Photo credit: © by Giles Clouatre, used with permission with our sincere thanks.
|The Austrian Pavilion, in a central
position on Ile Sainte-Hélène , is close to the Métro station.
From the peak of the pavilion's roof rises a 120-foot pylon on which a reflector shows Austria's national colours.
The building has a geometrical motif, and with walls of crystal form is designed to suggest mountains, precious stones, a romantic countryside, scientific precision and achievement in the arts -- in short, Austria!
At ground level, the visitor enters an exhibit area which relates the Expo 67 theme on Man and his World to what Austrians have accomplished in the fields of music, literature, science, scientific research, industry and handicrafts. Multilingual guides provide information on all aspects of the national life.
One of the world-famous Wienerwald restaurants is an attraction of the Austrian Pavilion, where authentic Viennese dishes are served by gaily costumed waitresses in the atmosphere that has made the term "Gemuetlichkeit" an international word for perfect hospitality.
Visitors proceed by escalator to the upper level where Austrovision, a form of mechanized theatre using ultramodern methods, achieves in very lively fashion an accurate picture of the Austria of yesterday and today.
Click here to see a model to scale of the Austria Pavilion.