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The City is looking forward to a busy holiday season. Vienna has seen 3.1 % more business trippers and vacationers from January to October 2013 as compared to 2012. Of the 4.8 million total overnighters, roughly 3.8 million traveled in from foreign countries, the main markets being Germany, the U.S., and Russia. The largest group […]

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

I kicked the new snow off our boots and laid the skis against the dark wood of the Pfefferalm hut. Inside an open fire was crackling in the corner. Some of the wood smoke had escaped the chimney and was spreading a pungent mist across the room. Through the haze I could just make out […]

Tenerife: Eccentricity of Nature

Tenerife: Eccentricity of Nature

The final stretch of single track back to the Tenerife village of La Guancha plunged down steeply over loose rocks. It was a hurtling, stomach-lurching, twisting, arm-jarring descent through the pine trees. Tall flowers lined the path and through the larger gaps between the trees, there were glimpses of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. My […]

PolaWalk: Vienna in Eight Clicks

PolaWalk: Vienna in Eight Clicks

Oh no! I looked down in horror at the smelly black paper in my hand. The photo was ruined. “Don’t worry, you still have seven pictures left,” said Gilbert Lechner, trying to console me. It didn’t help. I had just ruined my first photograph with the Polaroid camera he had given me half an hour […]

Communism Brewing

So far, all of my international visitors have fallen hopelessly in love with Vienna, envying me for its rich culture and history. However, my father-in-law, a Texan investment manager and fierce Republican, had some trouble getting used to the Viennese way of life. During our sightseeing tours, he noticed the multitude of Gemeindebauten, Vienna’s internationally-acclaimed […]

Unlikely Opportunities

Since leaving China in June, opportunities to practice my Chinese have become rather scarce, to say the least. Although the streets here are awash with Chinese tourists, my proficiency has most definitely suffered the Mainland withdrawal symptoms. So I have begun pursuing every possible opportunity to practice, even cornering lost tourists so that I might […]

Image, Identity and Change

Image, Identity and Change

Graced with stunning landscapes and seasonal weather to suit all tastes, Austria has long been one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And it’s easy to see why in the vivid and often stunning exhibit of travel posters from the Austrian National Library collection on display through 28 October. Welcome to Austria: A Summer Journey […]

Booming summer tourism

Booming summer tourism

Austria’s summer tourism is booming this year, according to the data acquired in the first half of the season (May to July) by Statistik Austria. The data suggests a 3.9% increase of overnight stays of guests from abroad to 21.19 million, while the number of domestic figures has dropped slightly by 0.3%. Nevertheless, with a […]

Winter tourism up 4.8%

Winter tourism up 4.8%

The winter season 2011/12 saw a sharp rise in Austrian tourism, both native and from abroad, according to a recent survey of Statistik Austria. The total number went up by 4.8% to 16.4 million arrivals, despite falling figures for December 2011 and March 2012 due to weather conditions. At the same time, the number of […]

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