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Cultural and Special Interest Programme

Austrian Culture, Music and History

We organize special talks, discussions and videos about Austrian culture, music, art, literature, history and architecture. Films, tours of the many sights of Vienna, parties and sports all form part of this programme.

Austrian Culture Programme

Excerpt from lectures and activities (free of charge) | Photos

Music

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - The two sides to his genius
  • Austrian pop music – Falco, Austropop and others
  • Johann Strauss - The king of the Viennese Waltz

Austrian: way of life and regional studies

  • What's going on in Vienna - Culture, hotspots and events
  • Austrian cuisine - Beer, wine, coffee, Schnitzel, Knödel and Sachertorte
  • Introduction to Austria – Federal provinces, their history and their attractions

Art, architecture and intellectual history

One of the last century’s most important art movements was certainly Art Nouveau. Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka had a lasting influence on European painting at that time. Vienna possesses large collections of these artists' works - for instance at the Belvedere Palace, close to the school.

Worthy of note are also the buildings designed by Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner. He designed many places in Vienna, such as the metro stations at Karlsplatz and along the Naschmarkt, and the main post office on Vienna’s Ring Boulevard. First, brush up your background knowledge at our lecture and then take a look at the originals for yourself!

The term "Baroque" refers to the art historical style epoch from 1575 to 1770, which followed the Renaissance period and preceded Classicism. The era was determined by three fundamental forces: absolutism, the church and antique tradition.

In the Baroque era, people still had little idea of many things. For example, one did not know why the leaves fell off the trees in the fall, why the sun rose in the morning and went down in the evening, or why hair turned grey when getting older. Also water was frightening because it was believed that people would die from dirty water. On this exciting journey into the past, our students will learn how Empress Maria Theresa protected herself against unpleasant odors and dirt without water and how it came about that sailors were no longer afraid to fall off the "edge" of the world.

For almost half a century, Sigmund Freud lived in a house in the ninth district of Vienna, before he had to flee in 1938, after the "Anschluss" of Austria to Germany. In our lecture, students learn everything about the life of the famous creator of psychoanalysis, how to interpret his own dreams, what a Freudian slip of the tongue is, which curious self-experiments he performed on himself and what still reminds us of him today.

For example, there are 153 boxes that store Freud's writings and correspondence. In his will, Freud decreed that a large part of it may be read, but there are 19 boxes that can only be opened in 2020, 2050 and 2057. Eight should remain permanently closed. Who knows which exciting documents we would find in these boxes?



History

The House of Habsburg

Schloß Schönbrunn Our lectures on history, art, literature and politics give deep insight into Austrian and German culture. Who, for instance, was Emperor Franz Josef? Most will answer: a Habsburg emperor in the 19th century and the husband of Empress Sisi, of course! But those wanting to find out more about these two popular Austrian celebrities simply have to attend Mario’s lecture! It goes without saying that Sisi fans are also treated to showings of the films starring Romy Schneider.

Vindobona
Vienna's Michaelerplatz with the ruins of Vindobona Do you know anything about Viennese history?
Do you know what "Vindobona" means?

If not, then you should come and listen to our lecture on Roman Vienna. "Vindobona" was the Roman legion base on the northern edge of the Roman Empire, the place where Vienna lies today. A number of remains, for instance at Vienna’s Michaelerplatz, are witness to the Roman presence some 2,000 years ago.

  • Franz Joseph and Sisi - the dream couple at the turn of the century

Fun and Adventure

  • Party and waltzing class - Alles Walzer! Photos
  • Evening city walks - Vienna by night!
  • Cooking - Wiener Schnitzel, Dumplings, Kaiserschmarrn prepared by you! Photos
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