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How to Register SIM Cards in Austria?

All SIM card users in Austria must register their prepaid cards by September 1, 2019. Severe penalties are imminent. The following hint will allow you to use your card for another year without registering.

August 15, 2019

Elephant Baby Kibali - Schönbrunn Zoo Has a New Star

Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo has just welcomed a baby elephant into the world. The little Kibali was born at Europe’s best zoo. The little elephant measured 90 cm and weighed 90 kg.

August 15, 2019

Sensation: South Gate of Roman Fortress Vindobona Discovered within the City of Vienna

The foundation of the missing main gate Porta Decumana of the Roman legionary camp Vindobona came to light during construction works.

August 12, 2019

Driving a Car in Austria: How to Import a Vehicle for Personal Use

What is required to register your car in Austria that you have purchased abroad? What do you need to look out for when buying a car? What costs do you have to bear? You can find all tips for importing your own vehicles (Eigenimport) to Austria here.

August 4, 2019

Driving a Car in Austria: What Users of a Vehicle with a Foreign Number Plate Need to Know

Persons whose main residence is in Austria and who drive a vehicle with a foreign registration plate must obtain an Austrian registration plate after one month at the latest. If the license plate is used for a longer period of time, administrative and financial criminal proceedings will be initiated.

August 2, 2019

Opening of the Salzburg Festival in the Context of the Climate Crisis

The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is the world's most important festival of classical music and the performing arts. The opening speeches in 2019 were dominated by the themes of climate change and environmental protection. The keynote speaker was US director Peter Sellars.

July 30, 2019

8 Reasons why Vienna is an Ideal Destination for Expats

Home to imperial architecture, masterpiece-filled museums and inspiring music, it’s no wonder that Vienna is a desirable destination for tourists and expats alike.

July 26, 2019

Bregenz Festival: Austria's Artistic Showpiece all over the World

On the occasion of the opening of the Bregenz Festival 2019 (Bregenzer Festspiele) Alexander Van der Bellen reminded the audience that many challenges can only be solved together and with great efforts, and Alexander Schallenberg pointed out that the festival is like big multilateral meetings, where people from different backgrounds meet for a few days and exchange ideas.

July 22, 2019

Lipizzaner Offspring Stars Visiting Vienna

The young mare herd from the Lipizzaner stud Piber can be seen in the baroque Winter Riding School of the Vienna Hofburg until the beginning of August.

July 9, 2019

Billionaire Heidi Horten to Become Museum Founder

The billionaire, patron and art collector Heidi Goëss-Horten has acquired a palace for the permanent presentation of her Heidi Horten Collection in downtown Vienna, right next to the State Opera and Albertina. Agnes Husslein-Arco is intended as director. The museum in the Hanuschhof is scheduled to open in early 2022.

July 5, 2019 · Updated: July 5, 2019; 15:17

Paternity Leave Entitlement Decided by Parliament

Members of the Austrian National Council passed a resolution on the legal entitlement to Paternity Leave (Papamonat). Fathers now have the right to be granted time off. Changes have also been made to child benefit legislation.

July 5, 2019

Don't Smoke - Austria to Finally Ban Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

Over 1 year after the smoking ban in gastronomy should have come into force, the parliament has once again voted in favour and is to come into force on 1 November 2019. The ban will also apply to shishas and e-cigarettes, with the exception of guest gardens. Through the smoking ban alone, there should be 1,000 fewer deaths per year from passive smoking.

July 4, 2019 · Updated: July 4, 2019; 20:44

Beach Volleyball - Vienna Major 2019 on the Danube Island

This summer Vienna will once again become the centre of the international beach volleyball scene. At the second Vienna Major, the world's best beach volleyball players will play exciting games on the Danube Island from 31 July to 4 August.

July 4, 2019

Uber Ridesharing Threatens to Retreat from Austria

The US transportation network company Uber wants to mobilise against the taxi and rental car reform in Austria with a petition. The new law would be a setback for Austria in several respects. If the new law is passed on 3 July, we will no longer be able to offer services such as UberX, according to a statement by Uber.

