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Cake but no kissing at iconic Viennese cafe

Cake but no kissing at iconic Viennese cafe

Vienna's iconic cafes are famous the world over, offering customers top-notch coffee, creamy cakes and sanctuary from the modern world in an atmosphere that harks back to a golden bygone era. READ  

Clooney's ex is VIP guest at Opera Ball
Elisabetta Canalis. Photo: EPA/GEORG WENDT

Clooney's ex is VIP guest at Opera Ball

George Clooney’s former girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis will be billionaire Richard Lugner’s celebrity guest at the Vienna Opera Ball on February 12th. READ  

Daniel Craig brings Bond fever to Altaussee
Daniel Craig poses for pictures with fans. Photo: APA

Daniel Craig brings Bond fever to Altaussee

With filming of the 24th Bond film Spectre well under way in the Styrian lakeside village of Altaussee, actor Daniel Craig delighted fans after a long day of filming by posing for photos and signing autographs. READ  

School VP bans Muslim class from church trip
Stephansdom Wiener Neustädter Altar. Photo: Bede735c/Wikimedia

School VP bans Muslim class from church trip

On the last school day before Christmas holidays, a school's vice-principal cancelled a planned school trip to Vienna's St. Stephen's Cathedral, because ten of the 23 students in the class are Muslims - and he was afraid they might cause damage to the church and its crosses. READ  

New Year Concert success belies Nazi past
Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic for the fifth time. Photo: APA/HANS PUNZ

New Year Concert success belies Nazi past

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day concert was broadcast to over 90 countries around the world - but few know of its Nazi origins. READ  

Weird Austrian New Year traditions
Prosit in the New Year! Photo: P.S. Krøyer, 1888

Weird Austrian New Year traditions

Austrians love to party, but some of their traditions seem a little weird to expats. The Local takes a look at how this small Central European country brings in the new year. READ  

Indian maestro seeks harmony in Vienna
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Indian maestro seeks harmony in Vienna

Indian maestro Zubin Mehta will seek to inject what he says is some much-needed harmony into the world when he conducts the illustrious Vienna New Year's Concert on January 1. READ  

Austrian entertainer Udo Jürgens dead at 80
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Austrian entertainer Udo Jürgens dead at 80

The 80-year-old Austrian entertainer Udo Jürgens died on Sunday from heart failure while walking in Switzerland. READ  

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Top 12 German sayings
What's that about a beard? Photo: Thaddaus Zoltkowski

Top 12 German sayings

The Local List shines a little light on some of the charming eccentricities of the German language. READ  

'Girl power' for Austria's Eurovision
From left to right: Mirjam Weichselbraun, Conchita Wurst, Arabella Kiesbauer and Alice Tumler. Photo: ORF

'Girl power' for Austria's Eurovision

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest - to be hosted by Austria in May - will be presented by three women, with this year’s winner Conchita Wurst in the Green Room. READ  

Facing up to death over coffee and cake
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Facing up to death over coffee and cake

Vienna seems to have cafes for everything these days - Internet, cats, breakfast and writers - but earlier this year saw the opening of the first Death Cafe. Freelance journalist Maddy French went along to check it out. READ  

The best Christmas markets in Austria
A child lights an advent wreath. Photo: APA/Jäger

The best Christmas markets in Austria

The Local's Francois Badenhorst takes a whirlwind tour of a few of Austria's famous Christmas markets, and shares his views of the ones he likes. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section below. READ  

Eurovision Final tickets sell out in 20 minutes
The queue outside the Stadthalle. Photo: APA/SCHLAGER

Eurovision Final tickets sell out in 20 minutes

There was huge demand for tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest - to be held in Vienna in 2015 - with the first 25 percent selling out in 20 minutes this morning. READ  

UN Vienna interpreters show they're 'Happy'
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UN Vienna interpreters show they're 'Happy'

You might think that translating speeches and interpreting between the six official languages of the United Nations would be done by dull and unhappy people -- but you'd be wrong. This video, made by the VIC interpreting team, shows just how happy they are.... READ  

Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award
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Waltz nominated for third Golden Globe award

Austrian-German double-Oscar winning actor Christoph Waltz, who is due back in Austria shortly to start work on filming the latest James Bond movie opposite Daniel Craig, has been nominated for a Golden Globe award for the third time. READ  

 
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