Last update: 3/12/13
Two Brothels Closed in Red Light Clampdown
Two illegal brothels in Klagenfurt, Austria were closed following a
police clamp down on illegal prostitution in Carinthia, Austria.
Police raided a total of 41 brothels particularly to clamp down on
illegal working prostitutes many who have been forced against their will
Police found 21 incidents of illegal prostitution and will be investigating the cases.
Gottlieb Türk from Carinthian Police said: "We took a different approach
this time. We took translators with us to try and identify victims
amongst the women.
Three prostitutes in brothels in Wolfsberg, Klagenfurt-Land and Villach
told officers they were beaten and forced into prostitution.
Investigations against these brothel owners were opened with charges expected to be brought.
Stuhleck-Semmering Ski Season To Kick Off At Weekend
Saturday saw the opening of the Stuhleck Ski Resort in Semmering, Styria.The lifts opened on Saturday November 30th for skiers to enjoy the recent snowfall for the first time in the 2013/14 season.
Stuhleck is the largest ski resort in the Eastern Alps and offers skiing for all abilities on well prepared slopes.
Fabrice Girardoni, Director of the Stuhleck Ski lift company said:
"Thanks to 50 cm of fresh snow, low temperatures and our excellent snow
making facilities is is possible to open this weekend."
Recently a further 200,000 Euro was invested in snow making equipment to further improve the skiing conditions in the region.
The following lifts and pistesn will be open at the weekend:-
• Stuhleckbahn: Steinbach run 1 and 1B
• W11 Blift: W11 run
• Steinbachalm Lift : Ganzeben run
The official VIP opening takes place on Friday December 13th.
VIP guests include people from the world of art, culture and sport
including Skibob world champion Gerhard Hauer jun. A VIP slalom race
will take place.
Psychic Rosalinde Haller says Friday 13th November 2013 is a particularly lucky day.
ÖBB and Stuhleck are offering adults and children a combi ticket
including train ticket return, bus to the lifts and a lift pass for 38
Euro instead of 45 Euro.
By Kathryn Quinn,For more information www.stuhleck.com
Austrian telecoms industry plans legal challenge against 4G auction
An auction of fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone frequencies in
Austria is being legally challenged by at least two of the three leading
telecoms companies in the country.
Hutchison's Whampoa and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile Austria are both
planning to launch appeals against the auction, that was run by
regulator Telekom-Control Commission (TCC), because they felt the
conditions of the auction endangered competition and pushed prices up
The third telecoms company who took part in the auction, Telekom
Austria, is also due to announce whether they've decided to appeal as
The auction of the frequencies took place under blind conditions where
the bidding companies did not know the size of their rivals' bid.
Although a regulator would try to prevent it, there was also the risk
that one party would lose out completely as each company was able to bid
for up to 50% of the spectrum that was available. This led to the
pressure to put in higher bids as a result of fear of losing out
completely. Following the auction, the total amount the telecoms
companies collectively have to pay for the next-generation frequencies
they placed bids for is two billion euros.
H3G, a brand of Hutchison Whampoa, suffered the worst, winning 18% and
also missing out in the re-auction of the the valuable 800 megahertz
spectrum that would have improved the competitiveness of the company in
Chief Executive of the company Jan Trionow described the auction process
as illegal in form and in substance. "Drei (H3G) was considerably
harmed," he said in a statement on Tuesday. " To simply accept this
would be irresponsible."
Along with T-Mobile Austria, H3G are requesting Austria's constitutional
and administrative courts to rule that the auction is put on again but
the decision will take up to two years, which means the companies may
begin work on the 4G frequencies as they are currently divided.
Warning over house break-ins in Austria
The risk of house break-is in Austria is underestimated according to the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV).
On average there are around forty break-ins reported per day in Austria.
70 per cent of these break-ins are carried out spontaneously
The Austrian Road Safety Board believes that a lot of the break-ins are avoidable.
They claim that many break-ins to properties are made to steal a
specific item. Many burglars first assess how difficult the break-in
would be and how high the risk of getting caught is.
Othmar Ederer, from the organisation of Insurance Companies said: "The
number of break-ins has gone down slightly over the last few years.
