May 16, 1986 |
After a few brief months of optimism after the Reagan-Gorbachev summit last November, the 14-year-old negotiations between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Warsaw Pact on reducing conventional military forces in Europe are now going backward, officials said Thursday.
February 12, 1995
Beginning this month, hotels and tourist centers in Austria's capital city are selling a new "Vienna Card" for about $18. Travelers can use the card for free public transportation and to obtain discounts at attractions such as the Schonbrunn Palace, former summer home of the imperial family, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.
June 14, 1992 |
When the taxi driver's cassette player engulfs you in the heroic tones of a Beethoven overture, or the elevator music is a frothy Strauss or Lehar waltz, or Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" drifts from the hotel room stereo, it's easy enough to know that the city can only be Vienna.
February 15, 1988 |
Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky threatened to resign on Sunday, saying the controversy raging around President Kurt Waldheim over his alleged involvement in World War II crimes is preventing his government from dealing with other problems.
June 24, 1988 |
Pope John Paul II on Thursday recalled the tyranny and suffering of Austria's Nazi past in an address to government leaders including President Kurt Waldheim, who has been accused of war crimes as a German army officer in World War II. The Pope addressed the Austrian leaders on the first day of a five-day pastoral visit to Austria that Vatican aides describe as an opportunity to bridge the gap between West and East.
March 26, 1989 |
This city's imperial treasure chambers ranks as one of the greatest smorgasbords of jewelry and gems the world has ever seen. They used to say that in this capital of emperors and empresses the only way one could see the fabulous royal jewels of His Majesty or Her Highness all at once was to be born a prince or a princess . . . or to steal them! But things have changed. The imperial treasure is open to the public six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 16, 1988 |
President Kurt Waldheim, in an emotional television speech, Monday rejected the "slanders, hateful demonstrations and wholesale condemnations" of those who want him to resign because of his actions in World War II, and he urged the nation to unite behind him. He vowed to complete his term, which ends in 1994, because, he maintained, to resign in the face of the demands of his opponents would be to violate the democratic institutions of postwar Austria.
November 8, 1987 |
"Hot ticket" is the name of the game for what is dubbed the Sunday morning "Mass of the Vienna Choir Boys." It has been that way at the Hofburg Chapel for as long as anybody can remember. Is there a church anywhere, besides St. Peter's in Rome, that on any given Sunday or Catholic holiday will attract throngs of shoulder-to-shoulder tourists to its highest solemn service?
June 22, 2006 |
NOW THAT Gustav Klimt's iconic portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer will be leaving its temporary perch in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a permanent home in cosmetics magnate Ronald Lauder's Neue Galerie in New York, I have been thinking of the painting's last place of residence, the Belvedere Gallery here. For it was in that very building, 92 years ago next week, that the chain of events that led us to where we are was set into motion.