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October 2010

Our NEW Bowling Champion

On Monday the 20th of September, we’ve once again held our staff BOWLING tournament.
Together we’ve had an exciting match, lots of fun and most of all, were all in high spirits for 120 minutes! We do actually have more than enough bowling experts among us. Our bowling champ this time was Allan.

Afterward, we celebrated our champ’s victory over entradas, tacos, burritos, platillos fuertes, and much more in a Mexican restaurant!


“An APPLE a DAY keeps the doctor AWAY!”

Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins!
And they taste good too?!
They can only be Austrian apples!
Get yourself some extra strength upon your arrival / departure with our great-tasting “vitamin-bomb” at the Reception.
Have you already seen our extra-large apple-vitamin basket?!


If it rains on your DEPARTURE day, we’ll GIVE YOU a big Hotel AUSTRIA umbrella!

Rain in October – there’s at least just a little of that in Vienna…
In case a few raindrops get a bit lost and fall on your day of departure, we’re GIVING you our extremely large Hotel AUSTRIA umbrella!
That way, you can go back home just FINE.
And – you can COME BACK to us feeling alright…




Your Best Holiday Photo

How did you actually “experience Vienna” in summer 2010?
In the cultural ambience of imperial memorials?
As art-enthralled museum visitors?
At the concert hall, at the theater, at a musical, or at the opera / operetta?
With a bicycle on our magnificent streets, or sportily at the Donauinsel, or being active with the “night life” at countless exciting locations?

Might you have taken your personal “masterpiece photo” anywhere?
Please send this to us! Our competent panel of judges will choose the winner of the FIRST prize in October.
You can choose your own prize!
Donau sightseeing, concert at the Schönbrunn, or the “Dritte Man Tour” (Third Man Tour”)… pure sightseeing, purely classical, or pure adventure!


Current HAPPENINGS / EVENTS in Vienna in October 2010

Interested in music, theater, the opera, museums, or exhibitions?
We’ll be happy to keep you informed about all the dates / schedules and perhaps even let you in on a few secrets too…

Opera for all

Vienna State Opera for all: as in May and June, Vienna’s leading opera stage will show  selected performances in October again - live on a screen on the square in front of the Opera House. They are free to watch.

On Herbert-von-Karajan Square right next to the opera building along the Ringstrasse a 50 m² LED video screen will be installed. Performances will be shown with subtitles; 45 minutes before the film begins and during the intermissions information will be presented about that particular work, the cast, the Vienna State Opera, and the performances.

Viennese and guests in the city can enjoy these mild evening hours with classic pleasures for free - a few will surely take a liking to it and be inside the opera house the next time.

Operas composed by the truly great composers are on the program: from Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Wagner to Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi and many others.

Picasso in the Albertina

Pablo Picasso was a peace activist and communist. And he invented the dove of peace. These lesser-known aspects of the world-famous painter are part of a major exhibition at the Albertina.

The exhibition "Picasso: Peace and Freedom" looks at Picasso's presentation of war and peace in the works he created during the Cold War. Picasso was a committed member of the Communist party from 1944 until his death in 1973. His work from this time reflects his deep political and social interest. For example, he designed the white dove for the World Peace Congress in 1949. It remains a global symbol against violence to this day - and can also be seen in the Albertina.

On show are more than 200 of Picasso's paintings, which he created between 1944 and 1973, including "The Charnel House", the "Massacre in Korea", "War" and "Peace", "The Rape of the Sabine Women" and a series of still-lifes with animal and human skulls. The works are supplemented with political printed matter of the day and biographical texts, such as letters and archive documents.

until 16 January 2011
daily from 10.00 am - 7.00 pm, We 10.00 am - 9.00 pm


Big Names at the Leopold Museum

The Leopold Museum is showing a sampling of the Fondation Beyeler collection: Cézanne, Picasso, Giacometti and company.