June 27, 2019

Marathon Under Two Hours - World Record Holder Kipchoge Wants to Break Barrier in Vienna

The marathon Olympic champion and world record holder, the Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, wants to run the marathon in less than 2 hours in Vienna in October, thus cutting his current record of 2:01:39 hours by an impossible 2 minutes.

June 27, 2019

Maria Lassnig - Sleeping with a Tiger

Maria Lassnig stands alongside Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, and Agnes Martin as one of the most important women artists of the 20th century. Body Awareness. It was early on that she made her own body the central focus of her art, long before body-consciousness, and the relations between women and men became central themes of the international avant-garde.

June 7, 2019

Diplomats for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019

More and more embassies, delegations and permanent representations to international organisations supported this day (IDAHOBIT), that raises awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide, as well as EuroPride 2019 in Vienna.

May 29, 2019

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Greta Thunberg at the Vienna Climate Summit

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger are campaigning in the Vienna Hofburg for a stronger commitment against the climate crisis.

May 28, 2019

Song Duet with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Andreas Gabalier

The Styrian-American film star Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Styrian singer Andreas Gabalier have recorded together the motivation song "Pump it Up", a mixture of English rap singing performances. The song is about motivation and achieving your goals. The video also shows the two Styrians at sports.

May 28, 2019

European Elections - Who Stands for Election and How Can a Non-Austrian EU Citizen Vote in Austria?

After the political earthquake in Austria and the end of the turquoise-blue government, the EU election on Sunday is eagerly awaited. A decision will be made on 18 EU mandates from Austria. In European elections, EU citizens are entitled to vote in Austria as long as they are registered in the European electoral register.

May 24, 2019

New Chinese Panda Bear Arrived in Vienna

During his visit to Vienna, Li Zhanshu, one of China's most powerful politicians, brought a panda male with him and handed him over to Schönbrunn Zoo.

May 24, 2019

Africa! Africa! - The Continent of Amazement Returns to Vienna

André Heller's new production of his tour comes back to Vienna. Africa! Africa! inspired more than 180.000 spectators last year. This year's tour features spectacular new numbers and award-winning artists.

May 15, 2019 · Sponsored Content

The Vienna Festival 2019 is Opened

The Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) were opened and started with a mainly female stage. The Vienna Festival is a cultural festival in Vienna that takes place every year for five weeks in May and June. The Wiener Festwochen show theatre, opera and dance productions from all parts of the world and also perform as producers of international productions.

May 10, 2019

Hermann Nitsch - Rooms Made of Colour

On the occasion of the 80th birthday of the Austrian painter and action artist Hermann Nitsch, his works can be seen and experienced in the Albertina as monumental colour spaces and rubble installations. The exhibition "NITSCH. Räume aus Farbe" shows Nitsch's pictures for the first time as painting for themselves: it bursts the dimensions of the panel painting, conquers the wall across the entire surface and intervenes in the room as a comprehensive installation.

May 10, 2019

The Lipizzaners - What Links Austria and Slovenia Together

The Lipizzan horses are to become cultural heritage. After decades of dispute, Slovenia and Austria submit the Lipizzaner breed to UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. This was declared by Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl and her Slovenian colleague Miro Cerar after signing a joint declaration in Going in Tyrol. The application should be submitted by March 2020 with the aim of enrolment by 2021.

May 7, 2019

UNESCO - Austria Awarded Two More World Heritage Sites

In addition to the currently troubled "Historical Centre of Vienna", which is to be preserved as a World Heritage Site, two other Austrian sites will be added to the World Heritage List at the next UNESCO meeting in Baku at the end of June. The "Danubian Limes" (Donaulimes), part of the former border of the Roman Empire, and the "Grossglockner High Alpine Road", the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria. Thus Austria will have 12 World Heritage Sites starting in summer 2019.

May 6, 2019

150 Anniversary of the Vienna State Opera

25 May 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the opera house on the Ring, and the Vienna State Opera intends to celebrate this with a total of nine premieres. The premiere of Richard Strauss' Woman Without a Shadow (Frau ohne Schatten) will be the formal highlight of the evening, preceded by a ceremony in the morning and followed by a celebration at Herbert von Karajan-Platz the following day.

