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Conchita's

A walk around town with Austria’s most important voice

After Conchita gave the Eurovision Song Contest the longoverdue

political relevance that it needs, she’s become one

of Austria’s best-known contemporary public figures worldwide.

And it’s no surprise to us that such a progressive

daughter of the modern age should choose Vienna as her

home, as this city is, without doubt, one of the most liveable

and tolerant places there is. This is also why we’ve asked

Conchita to take us to all the local spots she thinks any visitor

should know. And since one day simply isn’t enough to

explore this town, the VANGARDIST’s editorial team has

added a few tips of its own. After all, our offices are situated

right in the heart of this metropolis with a unique location

between Europe’s East and West.

photos © WienTourismus/Rainer Fehringer

Traditionally progressive

Vienna is a progressive place, whether

it’s for start-ups, fashion, art, culture

or new lifestyle concepts. After all,

our city council made a special effort

to promote Vienna’s historical buildings

like Schönbrunn Palace or places

like the Prater’s famous Ferris wheel as

being wedding locations available to

couples choosing registered partnerships.

The city’s open-minded attitude goes

back some time, as already back in 1993

Helmut Zilk, who was Vienna’s mayor

at the time, opened its city hall to host

the very first Life Ball. Over the years,

this charity event, in keeping with its

motto “Fighting AIDS—Celebrating

Life”, has not only raised millions but

has also become an acclaimed stage

for the international who’s-who, so

of course this year’s ball, entitled Ver

Sacrum (Latin for “holy spring”), will

also welcome big names like Charlize

Theron and Jean Paul Gaultier. And it’s

obviously no surprise that once more

it’s Conchita’s charming smile we see

on the golden posters announcing the

event.

Come aboard and enjoy

A broad channel of the Danube runs

right through the city, and on its banks

you’ll find beach cafés and deck chairs

on proper beach sand, a boat equipped

with a swimming pool and downstairs

party area, and an abundance of graffiti

art which has turned the entire river

promenade into an open-air gallery.

And right above the pier of the Twin

City Liner, a speedboat that covers the

distance between Vienna and Bratislava

in only 45 minutes, you’ll find the

area’s highlight: the café-restaurant

Motto am Fluss. Well, of course this is

where Conchita likes to start her day off.

The venue’s boat-like architecture and

timber plank floors instantly remove

you from the city’s day-to-day reality

and make you feel like you’re on holiday,

and its culinary options are worthy

of the Titanic’s first class. Whether

you pick the café on the upper deck,

the downstairs dining room or the truly

amazing cocktail bar, you’ll definitely

enjoy what you’re served. And to top

it all off, it’s guaranteed to be all topquality

organic food. Yummy!

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