The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Euro­vi­sion win­ner and all-round su­per­star Con­chita Wurst was in Aus­tralia last week to sing with the Syd­ney Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and kick up her stilet­tos at Mardi Gras. Showy en­ter­tain­ment aside, the Aus­trian-born per­former is an en­thu­si­as­tic ad­vo­cate of ev­ery­thing to do with Vi­enna, her “favourite city” and “mu­sic world cap­i­tal”. T & I met Con­chita at a Vi­enna Tourist Board soiree and our favourite line was her ri­poste to a writer bear­ing a tray of treats: “Dar­ling, I haven’t eaten since the 1990s!” “Im­pe­rial and con­tem­po­rary” is the cel­e­bra­tory tag in 2016 (think ju­bilees and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions) for Vi­enna, re­cently awarded “most live­able city” for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive time. The Aus­trian cap­i­tal is also touted as the fastest grow­ing me­trop­o­lis in Europe. There’s a new rail­way sta­tion, a slew of ul­tra-mod “un­com­mon” ho­tels, re­vi­talised neigh­bour­hoods and, ac­cord­ing to Con­chita, a gayfriendly mood that’s “dy­namic and vis­i­ble”, with “no hos­til­ity of re­jec­tion”. She loves the tra­di­tional cafe cul­ture, de­spite the ar­ro­gant waiters, which is “all part of the game”, and misses wiener melange (long coffee served with steamed milk and froth) when she trav­els. More:; aus­


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