Grand Hotel Wien

1 April 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

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The Grand Hotel Wien is a five-star luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria. It is located on the Ringstraße at Kärntner Ring 9. The hotel has a long history and tradition. The architect was Carl Tietz, and it was opened as the first Viennese luxury hotel in 1870. It originally had over 300 rooms, 200 bathrooms, a steam-powered elevator, and a telegraph office.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Eisenstadt

28 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  13 minutes

Esterházy Castle © Zei Andrei Meriae/cc-by-sa-3.0

Esterházy Castle © Zei Andrei Meriae/cc-by-sa-3.0

Eisenstadt is a city in Austria, the state capital of Burgenland with a population of 14,900. In the Habsburg Empire‘s Kingdom of Hungary, Kismarton (Eisenstadt) was the seat of the Eszterházy Hungarian noble family. The composer Joseph Haydn lived there as Hofkapellmeister under Esterházy patronage. Eisenstadt lies on a plain leading down to the river Wulka, at the south foot of the Leitha Mountains, about 12 kilometres (7 miles) from the Hungarian border.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Parndorf

27 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Parndorf © Steindy/cc-by-sa-4.0

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Parndorf © Steindy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Parndorf is a bilingual municipality with 5100 inhabitants in the Neusiedl am See district in Burgenland. The western part of Parndorf extends into the Leitha Mountains and is located on the Parndorf Plain. The town is 7 km north of Lake Neusiedl.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Neusiedl am See

26 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

Kalvarieberg © Peter Szuchomelli/cc-by-3.0

Kalvarieberg © Peter Szuchomelli/cc-by-3.0

Neusiedl am See is a town with 8,600 inhabitants in Burgenland in the Neusiedl am See district in Austria. The shopping and school town of Neusiedl am See is also a district suburb (Burgenland name for district capital). The only town in the district is Neusiedl am See, which also includes the districts Refugium, Seemuseum and Segelhafen West. Neusiedl am See, located at 133 m above sea level, is located on the north shore of Lake Neusiedl between the foothills of the Leitha Mountains and the Parndorf Plain. The municipality is characterized by the surrounding vineyards as well as by the calvary and the clay massif Taborberg.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Güssing

25 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  9 minutes

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Güssing is a city in Burgenland in Austria. It is the administrative center of the district of the same name. The city is located in southern Burgenland in the Strem valley at an altitude of 229 meters above sea level. A little less than half of the area is used for agriculture, almost forty percent is forested.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland – Pinkafeld

24 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

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Pinkafeld © Philipp7423/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pinkafeld is a municipality with 5900 inhabitants in Burgenland in the Oberwart district (Austria). It is named after the Pinka, a tributary of the Raab. With the establishment of the HTBLuVA Pinkafeld on the site of the former manorial Meierhof, Pinkafeld made an important step in the direction of a school and technical college town in 1967. As such, it has since achieved supra-regional importance and notoriety, in particular because of the training opportunities in the field of technology. Pinkafeld is one of the 25 climate protection communities in Burgenland since 2002.   read more…

Theme Week Burgenland

23 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Wine cellar in Gols © Tuxoborg

Wine cellar in Gols © Tuxoborg

Burgenland is the easternmost and least populous state of Austria. It consists of two statutory cities and seven rural districts, with a total of 171 municipalities. It is 166 km (103 mi) long from north to south but much narrower from west to east (5 km (3.1 mi) wide at Sieggraben). The region is part of the Centrope Project. Burgenland is the third-smallest of Austria’s nine states, or Bundesländer, at 3,962 km² (1,530 sq mi). The highest point in the province is exactly on the border with Hungary, on the Geschriebenstein, 884 metres (2,900 ft) above sea level. The highest point entirely within Burgenland is 879 metres above sea level; the lowest point (which is also the lowest point of Austria) at 114 metres (374 ft), is in the municipal area of Apetlon.   read more…

Seestadt Aspern in Vienna

16 June 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Living, Working, Building Reading Time:  8 minutes

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© Andreas Faessler/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Seestadt Aspern (officially also Aspern Seestadt, project name: aspern – Vienna’s Urban Lakeside) is a district under construction in the 22nd district of Vienna, Donaustadt, and one of the largest current urban development projects in Europe. Over a period of around 20 years, a new district is to be built in which over 20,000 people will live and work. The Seestadt is being built in several construction stages, starting with the “Pionierquartier” in the south of the man-made lake in the center of the Seestadt.   read more…

Vienna City Prayer House

14 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

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The Stadttempel (English: City Prayer House), also called the Seitenstettengasse Temple, is the main synagogue of Vienna, Austria. It is located in the Innere Stadt 1st district, at Seitenstettengasse 4. The synagogue was constructed from 1824 to 1826. The luxurious Stadttempel was fitted into a block of houses and hidden from plain view of the street, because of an edict issued by Emperor Joseph II that only Roman Catholic places of worship were allowed to be built with facades fronting directly on to public streets. This edict saved the synagogue from total destruction during the Kristallnacht in November 1938, since the synagogue could not be destroyed without setting on fire the buildings to which it was attached. The Stadttempel was the only synagogue in the city to survive World War II, as German paramilitary troops with the help of local authorities destroyed all of the other 93 synagogues and Jewish prayer-houses in Vienna. The Jewish community in Vienna today has about 7,000 members and thus represents the largest part of the Jews living in Austria. The Jewish Museum Vienna offers guided tours of the city temple.   read more…

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