A Spring Overflowing With New Attractions
World-famous waxworks Madame Tussauds will open its eleventh international branch on Vienna's Riesenradplatz in April 2011. A selection of 65 lifelike waxworks will be on display at this 1,500 square meter museum. The roll call of historic personalities includes Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, Mozart, Haydn, Strauss and Schubert, Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein and Falco. Among the more contemporary faces on show are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nelson Mandela, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga. Each is presented in its own unique style and setting.
Another new arrival in early 2011 is the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory's museum, which explores the history of the long-standing company and the porcelain it produces. The factory has been producing finest quality porcelain at the site since 1744. The appeal of the finished products lies in their understated and graceful lines, and unparalleled quality of design and finish. Each step in the production process - from shaping the raw materials right up to the end product - is completed by hand. The former imperial Augarten Palace in the second district that houses the factory was closed for refurbishments and a series of upgrades last year. Once it reopens, it will feature a revamped production zone and newly designed sales area, in addition to the new porcelain museum and café-restaurant.
St Florian Prunkterrine, Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten
Riesenradplatz, Prater, 2nd district
Obere Augartenstrasse 1, 2nd district