April 29, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO VIENNA From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Vienna is offered on KLM, Lufthansa, Air France, Swiss, British and Iberia. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $744.50, including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 43 (the country code for Austria), 1 (for Vienna) and the number. WHERE TO GO Secession Building, 12 Friedrichstrasse; 587 53 07, http://www.secession.at . Open Tuesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission about $7 for adults; children and students about $5. Spanish Riding School, 1 Michaelerplatz; 533 90 31, http://www.srs.at . Open Tuesdays-Sundays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Guided tours from $21; performance tickets from $30. WHERE TO STAY Hotel Sacher Vienna , 4 Philharmonikerstrasse; 51-4560.
February 16, 2012 |
Every year Vienna's Old Easter Market gathers up a mountain of 40,000 or so decorated Easter eggs at Freyung square in the city. TourCrafters offers a seven-day land tour of Vienna and Budapest in March that's all about the Easter scene -- and saving money. On this trip, participants spend three days in Vienna visiting the Freyung market as well as markets at Kalvarienberg and the Baroque Schonbrunn Palace, which features marzipan Easter bunnies and Easter decorations as well as jazz and soul music.
December 20, 2011
Christmas markets, like this one in Vienna, date to the Middle Ages but are a hit with modern-day visitors. John Plummer of Pasadena snapped this late-in-the-day photo in December 2010. He was on a Viking River cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Nuremberg, Germany. The markets are a tradition in the German-speaking world, but the practice has spread to Britain, Romania and the U.S. Shoppers can find handcrafted gifts, of course, but the fairs are also a good place to find favorite holiday foods.
December 8, 2011
Austrian cuisine gets short shrift around here. But whenever I get to New York, I eat at Kurt Gutenbrunner's Austrian bistro Wallse, which is why I was thrilled that he's got a cookbook out this season. As soon as I got my hands on a copy of "Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna," I was planning menus to test the recipes. Roasted squash soup with a touch of honey, swirled with iridescent green-red pumpkin seed oil, makes an autumnal first course. I made spätzle (squiggly noodles)
July 28, 2011 |
During 44 days of captivity in Libya, journalist Clare Gillis endured lengthy interrogations, appeared before judges without a lawyer and had to sign documents written in Arabic, a language she couldn't read. The document demand came after a six-hour interrogation. "That's when I'd say I cracked. I started crying," said Gillis, one of three journalists held by Moammar Kadafi's regime this year. "It could say that I'm a spy … I could be signing my own death certificate. He just kept waving the pen, and I realized I didn't have a choice.
February 26, 2011
Times reader Karl Gerber captured this view of the Vienna State Opera House in Austria. Though stately in this photo, it did not always look this way. The opera house, which made its debut in 1869, was bombed in 1945 during World War II. Only a few parts escaped destruction. Ten years later, it reopened with a performance of Beethoven’s "Fidelio. " View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
February 26, 2011 |
The rising Southern California-bred soprano Angel Blue is having a smashing Vienna debut ? except for an ugly encounter with a racist cab driver outside a Starbucks in the Austrian capital. Blue, who has sung several roles for Los Angeles Opera, where she trained in its Domingo-Thornton Young Artist program, was on break from rehearsals for Benjamin Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" and needed a ride back to the venerable Theater an der Wien opera house. She hopped in a white Mercedes cab, according to the Viennese weekly magazine News, only to hear the driver snarl, "I don't drive black women.
January 10, 2011 |
When they retired the small, impossibly beautiful stallion named Favory Merlin, he went off his food. He grew thin, and his glossy white coat became dull. He was one of the great Lipizzaner stallions, the famous dancing white horses trained in the ballet of equestrianship known as Haute Ecole dressage. In his heyday as a soloist, Merlin was the most photographed stallion in the riding academy here, the one who was taken to formal ballrooms to perform, who went on television.
December 19, 2010 |
The snow globe museum in Vienna reveals the history of one of the world's most beloved souvenirs. A childhood toy, a delightful gift, a keepsake. Snow globes seem almost timeless. But a visit to an obscure museum in Vienna reveals the origins of one of the world's most beloved souvenirs. The Snow Globe Museum is a little treasure off the beaten path — hovering on the edge of the city, but easy to reach with public transportation. To the visitor, only a small sign on the door gives indication of what lies inside.