The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

(meetings by appointments only)

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

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Wir trauern um Claudia

On Thursday, September 24, an exchange student from Austria was among the 4 people who died at horrific bus accident on Aurora Bridge. Our hearts go out to all the families of the victims.

Claudia Derschmidt and her 15 year old son Felix came just 2 weeks ago to Seattle with the excitement and high expectation of participating in a semester abroad, looking very much forward to enriching months living in the beautiful Northwest. She at North Seattle College and he at Roosevelt High School. On Thursday Claudia went together with the incoming new international students on an orientation tour organized by the college. And from there she never came back.

As you all can imagine, Felix is devastated. No words can describe his grief. He will return to Austria on Monday.

The Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles worked tirelessly together with the Honorary Consulate in Seattle to arrange all necessary steps, talked with family in Austria ,etc. A God sent host family (with Austrian roots) took the boy under their wings and are taking care of him the best way possible until his departure.  Also some other friends Claudia could already make in her short time here, are on hand for still more work to be done.

Claudia's family and myself are very much moved by the outpouring of help that is offered by so many people from the Austrian Community and citizens from all around, from offering counseling service, bringing meals, financial help, and much more. This is a small light of hope in these dark times, to see such a moving outreach, especially towards international visitors. Ganz herzlichen Dank!

I also want to mention condolences and offers to help and providing direct assistance that came from Gov. Jay Inslee, Senator Maria Cantwell, City of Seattle, North Seattle College, and other officials. 

We will observe a moment of silence on Sunday at our Austrian-American Day Celebration.

Our hearts go out to Felix and his family back in Austria. Lass Dich umarmen. Die Liebe deine Mama wird Dich Dein ganzes Leben begleiten.


Refugee Crisis in Europe: Austria is Helping

The Bundeskanzleramt issues a summary of the efforts of the Austrian Government and the Austrian people in its latest issue: "Informationen aus Österreich"

Austria Club of Washington:

For events and meeting friends of Austria, please contact the Austria Club of Washington:     


Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter:


Please click here for the latest 2015 issues of "Informationen aus Österreich"

September (1)  - 15/15        September (2) -16/15

A service of the Bundeskanzleramt to keep all Auslandssterreicher updated on what is going on in Austria. For all archived previous issues please go to:


Past Events:

September 12 @ the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle:   "Vienna to Broadway: A Musical Metamorphosis".

Soprano Christine Menschner and Tenor Derek Sellers accompanied by pianist Jason Suchan gave a starling performance.  Christine entertained us already with her beautiful voice at the last Viennese Ball. It is exciting to see the career of this young, very talented artist evolving.

July 16: Special Movie Night"WOMAN IN GOLD" organized by the Austria Club with gemuetliches get-together afterwards


Honorarkonsulartagung in Wien , Reflections

End of May I had the privilege to participate inthe Honorarkonsultagung in Vienna, a get-together of Honorary Consuls from around the world arranged every 10 years by the Aussenministerium. Out of the 300 HCs world wide about 1/2 of them could join.  It was very well organized, we got a thorough update on what is happening in Austria and our duties as HC. We were treated with delicious authentic Austrian food, an elegant dinner at the Naturhistorischem Museum with a nightly view of the glistering city from the roof top of the Museum, a trip to the Wachau, and many more exciting moments. Highlights included a visit with the Austrian President Dr. Fischer and the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. It was an inspiring and fun time we could spend in Vienna deepening our commitment to Austria and to serving all Austrians in our region.



It was a pleasure to follow an invitation by IWAY (, arranged by longtime Austria Club member Freya Burgstaller, and to give a presentation about Austria, that was preceded by delicious traditional Austrian cuisine, Goulash and Kaiserschmarrn!  Austrian wines, provided graciously by Freya rounded up a very enjoyable evening. A visit of the German language class at West Valley High School provided another possibility to promote highlights about Austria. Freya and the small but vibrant Austrian community in Yakima is hoping for a follow-up visit organized by the Club!


