Queer Guide

wien.info

Queer Guide

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Guide

Tips for Gay & Lesbian Guests

www.vienna.info/gay

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Contents

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Queer Life in Vienna

Gay City Tours

Drama & Music

Festivals

Art & Design

Architecture

Shopping

Cafés

City Map & Addresses

Bars

Restaurants

Saunas & Open air

Parties & Clubs

The Dark Side

Queer Sports

Women Only

Hot Winters

Events

Calendar 2009 & 2010

Tourist & Gay Info

Contents

Infos: Up-to-date information on events in Vienna,

hotels, guided tours and important tips can be

found online under

www.vienna.info

Publisher: Vienna Tourist Board. A-1025 Vienna. Project Manager:

Susanne Langer. Editor-in-Chief: Robert Kastl. Design and

Layout: Publicom GmbH. Data, although carefully compiled, are

given without commitment and are subject to change. Printed in

Austria by AV+Astoria. (2450/08/8)

Editorial deadline: 15 January 2009

Delightfully Queer

Vienna – the metropolis along the Danube – is

known worldwide for famous tourist attractions

like St. Stephen’s Cathedral and its Giant Ferris

Wheel, for exquisite delights like Sacher Torte

and Melange, as well as for the Fine Arts, great

museums and, of course, classical music.

The Vienna of the 21 st century, however, offers

much more. The city has advanced to the cutting

edge of contemporary creativity and innovative

design. Events like Blickfang and the Viennafair

(,p. 17) present the opportunity to experience

even more of the creative force of this capital city.

In addition to all this, Vienna has a sizeable gay

and lesbian scene (,p. 22), from queer café to

cocktail bar, from lesbian restaurant to leather

place, from bathhouse to dance club, it is all

here. And all that on top of the gay and lesbian

event highlights (,p. 42) like the Life Ball, the

Rainbow Parade, Vienna in Black, and the

Rainbow Ball.

Apart from the gay & lesbian scene, Vienna is

queerer than meets the eye. For centuries homosexuals

have left their distinctive marks in

Austrian arts and politics, perhaps subtle, yet

noticeable. Still many a visitor today is suddenly

confronted with the whole truth about that certain

historic figure (,p. 6) – “What, him too!?”

So don’t be surprised to find that — apart from

the gay and lesbian scene — Vienna holds a colorful

range of cultural (,p. 12) and culinary

(,p. 28) pleasures, of exquisite shops (,p. 20)

and curious delights waiting to be discovered.

Vienna waits for you!

Vienna waits for you!

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Queer Life in Vienna

Queer Life in Vienna

Queer Life in Vienna

The magic of the city draws every visitor under

its spell. Above all, gays and lesbians feel at

home here, despite Vienna being no “party”

hotspot.

As in many small countries, the Austrian capital

– with its 1.7 million inhabitants, totaling 2.3 million

in the greater metropolitan area – is the

“natural” gay & lesbian center of the country.

Many gays and lesbians from the various provinces

move to Vienna to be able to develop freely.

Since Vienna is the seat of numerous international

Organizations like OPEC, OSCE and UNIDO,

many gays and lesbians from every land under

the sun live and work here creating a naturally

diverse community. The fact that Vienna today is

considered the Central European hotspot for

innovative design and contemporary art further

increases the attraction of the city.

The gay and lesbian scene offers something for

every taste. Cafés, bars and restaurants, as well

as clubs and regular party events give everyone

the perfect excuse for going out. The Vienna

scene is not especially large, but proves to be

very intimate and friendly upon close inspection.

In addition, many gays and lesbians frequent

mixed establishments, which are open to all

patrons. Gay and lesbian couples, who stroll

through the city holding hands, are a natural

part of everyday life of a major city like Vienna.

So, gays and lesbians move about just as freely

and relaxed as heterosexuals.

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Queer Life in Vienna

The gay and lesbian community is influenced

by a large number of national organizations

headquartered in Vienna which are primarily

active in political and social contexts. Human

rights organizations, the gay and lesbian subgroups

of political parties belong as much to the

community as sports clubs and student

organizations.

Politically, Austria had difficulty for a long time

with equal rights of gays and lesbians. Only in

recent years has there been movement on this

subject. Various political advances, supported by

the ruling parties, allow one to hope that it won’t

be long before gay and lesbian couples can enter

into registered partnerships in Austria. The city

of Vienna, however, is a lot further than the rest

of the country.

Vienna clearly takes the initiative in Austria

where equal rights of homosexuals are concerned.

The public authorities not only tolerate, but

actively support gays and lesbians. The municipality

of Vienna supports gay and lesbian culture

in the form of festivals, movies, and the Rainbow

Parade (Pride) – in their ideals and financially. As

part of this initiative, Vienna was the proud host

of the ILGA Europe and the ILGA World

Conferences in 2008. The Aids Help organization

was granted an entire building for its use, the

city’s official anti-discrimination office positively

influences legal and social change in Austrian

society; and, the Vienna Tourist Board sees to it

that gay and lesbian life in the city is shown in

the proper light internationally.

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Gay City Tours

Gay City Tours

Whether you are here for a day or for an

extended stay, why not combine sightseeing

with the gay history of Vienna on one of our

gay historic tours.

Tour 1: Belvedere Palace –

Naschmarkt

We start our first gay city walk through Vienna

in the morning in the Park of nBelvedere

Palace 1 , the summer residence of one of the

first and most important gays in Austrian history:

Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). The shortgrown

and, to be honest, not very attractive

Prince came to Vienna at age 20 to contribute to

the rescue of the city which was, at the time,

besieged by the Ottoman army and found himself

in a victorious position in the decisive battle

against the Turks (1683). Before that, the French

King Louis XIV had refused him to join his

troops, and so the short Savoyan resorted to

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shocking the court of Versailles by putting on

women’s clothes together with his friend, the

Duke of Turenne. After a much more warmhearted

welcome at the Imperial Court in Vienna, the

art-loving Prince served under three emperors —

Leopold I, Joseph I und Karl VI — and won

triumphantly in battles against the Turks, who

ruled all over Southeastern Europe. One of his

major victories was the liberation of Belgrade

from Turkish rule. The architecture of Belvedere

Palace, by the way, refers to these victories by

imitating the form of Turkish army tents in the

green roofs of the building.

From the garden of the Belvedere with its

impressive view of downtown Vienna, we walk

via Schwarzenbergplatz 2 and the Russian War

Memorial to Karlsplatz 3 where the biggest

Baroque church in Vienna makes reference to

the next gay historical figure: Emperor Karl VI

(1685–1740) himself. He is not only the founder

of this church, which is dedicated to St. Charles

Borrome, but also the father of the famous

Austrian monarch Maria Theresia and he was

rumored to have an intimate relationship with

Count Michael Johann III Althan, who was one of

the very few persons accepted in the intimate

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circles of the egocentric and reserved Emperor.

When Althan died in 1722, the mourning

monarch wrote that his pal had loved him very

tenderly in true friendship for 19 years.

From Karlsplatz our tour leads us past the

Technical University 4 to Kettenbrückengasse

6 5 , the death place of composer Franz

Schubert (1797–1828). He died on November 19,

1828, of Syphilis, which was supposedly caused

by the only sexual experience Schubert ever had

with a woman. Apart from this one mishap,

“Franzl” concentrated his desires on male partners.

For more than two years he shared his studio

and his bed with the well-known homosexual

librettist Johann Baptist Mayerhofer. Their feelings

for each other are reflected in several of

Mayerhofer’s librettos for Schubert’s compositions,

and in their joint opera project “Adrast”,

which was never realized.

Now it is time to grab a bite to eat at the

nNaschmarkt 6 from one of the many food

stands offering anything from oriental to local

delicacies before we pass the Theater an der

Wien 7 . It was transformed back into an opera

house again in 2006 – when Vienna celebrated

Mozart’s 250 th anniversary. After all, it is the

stage where Mozart’s famous Magic Flute premiered.

We end our walk at the most famous Art

Nouveau building in town, the QSecession 8 .

Downstairs, the famous Beethoven Frieze by

Gustav Klimt, one of the Secession’s co-founders,

is always a cultural highlight. The exhibition program

of the Secession is decided on by the

Association of Vienna Secession Visual Artists, in

a democratic process merely based on artistic

criteria. Just like when it was founded, the

Association is dedicated to presenting contemporary

art and certainly does not shy away from

artistic experiments.

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Tour 2: Opera – Imperial

Palace – Neuer Markt

Our second tour starts at the famous nVienna

State Opera 9 which was built by the architects

Eduard van der Nüll (1812–1868) and August

Sicard von Sicardsburg (1813–1868) who were

partners in business and in life. Unfortunately,

their relationship came to a tragic end and that

had to do with the construction of the Opera.

