3 Funfacts about Vienna
Viennese conversation starter pack
You got your conference ticket, you cannot wait to get some real testing inspiration but you realized you know nothing about this year’s host city Vienna? Don’t worry we are here to help with 3 fun facts that will help you sail through any small talk with a native Austrian.
It is believed in Austria that the first snow globe was invented here by Erwin Perzy I. In 1900 he was visited by a surgeon who found Thomas Alva Edison’s invention, the light bulb, insufficient to perform operations. He asked Perzy to improve the light bulb and make the light stronger. Perzy played with different versions and invented a snow globe accidentally.
However, there are some speculations that snow globes appeared couple decades earlier in completely different countries.
Wiener Reisenrad – Giant Ferris Wheel
Giant Ferris Wheel was originally built in 1897 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. It’s got a quite rich history – over the years it was almost demolished, it burnt down, it was rebuilt and got back to operation. Prater even made it to some movie scenes! For example, Bond movie The Living Daylights (1987), Before Sunrise (1995) or The Third Man (1949).
When it comes to food, most people know about Wiener Schnitzel but have you heared about PEZ candies? This is a must try! The history of PEZ goes to 1920’s when Eduard Haas III invented this candy as an alternative to cigarettes. The name comes from German word „Pffefferminz” (peppermint) as peppermint was the original flavor. Today you can taste PEZ candies of many different flavors.
Try it out during the coffee break instead of a cigarette to see whether Mr. Haas was right.
See you in Vienna on November 7th and 8th. Don’t forget to get your ticket if you haven’t done so yet.