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Winter 2016

"Christ Child has opted for green!"

As already announced in our last newsletter, the Christ Child  came slightly earlier this year and has somewhat redecorated our Breakfast room.

The curtains now shine in a warm, friendly shade of green and provide that special touch that gives the room a whole new flavour. Soon, all the chairs will follow suit with an elegant green stripe design.

“Our special BALL BREAKFAST after a long night of waltzing!”

Until mid February in Vienna, the “City of Waltzes” holds countless glittering BALLS!

Maybe you too want to hit the dancefloor at one ball or another, or just enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere from the lodge or when sauntering about!

Would you prefer to sleep late the next day undisturbed, then we have just the right offer for you!

The evening before, order our special Ball Breakfast with choice delicacies, smoked salmon and a glass of champagne  -  we will serve you at any time up to 11am in your room at no extra charge. You can then continue to relieve the memories, and we will be only too glad to pamper you!

“WHO has WON our 3 week-end stays for 2 people this time?”

Over 2,500 guest feedback forms were filled out in great detail in 2014, giving us your countless evaluations and your fantastic comments!

To say thank you we have drawn 3 winners for a week-end stay for 2 people.

Our heartfelt congratulations to the winners this year:

Ms. F. from the UK,

Family R. from Germany and

Family C. from the USA.


Again this year, once the work was done on each floor, for the breakfast service and at the reception, just before Christmas, it was time for our staff to get busy - blow-drying, back combing, and applying make-up etc. Our team celebrated by spending a wonderful evening together. In the unique atmosphere of the mirror tent of the Palazzo, we enjoyed an exquisite 4-course menu. Together with the many artistic and comedic interludes, this memorable evening will not be forgotten for a long time.

„Current and upcoming EVENTS in Vienna in WINTER 2016“

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…

Vienna Ice World

From 21 January to 6 March 2016, City Hall Square transforms into a giant ice rink and becomes a paradise for skating fans of every age.

The idyllically illuminated façade of City Hall forms the fairytale backdrop for Vienna Ice World. An 8,000 m² ice landscape delivers entertaining winter enjoyment for skating fans of every age. Both families and sporty visitors who are seeking action on the ice will get their money's worth here. Every day from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm, fantastically wild or sweepingly elegant loops can be turned to popular music hits and to some sounds of the waltz.

Winding through the romantically illuminated City Hall Park is a magical ice path that thrills beginners and professionals alike with its countless routes. A free practice area is available for the very youngest ice skaters from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. At 5.00 pm, it transforms into eight curling lanes, where sporty curlers can put their skills to the test.

Restaurateurs pamper guests with regional and organic delicacies at various outdoor booths and in the popular Almhütte with terrace. Warming drinks are also available at Vienna Ice World - from fragrant organic punch to tea. 2,000 pair of skating boots pre-heated with warm air can be rented on site. Lockers are available for unnecessary items of clothing and shoes. On the opening evening (21 January), visitors are invited to skate for free on Vienna City Hall Square from 7.00 pm.

Vienna Ice World, 21 January - 6 March 2016, Daily from 9.00 am - 10.00 pm
25% discount with the Vienna-Card
Curling Mo-Fr 5.00 pm - 10.00 pm: Online reservation required



Welcome to the ball season

Each year more than 450 balls take place in Vienna. The city of waltzes exuberantly celebrates Carnival in January and February. The three-quarter rhythm is supplemented by more contemporary sounds, offering enjoyable dancing for every taste. 

In Vienna, the ball season reaches its peak in January and February. The old tradition of carnival balls continues to thrive in the city. While some dancers enjoy following the three-quarter time of the waltzes, others may prefer letting loose to a disco beat.

The ball season kicks off with the Vienna Red Cross Ball in City Hall (20 November 2015). On New Year’s Eve, guests dance into the new year in a magnificent setting at the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Hofburg Vienna (Imperial Palace). Numerous other famous ball events are held here as well, such as the Hunters' Ball - Jägerball (25 January 2016), the Doctors' Ball (30 January 2016) and the Lawyers' Ball (6 February 2016).

The Coffee-house Owners' Ball (5 February 2016) is one of the most atmospheric. Each year it brings about 5,000 visitors to Vienna's Imperial Palace and into the Redoutensäle. Many of the guests end the night at Café Landtmann, to which they are transported in a fiaker shuttle, true to style.

The Opera Ball (4 February 2016) at the Vienna State Opera is legendary. On this one day, visitors have the unique opportunity to see the famous opera house on Ringstrasse not only from the spectators' seats but actually experience it "backstage" surrounded by many music celebrities.

The Vienna Philarmonic (21 January 2016) opens the doors to its ball at the Vienna Musikverein. However, at this event the musicians of this world-famous orchestra can only be found with their instruments during the introduction. Because even the performers of the Vienna Philarmonic want to shake a leg now and then.

The sweetest ball is the Bonbon Ball (5 February 2016) at the Wiener Konzerthaus. This ball is known for its fun and informal ambiance. The Strauss Brothers once celebrated their greatest accomplishments at the Vienna Kursalon - where visitors can now dance to the tune of waltzes at the Johann Strauss Ball (13 February 2016).

The Ball of the Vienna Boys' Choir celebrates its premiere at the Kursalon Vienna on 16 January 2016. Music plays the lead role at the ball; in addition to numerous brief appearance by artists, the Vienna Boys' Choir naturally also perform.