When they started their planning, the level of the

forthcoming Ringstrasse had not been set, and

as the street level was later raised by one meter,

the optical effect on the State Opera was very

unfavorable: It looked (and still looks) as if it

had sunk into the ground. This is also why the

ramps on either side do not really qualify as

ramps. As public criticism mounted (supposedly

even Emperor Franz Joseph expressed his disapproval),

van der Nüll – always on the depressive

side – committed suicide on April 3, 1868. Only

ten weeks later, on June 11, Sicardsburg died too,

apparently of a “broken heart.”

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We leave this historic place and stroll along the

Ringstrasse over to the !Imperial Palace 10

(“Hofburg”), where the impressive equestrian

statue in front of the entrance to the National

Library depicts the great, short, gay Prince

Eugene. Walking through the Volksgarten 11 , we

reach the so-called “Theseustempel” built in

1820 by Antonio Canova. The statue of the

antique hero Theseus can now be found at the

bottom of the staircase in the Museum of Fine

Arts. In front of the temple the $bronze

sculpture “The Winner” will catch our attention.

It was created by Josef Müllner in 1922 and destined

to be one of the “gay monuments” of the

city.

Nevertheless, we turn around and go back to the

Imperial Palace and pass the Inner Courtyard 12 ,

where the passages of the so-called Reichskanzleitrakt

are flanked by the colossal statues

“Four great deeds of Heracles” 13 . These

muscular sculptures surely impressed the gay

younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph,

Archduke Ludwig Viktor (1842–1919), who was

tenderly called “Luziwuzi” by his friends, and

who was commonly known at Court for his malicious

tongue and his faible for women’s clothes.

He frequently visited the “Centralbad” (today the

Kaiserbründl bathhouse) and caused a big scandal

when an officer of the Austrian army slapped

him in the face after Luziwuzi had made

advances. Due to this incident his brother and

emperor exiled him to Schloss Klessheim near

Salzburg, where Luziwuzi died mentally

deranged in 1919.

We keep on walking gaily forward on Vienna’s

most exclusive shopping streets, the Kohlmarkt

and the Graben 14 . This route takes us right to

the center of the city, to Stephansplatz 15 with

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the world famous ,St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

This church is generally seen as Austria’s most

important gothic building. Our walk follows

Kärntner Strasse for just a few meters (to our

left in Weihburggasse, we could take a detour

to the above-mentioned infamous Kaiserbründl

bathhouse 16 ) and finally the tour takes us to

Neuer Markt 17 , which is dominated by the so

called Providentia-fountain by the baroque

sculptor Georg Raphael Donner (1693–1741).

Donner, who was commissioned with this project

in 1737, surrounded the central figure of Provi-

dentia (“providence”) with four personifications

of the tributaries to the river Danube in Lower

Austria. The river Enns is depicted as an old ferryman,

the river March as a mature woman, the

river Ybbs as a juvenile fountain-nymph. Only the

!river Traun is a gorgeous looking young man,

who bends with his trident over the rim of the

basin, preying on fish. With the fabulous backside

of this lad — very inspiring for today’s gay

looks — we have finished our city walk.

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Vienna State Opera

1., Opernring 2

Y (+43-1) 513 15 13

www.wiener-staatsoper.at

Musikverein

1., Karlsplatz 6

Y (+43-1) 505 81 90

www.musikverein.at

Theater an der Wien

6., Linke Wienzeile 6

Y (+43-1) 588 85

www.theater-wien.at

Vienna Volksoper

9., Währinger Strasse 78

Y (+43-1) 514 44 36 70

www.volksoper.at

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Drama & Music For a gay or a lesbian person coming to Vienna

for the first time, it is a must to visit the famous

Vienna State Opera, where the greatest divas of

all times, but also gay ballet dancers like Rudolf

Nurejew and Vladimir Malakhov celebrated their

first triumphs. By the way, in the intermission

during opera or ballet performances, the foyers

of the building are sometimes even cruisier than

the gay bars in town! And only few people know

that the Opera was built by gay architects.

Besides the State Opera, the mWiener Musikverein

is the second place any fan of classical

music should not miss. This institution with the

Great Hall in gold, which is the setting for the

world-renowned annual New Years’ Concert, still

guarantees for an evening of classical music at

its best. The Musikverein recently made technical

improvements and added new concert halls

while strictly preserving its architectural heritage.

Mozart’s most famous opera – the Magic

Flute – premiered at the Theater an der Wien. In

the 20 th century, the theater was used for musicals

but in 2006, Mozart’s 250 th anniversary, it

was transformed back into an opera house.

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Drama & Music

In the Vienna Volksoper opera and operetta are

equally at home as are musicals and ballet.

Among the highlights in 2009 is the all-time

favorite “My Fair Lady”. Over the years, Vienna

has become one of Europe’s capitals of musical.

“Cats”, “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les

Misérables” are but a few of the successful productions

of past years. The latest production

“Rudolf – Affaire Mayerling” will bring back imperial

memories and drama when it opens on

February 26 th , 2009 at the Raimund Theater.

If you happen to be an electronic music buff, you

won’t be disappointed. Internationally acclaimed

artists like Kruder and Dorfmeister and Grammy

Award Winner Peter Rauhofer have put Austria on

the map as a center of excellent electronic music.

Meccas of the electronic scene among others are

Flex and Fluc Wanne, which both offer a unique

atmosphere thanks to their unusual locations.

Vienna’s Number 1 jazz club Porgy & Bess

enchants audiences with classical as well as

experimental-innovative performances.

Along the beautiful Ringstrasse, you will find

some of the most gorgeous buildings and sights,

including one of the most renowned Germanlanguage

theaters, the QBurgtheater.

For those with some difficulty in understanding

German well enough to follow a theater production,

stop by Vienna’s English Theatre, which has,

in the past, played several queer-themed productions

or plays by gay writers. The second English

language stage is the International Theatre located

close to the Schauspielhaus which prides itself

to be the contemporary theater for the later and

newest Austrian drama.

Raimund Theater

6., Wallgasse 18-20

Y (+43-1) 588 85

www.musicalvienna.at

Flex

1., U2 – U4 Schottenring

exit Augartenbrücke

Y (+43-1) 533 75 25

www.flex.at

Fluc Wanne

2., Praterstern 5

www.fluc.at

Porgy & Bess

1., Riemergasse 11

Y (+43-1) 512 88 11

www.porgy.at

Burgtheater

1., Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring 2

Y (+43-1) 513 15 13

www.burgtheater.at

Vienna’s English Theatre

8., Josefsgasse 12

Y (+43-1) 402 12 60-0

www.englishtheatre.at

International Theatre

9., Porzellangasse 8

Y (+43-1) 319 62 72

www.internationaltheatre.at

Schauspielhaus

9., Porzellangasse 19

Y (+43-1) 317 01 01 18

www.schauspielhaus.at

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Vienna Festival

8 May – 14 June 2009

www.festwochen.at

Queer Identities

4 – 12 June 2009

www.identities.at

Resonanzen

January 2010

www.konzerthaus.at

Haydn Year 2009

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Festivals

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Festivals Apart from regular theater and music productions,

there are numerous arts festivals in

Vienna well worth seeing all year round.

The nVienna Festival boasts grandiose and

trendsetting opera, theater and performance art

from early May to mid-June. It attracts ensembles

and visitors from far and wide. In 2009, the

Vienna Festival, which is one of the most

renowned art festivals in Europe, will once again

entertain the audiences at Vienna’s most important

stages (MuseumsQuartier, Konzerthaus,

Künstlerhaus, etc.).

A highlight of the gay and lesbian festival calendar

is Queer Identities, the biennial “GayLesBi-

Trans Film Festival”. The festival in its fourteenth

year in 2007 was an overwhelming success

which was reflected in almost completely sold

out movie theaters. After a break in 2008, Queer

Identities returns this year.

Tourists in Vienna don’t ever have to feel sorry

that they came to the city at the wrong time:

Resonanzen is held each year in January and has

found its following as a high-class festival of

old music. For modern music the festival Wien-

Modern is the adequate platform. We recommend

getting tickets early. The festival OsterKlang

offers an eclectic program of classical music,

ranging from Baroque style to contemporary classical

compositions. The Vienna Philharmonic and

Symphonic Orchestras are, among others, the

performing orchestras.

In 2009, the world commemorates the 200 th

anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn. It is

not surprising that many concert and opera

houses as well as the classical music festivals

are putting special emphasis on the oeuvre of

this famous Austrian composer.

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Festivals

The Jazz Fest Wien tries to seduce jazz buffs

with big names like the lesbian Celia Mara and

the famous Paul Anka. These great names of jazz

are contrasted, or rather supplemented by the

unusual settings: They will perform in the State

Opera and the MuseumsQuartier.

nImPulsTanz follows a slightly different concept

than the usual arts festival. The performances of

internationally renowned ballet and modern dancers

are not only directed to spectators, but the

festival also offers a platform for research, development

and training in the vast field of dance.

