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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New Austrian government

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Late December 2017, Austrian’s President VanderBellen inaugurated the new coalition government ÖVP/ FPÖ with ÖVP’s Sebastian Kurz as the new Chancellor and filling a majority of minister positions (e.g. Finance, Justice, Education, EU affairs) and H-C Strache (FPÖ) as Vice Chancellor and ministries for the Interior, Defense, International Affairs, among others. For the full list of the members of the government:

In his inauguration speech Chancellor Kurz, with 31 years the youngest leader of a government, asked the citizens for giving him the chance and trust to lead Austria to an even better place than it is now, to change the form of interaction and respect in communication and discussion.  He confirmed Austria’s strong commitment to the European Union, especially in preparation for the chairmanship over the EU which Austria will assume in the second half of 2018. He also suggests a new, stricter way of dealing with the refugee problems. For the full text of his speech see:

The new government presented its program and earned approval from the business community but also sharp criticism, especially regarding plans of reducing social benefits and new regulation towards refugees. These concerns and some inflammatory comments by the new minister for Interior, Kickl (FPÖ), triggered a massive but peaceful demonstration in Vienna held on January 13, 2018.


Landtagswahlen (State Elections);

 in Tirol   (February 25, 2018) and Niederösterreich (January 28, 2018):

If you are living abroad now but had your last main residence in either Tirol or Niederösterreich, and if you are registered in the Wählerevidenz of your respective election office, you are eligible to vote.

For more information please see attachements and websites for Tirol (

and Niederoesterreich (

For more information and official results: , go to: Nationalratswahlen and also see


Opening of the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens in Vienna, January 3. This nonprofit organization for implementing sustainable developmental goals focusing on women and the youth was founded by longtime friends former UN General Secretary and former Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Goal is to support self-determination and the role in society of women and young people, increase the access to education for all children in the world, and contribute to peaceful solutions of international conflicts.


2018 – Gedenkjahr/ Remembrance Year 2018

Several important anniversaries will happen on 2018: in his New Year’s speech Austria’s President VanDerBellen mentioned the 100th birthday of the Republic of Austria (“in 1918, shortly after the end of WWI and the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, only a few people could imagine the survival of this young republic, not to mention that it developed in such a beautiful and successful country as it is today”).  He also referred to the darkest side of Austria’s recent history, 80 years ago, the so called “Anschluss” to Nazi Germany. (VdB: “let us remember that we Austrians were victims and perpetrator. This remembrance must stay alive, racism, anti-Semitism, and destroying nationalism must never return again.”)

100th anniversary – Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt

Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt and his protégé Egon Schiele’s untimely death at age 28, the Leopold Museum presents highlights from its unparalleled collection.



Austria will take over the rotating chair of the European Union in the 2nd half of 2018. A vast majority of Austrians are in favor of the EU. Austria plans to use this duty and honor as a bridge builder towards joint European solutions. The EU’s single market, created in 1993, has boosted economies, with the greatest lift to Austria and other older and richer members of the bloc (in %change GDP per capita per 2015 since each country joined the single market, WSJ 12/13/17).

UN Human Rights Committee;

Austria will take take responsibility and will apply for a seat in the 2019-21 period at the HRC under the motto: “Building Bridges for Human Rights”.


         18th Viennese BallSaturday, February 24, 2018

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at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace. This annual social highlight offers an elegant evening including delicious dinner, dance - and voice performances, polonaise, quadrille, and of course dancing to live music until midnight! Do you need to brush up on your dance steps? A complimentary dance lesson from 4-5pm just before the event is included! Did you know that when the waltz first whirled through the ballrooms of Vienna, it caused outrage and marked a decisive shift in European social customs? A revolt of the young generation against the aristocratic customs of their elders! Be part of this revolt! Discounted tickets are offered for young guests (under 30). Again, this year the City of Vienna is sponsoring the event and provides traditional “Damenspenden” and a special greeting from Vienna’s Major Dr. Michael Häupl. For more information see flyer. Tickets are available at: . Get ready for this beautiful evening!


