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Funeral museum rises from the dead
Cemetery for the nameless in Wien Simmering. Photo: HeinzLW/Wikimedia

Funeral museum rises from the dead

Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery. READ  

Rocky Horror to rock staid Vienna's corsets
Photo: APA

Rocky Horror to rock staid Vienna's corsets

A bizarre story of a couple on their honeymoon whose car breaks down and they're forced to seek refuge in a mysterious castle occupied by sinister aliens is the theme of one of the most popular rock musicals of the past forty years. READ  

Wine
Austrian sparkling wines 'surpass Champagne'
Vineyards near Bad Vöslau. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austrian sparkling wines 'surpass Champagne'

Austria's Sparkling Wine Committee claims that its new quality standards mean that the country's sparkling wines are as good as the world's best - and in some aspects, surpass them. READ  

Free entry to Velázquez with lotto ticket
The Diego Velázquez exhibition. Photo: APA/HERBERT NEUBAUER

Free entry to Velázquez with lotto ticket

Vienna’s Kunsthistorische Museum is celebrating Halloween by giving anyone with an Austrian lottery ticket free entry to the Diego Velázquez exhibition on October 31st. READ  

Mozart's clavichord returns to Vienna
Photo: APA/HERBERT PFARRHOFER

Mozart's clavichord returns to Vienna

The clavichord on which Mozart composed some of his most famous works - including the Magic Flute - will be on display in Vienna for two weeks, for the first time since the 18th century. READ  

The Lowdown
Mass goose slaughter begins in Austria
Roast goose with red cabbage and dumplings. Photo: typischich.at

Mass goose slaughter begins in Austria

St Martin's Day on November 11th, also known as Martinstag or Martinmas, is a time for feasting in Austria - and those of you who are new to the country may have noticed that many restaurants and guest houses are now serving goose. READ  

Spain’s Queen on solo visit to Vienna
Queen Letizia. Photo: APA/epa/Ballesteros

Spain’s Queen on solo visit to Vienna

Spain’s Queen Letizia will be in Vienna on Monday 27th for the opening of the Velazquez exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. READ  

Mozart's violin meets Korean prodigy
Ko So-hyun, 8-year-old prodigy. Photo: Korean Times

Mozart's violin meets Korean prodigy

A violin that belonged to musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has been preserved inside a glass case at a museum in Mozart's hometown of Salzburg, Austria up until recently, when it was removed from its nest for the first time and brought to Korea. READ  

Swedish rockers avoid tragedy in bus fire
Photo: Deathstars Facebook

Swedish rockers avoid tragedy in bus fire

According to a report on a music web site, the Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS narrowly avoided a serious tragedy in the early hours of Saturday morning when the tour bus in which they were traveling caught fire in the Austrian alps. READ  

Grand Rapids hollers back to Kapfenberg
From the Youtube video showing dancing priests in the streets of Kapfenberg. Photo: Youtube

Grand Rapids hollers back to Kapfenberg

A US town which inspired an Austrian town to emulate its success with a music video which is going viral has acknowledged the tribute. READ  

SF Binge for Krampus
Star Wars to play for two weeks solid
Krampus about to capture an errant child. Photo: Лобачев Владимир / Wikimedia

Star Wars to play for two weeks solid

A German satellite TV channel has announced that it will be broadcasting Star Wars films continuously, 24 hours a day, for two weeks starting on December 1st. READ  

Pistols looted by Nazis to be sold at Bonhams
Photo: Bonhams

Pistols looted by Nazis to be sold at Bonhams

A pair of rare Brescian flintlock holster pistols that were looted by the Nazis will be auctioned at Bonhams in London on November 26th for an estimated £60,000 to £80,000. READ  

Viennale festival opens with historical drama
A still from Jessica Hausner's Amour Fou. Photo: Stadtkino Filmverleih

Viennale festival opens with historical drama

The Vienna International Film Festival opens on Thursday, showing new films from around the world, some of them international premieres. READ  

Art
World-record €3 million for Verbeeck auction
Photo: The Mocking of Human Follies. Photo: Dorotheum

World-record €3 million for Verbeeck auction

Flemish artist Frans Verbeeck's painting "The Mocking of Human Follies" sold for a world-record setting €3 million on Tuesday night in Vienna. READ  

Essl art fire sale earns €60 million
Wolker (Fenster) by German artist Gerhard Richter. Photo: Christie's

Essl art fire sale earns €60 million

A Christie's auction of art owned by the financially troubled Austrian building supplies chain owner and art collector Karlheinz Essl has raised €60 million (US$75 million). READ  

 
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