Austria

Tips and Articles in Austria

Cleopatra was not the first to use valerian, a soothing flower found throughout the Austrian Alps, for her daily bathing rituals. The remedy ignited world trade routes as far back as 500 B.C. Ancient Romans also made a beeline for the mountains of...
PARIS Hôtel Prince de Conti 8 Rue Guénégaud, Paris; 800/949-7562 or 33-1/44-07-30-40, fax 33-1/44-07-36-34. Hotel Prince de Condé 39 Rue de Seine, Paris; 800/949-7562 or 33-1/43-26-71-56, fax 33-1/46-34-27-95. Doubles at both hotels from $163. ...
Cross-cultural pollination means that both the croissant and the bagel have traveled far from home, and the “continental breakfast” still reigns supreme at hotels all over the world. But only in Japan will the morning meal offer dashi-maki tamago ...
Café Central, Palais Ferstel, Vienna, Vienna's Cafe Culture
The Viennese speak of a coffeehouse as having a soul, often resisting even the slightest change to the 300-year-old institution. “In Vienna, the Kaffeehaus is a cultural enclave untouched by time,” says local landscape architect Roman Ivancsics as...
The advertising slogan that the city of Vienna used for years—Vienna Is Different—took on a decidedly darker hue when the far-right Freedom Party rose to power this winter. Within weeks of the party's joining a new Austrian national government, 58...
Paris The 25th Biennale des Antiquaires (Sept. 15–22; bdafrance.eu) has old masters, Midcentury Modern furniture, serious jewels—it’s all here—under the glass dome of the Grand Palais. Four leading French chefs cook up lunch and dinner at a resta...
SwitzerlandThe Resort: Grindelwald This storybook village in the picturesque Bernese Oberland is home to the towering Wetterhorn and Eiger mountains and near the Jungfrau (now a UNESCO-protected natural World Heritage site), which have long attr...
A few years ago, Canadians Terry and Carole Baker vacationed in St. Genis, France and stayed in a place with a kitchen, washer/dryer, and a balcony overlooking the Jura Mountains. They’ve also stayed in a 4,000-square-foot, 18th-floor condo in Pen...
Reader's FindIn the tiny village of Chassigny, my wife and I found the perfect place from which to explore the region's châteaux and gardens. Clairefontaine (33-5/49-98-97-80; doubles $125) is a farmhouse that has been beautifully restored a...
At Parrot Cay’s Como Shambhala Retreat (from $2,232 for three nights), in the Turks and Caicos, Dr. Swati—resident ayurvedic doctor and Reiki master—focuses on “releasing negative emotions.” That could mean a change of diet, beachside yoga, or a d...
A new generation of operatic artists is bringing a burst of energy—and unprecedented acting chops—to classic roles. An ideal: Natalie Dessay, a waif with a light coloratura voice and a commitment to the story that sends her whole body quivering as...
AUSTRALIA COUTURE Everything about the new Palazzo Versace on Australia's glitzy Gold Coast reflects the Italian fashion empire's trademark opulence: handcrafted marble floors, mosaic walls, Medusa logos everywhere. Donatella Versace and her broth...
You might think I'm crazy, but I don't leave the house without a fork. It serves as a backup utensil, and it works great as a comb in an emergency. I've lost one only once, while using it as a weapon -- in self-defense, I swear. Andrea Preziotti...
Ever dreamt of sailing the Neva to visit the czars' summer palace?Or cruising the Rhine, stopping for tastings at vineyards all along the way?Somewhere between traveling by land and by sea lies a blissful medium. It's now possible to sail Europe's...
WHO STOLE FRANZI FRISCHMUTH'S PANTS? The question hangs darkly over Altaussee, mingling with the Alpine air and the shrieks of children playing by the town's pristine mile-and-a-half-long lake. Oh, sure, it's not a big deal—a pair of pants. But ...