Nevertheless more than 15,000 break-ins were reported to police in
Austria in 2012.
The Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) Director said: "Many of these break-ins are avoidable."
Gerhard Lang, from the Strategy Department at the Police said: "Every
single person can reduce their risk, for example by using bars on doors
or using security doors. Balcony doors and windows should always be
closed and not left tilted when no one is home.
A good contact with neighbours is also important to help reduce break-in
risks. Neighbours can keep an eye out and any out of the ordinary
activity in the area can be reported.
Lang added: "Every crime we can prevent, prevents another victim."
As well as material damage victims also suffer psychological
consequences. Many people still feel unsafe in their homes after
According to a recent study by the KFV 43 per cent of Austrians are not worried about the danger of break-ins.
34 per cent of the 500 people asked said they hid valuables such
jewellery and cash in their houses in drawers, washing piles or corners
People also still admitted leaving spare keys in garages and plant pots.
Austria is top destination for British tourists
Austria is the top destination amongst British tourists according to a new survey.
The survey carried out by British newspapers The Guardian and Observer
for the Travel Awards 2013 found that Austria was one of the top
destinations for British tourists.
Austria was followed by Croatia, Turkey and Switzerland in the rankings.
The spa town of Bath came out as the favourite British city followed by Edinburgh and York.
In the far flung destination category Japan came up tops followed by Peru and Cambodia.
In the favourite city worldwide category Tokyo came up top followed by San Francisco and Copenhagen.
9th November 13
Inquest into death of British climber in Austrian Alps
A British climber fell more than 1,000ft to his death after he was
caught up in a freak summer snowstorm while holiday in the Austrian
Alps, an inquest in the UK heard yesterday.
Richard Hartley, 41, a father of two, was caught in a blizzard on the
tourist-friendly Berliner Höhenweg trail when he slipped and began to
slide down a slope in front of his friend Steve Tooze in the Zillertal
region of the Austrian Alps.
He died instantly. A helicopter recovered the body from the mountain and flew him to the valley.
The inquest in Bolton was told that on June 28 the pair got into
difficulty in the heavy snow and thick mist trying to reach a hut where
they had stayed the previous night.
The weather got increasingly worse and at an altitude of over 7,000ft at
about 3pm, Mr Hartley was 30ft ahead of Mr Tooze trying to find a safe
route down the mountain.
Mr Tooze, from Dulwich, South London, told the inquest: "The journey
back was much worse — I was petrified. Richard slid feet-first down the
slope for about 100 metres then he reached some unevenness and went into
freefall and vanished into the mist."
Mr Hartley, a sales and marketing director who had been living in
Germany, was very fit and a keen traveller and runner, the inquest was
He was in the process of leaving his job and moving back to England to
spend more time with his wife, Fiona, and their two children, Natasha
Recording a verdict of accidental death, Alan Walsh, the coroner, said
that the consequences of the trip could not have been foreseen, adding:
"This was just a tragic, devastating accident."
1st November 13
English in Kindergarten project to be expanded
English language is to be taught more in Kindergartens in Styria in
a new pilot project to help improve children's foreign language
A project launched by the the Economic Chamber in Styria last year is
now being supported by the state meaning it will be expanded to reach
more children and help them learn about the English language and culture
from the earliest age possible.
The Economic Chamber financed native English speakers as part of the project.
Jürgen Roth, Vice President of the Styrian Economic Chamber said: "We
are an international business location in Styria. We are almost the
export emperors of Austria. Every second Euro is earned through export.
Also every second job is linked to export. That is why foreign language
knowledge particularly business English is so important. Learning the
language as early as possible gives people the best chance."
Once a week native English speakers visit the Kindergartens for three
hours. In the first year six Kindergartens were involved, it has now
Roth said: "We received so much positive feedback and with the support
of the province as well as the state we have increased the project. Now
we have 16 Kindergartens involved. It is a success story in Austria."
The now 400 children sing songs in English, listen to English stories and learn through fun.
200.000 Austrians suffer from winter depression
An estimated 200,000 Austrians suffer from depression in Autumn and
Winter according to a new study by the Medical University of Vienna.
For many the dark and gloomy time of the year causes depression and now
the medical university is researching the biochemical causes of the
illness. They believe an enzyme could be responsible for the illness,
which people regularly get in the winter months.
