Destinations

Conchita’s love for Vienna comes to Sydney

Daisy Melwani

The worldwide sensation and Eurovision song contest winner, Conchita Wurst brought her love for hometown Vienna and talent to stage of the Sydney Opera House last week.

Performing in a production befittingly titled “From Vienna with Love”, Wurst said she was humbled to “sing on the most iconic stage in the world” ahead of another solo performance at the Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

Talking about her insights of Vienna as a global tourist destination undergoing transformation, Wurst said “Vienna loves to show off, everything that’s happening right now offers a wide range of experiences”.

Accompanying Wurst on her Australian trip was Vienna Tourist Board ‘s, Helena Hartlauer who said visitation to the Austrian capital shot up following the success of hosting Eurovision in 2014.

Hartlauer said the city had undergone changes over the past few years to become a “modern city” with a trendy heartbeat.

“More students are livingi in Vienna than any other European city. We have a very vivid and contemporary arts and design scene – not what you’d expect from Vienna typically. It’s not just classical music,” she said.

“There’s also a vivid LGBT scene flourishing right now and growing fast.”

Hartlauer said the city’s new train station operating as the main transport hub which opened in December was also linking other parts of Vienna together creating “whole new neighbourhoods”. In addition, Hartlauer said the city was now attracting high quality chefs which have chosen to open smaller tavern style dining, offering Michelin-starred meals in a relaxed, contemporary setting.

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