Jester wanted for hotel performances

It’s no joke. An Austrian hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool, who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative. Applicants are asked to bring – and play – their musical instrument during the job interview. Also welcome: creative costumes.  The successful candidate will earn 1,400 euros – around $1,900 – a month. Hotel … [Read the full story]

Hotel manager trapped in lift for 4 days

The Swedish manager of an Austrian hotel was trapped in a faulty lift for four days before a bread delivery man heard his cries for help. The 58-year-old was in good physical condition after his ordeal in the spa town of Bad Gastein near Salzburg, police in the mountainous Austrian province said. He told police … [Read the full story]

Would you fancy living in ‘Hitler Towers’?

The house where Hitler was born could be turned into luxury apartments. The building, in the town of Braunau, Austria, is the last place most people would choose to live. The site even attracts sick neo-Nazis paying homage to the man responsible for the Second World War and the death of six million Jews. The … [Read the full story]

Giant tortoises end 115 year love affair

A pair of giant tortoises have left zoo keepers shell-shocked after ending their loving 115-year relationship following a blazing row. Bibi and Poldi called time on their enduring century-long love affair, described as the world’s longest animal marriage, this week after a major fall-out. Zoo keepers at Klagenfurt Zoo in southern Austria said the pair … [Read the full story]

Van takes a dip in Bad Aussee

A female van driver ended up submerged in Austria’s Lake Grundlsee after misplacing her trust in her satellite navigation system. Petra Lang, 27, explained to rescuers that she had typed into her sat nav that she wanted to go to the lake – but the machine took her request a little too literally. According to … [Read the full story]