During summer the Music Film Festival on City

Hall Square (Rathausplatz) gives audiences the

opportunity to enjoy movies and recordings of

operas, concerts and ballets on a giant video

wall in a relaxed open-air atmosphere. It is free

and the adjacent food stands serve delicacies

from all corners of the globe.

The Viennale is Austria’s biggest film festival

and it is well-known for its non-competitive and

spectator-oriented approach. For years this festival,

originally founded in the sixties, has steadily

been growing in size.

WienModern

28 Oct. – 30 Nov. 2009

www.wienmodern.at

OsterKlang

3 – 13 April 2009

26 March – 5 April 2010

www.osterklang.at

Jazz Fest Wien

29 June – 10 July 2009

www.viennajazz.org

ImPulsTanz

16 July – 16 August 2009

www.impulstanz.com

Music Film Festival

4 July – 6 Sep. 2009

www.wien-event.at

Viennale Filmfestival

16 – 28 October 2009

www.viennale.at

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Art & Design

Art & Design

Museum of Fine Arts

1., Maria-Theresia-Platz

D Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm,

Thu 10 am-9 pm

www.khm.at

Schatzkammer (Treasury)

1., Hofburg, Schweizerhof

D Wed-Mon 10 am-6 pm

www.khm.at

Albertina

1., Albertinaplatz 1

D daily 10 am-6 pm,

Wed 10 am-9 pm

www.albertina.at

MuseumsQuartier

7., Museumsplatz 1

www.mqw.at

Leopold Museum

D daily 10 am-6 pm,

Thu 10 am-9 pm

www.leopoldmuseum.org

Museum of Modern Art

D daily 10 am-6 pm,

Thu 10 am-9 pm

www.mumok.at

Along the beautiful Ringstrasse, you will find

some of the most gorgeous buildings and sights

of Vienna, including the nMuseum of Fine Arts

(“Kunsthistorisches Museum”). This museum

shows a great collection of Italian and especially

Dutch paintings of the 16 th and 17 th centuries,

including the world’s biggest collection of Pieter

Bruegel. The Museum of Fine Arts also presents

ancient Egyptian antiquities and changing special

exhibitions. Closeby, you can visit the

extraordinary gems of the Habsburg monarchy in

the Treasury (“Schatzkammer”) of the Imperial

Palace showing all the crowns, jewelry and robes

of times past. The nAlbertina shows changing

exhibitions ranging from old masters to the contemporary

from its world largest collection of

drawings and prints.

If you are more interested in modern art, you

have to see the mMuseumsQuartier. This combination

of revitalized baroque architecture (the

former imperial stables) and a set of impressive

modern buildings creates one of the most fascinating

cultural areas in the world and is home to

a whole range of museums: The Leopold Mu-

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seum boasts paintings and objets d’art by

Austrian modernists (Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele).

The Museum of Modern Art/Ludwig Foundation

is home to all the big names of the 20 th and 21 st

centuries (Picasso, Warhol, Klee). The Kunsthalle

is an energetic art factory highlighting the

current trends.

Modern Austrian design presents itself every year

in the framework of the design fair Blickfang.

Contemporary art finds interested visitors at the

Viennafair, the international tradeshow for contemporary

art from Central and Eastern Europe.

The Modepalast expo offers the latest in young

Austrian and international fashion design.

If you want to see Gustav Klimt’s famous painting

“The Kiss” or expressionist acts by Egon Schiele,

then go to the Belvedere Palace, the former

summer residence of the gay historic general,

Prince Eugen of Savoy. The famous Vienna

Secession is a must for art-nouveau-buffs and

has been one of the most important avant-garde

exhibition spaces for decades. In the basement

of this temple of art, you can also see the famous

Beethoven Frieze by Klimt. The area around the

Secession is not only the heart of the Vienna gay

scene, but is also of architectural interest thanks

to the many art-nouveau buildings.

The KunstHausWien was remodeled by the

painter Hundertwasser in his unmistakable signature

style and houses a permanent exhibit of his

works as well as changing exhibitions — very

often with a queer connection (Keith Haring,

Pierre & Gilles). Always worth seeing are the contemporary

exhibitions at the Bank Austria

Kunstforum. The Haus der Musik (“House of

Music”) makes music audible, visible and touchable

in seven dedicated areas. This museum of

sound is located close to the State Opera and a

meeting point for creative geniuses and artists.

Kunsthalle Wien

D daily 10 am-7 pm,

Thu 10 am-10 pm

www.kunsthallewien.at

Blickfang

16 – 18 October 2009

www.blickfang.com

Viennafair

7 – 10 May 2009

www.viennafair.at

Modepalast

23 – 26 April 2009

www.modepalast.com

Belvedere Palace

3., Prinz-Eugen-Str. 27

D daily 10 am-6 pm

www.belvedere.at

Secession

1., Friedrichstr. 12

D Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm,

Thu 10 am-8 pm

www.secession.at

KunstHausWien

3., Untere Weissgerberstr. 13

D daily 10 am-7 pm

www.kunsthauswien.com

Bank Austria Kunstforum

1., Freyung 8

D daily 10 am-7 pm,

Fri 10 am-9 pm

www.bankaustria-kunstforum.at

Haus der Musik

1., Seilerstätte 30

D daily 10 am-10 pm

www.hdm.at

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Architecture

Architekturzentrum Wien

7., Museumsplatz 1,

at the MuseumsQuartier

Y +43 (1) 522 31 15

D daily 10 am-7 pm

www.azw.at

Architecture

The appearance of the city today is marked by the

architectural style of the fin-de-siècle (until about

1900) whose prime examples can be found around

the Ringstrasse. After leveling the embankments

around the inner city in 1858, about 150 years

ago, a string of new buildings – to later become

the Ringstrasse – were erected in the then popular

styles of historicist architecture by taking

design elements from past periods such as the

gothic, classical and renaissance eras. Opulent

representational structures – among them City

Hall, the Opera and Parliament buildings – are

strung up together with affluent palaces like

pearls on a necklace around the inner city.

Another architectural style closely associated

with Vienna and maybe even more important in

the scope of architectural history is art nouveau.

The reduction of decorative elements is one of its

core features. Next to Brussels and Paris, Vienna

can be called one of the birthplaces of art nouveau.

The protagonists of this style, Adolf Loos

and Otto Wagner, left us buildings which can be

found all throughout town. Real treasures in this

category were built along the Linke Wienzeile and

the Naschmarkt.

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Architecture

A lot has happened since. Modernism

has engulfed Vienna and

carried it into the next millennium.

Award-winning architects like Hans

Hollein, COOP Himmelb(l)au and

Zaha Hadid have enriched Viennese

architecture with their oeuvres. If

you feel like taking a closer look at

the architecture of this city, you

should start at the Architekturzentrum

Wien (Architectural Center

Vienna) a young institution in the

middle of the MuseumsQuartier.

!Gasometer (1899)

Industrial architecture from the turn

of the century, redesigned with

modern elements by architects

such as Jean Nouvel and COOP

Himmelb(l)au. Since 2001, it is a

shopping and entertainment district,

incorporates office space and

an apartment complex as well as

student housing. www.gasometer.at

%Giant Ferris Wheel (1897)

A typical panoramic ferris wheel of

the late 19 th century. It has now

become one of the landmarks of

the city by the Danube and the

entertainment park Prater in which

it is located. Take a ride and enjoy a

fantastic view of the city and beyond.

The wheel rotates 0.75 m per

second and was built by the British

architect Walter Basset for the

Vienna World Fair.

www.wienerriesenrad.com

!Millennium Tower (1999)

Double-cylinder high-rise building designed

by the architects Peichl/Podrecca/Weber.

Second-tallest office building

in Europe and the core of the Millennium

City, a complex of office spaces,

apartments and approximately

100 retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants,

cafés and a fitness studio.

www.millennium-city.at

!Schönbrunn Palace (1700)

The opulent summer residence of

the Habsburgs in former times. The

baroque building is now a world cultural

heritage site, a popular city

park with locals and Vienna’s No. 1

tourist attraction. It offers vast

baroque gardens, the Gloriette, a

zoo, a conservatory, Roman ruins, an

imperial carriage museum and

baroque fountains. Architect: Fischer

von Erlach.

www.schoenbrunn.at

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Shopping

Shopping © WTV/Robert Osmark

Vienna not only lets you see beautiful things,

they can be yours to take home. The most

“homosexual” shopping area — in close proximity

to the Gay District along Linke Wienzeile — is

Mariahilfer Strasse and its sidestreets with

large department stores and trendy boutiques.

