Hannes Richter

Open House Days in Vienna and Washington

Hannes Richter

The Austrian Foreign Ministry in Vienna opened its doors on March 25, 2007 and invited the public to join the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. Visitors enjoyed an open-air concert and were able to view historic rooms inside the ministry, as well as two exhibits: “Ein Weg durch Europa,” portraying 50 years of European cooperation, and works by Austrian photographer Erich Lessing. In addition to the Foreign Ministry, the EU Embassies in Vienna also opened their doors, staging a “Europe Rally” where visitors could also win prizes.

Open House at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Here in Washington, D.C., EU Embassies organized their own Open Houses on May 12, 2007. There were 40,000 visitors, which exceeded all expectations. Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the Austrian Embassy welcomed a record-setting 2,400 visitors, who enjoyed Viennese pastries, a wine tasting and poetry readings.

Visitors waiting in front of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Wine tasting during the Open House was in high demand