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Turn the lights on: Let’s do it

Sunday January 10th, 2016

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Christmas 1857: Emperor Franz Joseph decides to build a magnificent boulevard for his capital Vienna. In 1865, the unique architectural avenue was ceremoniously opened: the Vienna Ring Road. This year, the 150th anniversary of this historic event is taking place.

On this occasion the Ring Road will be illuminated for the first time by an artistically designed Christmas lighting. The Vienna Economic Chamber has initiated and implemented this project as a visible and radiant sign for the positive design power of the Viennese economy.

The Ring Road is lined with neo-Renaissance buildings, Flemish Gothic, Neo-Gothic and Hellenistic architecture. The boulevard in the heart of Vienna contributes decisively to the image of Vienna as a cosmopolitan city, with its elegance and an insight into the diversity of the architectural history.

This year, three sections of the ring are decorated with Christmas lighting: Stubenring, Schubertring and Kärntner Ring. Nearly 90 lighted trees and 18 light gates adorn these areas. State-of-the-art technology and state-of-the-art materials are used to give the light gates a luminous elegance with a length of 9.5 meters per arc and a weight of less than 45 kilograms. In combination with the classic tree lighting in the calyx shape, a unique Christmas lighting for the Vienna Ring Road was created, which is to continue to grow in the next years until the entire Ring Road shines festively in the Advent season.