Here you will find H&M stores as well as G-Star,

Peek&Cloppenburg, and many other big and

small specialty stores, offering anything from

fashion to furniture. At the store ,Tiberius — in

a side street (7., Lindengasse 2a) of Mariahilfer

Strasse — aficionados will find an impressive

assortment of erotic leather and latex clothing

and the must-have accessories that go with

these outfits. Similar “gear” can be found at the

Spartacus XXL Store (6., Mariahilfer Strasse 49).

The selection in this store is very large and

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© Publicom/Alexander Chitsazan

Shopping

diverse but it is part of a big sex

store; not necessarily a place to take

your mother.

Haute Couture for the rich and

famous can be found in the city center

on Kohlmarkt, Graben, and

,Kärntner Strasse. Here, the

Vienna nflagship stores of brands

like Armani, Boss, Cartier, Gucci,

Louis Vuitton, Prada and Zegna will

fulfill your most eclectic desires. At

the end of Kärntner Strasse — right

next to the Opera — stop by the

Ringstrassen Galleries. The exclusive

boutiques in this upscale mall

let you shop even if the weather is

not that inviting.

If you prefer your leather as book

covers, don’t miss the gay and lesbian

bookstore Löwenherz (9.,

Wasagasse 14). Most international

gay magazines, the latest fiction in

German and English, a good selection

of gay videos, DVDs and photo

art books are available here.

Afterwards, succumb to the charm of

settling down next door, in the Café

Berg, to browse through your purchases

over a good cup of coffee.

Whoever prefers first rate Austrian

design and current art and fashion

from Central and Eastern Europe will

discover it at the tradeshows

Viennafair, Blickfang and

Modepalast (see p. 17). A unique

shopping experience of a different

sort can be found at the !flea market

at Naschmarkt each Saturday

morning (right next to the U-Bahn

stop Kettenbrückengasse). Kitschy

heirlooms and precious treasures

have changed owners here.

Rummaging through the stuff on

display is fun even if — as on any

flea market — some of the things

offered can only be qualified as

junk. Traditionally such a Saturday

morning at Naschmarkt should end

at Café Savoy.

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Cafés

You can find all the places

mentioned by their number

on the city map on pages

24-25.

Café Berg

9., Berggasse 8

D daily 10 am-1 am

Y (+43-1) 319 57 20

Café Savoy

6., Linke Wienzeile 36

D Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am;

Sat 9 am-2 am

Y (+43-1) 586 73 48

Cafés

Viennese coffee culture and the relaxed, kickedback

atmosphere (in German called “Gemütlichkeit”)

are legendary. You have to indulge

and enjoy. The gay and lesbian cafés and bars

combine Viennese charm with queer lifestyle.

nCafé Berg 2

Close to the university, you can find one of the

brightest stars in the (coffee) skies over Vienna:

the chic café-restaurant Berg and the adjacent

gay book store Löwenherz (Lionheart). Giant windows,

comfortable seating and an excellent

kitchen make Café Berg also attractive for students.

We can recommend the Sunday brunch. It

opens early at 10 am and is the first gay and lesbian

daytime café in Vienna.

Café Savoy 19

This traditional Viennese coffeehouse dates back

to the imperial era – quite obvious in the plush

furnishings and stucco. On Saturdays, when an

eclectic flea market takes place on the adjacent

Naschmarkt, the Savoy also opens in the morning.

The cafés Stein (9., Währinger Str. 6-8), Diglas

(1., Wollzeile 10), Museum (1., Friedrichstr. 6) and

Sperl (6., Gumpendorfer Str. 11) are also worth a

visit – not just because they count many gays

and lesbians among their patrons.

© Café Berg

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Addresses

Restaurants & Cafés

3 BaKul [P11]

5., Margaretenstrasse 58. D daily 10 am-2 am.

8 bhatia.bar-restaurant [P11]

4., Mühlgasse 20. D Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am.

Y (+43-1) 907 60 90.

2 Café Berg [M11]

9., Berggasse 8. Lesbian/Gay daytime café.

D daily 10 am- 1 am. Y (+43-1) 319 57 20.

10 Café Leopold [O11]

7., Museumsplatz 1. D Thu-Sat 10 am-4 am;

Sun-Wed 10 am-2 am. Y (+43-1) 523 67 32.

17 Café Reimann [Q10]

12., Schönbrunner Str. 285. D Tue-Thu 7 am-2

am; Fri, Sat 7 am-4 am; Sun, holidays 8 am-2

am. Y (+43-1) 813 57 67.

18 Café Rifugio [P11]

5., Schönbrunner Strasse 10. Gay daytime café.

D daily 10 am-10 pm. Y (+43-(0)) 699 1138 02 50.

19 Café Savoy [P11]

6., Linke Wienzeile 36. D Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am;

Sat 9 am-2 am. Y (+43-1) 586 73 48.

20 Café Standard [P11]

5., Margaretenstrasse 63. D Mon-Fri 8 am-midnight;

Sat, Sun, holidays 11 am-midnight.

Y (+43-1) 581 05 86.

21 Café Willendorf [P11]

6., Linke Wienzeile 102. Café at gay&lesbian center.

D daily 6 pm-2 am. Y (+43-1) 587 17 89.

13 Das Möbel [O11]

7., Burggasse 10. D daily 10 am-1 am.

Y (+43-1) 524 94 97.

5 Deli [O/P11]

4., Naschmarktstand 421-436. D Mon-Sat 7

am-10 pm. Y (+43-1) 585 08 23.

4 Dunkelbunt [N13]

3., Weissgerber Lände 14. Museum café.

D daily 10 am-midnight. Y (+43-1) 715 26 89.

6 Frauencafé [N11]

8., Lange Gasse 11. D check announcements.

Y (+43-1) 406 37 54.

7 FZ Bar Frauenzentrum [M11]

9.,Währinger Str. 59. Enter from Prechtlgasse.

DThu-Sat 7 pm-midnight. Y (+43-1) 402 87 54.

1 Goldener Spiegel [P11]

6., Linke Wienzeile 46. Enter from Stiegengasse.

D daily 7 pm-2 am. Y (+43-1) 586 66 08.

Legend

gay

lesbian

hetero-homo-mixed

restaurant

café (snacks)

cocktail bar

9 HALLE [O11]

7., Museumsplatz 1. D daily 10 am-2 am.

Y (+43-1) 523 70 01.

22 Wiener Kochsalon [N12]

1., Bauernmarkt 10. D Mon-Fri 12 am-4 pm, 6 pm-

10 pm; Sat 6 pm-10 pm. Y (+43-1) 533 15 26.

14 Motto [P11]

5., Schönbrunner Str. 30. Entrance Rüdigergasse.

D Sun-Thu 6 pm-2 am; Fri, Sat 6 pm-4 am.

Y (+43-1) 587 06 72.

16 Palmenhaus [O12]

1., Burggarten. D 10 am-2 am; Nov-Feb: Wed-

Thu 11.30 am-midnight; Fri 11.30 am-2 am;

Sat 10 am-2 am; Sun, holidays 10 am-midnight.

Y (+43-1) 533 10 33.

15 Peter’s Operncafé Hartauer [O12]

1., Riemergasse 9. Classical music.

D Tue-Sat 6 pm-2 am. Y (+43-1) 512 89 81.

11 Santo Spirito [O12]

1., Kumpfgasse 7. D daily 6 pm-2 am.

Y (+43-1) 512 99 98.

23 Zum roten Elefanten [O11]

6., Gumpendorfer Strasse 3. D Mon-Fri 11.30

am-2.30 pm; Mon-Sat 6 pm-midnight.

Y (+43-1) 966 80 08.

Bars

24 Alte Lampe [P11]

4., Heumühlgasse 13. D Sun-Thu 8 pm-1 am;

Fri-Sat 8 pm-3 am.

26 aQuadrat [P11]

5., Margaretenstrasse 55.

D Mon-Sat 5 pm-2 am; Sun 5 pm-midnight.

28 Blue Banana Bar [M13]

2., Praterstern Viaduktbogen 33-35.

D daily 7 pm-4 am.

32 Café Cheri [P11]

5., Franzensgasse 2. D Mon-Sat 8 pm-4 am.

48 Café X Bar [P11]

6., Mariahilfer Strasse 45. In courtyard.

D Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am, Sun 6 pm-midnight

29 Club Date [P11]

4., Schikanedergasse 12. D daily 7 pm-4 am.

30 Eagle Bar Vienna [P11]

6., Blümelgasse 1. D daily 9 pm-4 am.

dark room

D business hours

Y phone

letters and numbers

after the name designate

the grid on the

map (pp. 24-25).

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Addresses

31 Felixx [O11]

6., Gumpendorfer Strasse 5. D daily 7 pm-3 am.

