Celebrate Vienna’s Past and Present in 2023: Travel Weekly

150 Years of Progress

Year after year, Vienna is voted “most livable city“. The origins of this high quality of life stem 150 years back when Vienna became a global city during the Vienna World’s Fair. There are plenty of reasons to come to Vienna to be inspired by the progressive spirit of the 1873 World’s Fair and experience the city’s contemporary offerings.

Noteworthy Celebrations in 2023

In Vienna’s Prater Park, the new “Panorama Vienna” exhibition venue will commemorate the rotunda, which was the symbol of the World’s Fair and the world’s largest domed structure at the time. The new venue will be 112 feet tall and show imposing panoramic art and images.

The fully remodeled Wien Museum, on Karlsplatz, is scheduled to reopen to the public towards the end of 2023. With its unique collection of high-quality works of art and historic exhibits, the Wien Museum offers insights into the city’s history, from the Neolithic period to the present day.

For the 150th anniversary, the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, has two exhibitions on its program that make reference to 1873: One will focus on the trend towards Orientalism, which was triggered by the Vienna World’s Fair, and the other is a special exhibition to celebrate J. & L. Lobmeyr, one of the most iconic Viennese companies. This renowned manufacturer of crystal glass took part in the World’s Fair in 1873 and celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2023.

The jeweler A. E. Köchert also participated in the World’s Fair in 1873. The company attained international fame, mainly for creating the star jewelry that Empress Sisi wore in her hair. A. E. Köchert still offers its refined assortment of jewelry in the historic shop on Neuer Markt, which the company founded in 1814.

In the early 1870s, speculators wanted to cut down large tracts of the Vienna Woods for profit. The first environmental campaign in Austria prevented this from happening and the Vienna Woods was saved. Explore the woodlands, which today is one of Vienna’s most important local recreation areas.