Scientists from the psychiatry department, radiology and nuclear medicine are to work together on the research.
Scientists tested the effect of light on healthy and ill patients. They are to test the enzyme Monoaminooxidase A.
The scientists believe that a lack of light leads to an increased
release of the enzyme, which means the messengers are reduced which in
turn has a negative effect on the information exchange of the synapses.
Vienna helicopter sightseeing to expand
The company Aerial Helicopters is set to start offering Vienna sightseeing from helicopters.
Aerial Helicopters has joined forces with a travel company Verkehrsbüro to offer these tours.
Leopold Reidinger, Managing Director of Aerial Helicopters said: "During
a helicopter sightseeing tour from 300 to 500 metres above Vienna,
people will see an interesting sight every two to three minutes.
Last year around 400 people had Vienna helicopter sightseeing tours but this is set to increase.
Visitors would board the helicopter at the Stockerau airfield - during
the fourty minute ride, guests fly over the Danube, to Kloserneuburg,
then across the Donauinsel, then over Lobau and over the Riesenrad. The
helicopter guests will also see the flak tours in the Augarten and fly
over the Danube Tower.
Reidinger said: "We cannot fly over the city centre as we do not have permission for that.
A 20-minute quick helicopter tour will cost 140 Euro per person. A forty minute trip will cost 280 Euro.
Martin Bachlehner, from the Verkehrsbüro said: "It will remain a niche market, but a very interesting one.
Viennas English Theatre is to perform Agatha Christies
'Witness For The Prosecution from November'
Vienna’s English Theatre is to perform Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution from November.
Leonard Vole, an attractive and charming man, is accused of murdering an elderly lady
although he protests his innocence.
However, all the evidence points towards his guilt, even the motive is
there as Leonard is, unexpectedly, heir to her fortune. And yet,
although it all seems so cut and dried, experienced barrister, Sir
Wilfrid Robarts, shows interest in the case and takes it on, convinced
of his client’s innocence and that a conviction is no foregone
The play is full of surprising twists and unexpected pieces of circumstantial evidence all of
which keep the cunning old fox on his toes. Disaster threatens as the
evidence of his number one witness, Vole’s wife, is demolished and she
is suddenly a witness for the prosecution.
This is not the only coup de théâtre, however, in this spectacular courtroom case which
became world-famous through the 1957 Billy Wilder film with Sir Charles Laughton as Sir
Wilfred and Marlene Dietrich as the inscrutable Mrs Vole. Agatha Christie at her dazzling
The show will run from November 4th until December 21st every day except Sunday.
There will be no performances November 29th o December 5th.
For further information or for tickets
Vienna’s English Theatre, Josefsgasse 12, 1080 Wien
Box-Office: Monday to Friday 10am till 5pm
Tel.: 402 12 60-0,
Costs: € 24,00 to € 44,00
Reductions for locals in ski resorts may be banned due to EU Law
Cheap ski days, for locals in Vorarlberg, in the Western Austria could
soon be a thing of the past as the EU could ban these discounts.
Currently ski resorts can decide for themselves if they offer discounts for locals in ski areas.
This follows a case whereby a German driver decided to sue over toll
discounts for locals in the Felbertauern Tunnel. The driver claims this
is against EU Law.
If the court decides against Austria it could have impacts on many areas throughout Austria.
Wolfgang Beck, from the Ski Lift Association in Vorarlberg said: "At the
moment each ski region can decide whether they have special prices for
"This is somewhat uncertain with regards to the law. But there is a
slight loophole. Only local ID's which are based on nationality would be
against EU law, id's which just state main residence would not be."
However, there are no longer reduced rates for locals in the tunnels. This could thus then change in ski resorts.
Local politician Markus Wallner from the ÖVP recommends that the ski
lift companies keep the discounts for locals and said there was no need
to change it. He said that the reductions were possible.
7th Oct 13
Earthquake hits Austria
Austria was shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale last night (Weds) at 19.17 PM.
The epicentre of the earthquake was Ebreichsdorf in Lower Austria. A few days previously another earthquake hit there too.
