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Baroque Meets Cyberspace – The new MuseumsQuartier in Vienna! & Ready for Christmas? The Magic of Advent in Vienna and Salzburg

June 2002

The new MuseumsQuartier in Vienna is one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world. But above all, it is a forward-looking, inner-city cultural district that will have an enormous impact on future trends.
The MuseumsQuartier unites baroque buildings, new architecture, cultural institutions of all sizes, various disciplines of art and recreational facilities in one single spectacular location. Old masters and modern art, baroque and cyberspace, expeditions into the realm of the imagination and recreation in the center of the city have never been as close as they are now in the new MuseumsQuartier.

Can you hear the Christmas Sounds? It seems a funny question at this time of the year, but as you know, time is running and a nice trip has to be well planned and organized!
So before you get off to the beach, get into \"The Magic of Advent in Austria\" …

It’s all happening here – MuseumsQuartier Vienna

The Vienna spectrum ranges from large art museums like the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna) to contemporary exhibition spaces like the Kunsthalle Wien and festivals like the Wiener Festwochen, an annual summer event headquartered in the MuseumsQuartier Wien.
Additional highlights include the TanzQuartier, an international, state-of-the-art center for dance, the Architektur Zentrum Wien, production studios for new media, artist studios for artists in residence, outstanding art and cultural facilities designed for children and a variety of other events and festivals such as the renowned Viennale film festival, the ImPulsTanz Festival and many others.
The MuseumsQuartier is unequalled anywhere in the world when it comes to the range of cultural opportunities it offers.

Magic of Advent in Vienna and Salzburg

In Austria, always festively decorated during December, the multiple Christmas markets are the main attraction of the Advent season – starting the end of November until December 24th. The „Wiener Christkindlmarkt“ is one of the most traditional Christmas markets in the world, where visitors can savor candied fruit, baked apples, cotton candy and many other delicacies, or discover glittering Christmas decorations, handicrafts and other trinkets making ideal gifts for friends and relatives. Discover the beauty of this romantic town in wintertime!

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1:
Arrival in Vienna and check-in in your selected hotel.

Dinner at “The weißer Rauchfangkehrer”, one of Vienna’s typical old restaurants with small recesses and farmstead equipment causing a pleasant Viennese atmosphere.
The name means “white chimney sweep” and legend tells that one day a drunken chimney sweep fell in a cellar filled with flour. White as he was, covered in flour, he went back to the inn and continued drinking. From this day on, the name “white chimney sweep” stuck to this inn, which finally became one of the most well known restaurants of the city.

Day 2:
AM - Walking tour through the inner city - \"The history of Christmas markets“
The old part of the city, with its backyards, churches and palaces, represents the life of Viennese citizenship and will be our main interest.
Visit of St. Stephen\'s Cathedral and the antique Christmas market at the baroque court of the \"Heiligenkreuzerhof\".

Lunch at Vienna\'s oldest restaurant, the “Griechenbeisl”. The name of the restaurant goes way back to the days that Greek and levantine merchants settled in the area and patronized the “Griechenbeisl”. To this day the name has stuck. It’s first entry in the registers of the Municipality of Vienna dates back to 1447.
The famous \"Lieber Augustin\" song was composed and sung right here about mid 17th century.

PM – „Schönbrunn Palace and its Culture and Christmas market“
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and since the 1860s has also been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. Soon after the end of the monarchy, the population of Vienna discovered the park as an attractive recreational area. Eventually the palace too was opened to the public, drawing around 1.5 million visitors every year.
The Grand Tour of Schönbrunn Palace leads you through 40 magnificent rooms. The Tour begins in the west wing of the palace and takes you through the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, through the central wing with the ceremonial and staterooms and into the east wing. Here you will see the splendid audience chamber of Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Stephan, as well as many other fascinating interiors.

After your visit to the Palace, you can enjoy some free time to stroll around the Christmas market in front of the Palace. To warm up we’ll have a nice cup of coffee and some real famous Viennese “Apfelstrudel”. If you want to learn its preparation, you can join the „Viennese Applestrudel Seminar“ right at the Residenz Coffee next to the Palace.

