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Vienna - Culture

Art Nouveau

The Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) movement lasted from about 1890 to 1914, Vienna/Austria being the "center" of its development. Art Nouveau artists were attracted to the trend as an expression of their aversion to tradition. From their Baroque inheritance they developed the seemingly endlessly curving and flowing lines, and made them the prevalent of the Art Nouveau. This new style also signified the emergence of modernism characterized by: closeness to nature, an ethic of aesthetics and art, cosmopolitanism and individualism.


In painting, works of truly epochal significance were created in Vienna around the turn of the century. Gustav Klimt's congenial contemporaries included the painters Carl Moll, Max Kurzweil, and of a younger generation, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. All of the artistic creations of the Art Nouveau and the turn of the century in Austria, and particularly in Vienna, were the twin products of the artists' individual genius and the unique character of the period.


In case your interest is - besides running - also in music, then Vienna is the right place as well. You might like to visit to the houses of famous Viennese musicians: Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Richard Strauss, Beethoven, Lehar, Gluck, and Brahms lived in Vienna. An incredible feast of musical venues like the "Musikverein", the "Konzerthaus", the "Volksoper", the "Theater an der Wien", the "Kammeroper" offer a vast range of options, from symphony to operettas to opera and to modern musicals.


Vienna offers a terrific spectrum of museums and art galleries. On the Burgring - right on the Vienna City Marathon course - are two vast museum buildings placed face to face. One is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which covers decorative arts from the 1600's to the 1900's. Allow yourself half a day here, if you are somewhat interested in European art. The opposite museum, housed in a mirror-image of its twin, is the Naturhistorisches Museum which covers natural history, minerals, zoology, botany and the like.

Wiener Schnitzel

A Viennese legend ! The most interesting food in Vienna is sometimes the excellent bourgeois fare that is served in the Austrian pubs. A Schnitzel is allowed to be served as a "Schnitzel" if and only if it is so big that it covers the whole plate.


Whipped cream is known in Vienna as "Schlagobers" instead of the more formal German "Sahne". Particularly important to the (serious) runner is that while Sahne is loaded with calories, Schlagobers is totally calorie-free ;-) and can be added to everything from coffee to cake, to Paprika Chicken and to every kind of pasta. If you take Schlagobers with your cake, you should be aware that any cake loses its calories once it is cut!


A great way to pick up the ambiance of Vienna is to take a horse-drawn carriage with that name you have to be careful in pronouncing, "Fiaker." There is a long tradition behind these horse-drawn carriages which were quickly copied by other cities that were under the former Habsburg umbrella. In Vienna, however, the Fiaker is still unique, and can be picked up outside St. Stephen's Cathedral. A lovely way to see the city and part of the Marathon course!

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