For the Flower Ball (15 January 2016), City Hall transforms into a unique sea of flowers. Also being held in City Hall is the Viennese Ball of the Sciences (30 January 2016), which represents Vienna’s entire research and higher education landscape in all its diversity, internationality and excellence.




Yoda and Darth Vader conquer Vienna

Yoda and Darth Vader conquer Vienna

An extraordinary exhibition is to be hosted in Vienna: "Star Wars Identities" transports visitors into the universe of George Lucas' hit films.

The six Star Wars movies have pulled in more than 4.3 billion US dollars around the world since 1977. The exhibition "Star Wars Identities" opens at the MAK just in time for the launch of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" on 17 December. Around 200 exhibits from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago will be on display: Original objects both from the classic trilogy (1977-1983), the prequel trilogy (1999-2005) through to the animation film "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" (2008) and the TV series of the same name. Props, models, costumes and artworks are interspersed with life-size models of favorite figures - from Darth Vader to R2-D2 and Yoda - and objects in the original size. Short "making-of" films provide background information on the Star Wars figures and their development.

However, "Star Wars Identities" is not just an exhibition about the legendary Star Wars saga, but also a study of identity. A team of experts comprising psychologists, biochemists, geneticists and neuropsychologists has divided the show into three themed areas: Origin, Influences and Decisions. Within these three themed areas, the exhibition examines ten components of identity. Using sophisticated exhibition technology, visitors then create their own Star Wars personality by combining elements of their own identity with fictional elements.

May the force be with you!

STAR WARS Identities: The exhibition, 18 December 2015 - 16 April 2016



Universal talent: Josef Frank

A large exhibition at the MAK is dedicated to one of the masterminds of Viennese Modernism.

"One can use everything that one can use", proclaimed Josef Frank (1885-1967), one of the most important architects and applied artists of the modern age. The exhibition "Josef Frank: Against Design" gives a comprehensive overview of his multifaceted work and dives into Frank's complex intellectual and creative strategies. As a designer, Frank was highly productive, designed a wealth of furniture and textiles and was above all a significant architect of Viennese Modernism, who debated all - including socio-political - issues of building and living. The famous Vienna Werkbundsiedlung (workers' association housing complex) was built under his supervision in 1932.

He also placed great importance on interior furnishings: About 70 homes furnished by Josef Frank are known about. On the occasion of the exhibition, the MAK has even managed to acquire almost the entire existing inventory from Frank's first interior - the Tedesko apartment constructed in Vienna in 1910. In 1933, Frank emigrated to Sweden, where he worked as a designer for the furniture and furnishing company "Svenskt Tenn" and left his mark on Swedish design in the post-war period. Frank's workgroups in "Against Design" are extensively shown in the original and supplemented with contemporary photographs and architectural models.

Josef Frank: Against Design, 16 December 2015 - 3 April 2016

Holiday on Ice: Passion

This year's Holiday on Ice show "Passion" brings passion and glamor to the smooth-as-glass stage in the Wiener Stadthalle. "Passion" gives an exclusive insight into the exciting life of figure skaters.

The new show describes the persistent path of the exceptional talents on the ice, from their training to euphoric moments in the spotlight. A path that Annette Dytrt has also taken - the successful German figure skater is the new star of Holiday on Ice and thrills audiences.

The expressive performance of the skaters allows the spectators to authentically empathize with their diverse careers, from young skating talent to Olympic athlete. A special highlight of the show is the band Vintage Vegas with Giovanni Zarrella, which thrills with its music genre "Swop", or Swing meets Pop. With Vintage Vegas and Annette Dytrt, exceptional talents present themselves live in each performance, enchanting young and old alike with their passion for music and their love of skating.

Combined with the popular mix of traditional elements and breathtaking special acts, fascinating costumes, seductive music and state-of-the-art technology, Holiday on Ice brings a new, brilliant show to the Wiener Stadthalle with "Passion".

Holiday on Ice / Passion, 13-24 January 2016





The Festival of Early Music in January 2016 will be held under the title "Apocalypses". The musical associations come from the world's best authentic performance ensembles - at the Wiener Konzerthaus from 16 to 24 January 2016.

Early music, played on historical instruments with extreme competence, is experiencing a boom in popularity. Which is why the Resonanzen festival has been a perennial favorite for years. The best of the best that the Early Music scene currently has to offer is also brought together again at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2016.

Traveling to the opening concert on 16 January are the Concerto Copenhagen, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and a group of six soloists with Händel's oratorio Israel in Egypt. Performances over the next eight days include the Prague Collegium 1704 with Telemann's Donnerode, the Huelgas Ensemble with compositions based on the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and the charismatic singer and harpist Patrizia Bove (photo) with her ensemble Micrologus.

An absolute must during the Resonanzen is the popular "Essenskonzert": On 22 January, the Austrian Baroque Company presents its program Der Griff nach dem Goldenen Apfel (Reaching for the Golden Apple), followed by culinary treats in the foyer and in the Resonanzen Lounge.

The accompanying exhibition "Historic Instrument Making" in the foyer and in several halls of the Konzerthaus has become a tradition on the first weekend of the Resonanzen. Before and after the main concerts, there is a "prelude" and "postlude" on most days. These include films such as Pompeii – The Last Day, special concerts and a course on Baroque dance.

Resonanzen 2016: Apocalypses, 16-24 January 2016




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