January 21, 2017: Herbert Zachl, Austrian member of The German Chekhov Society (Deutsche Tschechow-Gesellschaft) from the Austrian town of Wartberg an der Krems visited the home city of Anton Chekhov
on May 10-16, 2019.
Earlier, the Austrian guest initiated many official and cultural exchanges of Austrian delegations to Taganrog and Taganrog delegations to Austria, among them an official visit of the Austrian ambassador Mrs. Margot Klestil-Löffler
in 2013, visits of he famous Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer Gerhard Wagner, and of ORF TV channel reporters in 2010 and 2013. Herbert Zachl initiated the visit to Taganrog of the Austrian folk choir "Singkreis Windischgarsten" who performed in Taganrog Gorky Park, and in 2011 he contributed to planning two concerts
of Taganrog municipal choir LIK
in Upper Austria. In April 2018 he came to Taganrog to open the photo exhibit entitled "Beautiful Austria"(Schönes Österreich)
Mr. Zachl maintains strong friendships and cultural ties with Taganrog since his first visit in 2000. He took part in numerous cultural events (festivals, concerts, meetings, exhibitions, interviews etc.) both in Taganrog and Austria.
During this visit Mr. Zachl, a long-standing friend and cultural partner of Taganrog, participated in the meeting with German-speaking students of Taganrog schools and high schools and attended the event organized by the Taganrog Group of Museums in cooperation with Forum Russische Kultur from Guetersloh, Germany.
In the course of his stay he also met with history department students of Taganrog Chekhov Teachers' College and of Taganrog College of Management and Economy. During his visit in May 2019, the Austrian guest visited the historic Old Christian cemetery, Saint Pavel of Taganrog Chapel, the Russian Orthodox church of All Saints, Chekhov museums and other sights of the city.