The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana


meetings by appointment only:

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

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Dramatic Change in Austria’s Government:

After scandalous videos showing the Vice-Chancellor (FPÖ) engaging in corruption and other outragious behavior became public on May 17, he and then following all ministers of the Junior Coalition Pary resigned. This and the fact that Chancellor Kurz (ÖVP) did not consult with parliament and the opposition parties in forming the replacements for these posts, led on Monday, May 27, to a non-confidence vote of the whole Government, and the immediate resignation of the complete government.

On May 30, Austria’s President Alexander VanDerBellen named Dr. Brigitte Bierlein , 69, currenlty president of Austria's Constitutional Court, as first female Chancellor. Her first task is to suggest the candidate for each ministry whom President VanDerBellen then has to approve. The first names listed suggest a cabinet based on expertise and not on political influence. The new government is expected to be sworn in on Monday, June 3.

A huge wave of relief is felt for the very responsible and thoughtful but also swift way Austria’s President Alexander VanDerBellen is handling this unique major crisis, never before happened in the 2nd Republic. Broad agreement and respect are also shown towards Brigitte Bierlein from all corners of the political spectrum. After weeks of heated debate, scandals, confrontation and controversy, this should pave the way to a productive, stable government until the new elections in the fall.

The date for the new elections in September will be decided soon. (Side note: More important than ever: if you are eligible to vote but have not yet registered , you can do this ANYTIME, but do it as soon as possible!

Stay tuned for the developments still to come.



Every 5 Years elections for the European Parliament (Europawahl) are held. As member of the European Union, Austria has the right to be represented by elected Representatives in the European Parliament. The representatives sent by each member nation will shape the policies introduced by the European Parliament and the future path of the European Union. Austria will hold 18 seats out of 751 total.

The Europawahl was be held in from May 24-26, 2019.


The Green and Liberal Parties won big, the traditional parties, like Conservatives and Social Democrats, lost big, the right-wing populist parties won some but not to the extend as it was forecasted. The Greens, a party coalition focusing on environmental issues, went from 52 seats in the European Parliament in 2014 to 69 in 2019, making them the fourth largest voting bloc in the EU.

In Austria, 28% of the under 30-year-old voters cast their vote for the Green Party, that are the most votes in this age group. The overall distribution, in comparison to the EU election in 2014, brought big gains for the ÖVP, about the same % for SPÖ and Grüne (which actually means a comeback for the Green Party as they tanked at the 2017 national elections), and a moderate loss for the FPÖ.

The biggest winner was democracy as participation reached its best EU showing, EU wide over 50%. The EU sceptics made not too significant gains, and more voters in favor of the EU were mobilized. Now intense negotiations will take place to nominate the President of the EU Parliament and the heads of the commissions.




Austria Club of Washington:

For events and meeting friends of Austria, please contact the Austria Club of Washington: or its president Rosie Mulholand 

Since 40 years this very active organization is providing a wonderful platform cultivating and preserving Austrian culture, tradition and friendships among friends of Austria in the Northwest. In order to keep up with all the hosted events, reaching out to old and new friends of Austria, initiating new forms of get-togethers, being there for each other, and many other activities, members and volunteers are crucial for continued success. Please consider becoming a member, participate in events, or volunteer!  Get involved!

The annual membership meeting is on Saturday, February 24, 2019. Several positions are up for elections. Please come, participate, volunteer for a position! For more information, please contact Austria Club President Rosie Mulholland, Danke!


Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter:

The AAC serves as platform for networking, connecting, and information exchange of the business world among Austrians and Friends of Austria. Join and stay connected with fellow Austrians !


Open Austria:

Are you in the IT business? Interested in a start-up, launch a tech company? Open Austria is here to help you! Open Austria is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Its mission is to connect Austrian entrepreneurs, startups, scientists, and creative minds to Silikon Valley and beyond and provide those who are already here with a home base. It is also our goal to shed light on the vast creative and innovative potential of Austria.


Trachtenstammtisch: Enzian Schuhplattler is pleased to host a Trachten Stammtisch on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7pm at the German House.

For more information contact Sean Schmidt at:


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




Upcoming Events Spring 2019:

!!!!! NEW !!!!!  

AUSTRIAN - Österreichische Gruppe

Check it out, be part of a fun group of Austrians, feel free to speak in your special dialect, just enjoy feeling (almost) at home. This meet-up is complementing the efforts and activities of the Austria Club.


Saturday, June 29, 3pm, Seward Park, Shelter # 5Es wird a Grillerei! Join the fun, bring the whole family and meet fellow Austrians of all ages! Details still to come.

