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Magnum Opus or One-Hit-Wonderbus?

Magnum Opus or One-Hit-Wonderbus?

Austria... The country that gave us Mozart. The country that gave us Strauss. The country that gave us.... Opus? Yes, guilty as charged. Austria may…

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Let Us Eat Cake

Let Us Eat Cake

"The fine arts are five in number: painting, sculpture, poetry, music and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being confectionery." So

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Vienna Nightlife

Vienna Nightlife

'Never been a fake and I'm never phony/ I got more flavour than a packet of macaroni.' It was one of the most memorable lines of the old skool…

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The Congress of Vienna

The Congress of Vienna

If Vienna's Hofburg had been struck by a rogue meteorite in the Autumn of 1814, Europe would have been in quite a fix. In fact, things would have…

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Emperor Franz Joseph I

Emperor Franz Joseph I

Like Britain's Queen Victoria, whose reign lasted sixty-four summers, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria became an unshakeable symbol of his era. The…

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The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March

The Radetzky March, by Joseph Roth (1932), translated by Michael Hofmann (2002) Joseph Roth's novel takes its name from one of the jolliest…

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Ultravox  Vienna

Ultravox Vienna

Besides attempting to ride his grandparents dog Cosmo like a horse, our resident pop pundit counts Ultravox's 'Vienna' as amongst his most vivid…

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Sonic Ratatouille: The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

Sonic Ratatouille: The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

'Sir, could you tell me why you've packed an electric drill in your bag?' "Errr, I'm a musician in a vegetable orchestra and I need it to turn a…

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Books About Vienna

Books About Vienna

Of course, not many of us have the time to sit down and read a stack of books before setting off on a trip. 'You must read this', someone says, 'you…

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Euro 2008: Austria/Switzerland

Euro 2008: Austria/Switzerland

The countdown has begun. A laser-show lit up the night sky from Vienna's Town Hall marking 500 days to the off. The mascots are up to their mischief…

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Vienna on the Silver Screen

Vienna on the Silver Screen

Schlamperai.... It's a nice-sounding word - there's a very indulgent ring to it. And this is the word that the Viennese use to describe their most…

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Vienna Austria  At Your Fingertips

Vienna Austria At Your Fingertips

Received wisdom says that Vienna is all about surly grandmas sipping coffee in stately old cafes. Or chaps in Mozart kits trying to charm tourists…

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Vienna Tours: The Inside Track

Vienna Tours: The Inside Track

Vienna Life used to scoff at the idea of going on a tour. After all, surely the sharp-witted traveller can use his own brain to get the best out of a…

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Nova Rock Festival

Nova Rock Festival

It often seems like England gets all the fun when it comes to rock festivals. Druids, mud baths, eccentric farmers - it's an undeniably heady brew.…

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Rumpus Over Raunchy Urinals

Rumpus Over Raunchy Urinals

They might have been tailor-made for the Rolling Stones' recording studios. But Vienna's female politicians have failed to see the joke about the…

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Santa Claus Given The Boot

Santa Claus Given The Boot

Vienna's City Hall has confirmed that a wanted man is at large in the capital. The suspect is described as elderly, of portly build, and possessed of…

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Christmas Markets In Vienna

Christmas Markets In Vienna

Christmas always seems most at home in two places. First, Charles Dickens' London, with its plump geese, mulled wine, Christmas carols and…

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Viennale - Vienna Film Festival

Viennale - Vienna Film Festival

In Kathryn Bigelow's bodacious buddy movie Point Break, a band of surfers in rubber masks funds an endless summer by robbing banks. Keanu Reeves -…

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Who Will Be European Champions?

Who Will Be European Champions?

The grand final of the UEFA Euro 2008 Football Championships is slowly hoving into sight. Half way through the tournament and it has already been an…

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Available Art 4

Available Art 4

Savvy travellers have long known that the place for Christmas markets is Vienna. And it's true that the city has more than its fair share of yuletide…

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Cheap Holidays In Vienna

Cheap Holidays In Vienna

So you have not so much money to spend your time doing expensive trips and participate to expensive events. This guide will suit you, because it is…

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