2016 - A Year Of Celebrations!
Special exhibitions and events give visitors the opportunity to dive deep into the country’s rich history and culture, while enjoying its beautiful cities, picturesque scenery and outstanding cuisine.
125th Anniversary of the Kunsthistorisches Museum
(Art History Museum)
Emperor Franz Joseph himself opened the museum on 17 October 1891. The extensive collection of the Habsburgs had finally found a place under one roof. The theme of the anniversary exhibition is "Festival Cultures" from the middle Ages to the present day. Also, the museum has a special gift for its visitors: free entry for everyone who visits on their own birthday in 2016 (ID required).
100th Anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s death
The emperor died in Schönbrunn Palace on 21 November 1916. A number of exhibitions in Vienna show various aspects of the life and reign of Franz Joseph, who held power for 68 years starting in 1848. The most important exhibitions will be shown at Schönbrunn Palace and in the Austrian National Library.
250th Anniversary of the Prater
Emperor Joseph II opened the former royal hunting grounds to the public 250 years ago. His proclamation went out on 7 April 1766: "It is hereby announced to all ... that henceforth and from now, everyone without distinction shall be permitted to walk, ride and drive freely in the Prater and the Stadtgut at all times of the year and at all hours of the year..., and that nobody shall be barred from enjoying themselves with balloon hitting, bowling, and other permitted entertainments to their liking...". The World Exhibition was held here in 1873. The Giant Ferris Wheel was erected in 1897 to mark the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's accession to the throne.
200th Anniversary of Salzburg as part of Austria
In 2016 Salzburg is celebrating a major anniversary. On 1 May 1816, the Old Residence Palace hosted the signing of a treaty that saw Salzburg officially become a part of Austria. In 1803, the turmoil caused by the Napoleonic Wars led to the dissolution of the Archbishopric of Salzburg. The war ended over 1100 years of ecclesiastical rule in Salzburg, a period that had begun with the arrival of Saint Rupert in the year 696. The occasion is portrayed in detail in the Salzburg Museum's regional "Landesaustellung" exhibition. Several other events have been scheduled to mark this historic date.
Austria is and has been for years a popular destination for incentives, congresses, special interest groups and individual clients. We at Blaguss DMC are very proud to be able to provide services that satisfy the highest standards in a wonderful country with a long, rich history and many magnificent sites to visit.
Come, join the celebrations and enjoy Austria with us!
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