The earthquake was also felt in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
According to the Austrian Earthquake Service at the Institute for
Meteorology and Geodynamik (ZAMG) the earthquake measured 4.2 on the
Richter Scale. Further tremors are expected over the coming days.
No damage was reported to the fire service but some worried citizens did report the earthquake.
On September 20th damage was caused in the area of Ebreichsdorf by a earthquake measuring 4.3 on the scale.
3rd Oct 13
Bakers Buns Were Sexual Harassment
A real life Fru T. Bunn baker who specialises in making edible
gingerbread sex objects has agreed to pay compensation for sexual
harassment to two young female workers after he gave them gingerbread
penises topped with whipped cream.
The biscuits - designed to look like erect manhoods - were finished off
with dollops of icing sugar, which was supposed to simulate ejaculation,
a court in Salzburg, Austria, was told.
Two assistants at the bakery claimed the cookies were intended to
sexually intimidate them and demanded 2,000 GBP each in compensation.
The baker, 47, claims he was simply showing the assistants a new product
so they would know how to promote it to the shop's customers.
"We have a very different clientele, these cakes are really popular with
stag nights and hen nights and other similar events. These clients like
our sexy products and they use them in their own lives as a bit of fun.
It's no place for prudes," he explained.
"This item has gone on to become one of our very best sellers," he added.
Judges at the Salzburg labour court adjourned the case after being told of there out of court settlement.
The pair agreed to take the payment, but the court heard that they have since been fired from their jobs.
Starbucks Banned From paper Cup Usage
The Starbucks coffee shop in Salzburg, Austria is not allowed to
use plastic and paper crockery even in
the outdoor garden and must serve
all drinks in porcelain or glass.
This is an attempt to cut the tide of litter created by the takeaway food and drinks.
It was ruled that Starbucks would only be allowed to have an outdoor cafe seating area when they use proper crockery.
No self service is allowed either, all guests have to be served at the tables. This should mean less rubbish is created.
The city of Salzburg feared too much rubbish would be created if Starbucks had everything as a 'to go' service.
The local parliament ruled that the garden cafe can have forty seats.
Apartment prices continue to rise in Vienna
The cost of buying an apartment in Vienna's inner districts is becoming increasingly expensive.
More than half of apartments in the inner districts cost at least
300,000 Euro. Those with an average income would need thirty years to be
able to buy an apartment.
Alexander Ertler, proeprty expert and director at Immobilien.net said:
"It is mainly the roof extensions and the luxury renovations which are
causing the prices to rise. There is a high demand for well-off people,
who are prepared to pay a lot of money. This has lead to a high number
of expensive apartments in the inner city.
Currently 45.5 per cent of apartments to buy in Vienna cost more than
300,000 Euro.Almost a quarter of apartments, 23.3 per cent, cost more
than 500,000 Euro - these figures are the result of a study by
Immobilien.net who analysed the statistics from the first half of 2013.
In Vienna's first district 96.4 per cent of apartments cost more than
"According to Statistik Austria the average gross income is 30,000 Euro.
After tax and costs, it would take around thirty years to buy an
apartment and this does not include the interest rates on mortgages."
"In Vienna we desperately need more apartments. As if there is more
supply for the high demand then prices will not increase as quickly.
Property should remain available as a form of security for the younger
According to the website the most expensive apartment in Vienna
currently costs 20 million Euro. For this sum on offer is a 700 square
metre apartment with a view over Karlsplatz.
Increasing number of drink driving women
Increasing numbers of women are being caught drink driving in Austria.
A study by the Austrian traffic Safety Agency revealed that there has
been a considerable increase in drink driving women over the past years.
The study shows that women under 25 are more likely to drink and drive.
Also the head of Salzburg's Traffic Police Friedrich Schmidhuber said:
"Speeding and drink driving are still largely a male domain. but we have
recognised that increasing numbers of women are drink driving.
Ten years ago women were responsible for ten per cent of drink driving
accidents. Now it is around 15 per cent. But men still have a much more
aggressive driving style in comparison to women.
More than 80 per cent of accidents with fatalities and seriously injured are caused by men.
Hot and dry summer leads to financial problems for farmers
The long hot and dry summer means cows will have to be brought down
from the Tirolean pastures up to three weeks earlier than normal.
