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Learning to Go With the Flow

Learning to Go With the Flow

Just 11 years after the “flood of the century” devastated parts of Upper and Lower Austria, Austrians once again felt the full destructive impact of a river system bloated to record levels. At the beginning of June at Korneuburg on Vienna’s western edge, the Danube reached a height of 7.93m with 10,600 cubic metres flowing […]

Regional Elections

Regional Elections

Stronach’s Gloss and Glory, 5 March by Michael Völker All together 130,000 people in Lower Austria and Carinthia voted this Sunday [3 March] for Team Stronach. That is indeed a strong showing. Even prior to the elections, this ‘test-tube’ party was, in fact, able to form a parliamentary group, and yet has achieved even more […]

Franz Kafka: ‘The Meaning of Life is that it Stops’

Franz Kafka: ‘The Meaning of Life is that it Stops’

I’m into death – which is one of the reasons I love this town. Vienna is full of dark corners: There are the catacombs under Stephansdom; the Imperial Crypt not far away; Mozart’s unmarked grave in the Biedermeyer-era St. Marx Cemetery; the Funeral Museum complete with a corpse bell; and of course, the Zentralfriedhof, final […]

The Renaissance of Wagramer Wines

The Renaissance of Wagramer Wines

Like the sandy loess soils that blew in from primordial oceans and that now cover the many terraced vineyards of Wagram, you can sense a shift in momentum amongst the small, mainly family led Weingüter of this region. Two lesser-known whites are creating a stir and point of difference in Wagram, both offering high quality […]

Weinherbst Niederösterreich, The Wine Insider: Sep. 2012

Weinherbst Niederösterreich, The Wine Insider: Sep. 2012

The entire region of Lower Austria swells to the rhythms of the grape harvest, as Europe’s largest wine tourism festival, fans its way through several wine regions including the Wachau, Krems, Carnuntum, Klosterneuburg and the Thermal region. [see “A Walk in the Wachau” in TVR Sept. 2012, and “Uncorking the Inner Critic” in TVR March 2012 […]

A Walk in the Wachau

A Walk in the Wachau

You never quite know when you have definitively entered the hallowed vineyards of the Wachau. There is no fanfare, no arches or flags, just a thoroughly miss-able sign on the road hinting at a change in the postal code. But you sense it: The landscape seems to cajole with each bend of the road, the […]

Carnuntum – When (Almost) in Rome

Carnuntum – When (Almost) in Rome

References abound in this idyllic wine region east of Vienna to its Roman cultural history. When standing on the region’s central plains, undulations cascading down from the nearby hills, leaving vineyards lapping seemingly to your toes, it is hard not to be romanced by a time when those clay pots of fermenting juice were carted […]

A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

In the night of 8 and 9 May, 1945, the American General Stanley E. Reinhart and his Soviet counterpart Dimitri A. Dritschkin met in a private house in the Lower Austrian village of Erlauf to celebrate the victory over Hilter’s army. This historic moment became the starting point for a long and intensive critical engagement with war […]

Verdi, Good Wine, and Ruins With a View

Verdi, Good Wine, and Ruins With a View

Verdi’s Rigoletto Considered one of the finest of Verdi’s middle career, this tragic opera follows the cursed fates of the Duke of Mantua, an infamous womanizer, his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s daughter. The Vienna Review’s opera critic Oliver MacDonald calls it Verdi’s “beautifully poignant tearjerker”. The picturesque open-air venue – in the midst of the Kamp […]

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