Days of Austrian Films at the Belgrade Cultural Centre

Between the 14th and 20th of October, in the Cinema Hall of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, 12 Austrian films will be shown.  The goal of the selection is to present the overview of the current situation in the Austrian cinematography, to indicate the thematic and genre diversity, as well as the multiculturalism, both in the Austrian film and in the everyday life of the country.

The motto of this event is, “The Others – That’s Who We Are” and was created as a result of the selected films, and not as a criterion for selection. The essence of what connects all the films is the willingness to take responsibility for the lives of those with whom we live with, and with whom we live next to, because this is the best way to defend our own integrity and thus we have a right to expect the others to help us, too.

Check out the programme below…

Thursday 14th October
21.00 The Counterfeiters / Die Fälscher, dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky, 99 min

Friday 15th October
19.00 UNIVERSALOVE, dir. Thomas Woschitz, 83 min
21.00 All the Invisible Things / Heile Welt, dir. Jakob M. Erwa, 89 min

Saturday 16th October
19.00 The First Day / Der erste Tag, dir. Andreas Prohaska, 88 min
21.00 The Bone Man / Der Knochenmann, dir. Wolfgang Murnberger, 117 min

Sunday 17th October
19.00 La Pivellina / The Little One, dir. Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, 100 min
21.00 Mr. Kuka`s Advice / Herrn Kukas Empfehlungen, dir. Darius Gajewski, 85 min

Monday 18th October
19.00 Small Fish / Kleine Fische, dir. Marco Antoniazzi, 85 min
21.00 For a Moment, Freedom / Ein Augenblick Freiheit, dir. Arash T. Riahi, 110 min

Tuesday 19th October
19.00 RIMINI, dir. Peter Jaitz, 83 min
21.00 Reclaim Yor Brain! / Free Reiner – Dein Fernseher lügt, dir. Hans Weingartner, 130 min

Wednesday 20th October
21.00 The Robber / Der Räuber, dir. Benjamin Heisenberg, 90 min

For more information visit www.kcb.org.rs

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Travel Through Vienna By Fiaker

Think about Vienna and images of waltzing, coffee houses and St. Stephen’s Cathedral are most likely to be conjured up in one’s imagination.  However, the fiakers, two-horse-drawn carriages are just as much part of the city’s culture and there is arguably no better way to see the city.  The term actually originates from the French hackney carriage stand in Paris.  The carriages were referred to Janschky until they were renamed fiakers in 1720.  It was at this time they were also numbered.

Chariots waiting outside the Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria
Fiakers waiting outside the Imperial Palace, Vienna, Austria

With more than 1,000 fiakers on the road in the late nineteenth century the trade began to boom.  Drivers were born entertainers and often performed as singers.  Nevertheless, it was their discretion for which they were most appreciated, particularly by elite gentlemen and their mistresses.

Enjoy a little old-time luxury yourself from any of the fiaker stands in Vienna: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplazt, Petersplatz and Burgtheater.  A short tour, taking about 20 minutes and travelling through the centre of the Old City, costs € 40.  Alternatively, the long tour, which takes 40 minutes and travels through the Ringstrasse as well as the Old City, costs € 65.

A Top Tip: If you wish to enjoy a particularly romantic journey, ask the fiaker coach for a “porcelain ride”, which is a particularly calm and steady drive. This term originated from the time of transporting precious porcelain safely from one place to another. Today, it’s a nice way to enchant your beloved!

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Explore Eastern Europe with Wicked Campers

If you are planning on getting away for a significant amount of time on a budget then Eastern Europe is a great place to head.  However, transport and accommodation can still prove pricey.  That is until now!  People can now tour Eastern Europe with Wicked Campers. Perfect for those who prefer to venture off-the-beaten-track, the budget campervan company offers the required car insurance and relevant documents to cross the borders into the more remote parts of Europe.  The bargain campervan company based in the UK provides a choice of two-seater and multi-seater Toyota vans which come equipped with an all-important bed, table, basic built-in kitchen area, camping chairs, CD player or iPod/MP3 connection and plenty of storage space. For larger groups there is the option of hiring a multi-seater van with a tent.

Wicked Camper

What’s more, Wicked Campers has depots in Austria and Italy, only a short drive or ferry trip to Eastern Europe, where customers can pick-up and drop-off their campervan. It really could not be easier!

Customers are covered in the following Eastern European countries: Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Prices for seven day round-trip hire in a two-seater van starts from £253. Valid for travel from 1 October 2010, the price includes pick-up and drop-off in either San Benedetto (Italy) or Verditz (Austria), insurance for one driver aged 25 and over, unlimited mileage and 24-hour roadside assistance. Prices in summer start from £453.

