k.k. Post- und Telegrafenamt, 1010 Wien, Börseplatz 1
The Telegrafenamt is located in the Wipplingerstraße
Car-parking ist possible in the surrounding area and in the covered car parks "Am Hof" and
at the "Freyung". ›› directions
Alma played in the city of Vienna for the first time in the summer of 2008, indeed directly in the city centre, amid the enchanted pillars and courtyards of the former Post- und Telegrafenamt on Börseplatz. The performance even extended to the surrounding streets; for Gustav Mahler's funeral service, the streets were stylishly transformed back to the period. Scarcely anyone in Vienna knew of this vast old building which had been neglected for many years. The entrances had been sealed up as if for ever, the high windows were coated in dust, and nothing was revealed of the building's interior; the only access was to a small post office on the ground floor. Yet in this haunted house slumbered immense ceremonial rooms commissioned in 1905 by Emperor Franz Joseph in honour of the new technology of telegraphy. No-one had any notion of the splendour which gave Alma's first venue in Vienna a truly imperial backdrop.