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16 February 2017
Happy birthday, Maria Theresa!
Vienna and Lower Austria are marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Empress Maria Theresa with a group of major exhibitions. Although never crowned Empress, the Habsburg ruler was one of the most influential leaders in European history.

16 February 2017
150 years of the Blue Danube Waltz
The Viennese waltz: Once somewhat disreputable, for many it now epitomizes Vienna. 150 years ago Johann Strauss catapulted the waltz to international fame with his Blue Danube Waltz, which has been a highlight of every ball ever since.

16 February 2017
Life Ball returns and other favourites
After taking a rain check last year, the Life Ball will return on June 10, 2017 with a new look. The identities Queer Film Festival and Vienna Pride – incl. Rainbow Parade – are another two highlights of the capital’s busy June schedule.

16 February 2017
Viennese coffeehouses photo gallery
From elegant traditional coffeehouses to hip third-wave coffee shop: a whistlestop tour of Vienna’s café scene.

25 January 2017
2016: Nearly 15 million bednights for Vienna
Vienna establishes 7th record in succession with 14.96 million visitor bednights in 2016.

20 December 2016
New Arrivals on Vienna’s Restaurant Scene
Fine dining in the old town, breakfasting into the late afternoon and coffee in a freshly renovated traditional coffeehouse: an overview of the interesting new arrivals on the capital’s dining map.

20 December 2016
2017: In the Rhythm of Vienna
A rich musical heritage and a thriving contemporary musical scene – music from all genres and eras has a place in the Austrian capital. 2017 is a year of musical jubilees in Vienna.

20 December 2016
City of film music
Blue Danube Waltz, Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic: the Austrian capital is world famous as a city of music. And the same goes for a special genre: film music.

20 December 2016
Luxurious Winter in Vienna
When winter rolls around Vienna comes into its own with exclusive attractions, unusual experiences and luxury services courtesy of its five-star hotel operators. Sightseeing, high-end shopping in the old town and delectable treats at the city’s top eateries add up to a thoroughly relaxing stay.

4 November 2016
The rhythm of Vienna from 360°
The new 360° video from the Vienna Tourist Board and ORF shows Vienna's facets from spectacular perspectives. In line with Vienna's motto for 2017 - "In the rhythm of Vienna" - the clip is intended to inspire the traveling public in nearby and faraway markets to make a trip to the city of Vienna.

21 October 2016
Discover Vienna’s foodie cosmos with Adia & VIENNA / NOW
Adoptive Viennese creative director, image consultant and fashion editor Adia Trischler explores typical local dishes for the VIENNA / NOW video clip series.

21 October 2016
Photo gallery: Freihaus quarter
The Freihaus quarter near Naschmarkt is home to a lively creative scene as well as fashionable boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafés. A whistlestop tour of Schleifmühlgasse and neighbouring streets.

21 October 2016
Major exhibitions in the first half of 2017
Egon Schiele as a sketch artist and watercolourist, famous personality from the Habsburg dynasty as well as decorative glass objects take centre stage at various exhibitions in Vienna in the first half of 2017. Here is an overview of the main shows.

21 October 2016
Where Espresso Meets Filter Coffee
From January 13-16, 2017 coffee lovers will be in their element at the Vienna Coffee Festival in the Ottakringer Brauerei.

20 October 2016
The Rhythm of Vienna short film competition
The Vienna Tourist Board, VIS Vienna Independent Shorts and Vienna Shorts Agentur presented the three winners of the international short film competition entitled ‘The Rhythm of Vienna’ on September 20, 2016 at Vienna’s Metro Kinokulturhaus. Composed by professional film makers the shorts present Vienna as a culturally diverse city, with a dark sense of humour, full of moments of passion and adventure. The entry that best captures the Viennese way of life will be decided in a public vote which is open on shortfilm.vienna.info until October 31, 2016.

20 October 2016
Music during Advent in Vienna
In the weeks leading up to Christmas the Austrian capital is alive with the sounds of Advent. Festive music can be heard at numerous locations throughout the city, including St. Stephen's Cathedral, City Hall and the capital’s Advent markets.