Evening at a „Heurigen in Grinzing\"!
You will love these old wine cottages, where the Viennese and the local villagers traditionally went to enjoy the new wine and the lively music, to meet their friends and to work out how to put the world to rights over a good glass!
After a short walk from the bus stop or the tram terminal you reach one of the typical restaurants, where you will be served a four-course dinner with wine, rounded off by good Viennese coffee. You will really appreciate the local music and song, the warm atmosphere, the hospitality and overall cheerfulness of Austrians enjoying themselves.

Day 3:
AM – “Christmas in famous paintings“

The collections of the “Kunsthistorisches Museum” are amongst the most important and spectacular in the world. The Museum’s collections range from Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Antiquities, over vast collections of Medieval Art, to the splendid Renaissance and Baroque collections. Through our tour we concentrate on the collection of some 1400 paintings, most of them form the Venetian Renaissance (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto), but also including major works of 15th to 17th century Flemish masters (Van Eyck, Rubens, Van Dijck).

PM - Feeling at home but not being at home – “The Viennese Café”
Having a cup of tea is not a teacup and a „Kapuziner” is not a Capuchin monk ... Or about the difference between confectionaries and Cafés and about cakes and pastry. Our walk leads us through the inner city with its „Culture of Cafés“, where we stop at the famous Café Central for lunch. The Café Central is famous as the meeting point of many writers of the 19th century. Our way back to the hotel brings us to the St. Peters church with its exhibition of Christmas cribs.

After a nice rest at the hotel, we’ll enjoy an early dinner to be right in time for a Performance at the famous Vienna Opera House.

Day 4:
AM - “Ave Verum”
After breakfast we will drive through the southern part of the Vienna Woods to “Heiligenkreuz”, Austria\'s oldest abbey of the \"Zisterzienser\", founded in 1133, followed by a visit to Mayerling, the former hunting seat of the Habsburg family, where the „Mayerling tragedy“ took place. Afterwards we will travel through the „Helenental“ to Baden and have lunch at Weikersdorf Castle. After a stroll trough the „Biedermeier City“ we drive back to Vienna.

Certainly, there is no better way to celebrate your Farewell to Vienna!
Enjoy a splendid evening in Imperial style in one of Vienna’s beautiful palaces and have the wheel of history turned back to feel all the splendour of Austria’s grand past. We have a number of palaces to accommodate groups of just about any size and a wide variety of entertainment possibilities unmatched in Europe, from a private concert of the Vienna Boys Choir to an Imperial Ballet and Operetta Gala, starring dancers and soloists of the world famous Vienna State Opera.

Day 5:
After breakfast departure for Salzburg – “The City of Mozart“
Salzburg is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After our arrival we will have lunch followed by a tour for a first glimpse of the city: the Cathedral and St. Peter’s Abbey, the Residence and the Fortress, Mozart\'s birthplace, the Festival Theatres, the oldest pharmacy and the oldest café, the Salzach river, the hills in the city and many another sights such as the \"Christkindlmarkt\" with its ginger bread, mulled wine, straw ornaments and candles from beeswax ... Get enchanted by Salzburg waiting for Christmas!

In the evening you can enjoy performances based on original themes & genuine folk music from Salzburg. An original \"Alphorn\" welcomes you, light Mozart music and other traditional tunes and melodies of the area accompany you through dinner, followed by a short performance of a woodwind trio. After dinner, you are welcome to a performance bringing to life operetta highlights from the area, such as \"The White Horse Inn\".

Day 6:
AM- The hills are alive...
Come with us to see the scenery from the world famous movie \"Sound of Music\" and listen to the popular songs and melodies.
Lunch at the Stiegelkeller brewery.

PM – “Silent Night - Holy Night”
We bring a visit to the house where the composer of the most popular Christmas song ever has lived and to the chapel in Oberndorf, where it was performed for the very first time on Christmas Eve 1818.
Before going back to the Hotel, we stop at the Romantic Advent Market in the fortress courtyard of Hohensalzburg Fortress with local artwork and handicrafts, Christmas delicacies and a wide variety of recreational programs.

In the evening we join the famous “Adventsingen” at the large Festival Hall. Every year, the Salzburg National Aid, a relief organization of the Salzburg County, performs the traditional and reflective event of “Adventsingen“. With its alpine music and pastoral plays the 1½ hour event intends to bring people closer to the spirit of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Day 7:
Departure for Vienna airport.

Vienna Christmas

Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna Opera House

Fairwell Gala


Silent Night