• Posted:Thursday, January 28, 2010
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Wax lyrical in Vienna next year

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Wax lyrical in Vienna next year
It might seem like a long time to wait - particularly as there are already 11 such attractions around the world - but if you're partial to a bit of Madame Tussauds and have never been to Austria, it might be fun to hold your horses and book yourself a hostel in Vienna for 2011.

Apparently, the waxworks are to be brought to the city early in the year and will be located in the Prater public park (that, incidentally, was featured in The Third Man by Orson Welles, so it might look familiar to you even if you've never been there before).

Those who decide to visit the museum will see approximately 70 figurines, with the likes of Mozart, Haydn, Freud, Einstein, Arnold Schwarznegger, Brad Pitt, Falco and Barack Obama taking centre stage.

Provided by Merlin Entertainments, managing director Glenn Earlam noted that this move is "a very exciting development" for the company, adding that the site will be the fourth in Europe, with other galleries being found in Amsterdam, Berlin and London.

"We could not have wished for a better location in this beautiful city," he continued, going on to say that the firm will be working towards creating "a stunning attraction which we believe will be a must-do place for everyone visiting Vienna".

And just in case you were wondering who this Madame Tussaud actually is, let me take you on a tour of 1770s Paris, where the lady learnt to fashion wax effigies under the tuition of Dr Philippe Curtius. After having served as art teacher to the sister of King Louis XVI, she found herself in London with a travelling exhibition of likenesses.

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