Graben in Vienna

28 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Derzsi Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Derzsi Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Graben is one of the most famous squares in Vienna‘s first district, the city center. It begins at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz next to the Palais Equitable, and ends at the junction of Kohlmarkt and Tuchlauben. Another street in the first district is called Tiefer Graben (deep ditch). It is crossed by Wipplinger Straße by means of the Hohe Brücke, a bridge about 10 meters (33 ft) above street level. Today the Graben is one of the most important promenades and shopping streets in Vienna.   read more…

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

8 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  9 minutes

Altstadt Salzburg © Thomas Pintaric/cc-by-sa-3.0

Altstadt Salzburg © Thomas Pintaric/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Historic Center of the City of Salzburg, also known as the Altstadt, is a district of Salzburg, Austria, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It corresponds with the historic city center, situated on the left and right banks of the Salzach river.   read more…

Getreidegasse in Salzburg

3 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

© - Luca Nebuloni/cc-by-2.0

© – Luca Nebuloni/cc-by-2.0

Getreidegasse (Grain Lane) is a busy shopping street in the historic Altstadt (Old Town) of Salzburg, Austria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It is known for the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at No. 9, where he lived until the age of 17. The narrow street is characterised by numerous high townhouses side by side with its wrought iron guild signs.   read more…

The European Union: European Sky Shield Initiative

12 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, EU blog post series, European Union Reading Time:  6 minutes

Flag_of_Europe European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) is a project to build a ground-based integrated European air defense system which includes anti-ballistic missile capability. As of July 2023, nineteen European states participate in the initiative. ESSI is part of the Common Security and Defense Policy and as such is designed to complement and relieve the burden on NATO.   read more…

Hallstatt in Upper Austria

22 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

© C.Stadler/Bwag/cc-by-sa-4.0

© C.Stadler/Bwag/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hallstatt is a small town in the district of Gmunden, in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. Situated between the southwestern shore of Hallstätter See and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif, the town lies in the Salzkammergut region, on the national road linking Salzburg and Graz.   read more…

House for Mozart in Salzburg

12 April 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries Reading Time:  6 minutes

The stage © Martin Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0

The stage © Martin Kraft/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Haus für Mozart, or House for Mozart, is a 1,500-seat theatre of the Salzburg Festival in the city of that name in Austria. It was established in 1925 when horse stables were converted into a venue for the mystery plays that were a main facet of the five-year-old festival, becoming the festival’s first dedicated performance space, its Festspielhaus. This name it retained through three rebuildings until, in 1960, the larger Neues Festspielhaus opened next door, whereupon it took the name Altes Festspielhaus, or Old Festival-House. But three seasons later, to end confusion in the minds of visitors unaware of the history, both theatres were renamed for their sizes, and the smaller was now the Kleines Festspielhaus. For forty-two seasons, through 2004, the nomenclature was settled. Then the theater was closed for its fourth gutting and reconstruction. It gained its current name upon reopening in 2006 as the festival’s principal theatre for Mozart and Rossini operas as well as Baroque stageworks.   read more…

Bad Ischl in Salzkammergut

20 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  7 minutes

Kongress- und Theaterhaus © Peter Haas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Kongress- und Theaterhaus © Peter Haas/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bad Ischl is a spa town in Austria. It lies in the southern part of Upper Austria, at the Traun River in the centre of the Salzkammergut region. The town consists of the cadastral community Ahorn, Bad Ischl, Haiden, Jainzen, Kaltenbach, Lauffen, Lindau, Pfandl, Perneck, Reiterndorf and Rettenbach. It is connected to the village of Strobl by the river Ischl, which drains from the Wolfgangsee, and to the Traunsee, into which the stream empties. It is home to the Kaiservilla, summer residence of Austro-Hungarian monarchs Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. In 2024, Bad Ischl will be one of the European Capitals of Culture – the third city in Austria after Graz (2003) and Linz (2009).   read more…

Deutschlandsberg in Styria

1 March 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Gliwi/cc-by-sa-4.0

Deutschlandsberg (pronounced -lands- as the name derives from Deutsch-Landsberg) is a town in Styria, Austria, with a population of 11,676 (as of January 1, 2022). It is the seat of the district authority Deutschlandsberg. There is a small gold deposit in the southwest of Deutschlandsberg. At the beginning of the 1970s, the heaviest mountain crystal in Styria and the largest titanite crystals in the Alps were found south-east of Deutschlandsberg Castle, in the former quarry of the “Schwemmhoisl” farm in Warnblick.   read more…

Streif in Kitzbühel

21 January 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport Reading Time:  8 minutes

Hahnekammrennen 2011 - The lower section © Michael Fleischhacker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hahnekammrennen 2011 – The lower section © Michael Fleischhacker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Streif is a World Cup downhill ski course in Austria, located on Hahnenkamm mountain (Kitzbühel Alps) in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, competing for the Hahnenkamm Races since 1937. It runs on natural terrain (pasture in summer) with minor modifications done over the years, next to “Ganslern” course.   read more…

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