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September 2014

"SPRING-BOX or at least BOX-SPRING-beds?!"

A few days ago, we fitted our first “showcase” room with a new box spring bed!

Imagine sitting enthroned at a height of 57 cm on top of a solid wood bed box supporting a 22 cm thick, point-elastic special 5 zone mattress! The headboard is quilted in a classic chequered motif with stitched buttons, and a separate socket is provided above your bedside table!

In several rooms, you will also find comfortable sofa beds with armrests and two back cushions – colour coordinated with your box spring bed!

In October, we will have 28 guest rooms fitted with these feel good box spring beds in a delicate light green…

We are ready to welcome your reservations for an incomparable sleep comfort at a height of 57 cm!


"And yet again another award for the HOTEL AUSTRIA - QUALITY SELECTION for 2014"

Europe's largest hotel review portal HolidayCheck is visited by 25 million visitors each month!

YOUR wonderful guest feedback has made it possible yet again: our Hotel AUSTRIA team was once more awarded the 2014 HolidayCheck QUALITY SELECTION certificate!

A very big "THANK YOU!" to our guests!!



"Your tailor made souvenir from Vienna..."

... or a small Greetings from Vienna for your loved ones at home!

Coffee cups, milk jugs and sugar bowls with famous Klimt designs.  Flower vases, coasters, beer mugs, umbrellas and many more gifts in unforgettable designs...

Admire these personal Vienna souvenirs in our two display cases, or just ask our friendly reception staff.

You will not only bring home cherished memories, you will essentially bring back a lot of joy...!


„Current and upcoming EVENTS in Vienna in September 2014“

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…


Arnulf Rainer: Retrospective

To mark the 85th birthday of Arnulf Rainer, the Albertina is showing a grand retrospective.

Rainer is one of the most influential of Austrian artists. The exhibition "Arnulf Rainer. Retrospective" in the Albertina shows over 120 of the painter’s works. These range from early work with the central forms, overpaintings and crucifixions, to the self-portraits of the Face Farces and Body Poses and their overworkings through to recently created works.

Rainer’s overworkings developed in the 1950s made him famous around the world, especially his photographic overpaintings of self portraits (Face Farces). He was originally motivated to do this due to a lack of materials. At the beginning of the 1960s, even fellow artists provided works for him to overpaint.

Arnulf Rainer. Retrospective
3 September 2014 - 8 February 2015


Circus Roncalli at City Hall Square

When Circus Roncalli performs in front of Vienna City Hall in the evening, the square transforms into a colorful sea of lights. The program "Time is Honey" enchants with dizzying artistry, horse ballet and quirky clowns - from 11 September to 5 October.

The big top and the historic circus caravans turn City Hall Square into a scene from a fairytale. In the darkness, the circus town is illuminated by 10,000 bulbs. The popular Circus Roncalli and its famous artistes delight audiences from 11 September.

The new program Time is Honey leads audiences into a colorful dreamworld, in which magicians perform tricks with laser beams and points of light, or a horse whisperer performs wonderful stunts with his animals. That has nothing to do with common dressage. Neither does Circus Roncalli have any wild animals, but only horses and ponies.

Just as fascinating are the trapeze artists high above the manege and the impressive gymnasts with their scarves. The laws of gravity seem not to apply to the flexible floor acrobats. Clowns entertain the guests, both young and old.

Director and founder Bernhard Paul has passed on his love of the circus to his children, and all three siblings can be seen together for the very first time. They present a high-speed rollerskate number with amazing figures, achieving breathtaking speed in the smallest of spaces.

Circus Roncalli - "Time is Honey"
Vienna City Hall Square, 11 September - 15 October 2014


150 Years of MAK

The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art - MAK celebrates its 150th birthday with three exhibitions.
The MAK was the first exhibition building to be opened on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, on 12 May 1864. To mark its 150th birthday, the MAK is presenting three exhibitions. The highlight of the anniversary year will be the show “Ways to Modernism. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact" from December 2014. This exhibition focuses on the two protagonists of Viennese Modernism. They were central motors of the debate surrounding Viennese architecture and design. The MAK owns the archive of the Wiener Werkstätte, one of whose co-founders was Hoffmann, as well as the biggest museum collection of Hoffman's furniture and important objects created by Adolf Loos. The exhibition shows their main works.