May 3, 2019

The Oeuvre of Multitalented Jewish-Austrian Artist Arik Brauer

Arik Brauer, son of a Lithuanian Jewish shoemaker, is an Austrian-born painter, printmaker, poet, dancer, singer, and stage designer. The Jewish Museum Vienna celebrates him as a man and artist on his 90th birthday and presents the different facets of his work.

April 19, 2019

Robbery of 10 Mio Euro in Front of Austrian Airlines Plane in Albania

During a robbery at Tirana International Airport, robbers tried to steal 10 million euros from an Austrian Airlines aircraft. The plane was supposed to bring the money to Vienna and was just loading. In a fire fight with the police, a perpetrator was killed on the run. All robbers had been identified and the police are pursuing the rest of the gang.

April 10, 2019

Vienna City Marathon 2019: Run Vienna – Enjoy Classics

Vienna has again and again been crowned the most livable city in the world. It is imperial, vibrant, and the perfect host city for thrilling events. Experience the impressive scenery of historic and modern architecture at a run past Vienna's most beautiful sights. The Vienna City Marathon will take place on 7 April 2019. Over 42,000 runners will take part in the event.

April 5, 2019

Vienna's Diversity Ball 2019: "Masquerade"

The 12th Diversity Ball 2019 with the theme "Maskerade" (Masquerade) will take place on May 4th 2019 and will transform the location Kursalon Wien into a shining symbol for practiced tolerance. In a glittering ball night the organizers would like to set a further example for the diversity of their community, for tolerance, for accessibility and for mutual respect.

March 28, 2019 · Sponsored Content

Danube Tower - Viennese Landmark Celebrates New Beginning

After the modernisation, revitalisation and expansion of the Danube Tower (Wiener Donauturm) by the Blaguss Group for more than ten million euros and the creation of 30 new jobs and a new e-shuttle, the tower was reopened. The restaurant, located at a height of 170 metres, offers a fantastic view over Vienna and turns every dinner and celebration into a unique experience.

March 27, 2019

Austria to Become Most Sustainable Tourism Destination in the World

Sustainability Minister Elisabeth Köstinger presented the "Plan T - Master Plan for Tourism" in Salzburg. This strategy paper is intended to ensure that Austria not only remains one of the leading tourist destinations, but that this position is further strengthened. For the first time sustainability is anchored as a basic principle for tourism. The strategic realignment of Österreich Werbung (ANTO Austrian National Tourist Office) is also on the agenda.

March 26, 2019

Great American Artist Mark Rothko in Vienna

Mark Rothko (1903–1970) was among the most remarkable artists (abstract expressionist) of the twentieth century. This exhibition, the first ever to be mounted in Austria, presents a survey of Rothko’s career through more than forty major paintings to explore ideas of the sacred, the spiritual, the tragic and the timeless.

March 22, 2019

Welcome Expats - Vienna Remains the Most Livable City in the World

In 2019 Vienna was again rated by the international consulting agency Mercer as the city with the highest quality of life worldwide. In the special evaluation on the subject of personal security, however, Vienna was only ranked 6th.

March 14, 2019

Austria as an Attractive Cycling Destination - You like it? Bike it!

At the international tourism trade fair 2019 in Berlin, Austria presents itself above all as an attractive cycling holiday destination. At the centre of the trade fair appearance: the cycling campaign "You Like it? Bike it!"

March 7, 2019

Vienna in Airport Ranking only in Midfield

According to a comparative study entitled "Airport Worldwide Rankings 2018" with 141 airports surveyed worldwide, Vienna International Airport occupies only 49th place.

March 5, 2019

Prime Minister of the Newly Named Republic of North Macedonia at the Vienna Opera Ball

Only a few days after the historic renaming of the Republic of Macedonia into the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, visited Vienna at the invitation of Federal Chancellor Kurz and together they visited the Vienna Opera Ball.

March 1, 2019 · Updated: March 4, 2019; 12:33

Koloman Moser - All-Rounder of the Vienna Secession

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of one of the great visionaries of Viennese Modernism, Koloman Moser, both the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and the Theatermuseum pay tribute to his work. Both exhibitions can be seen until April.

