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2017: In the rhythm of Vienna

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Vienna's musical diversity ranges from early times through to the present day: people have been dancing in three-four time to Johann Strauss' world-famous Blue Danube Waltz for 150 years already. His golden statue in the Stadtpark is probably Vienna's most popular photo motif, the original apartment on Praterstrasse exudes the flair of the age, and the House of Music presents Strauss and the Viennese waltz. Dancing is always on the program in Vienna, whether at a waltz dance course or doing the Lindy Hop. Jazz sounds, club sounds and electronic music ensure lively nights of partying.

The Vienna Philharmonic, which has been enchanting its audiences for 175 years, and the Vienna Boys' Choir, which has been performing at its new MuTh concert hall for five years now and have been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since March 2017, are the classic flagships of the city. Festivals such as Wien Modern, Voice Mania and the Vienna Jazz Floor prove that music from all epochs and in a variety of styles can be experienced in Vienna. Franz Schubert and Falco moved the international world of music in the past – today, Wanda and Bilderbuch are the musical heroes.

The imperial attitude towards life can still be sensed today in Schönbrunn Palace. Two female rulers spent their summers there: Archduchess Maria Theresa and Empress Elisabeth, better known as Sisi. For Maria Theresa's 300th birthday, exhibitions will draw visitors here, as well as to the Imperial Coach Collection Vienna, the Imperial Furniture Collection and outside Vienna to Schloss Hof and Niederweiden Palace. Exhibitions on Maria Theresa are also held in the Lower Belvedere, in the Coin Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, in the Augarten Porcelain Museum, in the Schönbrunn Palm House and at Klosterneuburg Monastery. A special Maria Theresa tour is held at Schönbrunn Palace. Empress Elisabeth would have turned 180 years old in 2017 - a fact acknowledged by a show in the Sisi Museum in the Imperial Palace and a new Sisi section at Madame Tussauds. Vienna's symbol, the Giant Ferris Wheel, has been turning rhythmically in the Prater for 120 years. Schönbrunn Zoo will turn 265 years old, making it the oldest zoo in the world.

Tradition is also rooted in handicrafts. The erstwhile imperial and royal court purveyors offer maximum quality in a manicured ambiance. Lobmeyr, Köchert and others not only maintain traditions but also continue to develop their own futures with young creative talents. The young designers and fashion makers find new approaches to marketing at fashion fairs such as Blickfang or the Modepalast, or in pop-up stores.

Culinary enjoyment always comes first in Vienna: The artistically designed display windows of the imperial and royal court confectioner Demel are as much a part of the Viennese lifestyle as the coffee houses in which people while away the time. Gourmets enjoy the sophisticated cuisine in one of the ten restaurants with a Michelin Guide award. Those who prefer things simple and down-to-earth can head for the food truck or a sausage stand.


Facts, Figures, Events "Vienna 2017"

Musical anniversaries

  • 175 years of the Vienna Philharmonic (special exhibition in the House of Music 29 March – 31 December 2017)
  • 150 years of the Blue Danube Waltz (Strauss Museum with special exhibition 16 February - 31 December 2017, Strauss Apartment, Strauss Memorial, House of Music: "virtual conductor" as well as a special exhibition room on Johann Strauss and Viennese waltzes)
  • Vienna Boys' Choir - 5 years of the MuTh concert hall, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 2017
  • Festival anniversaries: Wien Modern (30th), Voice Mania (20th)
  • Franz Schubert (220th birthday) to Falco (60th birthday)
  • 200 years of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Imperial anniversaries

  • 300th birthday of Maria Theresa
    Imperial Coach Collection, Imperial Furniture Collection, Schloss Hof, Niederweiden Palace 15 March - 29 November 2017
    Lower Belvedere 30 June - 5 November 2017
    Porcelain Museum in the Augarten 20 March - 14 October 2017
    Coin Collection/KHM 28 March 2017 - 18 February 2018
    Klosterneuburg Monastery 4 March - 15 November 2017
    Schönbrunn Palm House 13 May - 26 October 2017
    Special guided tour:
    Maria Theresa tour at Schönbrunn Palace, until 29 November 2017 (Sa, Su)
  • 180th birthday of Empress Elisabeth
    Madame Tussauds – new section "Sisi Uncovered Experience", since February 2017
  • 120 years of the Giant Ferris Wheel
  • 265 years of Schönbrunn Zoo

Culinary highlights

  • Imperial coffee houses
  • 10 restaurants with a Michelin Guide award (Steirereck, Amador's Wirtshaus & Greißlerei, Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant and Mraz & Sohn: 2 stars each; Steirereck: ranked 10th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and thus the best in the German-speaking world)
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