Days of yore

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Around the world and in Aus­tria, peo­ple feel nos­tal­gic about many things. Of­ten they con­nect it with fond child­hood mem­o­ries or the idyl­lic days of their youth while leav­ing out any bad as­pects.


Coined Ostal­gie (nos­tal­gia for the East), some Ger­mans long for the safety and pre­dictabil­ity – or maybe just the well-known brands – of the for­mer East Ger­man state.

Schart­ner Bombe

The Up­per Aus­trian lemon­ade was a fa­vorite at sum­mer camps for chil­dren in the ’50s and ’60s – cher­ished mem­o­ries for many, which the brand seeks to ben­e­fit from still today.


The car­bon­ated soft drink was in­tro­duced in 1960 as a sub­sti­tute for Western Coca Cola.

The drink con­sist­ing of 14 herbal and fruit in­gre­di­ents is still pop­u­lar today.

Su­per Mario JA­PAN

First in­tro­duced in 1981 by Nin­tendo, the short, pudgy Ital­ian plum­ber has ap­peared in over 200 video games since his cre­ation, mak­ing him the best-sell­ing video game fran­chise of all time.

Pum­merin & Donauwalzer

Ev­ery New Year’s Eve at mid­night, mil­lions of Aus­tri­ans lis­ten on the ra­dio to the big bell of the St. Stephan’s Cathe­dral – the Pum­merin – strik­ing 12 times to her­ald the new year, fol­lowed by the Jo­hann Strauss II waltz The Blue Danube.


De­scribed as “the love that re­mains,” Sau­dade is a deep emo­tional state of nos­tal­gic or pro­found melan­cholic long­ing for an ab­sent some­thing or some­one that one loves; it is also style of mu­sic.


The Schilling was the Aus­trian cur­rency from 1925 to 1938 and again from 1945 to the euro’s in­tro­duc­tion in 1999. It was strong and sta­ble, earn­ing it the nick­name Alpen­dol­lar (Alpine dol­lar).

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