Austrian Moments in New York City – Challenge Nr°5


Hi there my fellow Wanderlusters!

First things first: I’ve partnered up with Touchnote who do the great postcards with your own pictures – and I’ll be sending 50 postcards to randomly selected people, who liked and commented on my post on the Austrian Airlines Facebook page. Or Google+ and Twitter. Just put your name and address here and I’ll write one to you.

Collect Austrian Moments throughout New York City

There are so many Austrian related places and moments to be found all across the Island of Manhattan. So let’s get started!

The Austrian Consulate General in New York

So there I stood in front of the Austrian Consulate and didn’t quite know how I would start this thing to speak to the General Consul. I thought for a a few seconds, but then the doors opened and Mr. Heindl stepped out and was surprised to see me in my Dirndl. We took a quick picture because he had an important appointment, but suggested to meet again in one hour. We then danced through the halls of the cosulate and had coffee in typical Austrian pottery (Gmundner). DSC_0499DSC_0759

Metropolitan Opera – Chandelier

The Changelier is made of Swarovski crystals and was a gift from the Austrian government in 1966. It was designed especially for the Metropolitan Opera House by Hans Harald Rath. The inspiration for the design came from Wallace K. Harrison, the architect of the Metropolitan Opera House, who presented Lobmeyr with pictures of distant galaxies. If you’d like to buy it, you can get it for only 83,000.00 US$ at the Met Opera Shop 🙂

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Eliano Braz at Grand Central Station

When I heard him playing the violin I had to ask him to play something from Mozart for you, here it goes 🙂

Cafe Sabaksy and the Neue Galerie

P1040224The neue Galerie was founded in 1923 by Otto Kallir. The galerie reflects a dual commitment: an embrace of the city and a focus on the culture upon which the exhibitions and collections are based. P1040226Neue Galerie New York is a museum devoted to early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design. Some of the galleries show fine arts of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Alfred Kubin and the decorative arts by such well-known figures as Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche, and by such celebrated architects as Adolf Loos, Joseph Urban, and Otto Wagner. P1040225

Strangers passing by…

Every moment is an Austrian Moment because…

  • everywhere I go, I go in my Dirndl by Trachtenhaus Hiden
  • because people love the traditional costume a lot! I got tons of complements
  • having a dear fellow Austrian friend visiting and spending the best time together
  • having Breakfast at Tiffany’s – again in my Dirndl
  • it doesn’t matter where you are from, you have to feel it within

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DSC_0523 Have a great day everyone!

Thanks for all of your support ! Love you!!!

Keep on traveling,


Viktoria Urbanek Travel Blog Chronic Wanderlust

Grüß dich, I'm Viki!

At Chronic Wanderlust, I write about my two great passions: travelling and diving – and have been doing so since 2013.

I usually spend a solid majority of the year travelling to experience extraordinary underwater adventures, taking road trips through countries I don’t know (yet) or exploring my home country of Austria.

As a certified divemaster, passionate underwater & travel photographer, road trip enthusiast and individual traveller, I collect unique moments all over the world.

I don’t believe that severe cases of wanderlust – aka chronic wanderlust – can be cured, only treated. On this blog, I want to show you how this can best be realised.

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