The Stammtisch still is a focal point of social life in Austria. It is a meeting of people, a great opportunity to talk, to share and to have a good time together.

We have regular London and Regional Stammtisch Meetings and there is one in Vienna too.

Please come along and find out what happens at a Stammtisch and enjoy good company, music and discussion on a range of interesting topics.

Local Stammtisch Meetings

Chiltern Stammtisch:
Meets on the last Saturday of the month at 12.30pm at The Papermill (Brewers Fayre), London Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe HP10 9YL.
Contact: Irene Kottbauer (07958 595228 or or Sonia Palethorpe (07843 586934 or

Manchester Stammtisch:
is not meeting at the moment.

Oxford Stammtisch:
Please contact Christine Gadsby (Tel: 07766 705827 or e-mail: or Heidrun Speedy (Tel: 07847 177125 or e-mail: about upcoming meetings.

Oxford Uni. Austrian Society:

Southern Stammtisch:
Meets monthly on the third Saturday at 12noon (except December) at The Jack Philip Pub in Godalming.
Contact: Ann Blishen (e-mail: or Tel: 01252 722499)

Wirral Stammtisch:
Meets monthly on the second Saturday at 12.30 at The Glegg Arms, Heswall
Contact: Heidi Reynolds (Tel: 01492 536340)

Virtual Stammtisch

The Anglo Austrian Society’s Virtual Stammtisch launched early in 2021. We meet online on the fourth Friday of every month (except December) at 6.15pm (UK time). The members who take part come from many different parts of the UK – from the far north (Aberdeen) to Wales and the West Country. And to our great delight, members in Vienna, Berlin and Salzburg also join us on screen. As one member said recently, the Virtual Stammtisch seems to have been one of the (few) benefits of lockdown, particularly for those members who are not able to take part in one of the regional Stammtisch groups.

For each of our meetings, we have a speaker – often an Austrian speaker – who provides an introductory talk. After this we divide into two breakout groups – one English-speaking group, one German-speaking. Each group has a moderator from among the members, who encourages those on the call to chat about some of the things mentioned in the talk and to share similar personal experiences. The speaker usually spends some time with each group, so there is the chance to ask questions as well. 

Here is a list of the talks that have so far been given:  


JanuaryThe sunny side of Austria - 100 years of Burgenland Felix Wagner, Doctoral student, Oxford University, Holder of the AAS Angela Krosik Award
FebruaryExperiences with the AAS Exchange Programme (1977 - 1982) Andreas Hach, Director, Austrian Supreme Postal Authority; Sabine Hach, International Affairs & Regulation, A1 Telecom Group
MarchLiving in Baden bei Wien
Sabine and Bruce Granger
Formerly working for the UN and for International Telecommunications Union in Geneva
AprilSüdtirol/Alto Adige/South Tyrol - history/Culture/Geography
Frank Ortner, First Secretary & Consul, Austrian Embassy, London
MayMountains, snow and thermal springs - Gasteinertal/Valley of Gastein
Maria Herz, Research Management, Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg
JuneKlagenfurt - Austria's lesser-known Hauptstadt
Elisabeth and Margarethe Batteson, members of the Anglo-Austrian Society
JulyThe Vienna English Theatre
Julia Schafranek, Director of the Vienna English Theatre
AugustOberkärnten and the Hohen Tauern
Felicitas Starr-Egger, Trustee, The Anglo-Austrian Society
SeptemberMy Salzkammergut
Ulrike Wright, Member of Anglo-Austrian Society
OctoberOberösterreich: Music, Literature and More
Christa Marchandt, Deputy, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, London
NovemberFour years in Vienna Boys Choir
Georg Spiegelhofer, former journalist and editor for several Austrian newspapers


February Moving from Oxford to Berlin during the pandemic
Florian Thomas, former AAS Trustee and member of the Oxford Stammtisch, and
Dr Caitlin Hulcup, Professor of Voice, Universität der Künste, Berlin
March Living and working in the Südsteiermark
Prof Dr Georg Schulz, Rektor, Kunstuniversität Graz
April Vorarlberg: Austria’s westernmost Bundesland is full of surprises
Prof. Andrea Dlaska, former Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Surrey and
Middlesex University
May Carinthia – my homeland – childhood memories
Brigitte Kreuger, AAS Trustee, Chiltern Stammtisch Co-ordinator
June Salzburg – a unique Austrian city
Dr Eugen Banauch
Head, Research Management Department, Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg
July Memories of growing up in the Innviertel (Oberösterreich)
Em. Prof. Dr. Josef Auböck, former Head of Department of Dermatology, AKH Linz
August The Roman Settlement Iuenna – A hidden gem in the South of Carynthia
Dr Stefan Tino Kulnik, Principal Investigator
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital Health and Prevention, Salzburg
September The County of Salzburg – between tradition and innovation
Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, London.
October The Tyrol – glimpses into the geography, history and the traditions of this alpine province
Frank Ortner, First Secretary & Consul, Austrian Embassy, London
November Memories of an Austrian Christmas
Contributions from AAS Members, including Ingrid Todd, Ulrike Wright, Florian Thomas and Richard Ford



The Virtual Stammtisch is open to all members of the Society. If you would like to join these sessions, all you need to do is to send the Chairman an email message –,uk – to confirm your interest. In order to take part, all you then need is your own (free) Zoom account. Why not give it a try? It would be good to see you online.