Press Releases Archive 2011
On the trail of Wiener Werkstätte designs
Premium fabrics, luxury lights, elegant dinner services: many of the products designed by Wiener Werkstätte artists - chief among them Josef Hoffmann - are still being produced to this day.
Art on the menu
First appreciate the art, then enjoy an excellent meal - an incredibly popular combination in Vienna! The cafés and restaurants inside the capital's museums are serving up some interesting surprises this year.
New hotels for Vienna
2012 will bring a host of attractive new accommodations for the Austrian capital. The first major addition to the hotel portfolio is scheduled to open its doors in November 2011.
All eyes on Gustav Klimt
2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum and Albertina are all staging major exhibitions dedicated to the work of this great turn-of-the-century modernist pioneer.
New museum in an architectural gem
On September 16, 2011 Vienna gained a new exhibition space for contemporary Austrian art, which is housed in an architectural masterpiece completed in 1958.
An all-new station for the capital
Vienna's Westbahnhof station has been undergoing a full facelift and extensive modernization - without any interruption to service - since 2008. In November 2011, the site will reopen as BahnhofCity Wien West.
Christmas markets off the beaten track
The Christmas Market on City Hall Square, the arts and crafts market in front of the Karlskirche church and the Culture and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace are all staples of the Vienna Advent experience. By contrast, Vienna's landmark hills and the romantic Türkenschanzpark offer a number of attractive smaller-scale alternatives.
VIDEO: Advent in Vienna
Beautifully decorated streets and traditional Christmas markets - in Vienna, there is never a dull moment in the run-up to the big day. Freshly baked yuletide cookies and biscuits are all part of the fun.
Stylish party locations
A new restaurant and a revamped club have just been added to Vienna's seemingly endless list of nightlife destinations. The Albertina Passage is opening in a former pedestrian underpass beneath the Ringstrasse boulevard, and the popular Volksgarten Diskothek is back with an all-new look.
Shopping around Naschmarkt
There is always something going on at the bars and stands of Vienna's Naschmarkt, but a walk around the streets adjoining the market never fails to turn up the odd gem. The area is a magnet for a new generation of businesses with a distinctly organic, fairtrade and design-led flavor.
Design and the city
During Vienna Design Week the whole of the Austrian capital is given over to design. The festival, set to enter its 5th year in 2011, will play out at various locations throughout the city from September 30 to October 9, 2011.
Hollywood in Vienna
The Hollywood in Vienna concert gala at the Konzerthaus on September 23 will present a series of film music masterpieces. Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) will receive a Max Steiner Award.
Vienna's Baroque Schönbrunn Palace complex is one of Austria's most important cultural sites. The palace, its countless outbuildings, formal gardens, park and zoo were added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1996.
Museum of Wishes
The Museum Modern Kunst Ludwig Stiftung (MUMOK) at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier is set to reopen after extensive renovations. On September 10, 2011, pieces from all of the MUMOK's collections will go on show in a new exhibition entitled Museum of Wishes.
Video: Best of Vienna - the Prater
Vienna's Prater park has at least two different sides to it - the Wurstelprater containing the amusement park and the Grüner Prater with its meadows, wetlands and tree-lined boulevards.
A festival for music lovers
Vienna's Musikverein has been the home of the Society of Music Lovers in Vienna for 200 years. Some of the biggest names in the world of music will be performing at its bicentenary.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), genius painter and one of the great pioneers of Viennese modernism, would have celebrated his 150th birthday in 2012. This fall Vienna's Belvedere gallery will be mounting a special show dedicated to this world-famous artist and his contemporary, the gifted architect, exhibition orchestrator and designer Josef Hoffmann, to mark the start of the special Klimt anniversary year.
Vienna: Records set in the first 6 months for bed nights and hotel sales
Vienna set two new records in the first six months of 2011: visitor bed nights rose 5.3% to 5 million and net bed night turnover for hotels went up 12.1% to EUR 182.3 million in the period from January to May.
A week-long festival of the arts
Reflecting Reality is the theme of this year's Vienna Art Week, which awaits with a packed cultural program for trade insiders and art lovers this November.
Funeral Service for Otto Habsburg (1912-2011)
A great European passed away on 4 July 2011: Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, son of the last Austrian Emperor and Empress, Karl and Zita, passed away in his house in the Bavarian town of Pöcking. He was 98 years old. Otto Habsburg-Lothringen will be buried together with his wife Regina, who died in February 2010, in Vienna's Imperial Burial Vault on 16 July 2011.
Vienna's in the Mood for Dancing
Every summer the world's dance elite descends on Vienna for the ImPulsTanz festival. The program features performances and a series of workshops aimed at amateurs and pros of all ages.
Affordable and stylish
A number of new, great value hotels and hostels scheduled to open in Vienna in 2011 prove that budget consciousness and stylish design don't have to be mutually exclusive.
Golden Johann Strauss in Vienna: cloned for renovations
A pair of playful installations will stand in for Vienna's most photographed tourist attraction - the golden statue of Waltz King Johann Strauss in the Stadtpark - which will be fenced off while restoration work is carried out until September. The Vienna Tourist Board commissioned two Vienna-based artists to provide a highly creative and uniquely Viennese replacement for the "missing" statue.
European Maccabi Games in Vienna
The 13th European Maccabi Games will play out in Vienna for the first time in 2011. This major Jewish sporting event will kick off with a spectacular opening ceremony on City Hall Square.
Pop for everyone
The Danube Island Festival is one of Vienna's longest running open-air events, taking place for the 28th time this year. By contrast, the fledgling Popfest am Karlsplatz will celebrate only its second year in 2011.
2011 Life Ball
The 2011 Life Ball will be held under the banner of Spread the Wings of Tolerance. The Life Ball is Europe's largest and most flamboyant charity event in the fight against AIDS.
New Beds for the City
With 51,500 beds in around 400 accommodations ranging from luxury five-star hotels to simple single-star pensions, visitors to the Austrian capital are spoilt for choice. And 2011 will bring a number of exciting new additions.
A Spring Overflowing With New Attractions
Vienna is set to welcome a pair of new high-caliber tourist attractions in early 2011, when a branch of Madame Tussauds comes to the Prater and a new museum opens at the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory.
Record for Vienna: 10.9 million visitor overnights in 2010
Vienna reported growth of 10.3% in 2010, reaching a new record level of 10,860,000 visitor overnights. All of Vienna's core markets achieved growth - many of them with two-digit increases. Japan was the sole country amongst them that "only" reached the same result as 2009.
Visuals And VJs
The annual sound:frame festival brings some of the world's best visual producers, VJs, DJs, video artists, and sound producers to Vienna where they practice the high art of electronic music visualization.
Vienna's Queer Ball Season
The Viennese Waltz's star is in the ascendency - and not just among the straight crowd. There are plenty of ball events for the gay and lesbian community to enjoy, as this overview of the season highlights reveals.