Farmers now face extra costs as the cows cannot get their feed from the fields as many are brown and dry.
Heinz Gstir from the Farming Organisation Verein für Almwirtschaft
claims climate change is the reason. He said lack of rain meant very dry
Many of the alms are totally bare, there is a lack of drinking water and food for the animals.
Bringing the animals down early for the winter will mean more costs for
farmers who will have to find alternative ways to feed their animals
otherwise they would have to sell their animals.
Hay prices have also increased due tot he poor harvest.
Summer 2013 - a summer of weather extremes
Summer 2013 was one of the warmest ever recorded and was marked
with many record temperatures according to the first analysis from the
The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geo Dynamics (ZAMG).
Austria wide the summer of 2013 was on average the sixth warmest since recordings began in 1767.
From Carinthia to Burgenland is was largely the driest summer since
1932. The summer also had an above average number of sunshine hours (19
per cent higher than normal).
This year also saw the highest temperature recorded in Austria - the
highest temperature recorded was 40.5 degrees C in Bad
Alexander Orlik from the ZAMG said: "Summer 2013 was unusually warm. On
average it was 1.2 degrees C over the average temperature and making it
at the moment the sixth warmest summer ever in the 246 year history of
But the summer also saw extreme rain which lead for example to the flooding in June.
Orlik said: "In Carinthia and a lot of Styria and Burgenland it was the
driest summer since 1932 with between 30 and 65 per cent less rain than
Formula 1 could begin on June 29th 2014
The comeback of Formula One in Spielberg, Austria is due to be on
June 29th 2014 - one week earlier than the first proposed date July 6th
2014, according to a report in the magazine "auto motor und sport".
Red Bull Motor sport boss Helmut Marko said this would not cause any
organisation problems if it were to be the case as the track is well
prepared for the return of top level racing.
However Helmut Marko said he was unable to confirm the reports which
surfaced before the Belgian GP in Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.
The change of date would fit in with the calendar as the British GP in Silverstone is set to take place on July 6th 2014.
The dates are still to be finalised, but the season is due to kick off
on march 16th 2014 in Melbourne and be followed by the Malaysian GP on
The races in New Jersey and India will not take place in 2014 - however
the First Russian GP will take place on October 19th 2014 in Sotschi.
What really helps against mosquitos
The humid weather has led to a plague of mosquitoes in Austria. Remedies are sought after – but what does actually work?
The consumer protection department of the Chamber of Labour believes
gels, lotions and lattice in front of the window work best. Scratching
should be avoided at all costs.
The best products to protect the skin are diethyltoluamide (DEET) and
icaridin. Products with essential oil are less effective, as they can
cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Hands and feet should be properly covered with lotion, as these are
where the insects will concentrate. The consumer protection department
also recommended wearing wide, bright cloths as insects prefer dark,
tight items of clothing.
The Chamber of Labour has also warned of the ineffectiveness of some
products and possible side effects. Anti-mosquito plugs let the insect
repellent run free in the room which then irritates the eyes and skin.
UV-traps do kill the insects with an electric shock, but also attract
beneficial organisms. Ultrasound devices that are supposed to
acoustically get rid of the insects have been proven inefficient in
The fact that taking B1 vitamins, garlic and alcohol protects the skin
is also a myth. The consumer protectors are also warning against
smartphone apps create high frequency tones.
If bites occur despite all these methods, the advice is to avoid
scratching and going to the chemist to get products that will stop the
urge to itch.
Tap Water Austrians Favourite Drink
Austria's favourite thirst quencher is tap water. Every day in
Austrian 6.6 millions litres of tap water are consumed according to a
study by market researchers GfK Austria.
More than half of the 1000 people questioend said water was the best
drink to quench thirst. Women in particular are likely to quench their
thirst with tap water (around two thirds).
Men are more likely to reach for mineral water either still or sparkling rather than tap water.
On average each person drinks around 1.5 litres of water per day. Only
one in five people say they drink more than two litres of tap water per
Alexander Zeh from GfK Austria said: "With the amount of water drunk every day you could fill 47,000 bath tubs."
Of those asked nine in ten say they drink the tap water as they say the quality is excellent.
