Win a Romantic Trip for Two to Gay Vienna

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Vienna ContestImagine walking down gay Vienna’s infamous Ringstrasse en route to the Vienna State Opera with your loved one. Emperor Franz Joseph opened Vienna’s Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, and 2015 will mark the 150th birthday of this grand boulevard. Walk in footsteps of the Habsburgs at the Schoenbrunn and Belvedere palaces, take in the expansive Naschmarkt, and people watch at Cafe Berg before exploring Vienna’s nightlife.

Vienna is a glorious European capital that is any couple’s romantic fantasy come to life. The city of Vienna is offering the chance to win a free trip to Vienna for two. The “We Are In Vienna” campaign demonstrates how homosexuality is a vital part of life in the Austrian capital.

Just ask local couples:

Caspar & Kristoffer, Petra & Jess, Marko & Gerd, Marlene & Silvie, Martin & Max are same-sex couples living in Vienna who have shared their favorite spots in Vienna on the campaign’s website. These spots include the Natural History Museum, Butterfly House, and the Schoenbrunn Palace Park.

Sweepstakes ends on 8/31/14.

By Jeffrey James Keyes – Full Story at Queerty | Austria Gay Travel Resources

Win a Weekend for Two in Gay Vienna

Author: , May 21st, 2014

Vienna, Austria

Photo Credit: Dolly Goolsby

PinkNews has teamed up with our advertiser the city of Vienna to bring you this great competition to win a trip for two to the iconic city.

Gay and lesbian couples are photographed at their favourite places in Vienna and presented on the WE ARE IN VIENNA site. Join in and win a trip to Vienna including a professional photoshoot!

The “WE ARE IN VIENNA” campaign of the Vienna Tourist Board demonstrates how being gay is part of life in the Austrian capital, showing that people can be whoever they want to be in Vienna.

via Pink News | Austria Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: House Romeo, Austria

Author: , February 10th, 2014

House Romeo - Scheffau Am Wilden Kaiser, AustriaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay-Only Ski & Mountain Hotel: Gay-only hotel with 15 rooms in the center of Austria’s biggest ski resort. In-house gay sauna and bar.

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Gay Friendly Accommodations in Austria

Gay Snow Happening Coming to Solden, Austria in March

Author: , October 31st, 2013

Gay Snow Happening 2014It’s coming for its 16th year, Gay Snow Happening in Solden from 22 – 29 March 2014.

The programme gets more packed every year and the hype escalates, one of the most exciting events in the gay winter calendar and I hope that I can take part soon. there is nothing better than a gay ski week to drown the misery of winter. The parties on the slopes, the late night dancing sessions and curing your hangovers in the bitter cold snow, the heavy warm food and the friendly socialable gays that attend.

Gay Snow Happening has hundreds of gays from all across Europe and beyond to enjoy Austria’s top resorts. As the organisers say “Among the most entertaining attractions ranks the jovial Hut Evening at Annemarie’s Hühnersteign: after dinner the quaint mountain hut turns into a unique music and dance temple just perfect for unlimited party fun until the small hours. In Sölden’s bar, pubs and restaurants several great events and cosmopolitan programs are scheduled at night – top DJs and the “Forever Tel Aviv” party series organizing also the farewell evening together with Cologne’s SEXY Mega Party.”

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Slip Into the Gay Scene in Vienna, Austria

Author: , October 16th, 2013

Vienna, AustriaA hip hotel in Vienna is offering tourists the chance to become “locals”. A trio of Austrian architects are making their mark on the hotel industry by giving travellers the opportunity to “reside” in studio rooms scattered about the 4th District.

Urbanauts is a cross between Couchsurfing and a normal hotel stay, without small talk between strangers and dealings with reception staff.

Co-founder Theresia Kohlmayr, 28, explains the concept: “We want to transport the feeling that our guests are travelling with friends,” she said.

Authored By Jennifer Ennion – See the Full Story at Stuff.co.nz

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Vienna Celebrates Gay Pride

Author: , June 22nd, 2013
Vienna Gay Pride

Photos by Rainer Fehringer/Vienna Tourist Board & Dan Allen

Vienna celebrated gay pride last weekend, and Queerty has the scoop – and the photos:

The gorgeous Austrian capital of Vienna celebrated Pride under bright sunshine last Saturday, with more than 150,000 people lining the city’s Ringstrasse to cheer on its annual Rainbow Parade. Organizer Christian Hoegl called this year’s parade – which took the theme “United in Pride” – one of Vienna’s most successful Pride events ever. Saturday’s Rainbow Parade was the climax of nearly a week of Pride events in the city, many of which centered around Pride Village in historic and picturesque Heldenplatz (Heroes’ Square). Highlights included a post-parade performance by London’s Dame Edna-channeling Jonathan Paul Hellyer.