Visit to Seattle of a Delegation from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles: March 11-15, 2015:

Speaking for the Austrian Community of the greater Seattle area I want to express gratitude to the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles, for extending a complete consulate service during the Amtstage March 12-13, 2015. The huge demand showed how much appreciated this service was. Especially we want to thank Ms. Andrea Mais-Siffert for her patient, helpful and professional support to Austrians to get their “paper work” in order.

Busy days included a meeting with the Lt. Governor Brad Owen who arranged thoughtfully that the Austrian Flag was raised during our visit at the Capitol. Trade Commissioner Dr. Rudolf Thaler joined to emphasize the importance of in the economic exchange between Austria and Washington State.

The Österreicher Dinner at the Salmon House was a lovely evening where we could get to know our Honorable Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger.

A luncheon on Friday provided GC Ritzinger the opportunity to meet with other members of the Consular Association of Washington.

Definitely the highlight of this visit was the presence of GC Ritzinger at the 15th Viennese Ball. Her charming, yet natural personality was admired and no icebreaker was needed for many to talk to her, get a photo shoot, or even to dance with her. She brought a piece of “Heimat” to the Northwest.

Herzlichen Dank!


Aktuelles – News for September 2015

Back to Reality....

Probably some of you have had the opportunity to visit Austria during this summer! Hope you had a wonderful time and brought back a lot of amazing memories. Eager to hear your stories!

Please mark your calendar for following interesting events in September:

   Thursday, September 24, 6pm @ Edgewater Hotel:

VIENNA REGION - Innovation & Technology in Central Europe

The Marketing Office of the Vienna Region is hosting an event to promote the Region around Vienna as attractive business location. COE Bruno Kracher, Harald Leitenmueller (Microsoft Austria),  Moritz Plassnig (Global Technology Boston/Vienna), Dr. Rudolf Thaler (Austrian Trade Commissioner) will be presenting among others experts and entrepreneurs. If you, or any business or company you know might be interested in opening a location, or in exploring the Vienna Region, please register for this event and use this unique opportunity for networking.

→  Sunday, September 27: 2-5 pm @ German House:

Austrian-American-Day Celebration

in recognition of the 18th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Austrian-American Day by then President Bill Clinton. We will be honoring retiring president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American-Council Claire Rood and introducing the new president, Michael Brandstetter. Guest speaker: Bruno Kracher, CEO Vienna Region, office of Marketing of the Vienna Region. We are very happy to announce that Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has kindly confirmed his attendance. For further information and to announce your coming please contact Michael Brandstetter ( !


It is a pleasure to introduce the new

President of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American Council


With enthusiasm he will lead this not-for-profit organization fostering good will and better understanding between the people of Austria and the United States,  and supporting cultural, economic, educational, and personal exchanges between the two countries.

Mr. Brandstetter ( has his background in business and education (he was fundamental in the development of the SAGA school as long term Board President) but also in art and cultural dialog.  His very approachable personality and love for “Gemuetlichkeit” will help him to get to know all of you!

Our longterm president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American Council, Claire Rood, decided to step down after many years of dedicated work to promote Austria, the Austrian culture and the Austrian-American friendship. She definitely deserves her retirement and we greatly appreciate all that she has done.

We will honor Claire and introduce Michael at the upcoming Austrian-American Day Celebration on September 27 from 2-5 pm at the German House. 


70 years since the End of World War 11

60 years of Independence for Austria

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation, in a rare moment in history, America, Russia, France and Great Britain signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere:

Österreich ist Frei!!!

It took 6 further months until the last foreign soldier left Austrian territory. We will celebrate this final step towards freedom at the National Holiday Celebration on October 25. Mark your calendar!



Für Reisepass und Visa Angelegenheiten oder in Notfällen bitte kontaktieren Sie das Österreichische Generalkonsulat in Los Angeles unter +1 310-444-9310 oder auf

For passport and visa matters, or in case of emergency, kindly contact the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles at 310-444-9310 or consult

Herzlichst    Eva Kammel

Honorary Consul