The Beyeler collection - assembled by gallery owners and husband and wife team Hildy and Ernst Beyeler over the past half-century - comprises around 200 paintings and sculptures by modern masters. Stand-out works include masterpieces by such famous names as Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. American art is represented by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. The Vienna exhibition puts the spotlight on some of the outstanding artists who feature heavily in the collection, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Paul Klee and in particular Alberto Giacometti.

Impressionist masterpieces and modern-era classics will be on show at Vienna's Leopold Museum from September 17, 2010. The selected works from the Fondation Beyeler were chosen by collectors Rudolf Leopold and the late Ernst Beyeler, who both sadly passed away this year. At the same time, major pieces from the Leopold collection will go on display at the Museum Beyeler in Basel.

Sep 17, 2010-Jan 17, 2011
Leopold Museum - MuseumsQuartier
Daily, exc. Tue, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Building works in the Secession


From September to November, the Secession is showing an exhibition by the artist Lara Almarcegui, which deals with architectural changes in cities.

The projects of artist Lara Almarcegui, who was born in Zaragoza in 1972, thematise urban transformation processes as a consequence of political, social and economic changes. She developed three new works for the exhibition in the Secession. Two of them analyze the structure of the building erected near the Naschmarkt in 1898. The third project deals with the urban development area around Vienna's Nordbahnhof (North Railway Station).

Her works are pervaded by the idea of the city as a complex structure marked by permanent demolition and (re-)construction. Extraordinary things await visitors to the exhibition in the Secession: for example, Almarcegui had the equivalent mass of building materials heaped up at the site of a demolished house in the Belgian town of Sint-Truiden for her work „The Rubble Mountain" in 2005.

Until 7 November 2010
Tu-Su 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (1 November closed)

Martha Graham Dance Company


America’s most famous Modern Dance Company will be making a dancing guest appearance from 12 to 17 October at the MuseumsQuartier.

Martha Graham (1894- 1991) created around 200 epoch-making dance works and timeless choreographies for ballet stars such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. She trained famous choreographers like Merce Cunningham and worked with the great designers and composers of our time.

Time Magazine called her the "dancer of the century," the Washington Post, "one of the seven world wonders of the artistic universe." Martha Graham is as important to dance as her contemporary Pablo Picasso to the fine arts and Igor Stravinsky to music.

The Company she founded in 1926 has performed her unique repertoire in opera houses from New York to Paris, in front of the pyramids of Giza and on the Acropolis in Athens. With emotional depth and compelling power the dancers are now bringing Graham's choreographies to the stage in Vienna as a great piece of dancing history.

12-17 October, 2010
MuseumsQuartier, Hall E
Tel. +43 1 523 58 81

Vienna, Wine & Design

Besides being an own winegrowing region, Vienna today is a city with a lively, dynamic wine scene.

Plant, cultivate, harvest, press or design, study, prototype, marketable product: just like product design, the development of wine demands expertise, passion and – by no means least important – good environmental conditions too. The city of Vienna provides fertile ground for both wine and design. Don’t miss out on either,  especially not in the rich golden sunshine of fall.

Wine growing looks back on more than two thousand years of tradition in Vienna.

700 hectares of vineyards are cultivated within the city limits – they shape the cityscape, are an important ecological factor, as well as a popular local recreational area. Riesling, Pinot Blanc, the classic “blended wine” and also the Blauer Zweigelt are enjoyed either at traditional “heuriger” (wine taverns) on the outskirts of the city, or in the many Viennese restaurants increasingly turning their attention to Viennese wine.

Enjoy and win

From September 15-November 15, 2010 the Vienna, Wine and Design promotion provides the perfect opportunity to see, sample and experience Viennese wine and design. There is also a competition with a star prize of 999 bottles of Viennese wine to be shared between three lucky winners. There are also instant prizes to be won at the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the city center.

Tourist-Info Wien, Albertinaplatz, 1st district,
daily 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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