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Vienna palace offers flat at princely price

By Derek Brooks VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna's opulent Schoenbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial Habsburg family, will open its doors to tourists looking to spend the night like Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi. An apartment - once reserved for close relatives of the court - can be booked from April 30 at a starting price of 699 euros ($960) per person per night. The two-bedroom flat with kitchen and dining room sleeps four.

Thousands protest extreme right ball in Vienna

Thousands of people rallied in Vienna Friday to protest against the staging of an annual ball hosted by an extreme right party in a palace in the heart of the Austrian capital. State television network ORF estimated 10,000 people took part in the three protest marches. Police put the number at less than 6,000. No crowd violence was reported, only some minor incidents. The demonstrators were opposed to the Freedom Party (FPOe) holding its ball in the city's imperial winter palace, the Hofburg, to which far-right figures from across Europe were invited.

Vienna Christmas season packs a punch

VIENNA (Reuters) - The German expression "Es weihnachtet sehr" (It's getting very Christmassy) fits the mood in Vienna as Austria's capital decks itself out in style for the holiday season. The center of the old Habsburg empire treats locals and visitors to quaint Christmas markets featuring crafts and decorations, hot punch and baked goods in all the city's main squares.

Markus Hinterhaeuser to direct Salzburg Festival

VIENNA (Reuters) - Salzburg Festival veteran Markus Hinterhaeuser is to be the new director of the annual classical music showcase, replacing the controversial Alexander Pereria, who is going to La Scala Milan. Hinterhaeuser, a concert pianist and former interim director of the festival, will take over from the 2017 summer season, the festival organizers said in a statement on Wednesday. He had been the frontrunner for the post among 15 candidates.

Vienna Boys' Choir confident of solving rent crisis

VIENNA (Reuters) - The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir is confident of solving a crisis over the rent for its concert hall and school that it had feared could put it out of business, it said on Wednesday. The choir, whose roots go back to the 13th century, is a cultural icon and tourist draw for the Austrian capital, and reaches live audiences of about half a million every year.

Tennis: Bad Gastein Open results - collated

Results from the fifth day of the WTA Bad Gastein Open on Friday (x denotes seeding): Quarter-finals Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) bt Lisa-Maria Moser (AUT) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Patricia Mayr (AUT) 6-3, 6-0 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) Karin Knapp (ITA x8) bt Annika Beck (GER x2) 6-0, 6-1 afp

Tennis: Bad Gastein Open results - 1st update

Results from the fifth day of the WTA Bad Gastein Open on Friday (x denotes seeding): Quarter-finals Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Patricia Mayr (AUT) 6-3, 6-0 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Arantxa Rus (NED) 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) Karin Knapp (ITA x8) bt Annika Beck (GER x2) 6-0, 6-1 afp

Tennis: Bad Gastein Open results - collated

Results from the fourth day of the WTA Bad Gastein Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Patricia Mayr (AUT) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-4, 6-4 Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Chanelle Scheepers (RSA x6) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Estrella Cabeza (ESP) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Irina Begu (ROM x3) 6-3, 6-3 Annika Beck (GER x2) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 afp

Tennis: Bad Gastein Open results - collated

Results from the fourth day of the WTA Bad Gastein Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Estrella Cabeza (ESP) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Annika Beck (GER x2) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 afp

Tennis: Bad Gastein Open results - 1st update

Results from the fourth day of the WTA Bad Gastein Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Arantxa Rus (NED) bt Estrella Cabeza (ESP) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) bt Irina Begu (ROM x3) 6-3, 6-3 Annika Beck (GER x2) bt Mandy Minella (LUX) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 afp
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