Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Austria, France, Germany, and the United States

You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They are an excellent source for traditional gifts, mugs of Glühwein, and an unparalleled festive feeling.
Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many countries and the best are found in Austria, France, and Germany.
We went to over a dozen markets on the Continent, including the Münchner Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz and the …

The Kaffeehaus: Vienna’s Coffee House Culture

If you thought the Italians were serious about their coffee, you’ve never been to a Viennese coffee house, or Wiener Kaffeehaus – spoken in proper Austrian as Weana Kafeehaus – known the world over as an institution
The Kaffeehaus is one of the most democratic public places ever invented.  Similar to the Melange, the most popular kind of coffee in Vienna, the Kaffeehaus offers a mélange of people of all social …

Austrian Airlines to Offer Vienna-Montreal Route

Austrian Airlines to Offer Vienna-Montreal Route

Austrian Airlines announced that it will begin new daily service between Vienna and Montreal on April 29, 2019.
The Austrian flag carrier will operate the flights daily through the summer and then five times per week afterwards. The new service will replace the airline’s current Vienna-Toronto flights. That route will be taken over by the airline’s Star Alliance partner, Air Canada.
The carrier will operate the service using Boeing 767 aircraft, equipped …

Lobby Bar – December 21: Mrs. Claus, Ancient Waiters, and ‘I’ll Take Deadly Epidemics for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: A True Rags to Riches Story
Cost of friendship. With only days to go until Santa comes to town, we present to you our Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition, for those in your life with expensive tastes (or taste buds).  We recommend you get your loved ones a few Bitcoin, guaranteed to add immaterial wealth and joy to their lives, at least until the cryptocurrency goes belly-up and disappears …

Review: Restaurant Zirbelzimmer, Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria

Vienna’s Hotel Sacher is well known for its Sachertorte, devised in 1832 by Franz Sacher for Prince Metternich, the legendary diplomat.  Sachetorte is perhaps one of the famous of all Austrian specialties – vying with Wiener Schnitzel and, for those in the know, Mozartkugel and Salzburger Nockerl.  Sacher’s son Eduard went on to open the Hotel Sacher in Vienna in 1876 and the cake is believed to have been instrumental …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.
March 13, 1938 was of course the Anschluß. The Austrian Chancellor, Kurt …

Vienna, A Cultural Gem, Named World’s Most Liveable City

Vienna, once the capital of an empire of which it was said that the sun never set over it, is now the world’s most liveable city, according to the latest liveability index from the Economist Intelligence Unit.
As someone who spent a portion of his childhood in Vienna, I would most heartily agree.
The imperial city finally placed first, having taken second place after Melbourne every year since 2011 and it’s the …