Vienna residents are most happy with their water - with almost 100 per cent of those asked being happy with the tap water.
Those questioned also said they enjoyed tap water as it was easy to get
and they did not have to carry heavy bottles of drink home.
More than half of those asked said they drank tap water as it was free of calories.
10th August 13
Record temperatures in Vienna
Temperatures in the Austrian capital of Vienna hit the 39.1 degree mark on Thursday afternoon.
And meteorologists believe that before the end of the day the record breaking temperature of 40 degrees c could be reached.
A hot weather warning has been issued for East Austria and people are
being advised to drink more fluids, stay out of direct sunlight and not
do too much strenuous activity such as sport outdoors.
The hottest recorded temperature to date in Vienna was 38.9 degrees C
recorded on 8th July 1957 at the recording station Mariabrunn in
The second hottest recorded was just 0.4 degrees 'cooler' and that was
just a few days ago - August 3rd - was recorded in Donaufeld.
Vienna doctor Michael Kunze says that long periods of excessive heat can lead to an increase in death rates.
He said: "Statistically when there is a long period of hot temperatures there is an increase in the death rate.
"People with existing medical conditions and older people are
particularly vulnerable as well as people who are overweight as well as
"In 99.9 per cent of cases the body can regulate the temperature and it does not result in death.
Rescuers in Vienna report an increase of around 50 call outs per day
during the heat wave on top of the normal 500 regular call outs per day.
This is mainly due to bathing accidents and circulation problems due to
Only forty per cent of underground trains (Ubahn) in Vienna is air
conditioned and two thirds of buses but just one fifth of trams. Taxis
on the other hand must have air conditioning.
Homeless people are also suffering as a result of the excessive heat as
they have little shelter and often do not drink enough fluids.
4th August 13
New panorama bridge and glass stairs open on Dachstein
Dare devils in the Dachstein mountain region in Styria, Austria can
test their nerves on the new so called 'stairs to nothingness'.
Visitors can walk down the narrow glass steps to a viewing platform
hanging over the mountains with a spectacular view located at 2,700
metres above sea level.
The stairs weigh in at five tonnes and visitors can see views over the
whole province of Styria and on clear days further over the Austrian
Alps and across to Styria.
These steps are located next to the 100 metre long bridge weighing 63
tonnes, standing on the bridge visitors can look hundreds of metres down
below them into 'nothingness'.
The bridge can withstand 750 kilos of snow and wind up to 250 kph.
To get to the attraction on the Dachstein glacier passengers need a good
head for heights you can take a cable car complete with viewing
platform - located on top of the new cable car that is now running in
the Dachstein mountain region in Styria, Austria.
In just five-and-a-half minutes passengers are transported over 3,000
feet higher up the mountain, famous for its views and also for the
natural wonders like the Dachstein Ice Caves or the Mammoth Cave - so
named because of its vast size.
It is the Alpine countries first experiment with open air viewing
platforms on cable cars with the rooftop platform allowing tourists the
chance to ride up the side of the 9,926 foot mountain in style.
Ten people can fit on the viewing platform where they can enjoy the 360
panorama views that include several glaciers and more than a dozen peaks
over 8,000 feet.
Austria is hottest place in Europe
Austria is now officially the hottest place in Europe, with temperatures on Sunday above other typical hot-spots.
According to the Austrian weather service (ZAMG), a top-temperature of
39.2 degrees was reached last weekend, making the Alpine republic far
hotter than Ibiza (32 degrees), Rhodos (33) and Beke (34).
The highest temperature of 39.2 degrees was recorded both in Waidhofen
an der Ybbs in Lower Austria and Bad Goisern in Upper Austria.
This was closely followed by temperatures in Villach and Salzburg of 38.7 and 38.6 degrees.
Whilst Vienna city centre experienced a scorching 38.4 degrees, things
were not much different at Klagenfurt airport where temperatures ran at
The ZAMG forecast for today is for north and south Burgenland to become
to hottest place in the country, with both experiencing top temperatures
of 38 degrees.
Europe’s heat wave in 2003 was officially the continent’s hottest summer
since 1540, which claimed over 14,800 heat-related deaths in France.
Here the sun was so fierce that crops were burnt across the country.
