysticism flowing through the forecourts and courtyards of historic buildings – especially in foggy nights.

Full Commitment – climbing up the walls
For all of you that want to go higher than just walking on the ground, here’s your deal: get some climbing equipement and enjoy on of the city’s centre outdoor climbing experiences – we highly reccomend the Flakturm Esterházypark!

Vienna is waitin’ for ya – don’t hesitate and get outside!

Walking in Vienna: Sightseeing off the Beaten Track

Vienna now has it’s first urban walking community: WildUrb encourages urban people to walk and to discover urban space by foot, to create sustainable, funny and interesting perspectives of enjoying urban space.

When I first saw WildUrb I thought “wow, that exactly the spirit we stand for, that’s perfect for travellers to get into a new city, perfect for our guests to get the most authentic experience of travelling.”

Fair enough, now the wombats CITY HOSTELS are cooperating with WildUrb. Today, Doris from WildUrb shows you three fist class walking tours for Vienna. These show you interesting sights and sides of Vienna. Something other travellers are most likely to miss – curtains up for some sightseeing tips off the beaten track:

 

1. Secret Rivers
Walk the diversion channel of the river Wien in the west of the city. You will discover a curious world of motorways combined with natural habitats. And many examples of how nature can overcome concrete and take back its habitats. More info on WildUrb.com

 

2. Enjoyable Encounters
Discover the paths through the Hietzing mountains and valleys and meet people in different situations – pausing at the hot dog stand, enjoying the sights, tending graves, doing business and enjoying their time off. More info on WildUrb.com

 

 

3. Lively Worlds
Discover the 15th district of Vienna with this walking tour: It is a lively, multicultural part of town, a little New York in Vienna. Here you aren’t bothered by the usual conservative surroundings. More info on WildUrb.com