Too many nations have lost touch with their craft and manufacturing heritage, but Austria’s hands-on culture is clear from its products. Here we eye up a few highlights and tasteful takehomes, from ceramics to Styrian gin.
Editor’s letterOur editor in chief introduces our Austria special and reveals what kindled his love for the land.
The openerDisputes over Mozart’s chocolate balls, a Viennese editor who never falters and why the Austrian lifestyle is not always as it seems.
Weighing inTwo mavericks still check the mittel-rifts of Austrians with the scales empire. Our correspondent steps on the plate.
Trapp doorThe family that inspired ‘The Sound of Music’ moved to the US to open a hotel. As Tomos Lewis discovers, even away from Austria the hills are still alive.
My cabinetAlmhof Schneider is a fourth-generation hotel in Lech that’s gone from rustic barn to elite destination.
Cosy cornerProducers Kruder and Dorfmeister enjoy the peace and quiet of their unique HQ.
Austria for beginnersNeed to pass for a local? Look no further than our illuminating line-up of facts and anecdotes about this prolific nation. Just don’t forget to drop in a cheeky innuendo or two for good measure.
Out with the oldA nation once known for being at the cultural avant garde is reasserting its revolutionary status.
Leading lightsAn unlikely coalition government has put Austria on a new path. And even with an illustrious history to maintain, it is moving with the times.
Politics BriefingAustria’s new “super ministry”, a pledge to protect the Arctic and a newly oil-rich nation holds elections.
Diplomacy BriefingAustria’s UK ambassador on life after Brexit, rubbish diplomacy in Canada and Libya’s intractable conflict explained.
Defence BriefingA multi-ethnic memorial in Slovenia, India's new navy and Singapore’s growing air force.
Cities BriefingCroatia’s Kvarner Bay in the limelight, Buenos Aires’ mayor stands his ground and China’s cities experiment with recycling.
Power pointsThe mighty Habsburg empire helped to shape the cities, sights and stories of much of present-day Europe. We map four cross-continental sites where its impact has been felt most keenly, from the splendour of its Iberian outposts to its fateful final days in the Balkans.
Empire strikes backGeorg von Habsburg, son of the last crown prince of Austria-Hungary, still identifies as a Central European. And he believes that his family’s legacy is vital to the region.
Flexible friendsChange is coming to Central Europe as liberal-leaning mayors challenge their more autocratic-minded national governments. And Budapest’s Gergely Karacsony is looking to Vienna for inspiration.
Growth areaIn the small province of Vorarlberg, 26,000 businesses power Austria’s economy. We visit three that flourish among the mountain scenery.
Business BriefingBusiness big-hitters, how Austria’s retail landscape is evolving and selling tea to coffee lovers in Italy.
Fresh startTyrol’s capital Innsbruck is synonymous with idyllic alpine charm but its enterprising mindset makes it fertile ground for budding businesses and energetic entrepreneurs too.
Having a ballVienna’s world-famous party season has been a feature of life in Austria’s capital for two centuries. We meet the businesses keeping the tradition alive.
Radio royaltyIts role is changing but Vienna's Funkhaus remains an icon for broadcasting culture and tradition.
More than MozartWho are the contemporary heirs to Austria’s artistic heroes? From darkly poetic films to specialist record shops, here’s a selection of distinctively Austrian cultural highlights.
Leader of the packTranscending the worlds of fashion and music, DJ Wolfram Eckert is bringing Austrian music back into the spotlight. He tells us about his globetrotting adventures.
The TenLet there be light: Oklahoma Contemporary is clad in undulating aluminium to reflect the prairie sun and the Sydney Biennale is spotlighting overlooked stories from artists around the world. Plus: Caribou’s most personal album and a new definition of ‘bathroom reading’.
Object lessonFrom makers who continually hone their craft to curators who amplify their work, Austria is a world leader in practical and elegant design.
Sweet spotVienna’s Kaffeekultur is world famous and so are its teeming cake counters. We meet the folk behind the city’s best Mehlspeisen and ask how the capital cornered all things confectionery.
Case studiesAustria’s fresh, lower-alcohol wines are at last winning global acclaim. We meet five wine-makers across the nation and offer some suggestions on the best bottles to bring home.
Food & Drink BriefingOur editor’s global food finds from Toronto to Tokyo and beyond.
Dressing the nationWe always have a little room in our wardrobes for Trachten and Dirndls – but there’s more to Austrian fashion than initially meets the eye. We visit three brands that are putting a new spin on age-old manufacturing traditions.
Fashion BriefingTights titan Wolford and our pick of the jumpers to buy this spring.
Café societyAustria’s coffee shops might have changed little over the years but they are still venues that inspire thought, conversation and refinement. All the more reason to ensure that you look the part.
Worth its saltCrowd-pleasing Salzburg is a city so toothsome that we’re singing its praises too.
Steely resolveA once-overlooked industrial city, Linz has become a hub for art and architecture.
South facingHow Graz marries world-class culture and architecture with a relaxed, Mediterranean vibe.
Top of the shopsToo many nations have lost touch with their craft and manufacturing heritage, but Austria’s hands-on culture is clear from its products. Here we eye up a few highlights and tasteful takehomes, from ceramics to Styrian gin.
Key openingsA launch in Kuala Lumpur, an art-filled guesthouse in Geneva, and an Austrian hotelier on the up – here is our selection of intriguing new places to lay your head.
Raising the spaCzech spa town Marienbad remains a relic of the Austro-Hungarian empire. What it craves is the international recognition that reflects its regional significance. And as global interest in wellbeing grows, now is the time to dip your toes in its healing waters once more.
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