For more information, visit www.wickedcampers.co.uk or call 0808 234 8461

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Upland Escapes to Slovenia & Austria

Upland EscapesAward-winning Upland Escapes offers over 40 years of combined experience in seeking out the very best and most rewarding walking in a range of landscapes. Whichever Upland Escape you choose, you can rely on finding wild, untouched uplands, wild flowers and animals and rural, rustic landscapes, allowing you and your family to really get away from it all. All Upland Escapes walking holidays are single-centre based in delightful B&B’s, local village houses, and even cave houses, allowing you to become fully immersed into local life.

You are free to walk as much or as little as you wish and there are no set itineraries, which means that our holidays are truly unique and flexible, making them ideal for families. What’s more, each Upland destination receives full support from an English-speaking Upland Manager, available 24 hours a day, on hand to provide guided walks or advice and tips to allow you to discover the area for yourself. Combining fresh mountain air with an array of activities to seek and discover, presents the perfect holiday option to revitalise the body and mind.

Upland Escapes offer walking holidays in a number of stunning European upland destinations that include the Julian Alps in Slovenia, and the Carinthian Alps in Austria.

The Julian Alps, Slovenia
In the little known corner of the European Alps of Slovenia, sits the astonishingly picturesque Julian Alps. These alps are a stunning limestone mountain range, home to Slovenia’s only National Park. This area provides spectacular scenery with evocative evidence of the fierce struggles between Austrian and Italian troops in World War One. The Julian Alps is a protected region that is home to deer, boar, wolves, and even brown bears. Wooded slopes lead down to deep gorges and ravines, where turquoise rivers, such as the pristine Soca, have carved out beautiful waterfalls and caves.

Culture
For culture, the small market town of Kobarid is home to an award-winning museum focusing on the battles of the Isonzo/Soca front between the Italians and the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I. The Soca river is superb for organised activities such as white-water rafting, canoeing and canyoning. It is also possible to fish for marbled trout or spend a day exploring the area by mountain bike. With a hire car, take the car-train from Most na Soci to Bohinjska Bistrica, to visit the beautiful lakes of Bled and Bohinj for the day. A drive to the Soca valley takes your breath away. Venture over the border and you could spend the day in the lovely Italian town of Cividales, with its medieval centre, Celtic hypogeum and 15th Century cathedral.

Food
In the pretty town of Kobarid, next to the Soca River sits the town-based escape which takes the form of an attractive apartment in the centre of the town. The town itself has a quiet charm and several shops to buy locally-made produce such as honey, cheeses and excellent ice-cream. Some of the restaurants in and around Kobarid are rated among the best in Slovenia. For more rustic cuisine, there is great gnocchi to sample at Dreznica’s Inn, and in Kosec, your host can offer delicious home-grown dishes including lamb, local cheeses and seasonal vegetables – fresh from her garden. Regional cuisine includes Soca trout, venison, mountain curd cheese and cured hams. The beer is excellent and there are good red wines from the nearby Brda Hills.

When to go: July/August summer holiday
Average high: 26 degrees
Prices: Start from £290.00 pp for 3 nights including accommodation, hire car, self-guided walks and local Manager support. From £425 pp for 3 nights with additional organised walks and lavish packed lunches.
Discounts: Under 2s go free / Groups of 6 or more – one person in the party gets a free holiday (conditions apply).
No price hikes during school holiday time

The Carinthian Alps, Austria
This region is Austria’s most southernmost and sunniest spot as the river Gail carves its way down the Lesachtal, before joining the Danube. The valley is bounded by limestone summits which form the Italian borders and to the north sit the Lienz Dolomites where traditional ways of life, particularly farming, still survive to this day. In this area, the hay surrounding hillside villages are still cut by hand in August. You can explore the area by taking a walk through your village of St Jakob, with its traditional wooden barns and tall gothic church, before setting out to see working water-mills and the pilgrim church at Maria Luggau. The locals cherish their village and at it’s heart, you stay with the Ainetter family who have been looking after wearing travellers for generations. Less than 15 minutes from St Jakob, there are shops, restaurants and two swimming pools at the nearby town of Kotschach-Mauthen. Cycle-hire is available from here too, as are water sports including kayaking and rafting for the more adventurous.

Culture
Kotschach-Mauthen has two fine gothic churches and a museum dedicated to World War I fighting that took place nearby. Bicycles can be hired, which is an excellent way to explore the area and with a hire car, you can visit charming Lienz, with its town museum and 15th Century fresco cycle. Excavations are still taking place in Roman Lienz, presenting opportunity to explore and ‘step back in time’.

Food & Drink
At the Gasthof, Monika serves venison and boar as well as Carinthian kasnudeln; pasta parcels enclosing a variety of fillings. The Austrian approach to food tends to the hearty, but there are always varied salads available alongside mixed grills and sausages. Carinthia’s fruit trees provide fillings for all kinds of tarts and strudels. Pleasant wines are produced in the east of the region.

