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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Parliamentary Election in Austria: Nationalratswahlen: Sunday, September 29, 2019:

75% participation, lower than in previous Parliamentary election 2017 (80%)

Preliminary Results (as of September 30): ÖVP, Grüne and NEOS could gain substantially, the Green party even gained about 10% and achieved their best result ever. SPÖ lost about 5%, the FPÖ lost dramatically. “Liste Jetzt” also lost and is no longer represented in the Parliament.

ÖVP with 37.5% of the votes is the clear winner and Sebastian Kurz can choose among several options for coalitions, including also with the Green Party. Stay tuned for the results of coalition negotiations.

Expected distribution of the number of representatives in the Parliament:
ÖVP 71, SPÖ 40, FPÖ 31, Grüne 26, Neos 15

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Austria’s President VanDerBellen instructed Sebastian Kurz, leader of the ÖVP, to start negotiations to form a majority coalition. Stay tuned for further updates.


Austrian National Holiday Celebration: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday, October 26: 2-5pm at the German House in downtown Seattle.

Special presentations by 2 young accomplioshed Austirans about their work;

Andreas Pedross-Engel, ASciNA award 2018: “What is millimeter wave imaging?”

Christopher Purrer: Senior Software Engineer at Facebook: “Working at a Tech Giant in Seattle”

…and Austrian dessert, music and Gemuetlichkeit!

Would be great if you can join! Please RSVP to Eva Kammel


After Election to European Parliament

New appointments of the most important positions in the European Parliament following the European Elections in May: 2 prominent women in top positions:

 Ursula von der Leyen, 60, trained physician, current minister of defense of Germany, previous minister of several other resorts, mother of 7, got nominated for the highest job within the EU: EU Commissioner (succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker). On July 16, Ursula VonDerLeyen was confirmed as the first woman in this highest position within the EU.

 Christine Lagarde, 63, currently head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2011, nominated for the European Central Bank (succeeding Mario Draghi)


News from the Austrian Community in WA:

Good news! In recent years more and more Austrians are moving to the Pacific Northwest, mostly younger, highly talented professionals, recruited by one of the Tech giants in town. To connect Austrians living here and to serve their needs according to their interest and age, new forms of community platforms have emerged.  This is exciting, and it is important to support these efforts so that every Austrian living in the Pacific Northwest feels connected and included. These different groups help provide attractive and effective choices of social and professional connections, geared to different interests. Please see flyer of a summary of the diverse Austrian Groups and organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

 Please support each one of them as they all strive to fill the needs of Austrian expats in their various phases of life:

 A-BIT Community SeattleAustrian Business, Innovation & Tech Community Seattle:

 Networking, sharing expertise, experiences, and exchange of ideas

Contact: Florian Förster (, Ronald Tschech (

 This newly formed community emerged from the need and interest of Austrian professionals in the Seattle Region to form a platform to network, exchange interests, ideas, information emerging from the Tech and Business world. A LinkedIN Group was established, and you are invited to join to stay informed about each other’s work and latest developments in the Biz and Tech world. The first broader meeting of the A-BIT Community Seattle was held in August.  For more information check out and join the LinkedIN group.

 Meet-up: Austrian - Österreicher Gruppe:

Willst du andere Österreicher-innen in Seattle treffen? Vermißt Du, im Dialekt zu reden? Suchst Du Spaß und gute Laune? Wir freuen uns auf Dich beim nächsten Stammtisch!

 Contact: Jürgen Schatzer:

Meets every 3rd Friday in different locations around the greater Seattle area, to make it possible for you to join no matter if you live on the East or West side of Lake Washington. Also, this platform encourages to initiate other get-togethers, like singing group or book clubs or whatever idea you have.

 FACEBOOOK: Austrians in Seattle:

Easy way to stay connected, get help, share and exchange items, meet and get together with fellow Austrians in the region

 Contact: Alex Stoklas:

The group was recently launched to provide an easy communication tool for Austrians and Friends of Austrians living in the Greater Seattle Area to learn about relevant news and events and be able to provide help to each other. Become a member today and join the conversation.


A social organization founded in 1976, consisting of members of all walks of life, ages, and nationalities. The Club organizes various social events, manages special projects. Come and join, meet new friends, make a difference, enjoy the camaraderie of a group of people with similar interests. 

 Contact Club President: Rosie Mulholland:

This club organizes larger social events, like the upcoming Oktoberfest (see flyer!), Weihnachtsfest, the annual Viennese Ball, Maifest, among others. Come join this active group and enjoy these traditional and fun events! Volunteers are welcomed and needed; you will be rewarded while forming new friendships.




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 Fall 2019:

Austrian National Holiday Celebration:

Saturday, October 26: 2-5pm at the German House in downtown Seattle.

Special presentations by 2 young accomplioshed Austirans about their work;

Andreas Pedross-Engel, ASciNA award 2018: “What is millimeter wave imaging?”

Christopher Purrer: Senior Software Engineer at Facebook: “Working at a Tech Giant in Seattle”

…and Austrian dessert, music and Gemuetlichkeit!

Please RSVP to Eva Kammel


!!!!! 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.




KINOFEST at the Northwest FilmForum from Oct. 22- Nov. 5

Austrian movie:

Tue Nov 5, 8pm at the NWFF: “The Tobacconist” - based on Robert Seethaler’s book about a tender, heart-breaking story about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz in his last movie)

For a full program see: KINOFEST

Goethe Pop-Up: “…. and the winners are”: At SIFF and NWFF

A series of award winning German movies;

For the full programm see: “And the Winners are”


Past Events 2019:

OKTOBERFEST, Saturday, September 28, 6 – 11pm, at the German House, 613 9th Ave, Seattle.

This fun annual event featuring the Enzian Schuhplattler, music by the Bonnie Birch Trio, festival dinner, dancing and much more is organized by the Austria Club of WA.

Thursday, August 15: First meeting at large from A-BIT Seattle Community at the Facebook Quarter in Seattle: gathering of Austrian professionals working in Tech and Innovation

Saturday, June 29: SOMMERFEST - 3pm, Seward Park, Shelter # 5Es wird a Grillerei! It was a fun, gathering for the whole family and to meet fellow Austrians of all ages!

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!