The other two presentations open this July: In “Exemplary: From Arts and Crafts to Design", nine internationally renowned “design thinkers" join in the experiment to research the significance of the MAK collection as a source of inspiration and place of negotiation for future-oriented design. In a rapid change of perspective between important moments of MAK history and future design themes of the 21st century “Exemplary” outlines the development of the MAK from then until now. In parallel with this, “After-Images: Exhibitions in Pictures" contrasts historical and modern photographs of MAK exhibitions with a focus on how exhibition content and spatial concepts were presented.

Exemplary: From Arts and Crafts to Design & After-Images: Exhibitions in Pictures 11 June - 5 October 2014

Ways to Modernism. Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Their Impact 17 December 2014 - 19 April 2015


Vienna Design Week

From September 26 to 5 October, Vienna will become a showplace for design. The ten-day Vienna Design Week focuses on the topic of design with a large number events across the city.

Vienna Design Week turns the whole of Vienna into a showplace and showroom for design. In collaboration with Vienna’s museums, production companies and designers from around the world, the festival offers many different ways to approach the topic of design: at any one of  over 100 events, exhibitions, installations, guided tours and numerous parties.

At the heart of Vienna Design Week are the "Passionswege": Selected designers are invited to participate in an experimental and playful collaboration with Viennese retail spaces or traditional businesses. This allows local production sites to be rediscovered and revitalized. This year, the designers are working with, amongst others, the jeweler A. E. Köchert, the traditional shoemaker Rudolf Scheer & Söhne, the glassware specialist Lobmeyr, the Wiener Silber Manufactur (Vienna Silver Factory), the glassmakers Stiefelmeyer and the upholstery company Stani. The results can be viewed on a tour of the operations.

The 3rd district, where the festival headquarters are also located, is an important staging area for the Vienna Design Week and the Passionswege this year: The Baroque Palais Schwarzenberg is the lynchpin of the festival with an information point, pop-up café, laboratory and several exhibitions. This year’s host country of Vienna Design Week is Hungary In collaboration with the Hungarian Cultural Institute Vienna, the festival presents design from the neighboring country in a variety of program formats.

Vienna Design Week, 26 September - 5 October 2014
Detailed program available at


Wiener Wiesn-Fest

From September 25 to October 12, the Wiener Wiesn-Fest pitches its tents on the Kaiserwiese in the Prater for the fourth time. Austrian beer, local food, all sorts of music and traditional outfits ensure a great atmosphere.

The fourth Wiener Wiesn-Fest will be held in the fall of 2014 against the backdrop of Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel. Regional costumes will add to the traditional atmosphere at Austria’s biggest folk festival, where three festival tents with various musical programs await visitors. The Spider Murphy Gang, the Edlseer, Lauser, Sumpfkröten, Volxrock and Saubartln are just some of the acts. The right culinary supplement to the beer and music is provided by local cuisine ranging from Wiener Schnitzel to Brettljause.

The focus of this year’s Wiener Wiesn-Fest is once again on “Golden Austria": On nine separate days, Austria’s provinces will present their own customs, cuisine and music. In addition, representatives from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Istria will be guests of Vienna on the new Crown Land Days. The Wiener Wiesn-Fest will start every day at 11:30 a.m. with a hearty morning pint (“Frühschoppen”). Brass bands and groups showing the customs of each of the regions will perform. Admission to the Wiener Wiesn-Fest is free until 18:00; on Mondays and Tuesdays it is free all day.

Starting at 18:30, the Wiesn Festival Party gets going in the festival tents with lots of live music. Party tickets cost €39 per head if you book a table or €44 for an individual ticket. You can buy them in advance or on site. For the second time now, the Wojnar tent will be holding the Pink Wiener Wiesn-Fest for the gay and lesbian community on October 3. New this year is Trachten Clubbing (in traditional dress) on September 28 (€10 per person).

In addition to the three festival tents, everyone can enjoy free entertainment in the Wiesn Village: at the open-air festival stage, in the ORF Alpine Hut, in the Winzer-Stadl for wine-lovers, in the hayloft, and in another Alpine hut.

Wiener Wiesn-Fest - Sept. 25-Oct. 12, 2014
Daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight
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