February 7, 2019

Vienna Opera Ball - Provide your Kids with the Chance to Debut at the Ball

The Ball of Balls in the magnificent building of the Vienna State Opera is regarded as the meeting place of international celebrities in Vienna and is a social event of the first order. Offer your children aged 17 to 24 the opportunity to open the Opera Ball together with 150 couples. We show you how to do it.

January 31, 2019

Vienna is Europe's Greenest Capital City

A new study has ranked 25 of Europe’s capitals on 10 green factors to reveal the continent’s most eco-friendly capital cities. Vienna - how else could it be expected - has once again emerged as the number one.

January 30, 2019

Hallstatt App 2.0 - Protective Measures against Chinese Tourists

The Upper Austrian community defends itself against too many tourists, especially from China and South Korea. Since the Chinese built an exact copy of the city in Guangdong Province, and the South Koreans partly shot a soap opera in Hallstatt, the popularity of the Dachstein community has increased enormously. As a result, more and more tourists come to Hallstatt as part of a bus tour classic with 4 destinations including Hallstatt. In the previous year there were exactly 19,344 coaches. For the first time in the history of Austria, a town is now defending its friendly visitors by implementing the new "Traffic Concept Hallstatt 2018" and by strictly controlling the entrance to the town centre.

January 29, 2019

Haus der Geschichte Österreich - Evaluation by a Team of Experts

The recently opened House of Austrian History is intended to present the history of Austria from the middle of the 19th century to as broad an audience as possible, with a special focus from 1918 to the present day in its European and international context. A team of experts met for the first time and will present a concept for the long-term design of the institution until the summer.

January 28, 2019

Indexation of Family Benefits: "There are no second-class children in the EU"

The EC European Commission opens an infringement procedure against Austria, as it pays families less child benefit if their children live in another EU country with a lower cost of living.

January 24, 2019

Population Development - City of Vienna at 1.9 Million Inhabitants

Last year Vienna grew by 11,000 inhabitants. The birth surplus was 4,000, the migration gain 7,000. Immigration from Great Britain was disproportionately high due to Brexit fears. Serbia is the strongest group of immigrants. The influx of refugees has fallen back to the level before the wave of refugees. In 2027 about 2 million people will live in Vienna.

January 22, 2019

Hollywood in Austria's Mountains - Avalanche Drama Film Follows Current Avalanche Danger

In Tyrol, a Hollywood drama about a married couple whose perfectly believed family life gets completely out of balance when they barely escape an avalanche is currently in the making. Austrian film funding supports the production of "Downhill" with Will Farell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. With a shooting time of 8 weeks, an added value of 7 million Euros and 10,000 overnight stays is expected.

January 18, 2019

Largest Viennese Ice Rink of All Times on Two Floors

A total of 9,000 square meters of ice, spread over two levels. The Vienna Ice Dream (Wiener Eistraum) is growing and will offer for the first time in the coming season the "Sky Rink", an opportunity to race across the ice on two levels.

December 19, 2018

How Europe Works - EU Council Presidency Invites to Open Day

Austria holds the EU Presidency until the end of the year. The majority of conferences at ministerial and civil servant level are held at the ACV Austria Center Vienna. ACV now opens its doors and invites all interested parties to get to know the premises of the EU Presidency first hand.

December 7, 2018

Christmas in Vienna 2018

Christmas in Vienna is one of the most renowned Christmas concerts. Every year, the concert programme fascinates with the varied interplay of classical Christmas songs and popular Christmas music from all over the world. This year it will get international with a medley of Russian, Italian, American and French Christmas carols, as a "Special Guest" Jose Feliciano will finally perform "Feliz Navidad".

December 7, 2018 · Sponsored Content

Pandas of Schönbrunn Zoo Vienna on their Journey to Sichuan, China

The two-year-old panda twins Fu Feng and Fu Ban, born in Vienna, relocated to Sichuan Province in China in transport boxes and by airplane as originally planned.

December 6, 2018
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