Top 7 Twisted Romantic Movies set in Vienna

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If you yearn for romantic encounters you don’t have go to Paris. Just buy a ticket to Vienna or choose a movie from my list.
In any case, it will be romantic but twisted.

Here are five romantic stories placed in Vienna from 18th to 21st century.
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1. Immortal Beloved (1994) UK | USA

The move is about the life and death of the Ludwig van Beethoven and about a love letter which he wrote to a beloved and nameless woman.

The Question is, who is really his immortal beloved?

Ludwig van Beethoven: Gary Oldman
Anna Marie Erdödy: Isabella Rossellini
Director: Bernard Rose

2. Sissi: The Young Empress (1956) Austria

In the second movie of the trilogy about Empress Elisabeth – Sissi, the 16 year old
Elisabeth has married
to the young Emperor Franz Joseph I in Vienna.
Directly after the wedding, her mother-in-law, the arch-duchess Sophie let Elisabeth know who was truly in charge at court.

By the way, Empress Elisabeth’s mother-in-law and aunt was the very same person.
The arch-duchess Sophie and Elisabeth’s mother, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria were sisters.

Empress Elisabeth – Sissi: Romy Schneider
Director: Ernst Marischka

3. Colonel Redl (1985) Yugoslavia | Hungary | Austria | West Germany

Colonel Redl is based on the true story about the colonel Alfred Redl.
This Austrian military officer was blackmailed into espionage for the Russian secret service to prevent the revelation of his homosexuality.

Alfred Redl: Klaus Maria Brandauer
Director: István Szabó

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4. Before Sunrise (1995) USA | Austria | Switzerland

Young American meets French girl on a train and starts a pleasant conversation.
They decide to spend one romantic day and night together in Vienna.

Jesse: Ethan Hawke
Celine: Julie Delpy
Director: Richard Linklater

5. Piano Teacher (2001) Austria | France | Germany

A young Walter romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher Erika.
She’s cold at the beginning but with time she’s inviting him into her fantasies.

Erika Kohut: Isabelle Huppert
Walter Klemmer: Benoît Magimel
Director: Michael Haneke

6. Waltzes from Vienna (1934) | United Kingdom

Waltzes from Vienna (1934) is a British musical film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
“Waltzes from Vienna gave me many opportunities for working out ideas in the relation of film and music. Naturally every cut in the film was worked out on the script before shooting began. But more than that, the musical cuts were worked out too.”
Alfred Hitchcock

Rasi: Jessie Matthews
Johann Strauss, the Elder: Edmund Gwenn
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

7. 360 (2011) | United Kingdom | Austria | France | Brazil

Screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen 2006, Frost/Nixon 2008) and the director Fernando Meirelles (City of God 2002, The Constant Gardener 2005) were inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde (german Reigen). They combine the most of segments from Schnitzler’s ten interlocking scenes between pairs of lovers from about 1900 and put them in Vienna, Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix of 21st century.

Besides Oscar winners Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins in movie playing a Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze, Moritz Bleibtreu and many others.
Director: Fernando Meirelles

Historic City Center of Vienna

Historic City Center of Vienna

For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.

But there are many other sights in Vienna that are as interesting as the Hofburg Castle itself. In Vienna lived and worked Antonio Vivaldi, Arcimboldo, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Maria Theresa, Elisabeth – Sisi, Franz Joseph, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Ludwig van Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Johann Strauss and many others. With this guide you can explore all streets, churches, buildings, museums and castles in two or three days.

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The guidebook Historic City Center of Vienna is in many ways a different Vienna travel guide. Away from the tourist traps you will be guided through the castles and gardens unique for its historical importance and glance.

In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.

Last but not least: This guide will be updated and published 2-times a year. If you buy the book once, you will be able to download new book version with recent information, new chapters, pictures and maps every six months without additional charge. The actual version is 1.8

You can read the first chapters for FREE here: Vienna City Walk 2013 – Palaces, Streets and Squares

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