Salzburg's men's nursery reopens for Christmas

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4 December 2007, Vienna (dpa) - From December 13 to 23 women in the Austrian city Salzburg can park their significant others at the local men's nursery while doing their Christmas shopping. For the second year, a tent in Salzburg's city centre serves as a refuge for those husbands and boyfriends who are deemed unable or prove unwilling to participate in the annual hunt for Christmas presents. From 4 pm to 10 pm (1500 to 2100 GMT) men can play computer games, race toy cars or browse topical literature - dai

4 December 2007

Vienna (dpa) - From December 13 to 23 women in the Austrian city Salzburg can park their significant others at the local men's nursery while doing their Christmas shopping.

For the second year, a tent in Salzburg's city centre serves as a refuge for those husbands and boyfriends who are deemed unable or prove unwilling to participate in the annual hunt for Christmas presents.

From 4 pm to 10 pm (1500 to 2100 GMT) men can play computer games, race toy cars or browse topical literature - daily newspapers, car magazines, comics or Playboy magazines, nursery inventor Andreas Stadlbauer, a Salzburg toy producer, told the Austrian press agency.

Some 1,500 men found a temporary home at the nursery in 2006. "Last year, every single one was picked up again, no man was abandoned," Stadlbauer said.

The system is simple: Women accompany their partners to the entrance of the party tent serving as nursery and receive a numbered token. They can then pick up their guys again by presenting that token. The service is free of charge, but donations to a charity are welcome.

Stadlbauer stressed that his kindergarten for grown-ups was not to be misunderstood as a marketing ploy. It offered a relaxed atmosphere, and a chance to make new friends, he said. Last year, men at the nursery even helped each other out finding Christmas presents for their wives, Stadlbauer said.

Luxury car makers, a brewery and a computer game producer are sponsoring the project, while a local restaurant provides sustenance to hungry and thirsty nursery attendees.

Stadlbauer considers expanding to the Austrian capital Vienna and into Germany, where he thinks of making his nursery an all-year institution.

DPA

Subject: German news, Austria

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