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Die Presse - Austria | 08/04/2014

Finally a hallmark for Vienna's museum district

In Vienna plans are underway to construct a glass function room that will cost 600 million euros on top of the Leopold Museum in the Museumsquartier (MQ), Vienna's museum district. With the "MQ Libelle" the popular cultural district would finally have the hallmark it deserves, the liberal-conservative daily Die Presse writes: "The MQ, which was opened in 2001 after 20 years of wrangling, has become all that its fans dreamed it would: an urban zone for all - young people, art lovers, tourists, almost better than the square in front of the Pompidou Centre in Paris with which the MQ is often compared. The Viennese and the tourists pour into the MQ, which attracts four million visitors per year. The fact that the district had to be closed off because of the fierce controversy over the listed Fischer-von-Erlach-Bau [the 18th century architectural complex within which the MQ is located] has turned out to be an advantage: visitors are protected yet still right in the middle of the city, at the centre of things. ... With this new signature construction the MQ will finally be visible to the rest of the city outside the district."

Die Presse - Austria | 12/12/2006

Europeans par excellence - the Luxemburgers

Barbara Petsch has visited Luxemburg, which, together with neighbouring regions, is the European Capital of Culture 2007. She tries to get a sense for the locals. "Dutch Swiss, that's the first impression you get of Luxemburgers. The tourism manager is not thrilled about this classification. Luxemburgers are Europeans, he emphasizes: Their lifestyle is French, their love of orderliness is German. But the visitor cannot really confirm this. True, the hearts of Luxemburgers seem to be very much rooted in France. At any rate, the visitor would be wise to revive all his languages: French, German, English. And you should master a smattering of 'Luxembourgish': the mother tongue of Luxemburg is a Mosel-Franconian dialect with roots in the Middle Ages, mixed with French, and recognized as an EU language."

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