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Summer 2013

“ONLY for our YOUNG Guests!” – Surprises for Children upon Arrival

Particularly for our young guests, a holiday in Vienna should end up to be something special. We have once again stuffed our surprise baskets full with small plush toys, soap bubbles and other goodies.

We put a sparkle in children’s eyes with our surprises – and hopefully our attractive family room offers in the summer months will do the same for Mum and Dad.






“Vienna UP CLOSE and PERSONAL” – Tips for Our Littlest Guests (and their Parents)

As a tourist destination, Vienna offers a great many attractions even for younger guests – beginning with free public transportation during the Vienna school holidays and many museums with free admittance up to 19 years of age (e.g. the Museum of Technology, the Museum of Natural History, …).

The Vienna Zoo was declared the best in Europe again in 2012. In June, for instance, countless tiny flamingo chicks hatched, and even little wolf pups were able to be admired as they took their first steps outside. How about taking a night tour, prowling through the realm of sleeping and nocturnal zoo animals with night-vision glasses and an expert guide?

The Lainzer Zoo offers a great variety of animals as well – with its unique natural and cultural landscape. The 2,450-hectare area beckons to picnickers and walkers alike, who just might meet up with wild pigs, deer and a host of other creatures.

Adventurous children 1.10 meters in size or larger can look forward to the Kahlenberg Forest Rope Park or the Gänsehäufel high-ropes climbing park. A great many obstacles are waiting to be mastered – including rope bridges, wobbly nets, and “flying foxes” (naturally with the very latest safety features and a guide).



“Our OFFER for Penny-Pinchers!”

So you want to explore Vienna and reside in the centre of the city and yet go easy on your holiday budget at the same time? Enjoy the incomparable comfort of Hotel AUSTRIA at an especially economical price!

Our 4 economy rooms offer the customary Hotel AUSTRIA comfort, such as flat-screen cable television, a radio with CD player, WLAN Internet access free of charge, an electric kettle set for preparing free tea and coffee and much more besides. This category provides you with a washbasin in your room and a private shower and WC in the corridor – right nearby and with your own personal key.  The particularly attractive price also includes our “gourmet breakfast” from 7:00 to 10:00 o’clock.




Current and upcoming EVENTS / HAPPENINGS in Vienna in July 2013

Interested in music, theater, the opera, museums, and 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…




Musik Film Festival at Rathausplatz

Every summer, Vienna's Rathausplatz becomes a pulsating meeting point for classical fans and night owls – with lots to please the palate as well as free film shows.Against the backdrop of the illuminated City Hall, a first-rate program on a giant screen gets the hearts of all music lovers beating faster as darkness falls. The selection of film hits ranges from opera and operetta to dance and concert performances from Bach to Pop.

Something unusual will be shown at the opening on 29 June: Rolando Villazón's adaptation of the Donizetti opera "L'Elisir d'Amore in the Wild West" (2012) - he sings the part of Nemorino and also directs.

Opera focal points are dedicated to Wagner and Verdi, both of whom would have celebrated their 200th birthday in 2014. Wagner's entire "Ring" will be broadcast; there's a classic of Verdi's each week as well as rarities such as "Nabucco", "Rigoletto", "I Masnadieri" and his Requiem. On some evenings, there are live broadcasts, including Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov" from the Munich State Opera and Mozart's "Entführung aus dem Serail" from Hangar 7.

Ballet fans will be offered, for example, "Swan Lake" with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn from the year 1962.

The concerts are not limited solely to the classical genre: some evenings are given over to Jazz, Musical or Pop/Rock - in 2013 with the Belgian singer/songwriter Milow, Rod Steward and the American Blues Rock star Joe Bonamassa. In the film "Pavarotti: The Duets", the tenor, who died in 2007, performs on stage with Elton John, Bono, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.

In addition, around 20 top restaurateurs invite you to embark each day on a culinary world tour starting in the morning, with lavish delights from all over the world.

Music Film Festival 2013
26 June - 1 September 2013
Information and program

Film starts: daily at nightfall.
International cuisine: 11.00 am - 12.00 midnight




Summer in the MQ

Numerous events will be held in the MuseumsQuartier throughout the summer starting on 8 May. Cultural enjoyment is celebrated here alongside joie de vivre.

Vienna's MuseumsQuartier (MQ) is one of the ten biggest cultural areas in the world. The mix of large museums, small cultural initiatives and trendy restaurants is a success story.

Until the beginning of October, the main courtyard of the MuseumsQuartier draws visitors with a boules area, cozy guest gardens, cool weekend sounds by DJs as well as the stylish summer furniture Enzis and Enzos to relax on. New this year is the Aquadrome, at which boat races are organized in the pool.