When to go: July/August summer holiday
Average high: 27 degrees
Prices: Start from £290.00 pp for 3 nights including B&B accommodation, hire car, self-guided walks and local Manager support. From £425 pp for 3 nights with additional organised walks and lavish packed lunches.
Discounts: Under 2s go free / Groups of 6 or more – one person in the party gets a free holiday (conditions apply).
No price hikes during school holiday time

For more information visit www.uplandescapes.com

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The Road to Health at Mayr Health Spa

Mayr Health Spa

The Mayr Health Spa offers its guests tailor-made regeneration programmes all based around the teachings and intensive medical care developed by the Austrian doctor and research scientist Dr Franz Xaver Mayr. This method has been practised for over a century and is officially recognised by the Austrian General Medical Council.

Mayr Health Spa

The spa is situated on the south bank of Carinthia’s largest lake in Dellach, South Austria and was built in 1936 by Englishman Major Foster. It is situated in one of the most beautiful, sunny and peaceful spots on Lake Wörth. This location provides the ideal environment for intensive relaxation and regeneration.

The Mayr Health Spa team of medical specialists were taught the F. X. Mayr method of diagnosis and therapy by one of Dr Mayr’s most highly respected pupils, Dr Erich Rauch.  The F. X. Mayr cure is based on the recognition that a malfunctioning of the intestines is the cause of most physical and emotional disorders. With the help of special methods of diagnosis, the F. X. Mayr doctor can discover the dysfunction of organs much earlier than the usual diagnostic methods. The doctor then tailor-makes an individual therapy programme and diet for each guest.

Depending on the results of diagnosis, the dietary plan varies between healing fasts, the milk-bread roll cure or mild forms of diet which serve to purify and detoxify the intestines. Many forms of treatment, such as different exercise therapies, Nordic walking with special trainers, mental training, relaxation programmes, hydrotherapies, special massages and special blood checks and intravenous infusions supplement the programme.

Teaching a healthier way of nutrition and lifestyle concludes the treatment, which should ideally last for three to four weeks. The diet-chef at The Mayr & More gives guests cooking demonstrations to teach the preparation of delicious, wholesome, easy-to-digest dishes in the hotel kitchen.

Plenty of exercise in the fresh air is a part of the F. X. Mayr treatment. The unspoilt landscape around Lake Wörth offers rambling, mountain hiking or cycling. Golfers are particularly at home here: the 18-hole Dellach golf course, with the second oldest golf club in Austria, adjoins The Mayr & More. There are tennis courts in the immediate vicinity of the hotel. The guests of The Mayr Health Spa can also relax in the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, steam bath, solarium and sauna. In the summer, Lake Wörth, with its pleasant water temperature of about 24 – 26°C, is a great attraction.

While art enthusiasts can enjoy the Carinthian Summer theatre and concert programme, in winter, the Carinthian natural landscape offers adrenaline junkies alpine-skiing, cross-country skiing and ice-skating.

The Mayr Health Spa has a total of 63 rooms, including single and double rooms and eight apartments with their own gardens overlooking the lake. All the rooms have been designed to reflect the atmosphere and warmth of the traditional, half-timbered style of building. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, radio, telephone and televisions and most have a balcony or terrace.

Golfhotel at Worthersee, Golfstrasse 2, A-9082 Maria Wörth-Dellach, Carinthia, Austria

Tel: (00 43) 42 73 25 11 0

www.originalmayr.com

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Highlights from Austria’s Idyllic Ischgl

Idyllic Ischgl, located in the Austrian Tyrol, is renowned for its ski slopes and apres-ski nightlife.  However, it also makes an ideal destination for a luxury summer holiday.  The picturesque mountain backdrop, with valleys and waterfalls, is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies, whether you love mountain biking, hiking, rafting or canyoning.  The best bit?  There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a little pampering at the numerous spas and luxury hotels.  Check out the highlights below…

Traditional Music in the Mountains

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For more information about Ischgl visit www.paznaun-ischgl.com

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Discover Austria’s Hidden Treasures

Austria is much more than just skiing, après-ski and the Sound of Music.  However, because everyone is familiar with Austria in winter, most do not consider taking a trip to this beautiful land during the spring and summer months.  So what does Austria boast in summer?  More mountains, pastures and luscious lakes than you could possibly imagine, that’s what!

Austria

To inspire you, the Austrian Tourist Board has produced a definitive video collection of insider tips on Austria’s Hidden Treasures and must-do activities. The USP of Austria is top-notch service and the perfect combination of culture, nature and local and organic cuisine.

Have a peek, then enjoy the reality!