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Visiting Gay Vienna, Austria

Author: , June 22nd, 2013

Vienna, AustriaVienna is the undisputed capital of gay and lesbian life in Austria. Of Vienna’s 1.7 million inhabitants, an estimated 170,000 of them are gay or lesbian. Both in the past and in the present, gays and lesbians have managed to play a prominent role in public life and in the media.

Gay Generals and Imperial Love

The legendary warrior Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) is probably the most prominent homosexual in Austrian history. But it wasn’t just on the battlefield that he was surrounded exclusively by men; in private, he was said to prefer intimate relations with members of his own sex. Eugene built his career and expanded his power base during the reigns of three emperors, and his strong influence on Vienna remains visible to this day. His summer palace, Schloss Belvedere, is an impressive baroque edifice which houses paintings from the Middle Ages to the present day, including a multitude of works by numerous Austrian artists of the modern period (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka).

The last emperor served by Prince Eugene, Charles VI (the father of Maria Theresa), is said to have had an intimate relationship with Count Michael Johann Althan III, one of the few members of the introverted and eccentric monarch’s inner circle. When Althan died in 1722, the grieving emperor recalled that they had “loved each other intimately 19 years long, in true friendship.” Under Charles’ reign, Vienna flourished, the Church of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche) was built, Schoenbrunn Palace and the Hofburg were enlarged, and numerous grandiose baroque structures were designed by the most prominent architects of the day, Fischer von Erlach (the elder and the younger) and Lukas von Hildebrandt.

See the Full Story at The Best Gay Travel Guide

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Gay-Friendly Vienna, Austria

Author: , May 11th, 2013

Vienna, Austria

Photo Credit: Dolly Goolsby

Vienna enjoys the distinction of being one of the world’s most gay friendly cities. This European paradise welcomes you with open arms as a truly unique travel destination. Bask in Vienna’s warmth and cultural openness by freely expressing yourself in its lively streets, bars and hotels.

The Austrian capital boasts of a rich gay history which saw emperors and generals openly declare their orientation. It is no wonder that this magnificent European city is now a magnet for gay and lesbian travelers from around the world. There is never a dull moment when exploring Vienna’s gay friendly hotspots. It hosts the renowned Museums Quarter and the KunstHaus Wien which often features gay-themed exhibitions.

Enjoy your stay in the company of multitudes of other gay and lesbian couplesor groups. Vienna hosts a number of cultural festivals aimed at celebrating the gay community. These festivals include the “Wien ist Andersrum” (Vienna is Queer).

Authored By Louise Vinciguerra – See the Full Story at Venere.com

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Austria’s Pink Lake Festival Returns in August

Author: , April 6th, 2013

Pink Lake AustriaAustria’s popular summer LGBT festival, Pink Lake, is returning for another run in late August. LGBT Weekly has the details:

“The campy and exciting Almdudler costume party Thursday Aug. 29 is the big kick-off for the Pink Lake festival,” according to Roland Sint, CEO of Woerthersee Tourismus GmbH. “The team from the Villa Bulfon promises a dazzling party this year as an unforgettable party highlight.” Guests will meet again the following evening at the Casino Club Night, in the chic and hip Casineum, which also has a spectacular lakeside setting. To get everyone in the right groove, this evening will offer a sensational DJ line-up and a surprise guest star,promises Hannes Markowitz, marketing and sales manager of the Casino.

Hit the link above for more details.

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Two Days in Vienna

Author: , April 5th, 2013

Vienna, AustriaDerek Brooks over at Reuters just spent 48 hours in Vienna, exploring the city as a gay traveler. He reports back:

4:30 p.m. — Start with a visit to Schloss Belvedere, the former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736),that houses the world’s largest Gustav Klimt collection. The baroque palace is a showcase of the prince’s power in Habsburg Austria, after he repelled the Turks who were laying siege to Vienna. Rumoured to be gay, his sister-in-law is reported to have said: “He doesn’t trouble himself with ladies, a nice couple of page boys would be more his thing.” The palace is home to Klimt’s most famous painting, “The Kiss”.

See his full report at the link above. As we’ve mentioned, our friend Bella is enamoured of Vienna, but we’ve never been… yet.

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