Saturday, 08. March 2014
23. 10. 12. - 09:00
Austria celebrates the countries National Day this month on the 26th of October when the Austrian Parliament declared the country permanently neutral. It was enacted on 26 October 1955 as a constitutional act of parliament and was a direct consequence of the allied occupation by the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and France between 1945 and 1955.
The Soviet Union had refused to leave unless Austria committed itself to declare its neutrality after the allied forces had left the country.
Austria's national holiday which includes a military parade in many areas commemorates the declaration that is both part of the Austrian constitution and of international law.
Visitors to the capital will be offered free access or reduced access to many attractions including museums as part of the festivities.
Those offering free admission are:
Esperantomuseum - Esperanto Museum
Globenmuseum - Globe Museum
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum - Museum of Military History
MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst - Museum of Applied Arts
Museum für Volkskunde - Museum of Folklore
Papyrusmuseum - Papyrus Museum
Parlament/Palais Epstein - Parliament/Palais Epstein: 9 - 17 h / 9am-5pm
Prunksaal der Nationalbibliothek - National Library Grand Hall
Römermuseum - Roman Museum
Uhrenmuseum - Clock Museum
Wien Museum Hermesvilla
Wien Museum Karlsplatz
Those offered reduced price admission are:
Ephesos Museum: 9 € bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer - Collection of Arms and Armor: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
Kunsthistorisches Museum - Museum of Fine Arts: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
Leopold Museum: Gratis-Führungen / guided tours free of charge
Museum für Völkerkunde - Museum of Ethnology: € 6
Naturhistorisches Museum - Museum of Natural History: 2 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free, 10-21h / 10am until 9pm
Otto Wagner Kirche am Steinhof - Steinhof Church: € 2, 10-16h / 10am until 4pm
Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente - Collection of Ancient Instruments: 9 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
Technisches Museum - Museum of Technology: 20% Ermäßigung / Reduction
Theatermuseum: 6 €
Wagenburg - Imperial Coach Collection: 4 €, bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free
Weltliche und Geistliche Schatzkammer - Secular and Ecclesiastical Treasuries: 9 € bis 19 Jahre frei - up to 19 years free.
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