34 Le Swing [L12]

20., Hannovergasse 5. D Mon-Thu 9 pm-2 am;

Fri-Sat 9 pm-4 am.

35 [lo:sch] [P10]

15., Fünfhausgasse 1. Leather&Fetish Club.

D Fri, Sat from 10 pm.

36 mango bar [O11]

6., Laimgrubengasse 3. D daily 9 pm-4 am.

37 Marea Alta [O11]

6., Gumpendorfer Str. 28. D winter: Tue-Sat

7 pm-1 am; summer: Tue-Sat 8 pm-2 am.

49 schik [P11]

4., Schikanedergasse 5. D Mon-Thu 5 pm-2

am, Fri, Sat 5 pm-4 am.

50 SHAMBALA Bar @ Le Méridien [O11]

1., Opernring 13-15. D daily 11 am-2 am.

42 Sling [P11]

4., Kettenbrückengasse 4. D daily 3 pm-4 am.

43 SMart Café [P11]

6., Köstlergasse 9. S&M and Fetish.

D Tue-Thu 6 pm-2 am; Fri-Sat 6 pm-4 am.

44 Stiefelknecht [Q11]

5., Wimmergasse 20. D daily from 10 pm.

51 The Other Side [P11]

6., Magdalenenstraße 2. D daily 9 pm-4 am.

45 Versteck [N12]

1., Nikolaigasse 1. D Mon-Fri 6 pm-midnight;

Sat 7 pm-midnight.

46 Village Bar [P11]

6., Stiegengasse 8. D Mon-Sun 8 pm-3 am.

Clubs & Parties

52 DRAMA! @ Ottakringer Brauerei

16., Ottakringer Strasse 91.

D Dates TBA: www.dramaclub.at

FMqueer

D Dates TBA: www.fmqueer.at

54 G.Spot @ Camera Club [O11]

7., Neubaugasse 2. D first Fri each month:

www.gspot.at

H.A.P.P.Y.

D Dates TBA: www.h-a-p-p-y.net

54 HEAVEN @ Camera Club [O11]

7., Neubaugasse 2. D Sat from 10 pm;

www.heaven.at

homoriental

D Dates TBA: homoriental.wordpress.com

62 Hot Stuff @ U96

9., Nussdorfer Strasse 69-71.

D 2 nd Sat each month: www.lesbian.or.at/events

55 Joyride @ Utopia

12., Ruckergasse 30-32.

D Dates TBA: www.welovehouse.at

Las Chicas women’s disco

D Dates TBA: www.laschicas.at

56 queer:beat @ Viper Room [O13]

3., Landstrasser Hauptstr. 38

D Dates TBA: www.queerbeat.at

subVERSUS

D Dates TBA: www.subversus.at

61 Why Not [N12]

1., Tiefer Graben 22. D Fri, Sat 10 pm-6 am.

www.why-not.at

47 Wiener Freiheit [P11]

5., Schönbrunner Str. 25. D Thu 9 pm-2 am; Fri,

Sat 9 pm-4 am.

Saunas & Cruising

70 Apollo City Sauna [O10]

7., Wimbergergasse 34. D daily 2 pm-2 am.

71 Kaiserbründl [O12]

1., Weihburggasse 18-20. D Sun-Thu 2 pmmidnight;

Fri-Sat 2 pm-2 am.

72 Papillon [M11] Bisexual Sauna

9., Müllnergasse 5. D Mon, Fri 10 am-4 am; Tue,

Thu 6 pm-2 am; Wed 10 am-2 am; Sat 6 pm-

4 am; Sun 6 pm-2 am.

73 Sauna Frisco [P11]

5., Schönbrunner Str. 28. D Mon, Wed-Sat 3

pm-midnight; Sun noon-midnight.

74 Sportsauna [N11]

8., Lange Gasse 10. D Mon-Fri 3 pm-1 am;

Sat 3 pm-Mon 1 am nonstop.

Rathauspark [N11]

next to Parliament, heavily frequented, yearround.

Danube Island

Summertime only. 3 areas: (a) nudist area

north, (b) lake on island, (c) “Toter Grund”, 2

km downstream from rowing center.

Lobau

22., Dechantlacke. Summertime only.

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X Bar 48

Bar hopping in Vienna will take you through a

variety of small but very charming places. If you

need a drink after shopping, drop in at X Bar,

which is located very conveniently in a courtyard

just off Mariahilfer Strasse.

mango bar 36

A constantly busy nightlife spot is the mango

bar. Its mirrors, good music, the great variety of

drinks and the young crowd often only serve as a

starting point of an even more enjoyable evening.

Village Bar 46

The Village Bar (also located in a side street just

off the Naschmarkt) has been a popular hangout

for many years (although the name has changed

several times). The new design attracts an eclectic

crowd, the atmosphere is relaxed and communicative.

Friendly staff and excellent drinks

ensure a good crowd and the people are always

open to meeting a new face.

Felixx 31

Felixx has become one of the fixtures of the gay

bar scene. The central location, the comfortable,

somewhat chintzy interior and the quick and

good-looking waiters create a combination that

almost any patron will enjoy.

Alte Lampe 24

This bar has a proud fifty-year history and it is

known today for its comfortable atmosphere and

friendly patrons. It is also the regular hangout

for the bears in the Viennese community.

Bars

You can find all the places

mentioned by their number

on the city map on pages

24-25.

Café X Bar

6., Mariahilfer Strasse 45

Raimundhof courtyard

D daily 4 pm-2 am

mango bar

6., Laimgrubengasse 3

D daily 9 pm-4 am

Village Bar

6., Stiegengasse 8

D daily 8 pm-3 am

Felixx

6., Gumpendorfer Str. 5

D daily 7 pm-3 am

Alte Lampe

4., Heumühlgasse 13

D Sun-Thu 5 pm-1 am, Fri-

Sat 5 pm-3 am

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Eagle Bar Vienna

6., Blümelgasse 1

D daily 9 pm-4 am

Sling

4., Kettenbrückengasse 4

D daily 3 pm-4 am

Restaurants

You can find all the places

mentioned by their number

on the city map on pages

24-25.

Café Willendorf

6., Linke Wienzeile 102

D daily 6 pm-2 am

Y (+43-1) 587 17 89

Eagle Bar Vienna 30

Bars & Restaurants

Another institution in the community is the

„Eagle“. The bar is popular among locals and

tourists alike. Everybody is welcome, not just

leather and fetish, and the atmosphere ranges

from relaxed to exciting.

Sling 42

The Sling offers lonely late-nighters the possibility

to have a drink and get acquainted intimately

with locals in the diverse rooms of this bar. It is

modern, clean and very popular.

The geographical and cultural setting of Vienna

in the heart of Europe has left its traces on the

Viennese Cuisine. What is commonly appreciated

in the whole world is, in fact, a delicious

melange of Austrian, Hungarian, Czech and other

Central European specialties. We want to give

you an overview where to savor these delicacies.

nCafé Willendorf 21

The heart of the gay and lesbian scene in Vienna

is the so-called Rosa Lila Villa (Pink-Purple Villa).

This gay and lesbian center on the Linke

Wienzeile hosts one of the best-known queer

restaurants in the city. The Café Willendorf, located

on the ground floor, is a modern café-restaurant

with a great kitchen, big portions, reasonable

prices and an enchanting small garden in

the courtyard. The clientele is mixed, although

many lesbians especially favor Café Willendorf.

Most visitors start their bar tour here at the

“Villa”, which is the colloquial name of this

building.

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Restaurants

Café Standard 20

This wheelchair accessible restaurant was

opened by a group of lesbians. It should be

mentioned particularly for the good food and

pleasant music. The members of the women

dance group “Resis.dance” have already made

this restaurant their regular meeting place.

Zum roten Elefanten 23

“Good things come in little packages” best

describes this café/restaurant. Inexpensive lunch

menus and set two- or three-course dinners are

available for a short lunch stopover or to still your

hunger before starting an evening tour on the

town. Its close proximity to downtown and the gay

district as well as the Mariahilfer Strasse shopping

area give you the opportunity to enjoy some

coffee and homemade cakes or pastries in the

afternoon to relax from sightseeing or an exhausting

shopping spree.

!Dunkelbunt 4

The café/restaurant at the KunstHausWien —

the Hundertwasser Museum which shows changing

exhibitions — is one of the favorite places of

the in-crowd — gay, lesbian or straight. The

recent change in owners has given this unique

restaurant a thorough facelift. What makes this

place really special is the luscious decor of flowers

and plants and the extravagantly uneven, yet

cosy, Hundertwasser design. The whole place is

a unique oasis just off the city center — a

definite must-see.

