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Take a virtual tour of Vienna's Natural History Museum
One of the exhibits at the NHM Vienna. Photo: Google

Fans of Vienna’s Natural History Museum can now take a virtual tour of the museum - courtesy of Google Street View.

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9 simple things German speakers have way too many words for
Do you eat Pfannkuchen or Palatschinken? Photo: Paul Gillingwater

If you're baffled by what the heck you’re supposed to call a pancake in German, it's not your fault.

V-J Day Kiss woman passes on
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine

The woman whose participation in an impromptu kiss celebrating the end of the war with Japan has died on Thursday after a brief illness at the age of 92.

Star tenor Johan Botha dies aged 51 in Vienna
Botha in Ariadne auf Naxos with Anne Schwanewilms, Hamburg State Opera. Photo:Monika Rittershaus/Wikimedia

Sad news from Vienna's Opera - the South African-born star tenor Johan Botha has died after a short illness.

A taste of Michelangelo in the heart of Vienna
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Why go to Rome when the art of the Sistine Chapel can come to you in Vienna? Check out the new exhibition of Michelangelo's timeless frescos at the Votivkirche.

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Chinese Lantern Festival delights and amazes
Highlight is this scale model of Vienna's Opera House, as a giant lantern. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Making its Central European debut, the traditional Chinese lantern festival highlights music, dance, costumes and the amazing art of the illuminated lantern, opening September 1st on Vienna's Donau Insel.

10 pieces of Austrian slang you'll never learn in class
"Die Party war ur leiwand" and other useful phrases. Photo: Creative Commons/Jacek Becela

Not likely to be taught in class, these German and Austrian slang words are handy to have up your sleeve if you want to blend in with locals.

Prominent Chinese artist visits Vienna
Ai Weiwei at the preview of his “Er Xi” installation at Le Bon Marché. Photo: Belvedere, Vienna

Visitors to Vienna's Belvedere Palace were confronted Wednesday with 1,005 refugees' life jackets drifting in the baroque pond -- courtesy of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

Who will open the Bregenzer Festspiele?
Turandot on the lake stage. Photo: Bregenz Festival / Ralph Larmann

The internationally renowned Bregenzer Festspiele has been left with no one to open it - after Austria’s highest court ruled that May's presidential election must be repeated because of widespread procedural "sloppiness".

Sweet expectations fulfilled with strawberry cakes
Members of the cake jury. Photo: Patrick Sabo

Ever wondered who makes the best strawberry cake in Vienna? Yelp, the online local business guide ran a contest on Wednesday for 13 products from nine different bakers, with a 30-person judging panel, and decided they found a winner.

Second day of bodypainting festival highlights
Photo: World Bodypainting Festival/Daniel Janesch

The second day of the World Bodypainting Festival in Pörtschach saw some fabulous work by amateur artists, as well as some extraordinary face painting masterpieces.

Bodypaint floods through sleepy Austrian town
Photo: World Bodypainting Festival/Iva Janezashvili

Going into its 19th year, the World Bodypainting Festival held at lake Wörthersee in southern Austria has become the melting pot and gathering of artists from 45 nations competing for the title of "World Champion" in bodypainting.

Manfred Deix, the man who captured Austria’s soul
Photo: A sample of the work of the late cartoonist

Famous Austrian Cartoonist Manfred Deix died in the hospital on Saturday after a long battle with severe illness.

US rapper denies rape charge
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib performing at The Echoplex in March 2014. Photo: Carl Pocket/Wikimedia

US rapper Freddie Gibbs' lawyer said Tuesday that the musician "absolutely denies" rape allegations that saw him arrested in France last week, adding he will fight extradition to Austria to face the charges.

Five unwritten rules about cake in Austria
Photo: Hotel Sacher

With Dunkin Donuts soon shutting its doors in Austria, The Local has some ideas about why they struggled to find fans in the country.

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