This happened on such a major scale that the wheat harvest fell by 20
By Rob Hyde
F1 will come back to Austria says Red Bull
Red Bull says it has arranged for the much-loved national Grand Prix to return to Styria in 2014.
The Austrian energy drinks company said Formula One will now feature
once more in the former A1 Ring – now the Red Bull Ring. The last time
this happened was in 2003.
In its press statement, the company announced: “"Dietrich Mateschitz
[the owner of Red Bull] and Bernie Ecclestone have reached an agreement
to the effect that Formula One will return to Styria next year.”
The planned date is for 6th July 2013, although critics say this could
cause problems given that the German GP was held on this weekend this
In 1970s and 1980s Austria was very much part of the Formula 1 calendar, and held its last grand prix in 1987.
There then followed a 10 year silent period until 1999, when the Spielberg race-track went on to host seven races.
When Red Bull then purchased the circuit in 2004 and redeveloped it,
Mateschitz pushed hard to try and make sure F1 would be brought back to
Negotiations even took place at the end of 2012 where the option of
Austria standing in as an alternative to New Jersey in 2013 was
discussed, but here Mateschitz still failed to achieve his aim.
Today, however, Red Bull says it has secured a deal which means F1 will return to Austria in 2014.
But although it now seems that Mateschitz has finally secured its
long-sought victory, it is ultimately the FIA who will need to give the
official green light to a come-back for the Austrian Grand Prix.
It this happens it will take place at a World Motor Sport Council later this year.
23/07/13Viennese must pay for tap water
Increasing numbers of cafes, restaurants and bars now charge for tap water in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Whilst many customers heavily criticize the move, the gastronomy owners defend the move saying it is necessary to cover costs.
Andrea Winkler from Cafe Mozart in Vienna where a glass of tap water costs 2.50 Euro said: "Of course water also costs us money.
Other well-known cafes such as Cafe Mozart and Cafe Landtmann also have
started charging 2.50 Euro for tap water. In the Griechenbeisl customers
pay 3.10 Euro for a glass of tap water.
Winkler said: "It is necessary. We have employees to pay, rent to pay.
According to our monthly statistics over the past few years we have
served more quarter and half litre glasses of water than all alcoholic
drinks put together.
Winkler says however: "Water is still the cheapest non alcoholic drink
on the menu and it is up to the individual guest whether they order it
"Of course if you order a coffee you can have a glass of water on the
side, or we still give out water for people to take their tablets with
or to put in the dog bowl.
Serving the glass of water with coffee was traditionally done so the
spoon could be washed in the water as it was seen as impolite to lick
However, critics point out that 1,000 litres of Vienna tap water costs 1.73 Euro.
An initiative was introduced in Vienna a few years ago where a donation
was all was asked for the glass of tap water. Half of this money is
given to charities towards water projects in developing countries.
Norbert Lux from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce said: "Legally every
coffee house owner can demand payment for any service. They could even
charge for the small glass of water served with coffee if they wanted
Lux stresses that water with coffee should always be served, but said:
"Increasingly people are requesting a glass of water with a beer or glass of wine. This is not something which is customary.
Stolen million Euros was maybe fraud!
The sage continues over the Dayli stores financial woes.
Wels state prosecution is examining whether the million Euros allegedly
stolen from the dayli cosmetic store chain boss was really a set up.
Rudolf Haberleitner took the huge cash deposit in a suitcase to
Haberleitner in Udine, north-eastern Italy, where it was allegedly
stolen. The authorities in Wels, Lower Austria, are now checking whether
the supposed crime had in fact been planned.
Wels state prosecution opened a case relating to the event on the basis
of a report from the Lower Austria’s criminal investigation department
According to the Austrian daily, “Presse”, the report suggested that the
supposed robbery had in fact been planned as part of a conspiracy to
Police in Udine first opened an Italian investigation into suspected money laundering.
Spokesperson Christian Hubmer said: “We interviewed Haberleitner and a second person who was involved in the business.”
He added that he planed to conduct further interviews next week, which other people who had been in the vicinity.
The newspaper claims that the million Euros in cash which Haberleitner
took to Italy had been official company assets from his now insolvent
dayli cosmetic chain, and that the money was being used as payment for a
The "Presse" claims a man calling himself “Ermanno R" from Bergamo had given dayli a loan of 26 million Euro.