The courtyards and passageways of the MuseumsQuartier are particularly in focus during Summer in the MQ this year.  Two passageways will be converted into new micro-museums, which dedicate themselves to the topics of "Performance" (performed by the Tanzquartier) and "Reading room".

The O-Töne Literature Festival organizes first-class open-air readings again in July and August. Film fans can look forward to special film nights and digital culture from 12 July at the frame[o]ut Film Festival. In addition, numerous events will take place with performances and first-class street theater.

8 May - 1 October 2013



Summer of Opera at Theater an der Wien

Giuseppe Verdi's "Attila" is a masterpiece, presented by the Theater an der Wien in July. At a time when all other opera houses are on their summer break.

The five performances are musically directed by Riccardo Frizza and produced by Peter Konwitschny. Attila is played by the Russian bass Dmitry Belosselsky, the Italian commander Ezio by George Petean. The soprano Lucrecia Garcia from Venezuela plays the role of the plucky and rebellious Odabella. The ORF-Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna plays in its proven superb quality together with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir.

For the bloodthirsty story about the battle between the heathen invaders and the Christian Italians, Giuseppe Verdi created captivatingly straightforward choruses, arias and duets with wide-ranging melodies. The work is full of energy. The figures have little individuality, but are full of passion - something that thrilled audiences at the time of the opera's premiere in around 1846.

Attila / Giuseppe Verdi
7, 10, 13, 16 and 18 July 2013



Concerts in Vienna's oldest church

The concert series "Old Music in St. Ruprecht" offers something special: works from the Middle Ages to the Early Romantic era, played by small, fine ensembles in the captivating atmosphere of Vienna's oldest church.

The musicians are amongst the best in their trade. They familiarize the audience with the diverse sounds of Old Music. Original instruments from the period or their replicas are used.

From the end of July to the beginning of October, evening concerts are held every Monday and Tuesday at 7.30 pm. The serene night-time concerts held late in the evening on Wednesdays in July (10, 17, 24 and 31 July 2013) begin at 10.00 pm and have become classics.

Both concert newcomers and aficionados of music of the Middle Ages and Romantic period can delight in ticket prices of less than EUR 20 - in return for events of the very best quality.

St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche) is the oldest church in the city of Vienna, situated in today's city center, not far from Schwedenplatz. It dates to the 9th century.

Old Music in St. Ruprecht
24 June - 1 October 2013, 7.30 pm, Mo and Tu: Evening concerts
10, 17, 24, 31 July 2013, 10.00 pm, We: Night-time concerts
Ticket information:



Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Festival

From 6 to 10 July 2013, the seventh SCL Festival assembles 1,300 young musicians for cultural exchange. After about 100 events in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, the grand finale - a musical competition - takes place at Vienna's Musikverein. Come and hear the young talents in about 30 concerts in Vienna at the city's best venues - mostly for free.

The Summa Cum Laude Festival is Austria's leading international youth music festival for choirs, music groups and orchestras. Every year in July, it draws enthusiastic young people to Vienna - in 2013 there will be 30 ensembles from 18 countries on all continents.

The music groups give 27 public concerts in Vienna on 7, 8 and 9 July, all of them with free admission except for the Gala Winners concert at Wiener Konzerthaus, which closes the festival. Three Open-air performances are held at Schönbrunn Palace.

The lately in December 2012 opened new concert hall of the Vienna Boys' Choir named MuTh (for Music and Theatre) stages eight concerts each day in a row throughout Sunday 7 and Monday 8 July. - We suggest: Come and listen! Further concert locations are the Jewish Museum and the House of Music.

The young musicians often rehearse for many months for their performance in Vienna. The audience can sense that they do so with total commitment.

6-10 July 2013
various performance venues



[Translate to en:] Sommertheater in Wien

[Translate to en:] Im Zentrum von Wien wird es ab 18. Juli wieder richtig lustig: Adi Hirschals Sommertheater, das Wiener Lustspielhaus, macht Am Hof Station.

Bis 30. August steht "Jedermann oder Der Tod steht ihm gut" auf dem Programm - auf wienerisch, sehr frei nach Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Autor Franzobel hat die Schauplätze des Stücks vom Leben und Sterben eines reichen Mannes nach Wien verlegt. Im Wiener Dialekt (aber leicht verständlich auch für alle Nicht-Wiener) wird das Stück für jede Menge Lacher sorgen. Regie führt Volksschauspieler Adi Hirschal, dessen Lustspielhaus heuer zehnjähriges Jubiläum feiert.

Das Wiener Lustspielhaus ist ein Original. Shakespeares berühmtes Londoner Theater, das Globe-Theatre, stand dafür Pate. Jedes Bildmotiv an der Fassade ist handgemalt und atmet einen Hauch Alt-Wien. Ein Besuch lohnt sich. Und Spaß ist garantiert.

Jedermann oder Der Tod steht ihm gut
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