Remarks to Doppelstaatsbürgerschaft (dual citizenship):

In the last couple of months there was an uptick of interest in and applications for Austrian Citizenship and also regarding Doppelstaatsbürgerschaft. As this topic is of importance to many of “Auslandsösterreicher/Innen” living in our area, please read the excerpt of the recommendations of the Consulate General in Los Angeles about the main principles you have to follow in order to avoid complications:, got to:

Short summary:

Dual citizenship is not allowed except:

·        Persons who obtain dual citizenship at the time they were born (child born in the US to Austrian parent)

·        If a person got granted the permission to maintain Austrian citizenship (“Beibehaltung der Staatsbürgerschaft”) by the respective „Landesregierung“

Please note: An Austrian citizen who wants to keep his/her Austrian citizenship in the case of acquiring US citizenship MUST be granted the right to keep the citizenship before he/she pursues any steps directed at obtaining US citizenship. The right to keep one's citizenship is granted (if it is granted) under the condition that US nationality is then acquired within a period of two years.

If you do not follow this sequence you will lose the Austrian citizenship automatically and it will be very hard, if not impossible to regain it.

The Austrian Consulate General kindly requests to contact about details (before you apply) your Austrian provincial government ("Landesregierung") via telephone or E-Mail. Or best, in person during your next visit to Austria.


If you have not done so yet but want to be prepared for other upcoming elections in Austria you can register at a "Wählerevidenz" ANYTIME, it will keep you as a registered voter for 10 years.  Click here for the application form  and guidelines. To be registered is the prerequisite that you can apply then for an absentee ballot for an upcoming election in Austria.

For how to participate in Austrian elections, please see the link:


If you are not yet registered as Austrian living abroad, please use this occasion to do so. This is important so that you can be reached in case of an emergency and also to receive important information:




Austria Club of Washington:

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

The Austria Club of Washington has a new president! After 4 years of dedicated work for the Club, Eva Donahoo handed over the reins to Rosie Mulholland. Our sincere thanks go out to Eva Donahoo. Her hard work, active and enthusiastic engagement for the club attracted a lot of new members, also from the younger generation, and many of the events organized by the club were filled to capacity! We wish Rosie, a long-time board member and for many the warmth and heart of the club, all the best for her tenure. She promised to continue working on strengthening the bonds, providing a meeting place for all friends of Austria in the Northwest, and to foster Austrian traditions. Please consider becoming a member of the Austria Club and meeting other friends of Austria at a future event.

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! Please contact Eva Donahoo how to get involved! Danke!


Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter:


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



Events in January/February:

Northwest Children’s Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum: Jan. 25 – Feb 10: presenting films from all around the world.  Feature movies in German: The Legend of Timm Thaler, Wendy, Nicht ohne uns (Not without us); A great opportunity to take your kids/grandkids to the movies!


Vernissage: February 1, 6-8p: by fellow Austrian Denise Stolte-Reinisch:  presenting a solo show in the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle. Denise would be delighted to welcome Friends of Austria at her show!


Seattle International Startup Weekend (SISW), Feb 23-25, 2018.

to be held at Amazon's Arizona Building at South Lake Union. Several of these events (previously EURO start-ups) have been successfully organized over the past few years with over 100 participants each who had the chance to learn what it takes to start a business!

Get involved. Spread the word. Sign up as participant, coach, or judge. Donate money/food for the event. See attachments for more information or contact Michael Brandstetter at


Aktuelles – News for January 2018

Tech - World:

Meltdown and Spectre – huge discovery

Congratulations to 4 Austrian researchers from the Technical University of Graz who discovered serious security vulnerabilities in computer processors, Meltdown and Spectre!

 Vienna Start-up Package 2018

The Vienna Start-up package will be awarded to 20 promising startups who want to develop their business ides in Vienna and explore the Austrian/European market. Apply by January 31, 2018!


New York Times Article about Vienna: An inspiring guide for a short visit to Vienna:


One of the most beautiful woman in the world, born in Vienna, was deeply misunderstood. The film "Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story" - now playing in selected cinemas – tells it all.


Artist in residence program: Call for nominations:  this years theme: "Mit kultureller Bildung Demokratie gestalten" (To shape democracy with cultural education)
For more information:


Opportunities provided by IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology):

IST Austria ( is announcing 2 exciting news:

IST CUBE will support start-ups with an initial investment amount of about 5 Mio Euros ;

First part of 4.6 mi grant to recruit up to 60 postdocs for a 2-year fellow ship; funded by European Horizon 2000 grant:



Past Events 2017:

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.


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!