For more info on the Meet-up AUSTRIAN - Österreichische Gruppe and the events contact Jürgen Schatzer, .


Seattle International Film Festival SIFF: May 26 - June 7, 2019

At this festival of international movies several German Language movies will be screened, among them, on June 5/6, the Austrian movie:

The Ground Beneath My Feet (Der Boden unter den Füßen),

directed by Marie Kreutzer. In this 2019 Austrian psychodrama, a workaholic business consultant, her life already complicated by caring for her paranoid-schizophrenic half-sister (and her affair with her boss), begins to feel her own mental state destabilizing. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. This showing is generously supported by the Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles.

The full schedule for SIFF :



Past Events 2019:

Saturday, May 4, 2019: MAIFEST ; 1-5pm at the Kenmore Community Center; organized by the Austria Club of WA. Fun with the whole family and with “Happy Hans” and the Enzian Schuhplattler!

April 15: Silent Movie: “Stadt ohne Juden” at the Paramount Theater. Hosting a reception before the movie introducing Dr. Wostry, director Austrian Film Archive, Gunther Buchwald, composer of the score presented by the ensemble Music of Remembrance, Eleanor Weston, granddaughter of Hugo Bettauer (autor of the book the movie is based upon) and Cunthia Walk, sponsor towards restoration efforts, to the Austrian community. The moving honest introductory words of Dr. Wostry were well received by the over 1,000 people audience at the theater. An interesting round table discussion after the show rounded up a amazing evening.

April 6-7, 2019: International Children’s Friendship Festival: Seattle Center; We could welcome many young visitors at the Asutria table and introduce them to some Asutrian traditions interesting to them. Our own young hosts were the best ambassadors!

March 2, 2019: !9th Viennese Ball ; Nile Cub, Mountlake Terrace. An elegant evening with music and dance performances, delicate dinner and dancing to life band until midnight!

February 24, 2019: German House: Membership meeting of the Austria Club - election of board members

Past Events 2018:

December 2: Weihnachtsfest, at the German House, organized by the Austria Club of WA

November 26-28: Visit of Consul General Andreas Launer and Trade Commissioner Walter Koren in Seattle. The Agenda included high ranking meetings with Amazon, Boeing , UW German Department, CAPiTA, and a social evening with Friends of Austria.

November 10: 100 Year Republic of Austria: Celebration at the German House with guest speaker Prof. David Large , Austrian Studies Program at UC Berkeley

October 21: Austrian National Holiday Celebration: at the SIFF Film Forum, featuring the movie “Farewell to Europe” , about the struggles of the famous Austrian author Stefan Zweig in his exile.

October 19-21: KINOFEST: German language Movies Festival at SIFF.

September 24: Austrian American Day Celebration: at the headquarter of CAPiTA , a snowboard company with production in Carinthia, Austria, and headquarter in Seattle.

August 5: Zauberflöte , production by GVAI

MAIFEST: Saturday, May 5, 1-5 pm, Kenmore Community Hall

organized by the Austria Club of Washington, A fun event for the whole family where we could enjoy good food, special raffle, dancing to live music by Happy Hans, plus the Enzian Schuhplattler! 


April 22-24: Visit of Austrian Business Delegation in Seattle

20 young CEOs, representatives of the "Junge Wirtschaft" and of Advantage Austria in Los Angeles visited Seattle on their trip "Zukunft und Innovation". Visits of Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon , Burllitt Center, UW Co-Motion,  a networking dinner with local Austrians , and a spectacular sailing trip in the Puget Sound with sunshine let Seattle show at its best. 


April 14-15:  International Children's Friendship Festival:

at the Fischer Pavilion at the Seattle Center. We hosted an Austria table could share with many young visitors some impressions of Austria and "Manner Schnitten"!.

Over 6000 visitors and 35 countries enjoyed  this fun event with music, food, games and a "journey around the world!"  


February 24, 2018: 18th Viennese Ball  at the Nile Club

A "rauschende Ballnacht"  with musical and dance performances, dancing to live music, elegant dinner and entertaining with friends was enjoyed by all guests. Mark your calendar for the 19th Viennese Ball  March 3, 2019! You don't want to miss this Viennese tradition brought to the Pacific Northwest! 


January 1, 2018, 7 pm, PBS, KCTS 9: Great Performances: ringing in the new year with the cherished tradition of the New Year's Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Riccardo Muti.  The Vienna Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s program is the largest worldwide event in classical music reaching millions of people annually through radio and television in over 80 countries. The program has showcased Viennese musical culture at the highest level, and since the first television broadcast in 1959, sent the world a New Year’s greeting in the spirit of hope, friendship and peace.


