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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Update on the 2016 Austrian Presidential Election

Special News:  Runoff will be postponed to December 4

The Austrian minister of the interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, has announced in a press conference on September 12th that due to faulty envelopes the repetition of the runoff to the Austrian presidential election cannot be carried out on October 2nd, 2016 as planned. The experts of the ministry of the interior had found that defect glue-stripes of the envelopes, designated to be used for postal elections, do not allow the run-off to be compliant to Austrian legal requirements. Postal elections mostly affect Austrians living abroad.

The minister of the interior apologized to all voters, and to the candidates, for the postponement of the run-off.

The Austrian Parliament set December 4th, 2016 as the date for the repetition of the runoff to the Austrian presidential elections.

Further information will follow.

Repetition of run-off on October 2, 2016

The Austrian Constitutional Court has decided that the run-off election for federal president on May 22, 2016 has to be repeated. For the full statement of the High Court: The date for the repetition of the run-off election has been set to October 2, 2016. Persons who were eligible to vote in the preceding general election on April 24, 2016 and the runoff on May 22, 2016 are eligible to vote. Austrian expats who were not registered for an absentee ballot at their home municipality by March 24, 2016 are not eligible to vote on October 2, 2016.

In order to cast your vote abroad, eligible Austrian citizens may continue to utilize the possibility of an absentee ballot, which can be ordered through your municipal elections office anytime as of now. Should you utilize a long-term absentee ballot subscription, the ballot will be automatically sent to your address. Please ensure that your municipal elections office in Austria has your correct address on file. Ballots will be sent out by the municipalities some four weeks before Election Day. BM Sebastian Kurz 's message to all Austrians living abroad can be found here: BM Kurz letter

For more information, also how to order an absentee ballot, please consult (in German) or here

Thank you for exercising your right to vote.


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:     


Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter:


For the 7th year in a row Viennagot ranked first of 230 cities worldwide for Quality of Living by the Mercer Study!  Have fun watching the Video "Taste of Vienna".

The latest promotion movie about Vienna: . For more information and latest news about Vienna : or

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




Aktuelles – News for September 2016



Events in September:

Saturday, September 17, 6-11pm, Kenmore Community Hall: OKTOBERFEST, organized by the Austria Club of Washington. Enjoy fun time with tasty food, dancing and music by Happy Hans and the Enzian Schuhplattler. For more information, see, for tickets: Hope many of you can join!

Sunday, September 25, 4pm, Grumpy D’s Café : Austrian-American -Day Celebration, organized by the Austrian American Council, WA Chapter. Coffee and cake will 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. If you can contribute to the entertainment (musical, lyrical, or in any other artistic way) on a small stage, this is an opportunity to perform! The nice family-owned coffee shop is located at 7001 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA.   For more information and to RSVP please contact Michael Brandstetter, president of the AAC -WA Chapter, at and see attached flyer.

Looking ahead to October:


at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., in Seattle. 

KINOFEST Seattle will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, docs and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All films will be in German with English subtitles

The film featured from Austria: Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:30 pm:


Austria 2014, DIRECTOR: Norbert Heitker: Now, celebrating its 75th anniversary, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbuhel, Asutria, has produced unforgettable triuphs and heartrending tragedies, a heritatge that is full of myths and legends.


Details TBA


Saturday, December 3,10-6, at the SAGA school, Christkindlmarket. We are reserving a table for members of the Austrian Community to showcase and sell their handcraft products. All proceeds stay with the sellers. If you are interested in participating in this first authentic Christkindlmarket in Seattle please contact the HC or the Austria Club or go directly to 

SPRING 2017:

Consulate General of Austria in Los Angeles is planning an “Amtstag” in Portland, OR, in Spring 2017. This will be an opportunity to renew your passport there without having to travel to Los Angeles. Details and exact dates TBA.

Business Opportunity!!           POSTPONED TO SPRING 2017

Officials of the Vienna Region are coming to Seattle beginning of October. (TBA) Their target groups are: enterprises that want to found or expand their business relations in Europe (from Start ups, SMEs to HQ) as well as multipliers, stakeholders, law firms, auditing firms, banks, organizations/institutions/ professional representations, clusters, research and educational institutions, accelerators, incubators. Are you interested or do you know some individuals, companies, organizations etc. that might be interested in getting to learn first-hand about the opportunities the Vienna Region is offering to businesses?  Please contact Andrea Seyfried at for more information.


Past Events in 2016:

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                      


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

Operetta Gala


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!