The Verkehrsbüro Group is celebrating its 100th birthday! We have been sending Austrians on holiday since 1917 – which means we have experienced a lot. Join us on a journey back in time with our old-timer bus and find out more about the largest tourism company in Austria.
We follow Emperor Franz Joseph’s example and go on a summer holiday. In 1917 we buy our second-class tickets at the Verkehrsbureau counter and board the train. The steam railways gave tourism a boost. In the first years following its foundation it was the job of the Verkehrsbureau to promote the state railways.
In 1922 we reach our destination, the magnificent imperial and royal state railway station in Bad Ischl. It is truly splendid here and we treat ourselves to coffee and cake at the famous Zauner confectionary. Together with the postal administration, the Verkehrsbureau has introduced new bus routes. We soon take advantage of this and continue by bus to Lake Wolfgang.
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While the headquarters in the Friedrichstrasse in Vienna are being completed in 1923, we appreciate the tranquillity of Lake Wolfgang and enjoy a boat ride on one of the Verkehrsbüro’s scheduled boat services. We plough through the water on the 33 m long paddle steamer “Emperor Franz Joseph 1”.
Back in Vienna, in 1958 we check into our rooms in the rebuilt Hotel Europa on the Neuen Markt. As we enter we meet a fortune-teller, who prophesies that the hotel will be successfully run for the next 100 years by the Verkehrsbüro. We love the elegant hotel lobby and the hotel manager invites us to a glass of sparkling wine.
In 1998 we spend our winter holiday in the elegant Austria Trend Hotel Schloss Lebenberg in Kitzbühel. After a speedy descent down the legendary “Streif” we end the day’s skiing in one of the alpine bars. The inn keeper tells us about the Eurotours travel company, which joined the Verkehrsbüro Group this year. We buy a round of schnapps for everybody.
Now the holiday fever has really got hold of us. A year later and we decide to travel long-distance. We go to a Ruefa travel agency, which has been part of the Verkehrsbüro since 2004. Good choice! We listen to the detailed advice and leave the shop with the Maledives in our hand luggage. Thank you Ruefa and off we go!
2011 we relax in our living room, the Café Central. It is now in the hands of the Verkehrsbüro, which also plans magnificent events in Palais Ferstel, Palais Daun–Kinsky and the Wiener Börsensälen, Vienna’s old stock exchange. Over a cup of coffee we find out even more: about the takeover of the AX Travel Management and the turquoise expansion of Motel One, which is starting a joint venture with the Verkehrsbüro Group in Austria. We book a room and are thrilled by the design and the price.
A “must see” is the exhibition by the Spanish painter, Diego Veláquez. For the first time the Verkehrsbüro appears as a partner of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts. We join a guided tour, buy a poster of the “Infant Prince Baltasar” and decide to celebrate our birthday here!
As the crowning end to our 100 year journey in back in time, in 1917 we want to ride across corals on the back of a seahorse. We ask someone at Jumbo Touristik, the experts in long-distance travel, and she recommends that we take a trip to the Seychelles. We book immediately, put on our diving goggles and don’t want to take them off for the next 100 years.