Past Events 2017

Thursday, December 28, 7pm,  Nordstrom Recital Hall at the Benaroya Hall, Seattle : An Evening with Viennese classics,  a Baroque and Classical chamber music concert with Byron Schenkman & Friends, playing for the fifth season.


Visit of high ranking Business Delegation from Styria in Seattle, Monday, November 6:

A delegation of 55 members of government, chamber of commence, and representatives from diverse businesses visited the city of Seattle, Microsoft and Boeing, to gather inspirations and visions, and information on future international expansion and connections. The visitors were impressed by the quality of life, charm, and plentiful opportunities the Seattle region offers.  There was also an opportunity for Austrians to meet with members of the delegation . The inside information coming from "Landsleute" was especially appreciated. Here is a report of this trip by ORF Steiermark: see

After Seattle this largest delegation from Austria ever to the West Coast headed to Silicon Valley.


Austria Booth at the EU Fair at Central Washington University and Consular Service in Ellensburg, WA, November 9

At the EU Fair at Central Washington University ( many CWU students, especially seniors, were very interested in the Fulbright Teaching Assistant Program in Austria .  For more information on Fulbright Austria see:


Visit of high ranking Business Delegation from Styria in Seattle, Monday, November 6:

A delegation of 55 members of government, chamber of commence, and representatives from diverse businesses visited the city of Seattle, Microsoft and Boeing, to gather inspirations and visions, and information on future international expansion and connections. The visitors were impressed by the quality of life, charm, and plentiful opportunities the Seattle region offers.  There was also an opportunity for Austrians to meet with members of the delegation . The inside information coming from "Landsleute" was especially appreciated. Here is a report of this trip by ORF Steiermark: see

After Seattle this largest delegation from Austria ever to the West Coast headed to Silicon Valley.


Movie to get ready for Halloween: Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm, Northwest Film Forum in Capitol Hill: Therapy for a Vampire 500 years of marriage is enough; Sigmund Freud's newest patient is a vampire fed up with his undying relationship with his wife; David Ruhm, Austria 2014, Comedy/horror. In German, w/ English subtitles.

This hilarious horror movie is the prelude to this year's KINOFEST at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Capitol Hill, November 17 -19. For the interesting line-up of movies form Austria, Germany and Switzerland check out :


Austrian National Holiday Celebration: Sunday, October 22, 2-5pm, at the German House, 613 9th Ave , Seattle

Program includes a special presentation by UW Music Director David Alexander Rahbee about his musical journey from Vienna to the UW Symphony, music, and authentic Austrian desserts. See invitation. Bring your family and join this gemuetliche Beisammensein! Organized by the Honorary Consulate of Austria in Seattle and the Austria Club of WA. RSVP to Rosie Mulholland ( or to Eva Kammel (


German Children's Book Reading by famous Author: Werner Holzwarth in German: Saturday, October 7, 10 am at GLS (German Languange School) in Seattle, 5001 NE 50th Street. For more information see here.

Austrian American Day, Sunday, September 24, 3-6pm, at the Mercer Music Hall at NW Pianos, Bellevue

We celebrated the strong ties between the 2 countries by discussing about the opportunities and challenges facing the business community. A round table discussion with Friends of Austria who have experience in starting a business should be the beginning of building a network among the business community with connections to Austria. Many Thanks to Basilio Strmec and NW Pianos for generously sponsoring this event.

Oktoberfest: Saturday, September 16, 6-11pm at the Kenmore Community Hall

Musical entertainment by Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler ensured a fun evening with a ;lot of dancing and Gemuetlichkeit!

Soccer Game Outing: July 8th, 2017: Seattle Sounders against German Bundesliga Club Eintracht Frankfurt

The Austria Club of Washington organized discounted group tickets for 60 soccer fans to watch this friendly game and to have fun! They tied 1 : 1.

June 6: Austrian's Trade Commissioner Dr. Rudolf Thaler participated in the “City of Seattle Business and Innovation Tour”: in a fascinating showcase of the city’s tech and start-up business landscape we had the opportunity to meet with researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, hear from Vulcan Real Estate about the redevelopment of the South Lake Union neighborhood, talk with Amazon executives about the company’s global business activities, and interact with representatives of Seattle’s start-up community at CoMotion at the University of Washington. The City of Seattle presented impressively its open, international economy that attracts businesses, talent, and investment from across the globe.