20 October 2016
A 360° view of the Summer Night's Concert
A 360° video produced by the Vienna Philharmonic in cooperation with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF delivers previously unseen insights into – and views from – the Vienna Philharmonic’s popular Summer Night’s Concert in the grounds of Schönbrunn palace.

18 October 2016
Vienna as a brand
This is where you can find insights into Vienna as a brand, which paints an unmistakable picture of the destination in the mind of the customer and in doing so creates desire.

19 August 2016
Waves Vienna music festival
Performers from all over the world, from DJs to singer-songwriters, will light up the Austrian capital from 9 September to 1 October 2016 for the Waves Vienna music festival. Venues for the gathering include a number of unusual locations orbiting around a brand new festival headquarter.

19 August 2016
Walking in the Viennese vineyards at Weinwandertag
Wine buffs can explore Vienna’s vineyards and wine growing hills at the Weinwandertag on 1 and 2 October 2016 – wine tasting and excellent views of the city below are part of the experience.

18 August 2016
Time for Vienna
Vienna’s trademark cube clocks, with their octagonal shape and clear faces, have helped define the look and feel of the city since their introduction in 1907. Now the design provides inspiration for a new collection of everyday items.

18 August 2016
New restaurants in Vienna
Culinary odysseys and new takes on Viennese cuisine: an overview of the latest movers and shakers on the capital’s restaurant scene.

25 July 2016
Vienna: Bednights up in first half of 2016
Vienna recorded around 6.6 million visitor bednights between January and June 2016 – about 4.9% more than in the same period the previous year.

16 June 2016
Tenth Vienna Design Week
Each year Vienna Design Week transforms the Austrian capital into one giant design showroom and exhibition centre. The nation’s largest design festival will take place for the tenth time between September 30 and October 9, 2016.

15 June 2016
Golden bars and vegan rolls
There’s always something happening on the capital’s gourmet and restaurant scene – as this overview of the latest arrivals and Michelin star winners shows.

14 June 2016
Dance central
For one month, Europe’s largest dance festival will transform Vienna into the centre of the international dance world. ImpulsTanz will present the latest contemporary dance and performance art between July 14 and August 14, 2016.

13 June 2016
A paper figure, dance and a milieu study in The Rhythm of Vienna
Three film concepts featuring animation, experimental film techniques and real images emerged as the winners of the Vienna Tourist Board’s international short film competition. Entitled “The Rhythm of Vienna”, the project is taking place in collaboration with the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts festival and Vienna Shorts Agentur. Shooting begins at the end of May 2016 and the final cuts will be screened in September 2016.

18 May 2016
A paper figurine, dance and a milieu study in The Rhythm of Vienna
Three film concepts featuring animation, experimental film techniques and real images emerged as the winners of the Vienna Tourist Board’s international short film competition. Entitled “The Rhythm of Vienna”, the project was initiated in collaboration with the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts festival and Vienna Shorts Agentur. Shooting begins at the end of May 2016 and the final cuts will be screened in September 2016.

13 May 2016
Photo gallery: 10 x Viennese design
Viennese design: a whistlestop tour of Viennese design history, from the Wiener Werkstätte to contemporary creations.

13 May 2016
On the trail of Emperor Franz Joseph in Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg, and the Imperial Burial Vault: imperial sightseeing in Vienna takes in some of the most attractive parts of the capital.

13 May 2016
Unusual Viennese museums
Vienna has more than 100 museums, including a number of unusual small collections: among the highlights are the world’s only globe museum, a museum dedicated to a single film, one focused on art forgeries, another devoted to the fire service and one with a focus on a famous Viennese psychiatrist (other than Sigmund Freud).

12 May 2016
Major exhibitions in the second half of 2016
Sex in Vienna and erotica in Japan, Hieronymous Bosch’s Last Judgment and artists of the Biedermeier period, Martin Kippenberger and Franz West: an overview of major exhibitions in Vienna from June 2016.