Austria’s Hidden Treasures Video Collection

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Horizon Field – Antony Gormley in Vorarlberg, Austria

Antony GormleyThe British artist Antony Gormley is creating a unique project in the mountains of Vorarlberg in co-operation with the Kunsthaus Bregenz.  Gormley explains:

“Who are we, what are we, where do we come from and to where are we headed? Those are the basic questions which the project “Horizon Fields” asks us. The whole point of this work is to make a connection between that which is palpable, perceivable and imaginable. It’s a field of relations between mind and body, in which some of the bodies are surrogates and some are real.”

Horizon Field will be the first art project of its kind erected in the mountains and the largest landscape intervention in Austria to date. The opening will be on 31st July. Horizon Field consists of 100 life-size, solid cast iron figures of the human body spread over an area of 150 square kilometres. The work forms a horizontal line at 2,039 metres above sea level. This height has no specific metaphorical or thematic relevance in the placement of the statues. It is an altitude that is readily accessible but at the same time lies beyond the realm of everyday life.

The individual sculptures will be mounted at intervals ranging from sixty metres to several kilometres, depending on the topography, looking in every direction but never facing each other. Some of the figures will be installed in locations only reached on foot or on skis in winter. Others will be unapproachable, visible only from certain vantage points. The works are neither representations (statues) nor symbols, but represent places where a human being once was, or where any human being could be.

Horizon Field engages the physical, perceptual and imaginative responses of anyone coming within its relational field. Over the two years during which this installation will be in situ, the work will be exposed to the elements, to different lighting conditions, and to the changing seasons, thus enabling constantly new perceptions and impressions.

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2 Million to Revel at Danube Island Festival

More than 2 million visitors are expected to revel at Europe’s largest free party from the 25th to the 27th of June on Danube Island.  With over 2,000 artists offering live music across 13 stages: pop, rock, hits, Latin, soul, jazz, blues, hip hop, electronic, hard rock – the festival is once again set to be the place to party this June.

Danube Island Festival
Danube Island Festival 2009

The open-air spectacle will see successful international musicians such as Kim Wilde, Adam Green, The Dubliners, Hot Chocolate, Amy McDonald, Aura Dione and Pendulum perform with Vienna as their stunning backdrop.

Locals including, Austrian superstar Rainhard Fendrich will also perform his greatest hits, while the Seer are a tip for their fan community.  While DJs such as DJ Tom Snow will provide the right house sound.

In addition, there will be more than 250 catering stands on the 4.5 km-long party strip, offering a range of culinary delights and accompanying drinks – from juicy steaks and crispy grilled chicken to freshly drawn beer and cool cocktails.

This is partying, but not as you know it.

Danube Island Festival
25-27 June 2010
www.donauinselfest.at

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Outdoor Adventure at AREA 47, Austria

This year one of the most extraordinary outdoor adventure playgrounds in the Alps, AREA 47, has opened its doors. Located at the entrance to the Ötz valley in the Austrian Tirol, this ultimate theme park is exceptional, offering climbing, canyoning, rafting, mountain biking and much more. Combining nature and the latest technology it creates an innovative environment, offering the very best the outdoor world can offer.

Area47

Situated where the Ötztaler Ache flows into the river Inn, AREA 47 derives its name from its location at latitude 47oN. Test your balance 30m above ground on the high rope course, your physical limits on the climbing wall or race against the clock on one of the speed climbing routes. For a thrilling descent, ride 400m on the ‘Flying Fox’, experience a true freefall adventure on the ‘Powerfan’ or swing across the Ötztaler Ache on the ‘Megaswing’. Water lovers will have a splashing time with a rafting or kayaking adventure on the Ötztaler Ache and Inn River, canyon through the picturesque gorges or for speed on dry land try the go-cart or KTM Electro tracks.

And who said a land-locked country can’t have fun on the beach? AREA 47 features sandy beaches and plenty of fun with beach volleyball, beach soccer pitches and a Venice beach style gym. The swimming lake with thrilling waterslide park is complete with diving platform and there is even an area for any budding stuntmen to try and land their creative jump stunts down the water ramp on skis, snowboard or even on a bike.

For an overnight experience you can even stay in one of the authentic Tepee’s or traditional log cabins on B&B, with prices starting from €22 per person per night, sleeps up to seven or from €32 per person per night in a lodge, sleeps up to four.

For those holidaying for a week or longer, choose to stay in one of the villages in the Ötz valley, from Haiming at the entrance to the valley, to centrally located Längenfeld or Obergurgl high up in the Ötz valley. Innsbruck is served by easyjet.com.

For more information visit www.area47.at or call +43 5266 8 76 76.
For more information on the Ötz Valley visit www.oetztal.com or on the Tirol
www.visittirol.co.uk

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