MAIFEST : Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1-5pm, Kenmore Community Hall,  organized by the Austria Club of WashingtonThis is a family friendly event with music by Happy Hans and participatory dance around the Maibaum by the Enzian Schuhplattler. Good food, fun for all, and a chance to meet other friends of Austria!

7th International Children’s Friendship Festival, Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Seattle Center: Many thanks to all the families who volunteered hosting the Austria Table . It was especially interesting and enjoyable to watch children being ambassadors of and talking with enthusiasm about their country. We had many visitors at our colorful table interested in learning more about Austria. Looking forward to next year’s event!

Austria Table at the 7th International Children's Friendship Festival:

March 25, 2017: Celebrating 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, the foundation of the European Union!

The European Union stands for peace, prosperity and solidarity. Austria is a proud member of the EU since 1995. For 60 reasons we need the European Union:

Visit of Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger in Seattle: March 9-12, 2017

Our thanks go out to Austria’s Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger and Cornelia Fahrgruber for their visit to Seattle, March 9-11, and giving the Austrians living in WA, ID, and MT the opportunity for consular services usually only available in Los Angeles. Over 40 applications could be processed during these “Amtstage”. In addition, CG Ritzinger pursued political matters in meetings with the Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office and with Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib in Olympia. A social highlight was their attendance at the 17th Viennese Ball, a wonderful, glittering evening filled with music, dance, and entertainment for all guests. CG Ritzinger praised event as the most authentic Viennese Ball outside of Vienna! You can follow CG Ritzinger’s twitter feed she posted during these days:

Amtstag 2107 - Visit with Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib - At the Viennese Ball

Amtstag 2107 - Visit with Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib - At the Viennese Ball

17th Viennese Ball: March 11, 2017, from 5:30 pm until midnight – celebrating 150 years of the “Donauwalzer”The Austria Club of Washington was once again hosting this elegant event at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace, WA. Our Guest of Honor: Hon. Consul General of Austria in Los Angeles, Ulrike Ritzinger. This beautiful and glittering evening was a huge success and all the guests enjoyed music, dance and entertainment. Math thanks to all the volunteers and the ball committee! For recap and photos see:

4th EURO – START-UP Week-end: February 10-12: Amazon Building, Seattle,

Children’s Film Festival in Seattle: Jan 26 – Feb 11. at the Northwest included 4 German movies for Children at the Northwest Film Forum.

Special screening: STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE ; Sunday, February 5, 2017, 7:00PM @ CINEMA21, Portland, OR. Discussion with writer-director Maria Schrader following the screening, Organized by Portland German Film Festival:

Austria has a new President: Prof. Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen pledged to work for tolerance and moderation,  to put "das Gemeinsame vor das Trennende", and that "unser Europa zusammenrückt und sich nicht auseinanderdividieren lässt"

Past Events in 2016:

DECEMBER 4: WEIHNACHTSFEST: 1-5 pm at the German House (913 9th Ave, Seattle), organized by the Austria Club  this traditional Holiday Event for the whole family.

November 12/ 13: Viennese Boys' Choir performed in the Seattle Area: 

November 12: Winefest 2016 : organized by the Austria Club of Tacoma: Saturday, November 12, 5-11 pm, at the Lakewood Elks in Lakewood. For more information call Roland Krebs 253-589-9816.

October 23: Austrian National Holiday Celebration: at the German House in downtown Seattle, 913 9th Street, 2-5 pm. The Austria Club of Washington together with the Honorary Consulate in Seattle organized this holiday event with music, Austrian dessert, and Gemuetlichkeit! Guest speaker Prof. Raimund Pichler, nephrologist at UW, gave a very much appreciated talk about his journey form the Allgemeine Krankenhaus to UW Medicine and contributions of famous Austrian physician.

October 7-9: Seattle KINOFEST at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle: a festival featuring German language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Please see flyer at . The Austrian contribution was “Streif, One Hell of a Ride”, an amazing documentation about the world famous downhill race.

Sunday, September 25, AUSTRIAN AMERICAN DAY Celebration, 4pm, Grumpy D’s Café, organized by the Austrian American Council, WA Chapter. Coffee and cake was be served at this casual get-together to celebrate the friendship between the 2 countries, documented in the proclamation of the Austrian-American Day issued by President Clinton 19 years ago. .

Saturday, September 17, 6-11pm, Kenmore Community Hall: OKTOBERFEST, organized by the Austria Club of Washington.The guests had fun time with tasty food, dancing and music by Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler.