Café Standard

5., Margaretenstrasse 63

D daily 11 am-midnight

Y (+43-1) 581 05 86

Zum roten Elefanten

6., Gumpendorfer Str. 3

D Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2:30

pm; Mon-Sat 6 pmmidnight

Y (+43-1) 966 80 08

Dunkelbunt

@ KunstHausWien

3., Weissgerber Lände 14

D daily 10 am-midnight

Y (+43-1) 715 26 89

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Motto

5., Schönbrunner Str. 30,

entrance on Rüdigergasse

D Sun-Thu 6 pm-2 am;

Fri, Sat 6 pm-4 am

Y (+43-1) 587 06 72

You can find all the places

mentioned by their number

on the city map on pages

24-25.

Café Leopold

7., Museumsplatz 1

D Sun-Wed 10 am-2 am;

Thu-Sat 10 am-4 am

Y (+43-1) 523 67 32

Shambala Bar & Restaurant

Hotel Le Méridien

1., Opernring 13-15

D daily 11 am-2 pm (Bar)

D daily noon-3 pm, 6 pmmidnight

(Restaurant)

Y (+43-1) 588 90-7050

Motto 14

The Motto is the ultimate “in”-place in Vienna.

Everyone who deems themselves important and

beautiful will meet at Motto for a drink in the stylish,

yet comfortable, bar, or exchange the latest

news over a quiet dinner. The wine and drink

selection is enormous, prices are adequate for the

quality served. The clients are mixed gay and

straight. The Motto is a good place for celebrity

spotting. Designer Helmut Lang was once a waiter

here before he rose to fame in the fashion world.

Café Leopold 10

Restaurants

The MuseumsQuartier offers cultural treasures

to behold, the Café Leopold offers culinary

pleasures to have. The café is located on the

upper level which gives the patrons a great view

of what goes on in the courtyard, especially

when you are sitting on the terrace in summer.

The clientele is trendy (both during the day and

in the evening) but not overly chic. DJs play in

the evening. On Sundays the café serves a late

breakfast – always a favorite.

Apart from the restaurants mentioned above,

here are a few more gay-friendly favorites: The

nPalmenhaus 16 in the Burggarten is a stylish

brasserie in the imperial palmery. The hip Deli 5

– between the market stalls at Naschmarkt offering

food as well as tunes by live DJs – is especially

appealing to the urban crowd. The restaurant

Wiener Kochsalon 22 , close to St.

Stephen’s Cathedral, offers the best vegetarian

and organically grown dishes in town as well as

progressive cooking workshops; the café restaurant

Halle 9 in the MuseumsQuartier is run by

the same owner as Motto. The stylish restaurant

Shambala 50 with its exquisite cocktail bar

offers highest quality in drinks and food from

dusk till dawn.

© WTV/Bryan Duffy

© Kaiserbründl

© Publicom/Reinhard Mandl

Saunas & Cruising

The younger brother of Emperor Franz Josef was

one of the patrons in what is today the nKaiserbründl

71 bathhouse. He truly enjoyed the pleasures

of the oriental bath and its guests which

caused an enormous scandal at the turn of the

last century. This largest Viennese gay sauna

offers a steam bath, Finnish sauna, fitness, a

cruising labyrinth, etc. The very popular Sportsauna

74 is a lot smaller but also has its charms,

especially for the mostly younger clientele.

The Apollo City Sauna 70 is a neighborhood

sauna with a charming and homely atmosphere.

The Sauna Frisco 73 , which tries to conjure up

the spirit of the gay Mecca San Francisco,

attracts a wide range of men. Papillon 72 is the

name of a sauna with a new concept. In the

heart of a rather bourgeois district of Vienna this

bathhouse caters to bisexuals.

If the weather permits, you can also make

friends under open skies. In the downtown area

the preferred spot is the City Hall Park (the side

of the Parliament Building). In summer, check

out the !Danube Island. The naturist area

around what is called the “Toter Grund” is especially

busy (close to the Steinsporn Bridge).

Pressure Valves

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Parties & Clubs

Heaven Vienna

@ Camera Club

7., Neubaugasse 2

D Sat 10 pm-6 am

www.heaven.at

Why Not

1., Tiefer Graben 22

D Fri, Sat 10 pm-6 am

www.why-not.at

homoriental

@ check announcements

D Fri check announcements:

homoriental.wordpress.com

H.A.P.P.Y.

@ check announcements

D check announcements:

www.h-a-p-p-y.net

subVERSUS

@ check announcements

D check announcements:

www.subversus.at

Parties

Long live Heaven Vienna 54 Miss Candy,

Austria’s well-known drag queen and inventor of

diverse party institutions, takes special care

along with her team to produce a sweltering

dance atmosphere for party-goers using house,

disco and garage rhythms.

The Why Not 61 opens its doors each Friday and

Saturday. The relatively small downtown gay

club has been around for many years and has

recently been completely remodeled. It still

busts out of its seams each weekend. Expect a

hot night on the dance floor where all the popular

house and dance hits are playing.

homoriental. The party continues to be equally

geared to gays and lesbians. The atmosphere at

the club is relaxed and, as the name implies,

inspired by oriental music.

Another popular party is the H.A.P.P.Y. club

(once a month on Friday). The crème de la crème

of Austrian and international DJs play house

music at different club locations. The audience is

mixed with a very strong gay following.

subVERSUS. This monthly party attracts mostly

a crowd of gay and lesbian students. This event

has shown that the GLBT club of the Student

Body of the Technical University certainly knows

how to plan extra-curricular activities. Grade: A+.

Parties

G.Spot 54 This monthly party at the Camera Club

appeals mostly to lesbians and gay friends. The

focus of the music keeps changing from electronic

to house, tribal, techno and other welcome

diversions of the typical gay and lesbian

club music.

At queer:beat 56 gays, lesbians and friends can

shake their bootie to indie rock, electronic and

chart music. Four Djs on two dance floors make

the mostly young crowd happy. A special bonus:

visual art performances by local artists.

DRAMA! 52 is not only the name but the motto

of this quarterly event. The party is literally high

drama, so expect to wear high fashion. It is one

of the biggest and trendiest spectacles of the

city and magically attracts gays and lesbians

with a mixture of glamour and celebrities.

FMqueer was founded by a bunch of gay and

lesbian music and culture buffs who first met at

the alternative radio station FM4. They host cool

parties to their alternative taste at irregular

intervals. Hip. Totally hip.

Joyride 55 is a newcomer in the party scene. In

less than a year it has built a dedicated following.

This party attracts a young and party-loving

crowd. The sound is house. House at its best.

G.Spot

@ Camera Club

7., Neubaugasse 2

D first Fri. each month

www.gspot.at

queer:beat

@ Viper Room

3., Landstrasser

Hauptstrasse 38

D check announcements:

www.queerbeat.at

DRAMA!

@ Ottakringer Brauerei

16., Ottakringer Strasse 91

D check announcements:

www.dramaclub.at

FMqueer

@ check announcements

D check announcements:

www.fmqueer.at

Joyride

@ Utopia

12., Ruckergasse 30-32

D check announcements:

www.welovehouse.at

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The Dark Side

The Dark Side

Stiefelknecht

5., Wimmergasse 20

D daily from 10 pm

Eagle Bar Vienna

6., Blümelgasse 1

D daily 9 pm-4 am

Sling

4., Kettenbrückengasse 4

D daily 3 pm-4 am

The Dark Side

A lot of artwork for leather and fetish events in

Europe is created by mSEPP of VIENNA. As the

name implies, Sepp lives in Vienna and is a firm

component of the local leather community,

which is why his works are an integral part of

gay life in Vienna. More under:

www.sepp-of-vienna.at

[lo:sch], Stiefelknecht, Eagle and Sling are the

locations, where locals and guests give in to

their leather and fetish desires. The SMart-Café

is another S&M club, but — depending on the

evening — it is not exclusively gay. During the

week you should try Stiefelknecht 44 which features

a backroom. The Eagle 30 attracts a more

mainstream clientele and also offers a backroom.

The Sling 42 is located in the heart of the

gay district and offers, among other things, what

the name of the place implies.

The Dark Side

Vienna Bear Congress

21 – 24 May 2009

The Wiener Runde is the club for the Vienna

bears and bear-lovers. As a friendly club for cosy,

heavy bearded men, and those who are interested

in them, the Wiener Runde organizes the

Vienna Bear Congress (Wiener Bären Kongress).

In addition to a city tour, a visit to a typical winery

(Heurigen) and a party are part of the plans.

www.austrianbears.at

[lo:sch]

Vienna in Black

15., Fünfhausgasse 1

23 – 26 October 2009

D Fri, Sat from 10 pm

The international leather and fetish meeting in

Vienna does not just offer the obligatory leather

and fetish party but a whole range of events.

