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Life Ball Vienna 2018 – Native’s Guide And Ticket Info

Life Ball Vienna: Opening 2015

Life Ball Vienna. I have been to quite a few balls in my home city but none compare to the excitement and flamboyance of the Life Ball. While you won’t waltz much to Strauss there, you will dive right into Vienna’s famous joy of loving life. Here is my guide of what to expect from Vienna’s most extraordinary event nd …

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Rosetta Stone German: My Husband’s and My Review

Rosetta Stone German

My Portuguese husband selected Rosetta Stone German to take on my mother tongue, having sifted through half a dozen German language training software. As a trained linguist, I reviewed it myself. Here is what we think. Rosetta Stone German offers a matrix of different versions, sorted byinterests and by depth of desired knowledge. a) by interests: Personal (best for travellers), Business, Public Sector (even United Nations …

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Melk Abbey Review: Visiting A Wachau Valley UNESCO Jewel

Melk Abbey

It’s easy for a Vienna traveller to skip Melk Abbey at 75 min drive west. There is little reason you should, though. Unless you have set all your heart on Bauhaus architecture, learn what fans of classical culture are dying to see. The photos below were taken from one of my visits to UNESCO World Heritage Site Melk Abbey on a sunny December day. …

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Vienna By Night

Vienna Walks: Hofburg

See The Town In A Different Light Vienna by night. 

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Vienna Secession Building: History And What To See

Vienna Sights: Secession building

Art Nouveau Architecture Gem Vienna Secession. Whether you love good design, Art Nouveau or the smell of revolution. The Secession deserves a red flag in your travel itinerary. The Secession is the most successful provocation by Viennese architects and artists. It blends early Modernism and late Art Nouveau architecture like no other. The building’s stern white cubes boast gold-plated laurel …

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Art Walk in Vienna – Baroque, Biedermeier and Modern Art

Art Walk in Vienna: Spittelberggasse

This art walk ties together my favourite local spots in and around Vienna’s trendy seventh district Neubau. It mixes museums and galleries, art and design shops, and cafés, bars, and private dining. As you walk around you will discover little alleys, more artisanal shops, and modern urban cafes and bars. Book out four to six hours if you decide to do the …

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Otto Wagner Vienna: 7 Must-Sees Of Art Nouveau and Modernism

Art Nouveau Walk: Otto Wagner house

Otto Wagner Vienna.  Austrian architect, furniture designer, and interior decorator Otto Wagner holds the key to Viennese Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture. Essentially, he catapulted Fin-de-Siècle Vienna into the 20th century by celebrating the beauty of simplicity. If you want to trace this period when in Wien, use these seven signature pieces below to plan your itinerary. Otto Wagner in Vienna: His Main Works …

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Imperial Palace Vienna Austria: Hofburg Wien Guide And Map

New Year's Eve Concerts: Hofburg Palace

First and foremost, the Imperial Palace Vienna, or Hofburg Wien, is just vast. In detail, the Habsburg Emperors’ Palace spreads across more than 30 buildings, 2,600 rooms, and squares, equalling 34 soccer fields in size! Don’t panic, though. Instead, cover off those things that appeal to you: medieval, renaissance and baroque, art, and social places and events. To facilitate your sightseeing access my Imperial Palace Vienna …

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Baroque Gardens In Vienna: Schonbrunn to Augarten

garden of Schloss Hof, Austria

There are four baroque gardens in and around Vienna that fans of geometrical landscapes, clipped hedges, patterned ‘broderie’ flower beds, and sculpted boxes shouldn’t miss: They are all part of baroque palaces, and perfect examples of transforming nature into organic classical art. Augarten The Augarten is Vienna’s oldest baroque garden, and in my view the most charismatic. Located in the second district …

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Belvedere Vienna Review: Klimt Art And Baroque Gem

Vienna metro: Belvedere Palace

Visiting the Belvedere Vienna you can happily lose yourself in fine art and beautiful landscaping. While the palace and baroque gardens alone are worth a visit the Belvedere’s Austrian National Gallery impresses with 1,000 years of national art. Below I’m sharing my personal notes of what to see and do at the Belvedere.  The Palace And Baroque Gardens To begin with, the Belvedere shines a bright light on the …

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