August 12 and 13,  Die Zauberflöte  by W. A. Mozart

August 9: A Midsummer Night's Music; as the final productions of a summer's long work led by Christine Menschner (we could hear her beautiful voice at the Viennese Ball 2016!) and GVAI students. For more information:

Saturday, June 25: 2pm: at Century Link, Sounders vs New York City FC

Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

The Austrian soccer star Andreas Ivanschitz organized discount tickets and a wonderful meet & greet after the Sounders game for 40 Friends of Austria! It was a fabulous event. We could “fachsimpeln” during the game, soaked in the great atmosphere at the stadium, and we especially enjoyed talking to Andreas about his life as a professional soccer player. He has such a sympathetic and kind personality and has now an Österreicher Fan Club! Let’s go again, when is the next game?! Wishing Andreas and the Sounders a great second half of the season!


June 2 ,3  at Communications 120: The UW Department of Germanics presents the Student Production: "Deutsch für Fortgeschrittene: Grenzenlos und Unverschämt"

Saturday, May 14, 1 - 5 pm, at the Kenmore Community Club, 73rd Ave NE and NE Bothell Way, Kenmore: MAIFEST, a fun filled Alpine celebration of Spring, organized by the Austria Club of WA, Musical entertainment by Happy Hans and members of the Enzian Schuhplattler.

May 6 and May 7: "Eine Reise um die Welt", a family friendly musical journey performed in German, hosted by SAGA,  GLS and Zeitgeist Northwest. For more information

Saturday, April 16, Seattle Center, International Children's Friendship Festival . The Austrian Community exhibited Austrian traditions and culture especially geared towards children at an “Austria Table”. We had many visitors of all ages who enjoyed learning about Austria and tasting Austrian chocolate!

Saturday, March 12, 2016: 16th Viennese Ball: This celebration of a true Viennese tradition included dance shows, elegant dinner, musical performances, dancing until midnight and much much more! Austrians and friends of Austria, and several members of the Consular Association enjoyed a "Rauschende Ballnacht". Looking alread forward to the 17th Viennese Ball in 2017! For photos and recap see the website of the Austria Club

Friday, January 29 - Sunday, January 31, 2016    Euro Start- Up Week-End

Members of the Austrian Community participated in this exchange of ideas and networking among creative people, many of them with European background or connections. Thank you Eva Schoenleitner and Alex Stoklas for serving as a judge resp. coach.

Friday, January 22, 2016: featuring young soprano Christine Menschner ; A Viennese New Year Concert


Past Events in 2015:

Sunday, December 6, 1-5pm, Benson Barn, North Bend


organized by the Austria Club of Washington

Felt just like being in an Alpine village during Advent, friends brought their families, and enjoyed Austrian traditions surrounding Christmas time, from Gluehwein, St. Nikolaus, potluck, to Alpine holiday music.  Many thanks to the Austria Club and all the tireless helpers for organizing this gemuetiche Fest!

Sunday, October 25, 2015: 2-5pm @ German House:

Austrian National Holiday Celebration

60 Years if Independence, Neutrality and Sovereignty!

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation and at in a rare moment in history, Soviet Union, Great Britain, England and United States signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere: Österreich ist Frei!!!

6 months later Austria declared permanent Neutrality. We celebrated this final step towards freedom by listening to reports of "Zeitzeugen", sharing stories, music, Austrian dessert and wine. Thank you all for contributing to a wonderful event and a better understanding of history.

We also used this event to express out Thank You to the families and individuals who offered tremendous help for the Derschmidt Family during the times of crisis.

Thank you Sissy Altom for providing the most delicious K&K Zwetschkenkuschen!

Saturday, October 10, 2015:                                                                             Oktoberfest

organized by the Austria Club of Washington.

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 honored retiring president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American-Council Claire Rood and introducing the new president, Michael Brandstetter. Among our destinguished guests were Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, several memebrs of the WA Consular Association , guest speaker Bruno Kracher, CEO Vienna Region, office of Marketing of the Vienna Region.


September 24, 6pm @ Edgewater Hotel:

VIENNA REGION - Innovation & Technology in Central Europe

The Marketing Office of the Vienna Region hosted an event to promote the Region around Vienna as attractive business location. Participants of the business community used this unique opportunity for networkingtogether with COE Bruno Kracher, Harald Leitenmueller (Microsoft Austria),  Moritz Plassnig (Global Technology Boston/Vienna), Dr. Rudolf Thaler (Austrian Trade Commissioner)


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 startling 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


May 28-29, 2015:

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.


May 14-15, 2015

Visit of Honorary Consul to Yakima, WA

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.


March 11-15, 2015:

Visit of a Delegation to Seattle from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles:

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!