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61st Vienna Opera Ball & ‘Blue Danube’ Tiara

Today marks the 61st annual Vienna Opera Ball (Wiener Opernball) at the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper). This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the premiere of ‘The Blue Danube’ (An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314) by Johann Strauss II (1825-1899). It was first performed on 15 February 1867, complete with lyrics by Joseph …

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…;
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The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…

Ort (place): Salzburg, Österreich Tour: the official “Sound of Music” tour by Panorama Tours Datum (date)/Zeit (time): Mo. 27. April, 9.30-13.30 Hostel I stayed at in Salzburg: Yoho Int’l Youth Hostel (26. Apr.) “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” So sang our tourguide, Trudi/Judy, a British lady with a British sense of …

On 24. April…;
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On 24. April…

On 24 April 1854, 16-year-old “Sissi” of Bayern (Bavaria), married her 23-year-old cousin, Kaiser (emperor) Franz Joseph I of Österreich, and became the Kaiserin (empress) Elisabeth. 155 years later, April 24th, 2009, I arrived in Wien, Österreich (Vienna, Austria) by train for a weekend of discovery. Hostel I stayed at: Wombats City Hostel on Mariahilfer Str. (2 nights) …

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Vienna: The Sisi Tour

Date visited: Sa. 25. Apr. 2009 Purpose: To explore the residences of two famous female inhabitants – Queen Marie Antoinette of France and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary. Tour ticket covers: Schönbrunn (Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse 47): Summer royal residence currently: museum ca. 50 min. guided tour Open: Daily 8:30-17:00 or 18:30* (times vary depending on …