From dinner to leather brunch, bike tour and much

more. Which weekend could be more appropriate

for this event than the weekend closest to the

Austrian National Holiday (26 October) when the

The Leather&Motorbike Community (LMC Vienna) Austrian military parades on Heldenplatz.

is organized as a non-profit association, and they www.lmc-vienna.at

have their own club [lo:sch] offering all the

amenities which no leather and fetish man com-

Black Change

ing to Vienna should miss. The [lo:sch] is open on 28 December 2009 – 1 January 2010

Friday and Saturday and offers themed nights and The New Year is a reason for the leather commu-

special events. LMC also organizes “Vienna in

nity in Vienna to throw a major party. This cele-

Black” — undoubtedly the pinnacle of the annual bration is called Black Change and it ends on 1

leather calendar in Vienna. The event takes place January with the blackOUT party.

around the Austrian National Holiday (26 October) www.lmc-vienna.at

each year and offers a whole range of parties and

events for leather, fetish men and bikers.

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Queer Sports

Queer Sports

Aufschlag

Vienna Beach Trophy

22 August 2009

www.aufschlag.org

Marantana

marantana.lesbian.or.at

Queer Sports

Most gays and lesbians love to do sports. That is

really no secret to anyone any more since the

huge international success of the Outgames

and the Gay Games. Vienna is home to a few

sports clubs and groups which provide the

opportunity to gays and lesbians to play sports

amongst themselves.

Particularly interesting to all tourists are sporting

events of national and international dimensions

where gay and lesbian sportspeople meet

to compete. This development has led to a more

diverse tournament calendar.

Austria’s biggest gay and lesbian sports club

Aufschlag Wien is the driving force behind this.

On 22 August 2009, they will hold the Vienna

Beach Trophy, Europe’s biggest GLBT beach volleyball

tournament. The Vienna Valentine Swim

Tournament, which is set to take place every

other year around Valentine’s Day (14 February),

will be held next in 2011. Apart from Aufschlag,

there are a number of clubs which are dedicated

to improving the physical fitness of gay and lesbian

bodies in a comfortable atmosphere.

Marantana offers women’s volleyball and is very

successful at that.

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© WTV/Robert Osmark

Queer Sports

Männer auf Touren will take you on hiking expeditions

in the surrounding hills of Vienna and

beyond to the highest alpine peaks. And the ballroom

dancers hold their 9 th international Vienna

Dance Contest on the 26 Sep. 2009.

If you want to stay in shape during your trip to

Vienna, we would like to point out that most

fitness studios and gyms are rather well attended

from a gay perspective. An especially high

homo-density can be found at all the gyms of the

inexpensive Club Danube chain, at the exclusive

John Harris gym, the BodyStyle fitness club

located in proximity to the Gay District and the

two Elixia gyms. Now get the weights, girls. For

all the frequent swimmers there are a number of

public pools to choose from. The indoor and outdoor

pools are well-maintained and can be found

all over town. For gays and lesbians we would

like to point out the Stadthallenbad built in the

1950s and the beautifully located open-air

Schönbrunnerbad. Inline skaters and runners

will truly enjoy the Danube Island with its many

miles of sports and recreation facilities. The

place for sportsmen and women to be seen.

Männer auf Touren

maennerauftouren.rainbow.or.at

Vienna Dance Contest

26 September 2009

www.viennadancecontest.at

Club Danube

www.clubdanube.at

John Harris

www.johnharris.at

BodyStyle

www.bodystyle.at

Elixia

www.elixia.at

Stadthallenbad

15., Vogelweidplatz 15

www.stadthalle.com

Schönbrunnerbad

12., Park Schönbrunn

www.schoenbrunnerbad.at

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Women Only

Women Only

Frauencafé

8., Lange Gasse 11

D check announcements

www.frauencafe.com

Y (+43-1) 406 37 54

Frauenzentrum Bar

9., Währinger Strasse 59

entrance on Prechtlgasse

D Thu-Sat 7 pm-midnight

Y (+43-1) 402 87 54

U96

9., Nussdorfer Str. 69-71

D check announcements

www.club-u96.com

Women Only

The Frauencafé 6 (Women’s Café) was founded

in 1977 and has been popular ever since. The

new proprietors, a group of dedicated lesbians

with a lot of experience in arts and catering, took

over this café from a single woman, who managed

it all by herself. The Frauencafé had originally

been founded as a collective by a group of

lesbians. It is women-only/transgender welcome.

The Frauenzentrum Bar 7 (Women’s Center

Café) — commonly called FZ — greatly con-

tributes to the women’s and lesbian scene in

Vienna by regularly hosting parties and events.

All those who like to dance should come to the

disco at the FZ on Saturday: a cheap cover

charge, minimalist decoration and lots of space

to dance in a pleasant atmosphere with good

music. Lipstick dykes, however, might feel somewhat

out of place here.

© WTV/Robert Osmark

© WTV/Robert Osmark

Women Only

Just the right thing for party-lovers are the occasional

Women’s Parties at U96 62 on Fridays. We

also recommend the Las Chicas Women’s

Disco 59 which have been around for a few years

and grown a dedicated following.

One of the oldest institutions of the queer scene

is the Café Willendorf, which in the past two

years has enjoyed a special popularity among

women. Café Willendorf 21 provides both an

excellent kitchen and a warm and friendly bar. In

the summer the interior garden is a dream come

true. From time to time, the Café together with

the lesbian counseling service located in the

same building co-host women’s parties.

The Marea Alta 37 , a friendly bar on

Gumpendorfer Strasse, is mostly frequented by

women, however, men are allowed too. The

crowd is young and trendy. A club that is not

women-only but very popular with lesbians is

homoriental 58 . Since its inception, homoriental

has truly turned into one of the best lesbian and

gay parties in town. Another predominantly lesbian

party is called G.Spot 55 and takes place on

a monthly basis at a venue called Camera Club.

Café Willendorf

6., Linke Wienzeile 102

D Daily 6 pm-2 am

Marea Alta

6., Gumpendorfer Str. 28

D Tue-Sat 7 pm-1 am

homoriental

@ check announcements

D check announcements

G.Spot @ Camera Club

7., Neubaugasse 2

D First Fri of the month

www.gspot.at

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Hot Winters

Hot Winters

Hot Winters

When the cold season falls upon the land and

Vienna disappears under a blanket of snow,

there are still plenty of delightful holiday

opportunities in Vienna for gay and lesbian

travelers.

At the end of November, many a Viennese square

turns into a little Christmas paradise. So-called

“Christkindl” markets (Christmas markets) take

on shape all throughout the city, the oldest of

which can be found on City Hall Square. The adjacent

City Hall Park turns into an artistic wonder

world with its impressive Christmas lights. By the

way, one does not only go to Christkindl markets

to shop, but to enjoy some heart-warming company

with a glass of body-warming mulled wine

or Jaga tea (tea and rum). The Christmas markets

on Spittelberg and on Karlsplatz certainly have

the highest homo-factor.

One of the biggest parties in town takes place at

New Year’s. The whole inner city turns into a

“Silvester” (New Year’s Eve) Path. Numerous

stages, a diverse program and many food and

beverage stands provide delicacies and entertainment

to last into the New Year. At midnight

the bell of St. Stephen’s Cathedral — called

“Pummerin” — tolls to announce the beginning

of the new year. The gay and lesbian community

also celebrates wildly on this occasion.

Practically all clubs and many bars have

Christmas and New Year’s specials. Everybody

who wants to rise early on January 1, can enjoy

the world-famous New Year’s Concert in the

Musikverein. If you couldn’t get tickets, go to

City Hall Square where a hangover breakfast will

be served and the concert can be seen on a giant

video-wall.

When the temperatures fall, a lot of sporty gays

and lesbians flood to the ice skating rinks of the

city. Especially the Vienna Ice Dream in front of

© Anita-Daniela Krappel

Hot Winters

city hall and Vienna’s biggest ice skating rink

Platz des Wiener Eislaufvereins, which is centrally

located next to the Konzerthaus, attract

lots of gay and lesbian skaters.

Winter in Vienna is also synonymous with ball

season (that’s ballroom dancing, not hotdogs in

the bleachers). Many different groups and professions

celebrate their own ball. The most wellknown

are the Imperial Ball (31 Dec 2009), the

Ball of the Philharmonics (21 Jan 2010), the Ball

of the Coffee House Owners (5 Feb 2010), the

Bonbon Ball (12 Feb 2010) and, of course, the

Opera Ball (11 Feb 2010). Gays and lesbians

have their balls, too. The nRainbow Ball (30 Jan

2010) is a classical black-tie ballroom dancing

event, the Rose Ball (11 Feb 2010) is a truly outrageous

dance party and the queer alternative to

the Opera Ball and the Club Kreativ Ball (Feb

2010) is a crazy costume ball.

