Vienna

In Vienna, A Hotel Room Comes with A Night at the Opera

I haven’t been to a live performance in a concert hall since seeing “My Fair Lady” at the Volksoper in early March, because, uh, social distancing and all, and I miss it quite a bit.  While it’s doubtful that Broadway will reopen before late fall at the earliest, and the Metropolitan Opera, which cancelled its fall season last week, may reopen New Year’s Eve, I now have the opportunity to …

Vienna Airport to Allow Arriving Passengers to Forgo Quarantine with Onsite Covid-19 Testing

Vienna Airport to Allow Arriving Passengers to Forgo Quarantine with Onsite Covid-19 Testing

Vienna Airport, also known as Flughafen Wien-Schwechat and informally referred to as Schwechat, said it will begin to offer tests for the novel coronavirus to travelers arriving in the country starting Monday.
All passengers arriving at the airport must either present a medical certificate not older than four days that confirms negative Covid-19 results or they must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Passengers arriving at the airport who take the test and do …

In Vienna, Horse-Drawn Carriages Deliver Food to Locked Down Residents

Even though tourists are missing from the city center, the Fiaker – the city’s horse-drawn carriages that still connote fin-de-siècle Vienna – are out and about, delivering food prepared by the InterContinental Vienna’s kitchens to the city’s elderly.
The Fiaker have long been a fixture of the cityscape, drivers with bowler hats and formal dress offering tourists a unique glimpse of the city and the opportunity to – for the duration …

Austria Goes Into Lockdown Mode, Implements Border Checks

Austria Goes Into Lockdown Mode, Implements Border Checks

Austria went into lockdown mode Friday as it introduced border checks with Switzerland and Liechtenstein and banned flight connections for those traveling from France, Spain and Switzerland with an eye towards slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced restrictions on shop hours for banks and pharmacies as well as supermarkets and other stores selling essential goods, while other customer-facing stores will be required to remain closed starting Monday.  …

Review: ‘Leopoldstadt’ – Tales of a Vienna Family – at Wyndham’s Theatre

If a measure of success of a play is that it can make the theatergoer want to flee the theater in abject terror thanks to the emotions it stirs up, then Tom Stoppard’s new play, “Leopoldstadt,” which just opened at Wyndham’s Theatre, is an unbridled success.  It’s also quite good by more ordinary measures.
The play is a sweeping portrait of a Viennese Jewish family – one not terribly dissimilar from …

Theater Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is ‘Wunderschön’ at Vienna’s Volksoper

Considering that Shaw’s “Pygmalion” – one of the most erudite comedies in the English language – had its world premier at Vienna’s Burgtheater, the staging of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” – which is based on the play – in Vienna should not be surprising.  Indeed, while the first musical whose cassette tape I listened to incessantly as a child was “Hello, Dolly!” with Carol Channing, the second was …

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 …