The CheckOut: Hotel Sans Souci Wien in Vienna

Top/Bottom Line: Relatively new on the scene, the Hotel Sans Souci Wien combines modern sophistication with a refreshing touch of whimsy, from the yoo Studio-designed furnishings in shades of cream and purple to the clever, oversized Vienna-set selfies by Austrian skier-turned-art photographer Hubertus von Hohenlohe that adorn the lobby and many rooms. This 63-room boutiqueContinue reading “The CheckOut: Hotel Sans Souci Wien in Vienna”

Eurovision’s Conchita: The Queen Of Gay Christmas

By Dennis Hensley Imagine getting to Vienna and finding out you had just missed “Gay Christmas.”  That’s the nickname local entrepreneur Bernd Seiser, founder of the website Gay In Vienna, has given to his favorite TV event of the year, the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest.  “I always remember watching it, even as a little boy,”Continue reading “Eurovision’s Conchita: The Queen Of Gay Christmas”

“Vienna’s Got Balls” — And That’s Official

You have to love it when a destination promotes itself as having balls! Who would have expected it from “stodgy” old Vienna? Well, actually we would have. Vienna’s is not just the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. It’s also a center for innovation, exciting modern art and lots of cool and cutting-edge events. Including theseContinue reading ““Vienna’s Got Balls” — And That’s Official”

Austria’s NYC Pop-up Store: Last Day’s Today

If you’re in New York and in need of a Viennese coffee or a Sacher Torte, hurry on downtown the Austria Pop-up Store at 201 Mulberry Street, open till 9 pm tonight. Tonight’s the last night. Here’s what you can expect: Begin your Austria travel experience this October in New York and visit our first AustriaContinue reading “Austria’s NYC Pop-up Store: Last Day’s Today”


By Jeffrey James Keyes The Levante Parliament is the perfect launching pad for a comfortable stay in Vienna.  The building, which dates back to 1908, has been decorated around the four elements of life: Air, Earth, Fire, and Water.  The hotel itself can be considered an art gallery, featuring stunning glasswork by Nemtoi and photography by Kurt Themessl.Continue reading “SUITE DREAMS: THE LEVANTE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, VIENNA”

Yuletide in Europe’s Cool Capitals

Vienna, above, lights up for Christmas and New Years Originally published in From canal parades in Amsterdam to beautiful outdoor lightning installations in Vienna, Europe’s gay-friendly coolcaptial cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna, and Zurich) offer a tantalizing array of Christmas activities right through the new year. Amsterdam Christmas Canal Parade (December 9, 2010-January 1,Continue reading “Yuletide in Europe’s Cool Capitals”