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Events

Life Ball

16 May 2009

www.lifeball.org

Rainbow Parade

4 July 2009

www.hosiwien.at

Rainbow Ball

30 January 2010

www.hosiwien.at

Events

Life Ball

The star-studded AIDS-charity event is the most

spectacular queer party in Europe and it raises

close to a million euros each year for HIV projects.

From Federal Chancellor to Hollywood star, they

all come to watch the fashion show by one of the

world’s super-designers on City Hall Square and

to dance the night away. Tickets for this event

are as precious as gold, but the fashion show is

free for everyone.

Rainbow Parade

The Viennese Pride Parade has only been in existence

since 1996, but it has quickly become one

of the big parades of the world. It attracts around

100,000 spectators each year from far and wide

and the organizers can rightfully boast that the

Rainbow Parade has one of the most spectacular

routes down the historic Ringstrasse.

Rainbow Ball

Whoever said that Viennese Waltzes are only for

straight people? The Rainbow Ball successfully

conquered this heterosexual domain. Formal

evening attire is strictly enforced at this gay and

lesbian ballroom event.

© WTV/Bernd Preiml

Events

Rose Ball

The only thing reminiscent of a real ball is the

opening march by the debutantes. Apart from

this, the Rose Ball – organized by Heaven’s presenter

Miss Candy – presents a funky and glitzy

alternative to the traditional and famous Opera

Ball. They are always held on the same date.

Identities – Queer Film Festival

Identities is a cultural highlight and the second

biggest international film event in Vienna. The

best queer movies in the most beautiful cinemas

in Vienna and a series of events and parties

make for an exciting week. But even in the “offyears”

the organizers of the biennial festival

offer cinema performances on a regular but

smaller scale.

Rose Ball

11 February 2010

www.heaven.at

Identities 2009 – Queer

Film Festival

4–12 June 2009

www.identities.at

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Calendar 2009 Hotel Info

OsterKlang 14 – 13 April 2009 see page 15

Modepalast 23 – 26 April 2009 see page 17

Viennafair 7 – 10 May 2009 see page 17, 21

Vienna Festival 8 May – 14 June 2009 see page 14

Life Ball 16 May 2009 see page 42

11 th Vienna Bear Congress 21 – 24 May 2009 see page 34

Queer Identities Film Festial 4 – 12 June 2009 see page 14, 43

Jazz Fest Wien 29 June – 10 July 2009 see page 15

Rainbow Parade 4 July 2009 see page 42

Music Film Festival 4 July – 6 September 2009 see page 15

ImPulsTanz 16 July – 16 August 2009 see page 15

Vienna Beach Trophy 22 August 2009 see page 36

Vienna Dance Contest 26 September 2009 see page 37

Blickfang 16 – 18 October 2009 see page 17, 21

Viennale Film Festival 16 – 28 October 2009 see page 15

Vienna in Black 23 – 26 October 2009 see pages 35, 42

WienModern 28 October – 30 Nov. 2009 see page 15

Black Change 28 – 31 December 2009 see page 35, 42

Imperial Ball 31 December 2009 see page 41

Queer New Year 31 December 2009 see page 40

Preview 2010

Preview 2010

New Year’s Concert 1 January 2010 see page 40

Ball of the Philharmonics 21 January 2010 see page 41

Resonanzen 16 – 24 January 2010 see page 14

Rainbow Ball 30 January 2010 see pages 41, 42

Club Kreativ Ball February 2010 see page 41

Ball of the Coffee House Owners 5 February 2010 see page 41

Rose Ball 11 February 2010 see pages 41, 43

Opera Ball 11 January 2010 see page 41

Bonbon-Ball 12 February 2010 see page 41

OsterKlang 26 March – 5 April 2010 see page 15

Life Ball May 2010 see page 42

Vienna Festival 14 May – 20 June 2010 see page 14

Jazz Fest Wien June/July 2010 see page 14

Rainbow Parade Juli 2010 see page 42

ImPulsTanz July/August 2010 see page 15

Music Film Festival 3 July – 5 September 2010 see page 15

Viennale Film Festival 15 – 27 October 2010 see page 15

Vienna in Black 23 – 26 October 2010 see pages 35, 42

Vienna Modern 26 Oct. – 30 November 2010 see page 15

Black Change 28 – 31 December 2010 see pages 35, 42

Imperial Ball 31 December 2010 see page 41

Queer New Year 31 December 2010 see page 40

Up-to-date details and information and many more events can be found in

the event database accessible online under www.vienna.info

Around 375 hotels and pensions in Vienna are

waiting for you! Order your copy of the Vienna

Hotel Guide, take a look online at

www.vienna.info or let us give you personal

advice.

Further hotel information,

bookings and other tourist

info is available from:

Wien-Hotels & Info

Y (+43-1) 24 555

FAX: (+43-1) 24 555-666

E-Mail: info@vienna.info

or online as a service of the

Vienna Tourist Board

under: www.vienna.info

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Tourist Info Gay Info

General tourist information, including gay and lesbian events,

gay-friendly hotels, sightseeing, accommodation bookings,

brochures, referral of tour guides and much more:

Wien-Hotels & Info

D daily 9 am-7 pm

Y (+43-1) 24 555

FAX: (+43-1) 24 555-666

E-Mail: info@vienna.info

www.vienna.info/gay

Vienna on the web with up-to-date infos, event database, online

booking of hotels, and much more.

Vienna Tourist Info

• Albertinaplatz / Maysedergasse, D daily 9 am-7 pm

• Vienna International Airport, Arrivals Hall, D daily 6 am-11 pm

From the Airport to the City

• CAT to Wien Mitte station (16 minutes), vending machine 9,00 €

• Bus to City Centre (30 minutes) 6,00 €

• S-Bahn S8 to Wien Mitte/Wien Nord (25 minutes) 3,40 €

• Taxi (approx. 20-30 minutes) 30-40 €

Public Transport

• Vienna Card — 72h public transport + free or reduced entry to

sights and museums 18,50 €

• single ticket (pre-sold/on-board) 1,70/2,20 €

• 24-hour-ticket 5,70 €

• 72-hour-ticket 13,60 €

Emergency Numbers:

Fire Y 122 Ambulance Y 144

Police Y 133 European Emergency Y 112

General Info & Counseling:

Rosa Lila Villa

www.villa.at; 6., Linke Wienzeile 102

For Gay Men: Rosa Tip (upstairs)

D Mon, Wed, Fri 5 pm-8 pm

Y (+43-1) 585 43 43

For Lesbians: Lila Tip (ground floor)

D Mon, Wed, Fri 5 pm-8 pm

Y (+43-1) 586 81 50

Homosexuelle Initiative Wien

www.hosiwien.at; Y (+43-1) 216 66 04

Gay & Lesbian City Tours:

Qwien Center for gay/lesbian culture and

history

www.qwien.at; 4., Grosse Neugasse 29

Gay-friendly Health Institutions

Clinic for sexually transmitted

diseases (STD) 80

TownTown, 3., Thomas-Klestil-

Platz 8, CB 14., Mon-Fri 8

am-noon; Y Hotline:(+43-1)

4000-877 96

Marien Pharmacy 81

6., Schmalzhofgasse 1

Y (+43-1) 597 02 07

AIDS-Hilfe Wien 82

6., Mariahilfer Gürtel 4

Mon, Wed 4 pm-8 pm;

Thu 9 am-1 pm;

Fri 2 pm- 6 pm

Y (+43-1) 599 37

FAX: (+43-1) 599 37-16

E-Mail: wien@aids.at

Internet: www.aids.at

In case of legal problems:

Rechtskomitee LAMBDA

Y/FAX: (+43-1) 876 30 61

E-Mail: office@RKLambda.at

Gay & Lesbian Media:

Online Media

Gayboy Online www.gayboy.at

GAYNET.AT www.gaynet.at

Rainbow.Online www.rainbow.at

Print publications with community info

COXX (free) www.coxx.at

LN (free) www.lambdanachrichten.at

XTRA (free) www.xtra-news.at

GIB ( 4,50 €) www.gib-magazin.at

NAME IT ( 5,50 €) www.name-it.at

The Vienna Card for 18,50 €

Dr. Lorenz Reiterer 83

Dermatologist

4., Blechturmgasse 26/6

Y (+43-1) 505 34 83

Dr. Horst Schalk 84

General Practitioner/HIV

Specialist

9.,Zimmermannplatz 1/10

Y/FAX: (+43-1) 408 07 44

Your key to Vienna

Discover the city for 72 hours by underground, tram and bus and

receive more than 210 discounts at tourist attractions, cafés,

restaurants, shops and wine taverns. You can buy your Vienna

Card at the Vienna Tourist Info, your hotel or the public transport

sales booths. More information: www.vienna.info

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