12 May 2016
Viennese summer sounds
From jazz and related genres to music films and pop: music also reigns supreme in Vienna in summer, as this selection of top events clearly shows.

15 April 2016
Art in Vienna in fall 2016
Expect art as far as the eye can see in Vienna this fall. A major art fair, a week-long art festival, various exhibition projects, the Long Night of Museums and Vienna Photography Month will make the city a magnet for art fans and experts from all over the world this autumn.

15 April 2016
500 Years of Hieronymus Bosch
The Picture Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts is devoting a comprehensive show to Hieronymus Bosch and his phantasmagorical visions to mark the 500th anniversary of the greater painter’s death.

14 April 2016
Viennese fashion stores with a difference
Anyone looking for unusual fashion labels will come up trumps in the Austrian capital. In addition to high-end designers and exceptional manufacturers, Vienna is also home to an array of fashion boutiques displaying unusual and exclusive brands that appeal to non-mainstream tastes.

14 April 2016
Summer ball at the Spanish Riding School
The Viennese ball season flourishes once again at the start of summer. On June 24, 2016 the Spanish Riding School will be transformed into a breathtaking ballroom for the Fête Impériale.

13 April 2016
A night with the Vienna Philharmonic
The Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in the Schlosspark Schönbrunn on May 26, 2016 is a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. Featuring world-class performers on an outdoor stage, this event is one of the out-and-out highlights of the Viennese music calendar.

13 April 2016
The Monocle Quality of Life Conference in Vienna
Making Better Cities: global affairs and lifestyle magazine Monocle is hosting a conference in Vienna from April 15-17, 2016 devoted to this topic.

1 April 2016
2015 another record year for convention destination Vienna
Vienna’s meetings industry recorded more events and overnights than ever before in 2015. The resulting value-added broke the billion euro barrier for the first time ever.

19 February 2016
Spanish Riding School inscribed on Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
The classical horsemanship practised at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the start of December 2015.

19 February 2016
Photo gallery: Viennese hotel bars
A tour of some of Vienna’s finest hotel bars: from the elegant watering holes found inside its traditional hotels on the Ringstrasse and in the old town to chic hotel bars with impressive views and a firm favourite on the capital’s bar scene: Barfly’s at the Hotel Fürst Metternich.

18 February 2016
2016 Vienna Fashion Spring
A new festival and an established sales fair will put fashion in the spotlight in all its dazzling variety: the Take – Independent Festival for Fashion and Art (Apr 19-24, 2016) and Modepalast (Apr 29-May 1, 2016).

18 February 2016
2016 Vienna Festival
Led by artistic director Markus Hinterhäuser and theatre director Marina Davydova, the Vienna Festival will offer a packed programme featuring productions from 25 different countries between May 13 and June 19, 2016. As the host of the Vienna Festival Concerts featuring renowned orchestras and soloists, the Musikverein will be at the heart of the action.

17 February 2016
Food, made in Vienna
Sustainable mushrooms, fruity yogurts and mature cheeses: Vienna is an El Dorado for food producers.

17 February 2016
Viennese restaurants: new chefs, new concepts
Jewish-Mediterranean street food, an Asian Heuriger wine tavern, casual fine dining and a bar-cum-deli: a quartet of new arrivals add some interesting flavors to the capital’s thriving restaurant scene.

16 February 2016
The Rhythm of Vienna: Vienna Tourist Board short film competition
The Vienna Tourist Board and the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts festival have launched a new short film competition, with the three winning submissions set to be premiered at a special screening in Vienna in mid-September.

16 February 2016
Contemporary exhibitions in Vienna in 2016
It’s not all Baroque opulence in the Austrian capital – the city also has a flourishing contemporary art scene. Austrian and international artists have always prized Vienna as a fertile breeding ground for their work. A chronological overview of the city’s main contemporary art exhibitions in 2016.

22 January 2016
Vienna achieves 6th successive overnight record in 2015
Vienna’s tourism industry can look back on its best year ever: 14.3 million visitor overnights, 5.9% more than in 2014, represent a new all-time high.

 

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