This credit was due to be repaid over five years at a fixed annual interest rate of three percent.
Instead of simply receiving an amortisation payment, this time the man had allegedly decided he wanted a million Euros in cash.
The investigation continues.
By Rob Hyde in Vienna
Robbie Williams arrives in Vienna
By Rob Hyde in Vienna
Former Take-That singer and now pop legend Robbie Williams arrived with his wife and daughter in Vienna t to get ready for his
Accompanied by wife Ayda and daughter Theodora Rose, the 39-year-old
singer-songwriter-entertainer is to soon strut his to stuff in front of
The show, his first in Austria for seven years, is part of his “Take The
Crown-Tour" In an interview with “Spiegel Online”, Robbie said he
wanted to sell lots of records and put on “the best show of all time.”
Here it is expect that the concert will feature a set list with number 1
hits such as “Fee”, “Rock DJ”, “Candy”, “Gospel” and “Let Me Entertain
The concert opens at 4.30 pm and the show is to begin two hours later
with fellow British singer, Olly Murs, before stepping aside for Robbie.
Although the show has officially been sold out for months, various websites claim to still have tickets for sales.
Hiker killed by summer sledge incident
A woman hiker has been killed after she was hit at high speed when
she ignored a safety barrier in order to climb over a mountain
rollercoaster ride and was hit by a cart as it travelled down the hill.
Alpine rollercoasters are a popular phenomenon in Austria and involve a
metal railway being fitted down the side of a mountain from which thrill
seekers are able to choose what speed they travel at using brakes all
the way to the bottom. They usually travel up the mountain on a chair
The accident happened at the Alpine Coaster ride in Hochimst when the
70-year-old woman decided that there might be a better view from the
other side of the ride and attempted to cross over so that she could
take some photographs.
A local police spokesman said: "there was a barrier that made it clear
she should not go beyond it but she appears to have climbed over it
because she wanted to stand on the track to take a photograph for her
The woman was taken to the local hospital in Zams but died a short while later from her injuries.
The expensive fight against mosquitoes
Helicopters are being used to fight the mosquito plague along the
March River after warnings of a mosquito plague in the coming weeks.
For the first time in Austria, helicopters are being used to spray
repellents against the million insects expected along the river in the
next few days.
This year, almost 2,000 acres of land is being sprayed in nine
municipalities along the 65-kilometre-long. The product used is a
granulate with the active agent BTI.
The mayor of Hohenau an der March, Robert Freitag, forced the project
after the floods in 2006. He opposed criticism from environmental
organisations. He said: "We are only copying a project which is already
being used in all of Europe, such as Germany, France, Italy and
Scandinavia. We know that the product is bio-degradable within 48 hours.
The permission to use this method was already granted two years ago, but
it is the first time that the plague is so problematic that the
helicopters have to be requested.
thieves: police warning
in the Salzburg region are warning campers against thieves after
1.400 cash, jewellery, digital cameras and car keys were recently
stolen from British and Finnish holidaymakers.
Five cases have
officially been reported – three in the town of Salzburg, one in
Hallein (Tennengau district) and another in Seekirchen am Wallersee
(district Flachgau), where the campers caught the thieves red-handed.
The thieves ran away without taking anything, camping manager
Christian Priewasser said.
In an environment where many
strangers come together, Salzburg police detective Johann Bründlinger
said holiday-makers should more aware and called for less
carelessness. Campers should not leave valuable objects unattended,
According to Bründlinger, the offenders are
organised groups that look for lightweight objects in tents and
caravans. He said this type of theft is relatively new and was first
noticed by police two years ago.
Mint flavoured Viagra
Austrian drugs manufacturers are taking advantage of Viagra's lincence ending.
A mint-flavoured Viagra-style pill that you chew instead of swallow has been brought out by drugs manufacturers in Austria.
The erection treatment licence expired last week allowing other manufacturers to use the same ingredients to produce their own pills.
Austrian firm Gerot Lannach's version sold out of supplies over the weekend as their minty version went on sale.
"It does its job and its healthy, fresh taste will also freshen your
breath which has got to be good for you and your partner too," said a