The Controversies of Dr. Karl Lueger

One of the more controversial figures in Viennese politics is Dr. Karl Lueger. He is credited with helping in some ways to transform Vienna into a modern city, but he was also an anti-Semite – or at best, a political opportunist who stoked anti-Semitic fears for his own political gain. He was first elected Mayor […]

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A theater that decided to become an opera (Or) A theater with personality problems

When you google “Vienna” and “Opera” chances are that you will be directed to the famous State Opera. The one that was built on the grounds of the city walls and was initially known as the “K.K. Hof-Opernhaus” (The Royal Opera). But there is another opera in Vienna, which may be less known for some, […]

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Polish Kings and Bagels: The Battle of Vienna

The first and second Turkish Siege of Vienna figure prominently into the history of the city as well as the Habsburg Empire as a whole, and particularly the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 is seen as a turning point after centuries of war between the Holy Roman Empire and […]

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Ronacher: A theater by any other name

We all know the Vienna takes its theater scene seriously, but how much do you know about the theaters themselves? The Ronacher in the 1st district is, together with the Theater an der Wien and the Raimund Theather, part of the United Stages Vienna and is almost fully owned by the city of Vienna. The […]

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Cooks in Residence: Elevating Vienna’s culinary scene

  The culinary scene in Vienna has changed dramatically in the past decade, with far greater variety and innovation in food and its presentation. This includes Cooks in Residence at Heuer am Karlsplatz, which your SV explorer took part in this past weekend. Cooks in Residence invites an outside chef to take up residence in […]

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The Clock that wasn’t

One mission we had when we visited the Chancellor’s office the other day was to find a clock. You see, we read that there is a cartel clock in the Ministerratssaal where the painting of the young Franz Joseph is also located. According to the story we read, this Parisian clock was likely a present […]

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The Kongresssaal

  Last Thursday we had the chance to visit the Bundeskanzleramt (The Federal Chancellery), which is located at the Ballhausplatz and was built in the early 18th century. There is a lot of history in the building and a very important event that took place there was the Congress of Vienna in 1814/1815. There are […]

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Prinz Eugen von Savoyen

Some weeks ago, we told you the story of the Fisher von Erlach family (father and son) and their influence on the baroque architecture of Vienna. Johann Bernhard was one of the architects of the Winterpalais of Prinz Eugen von Savoyen. And who was this “Prinz”? Eugen was born in 1663 in Paris and was […]

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The House that Got Kicked

  Interesting architecture is everywhere in Vienna, sometimes even in the most unexpected places. Among these is the building that can be found at Favoritenstrasse 118 – a construction of intentionally curved and warped metallic windows that somehow appears to be equal parts pac-man, earthquake survivor, and modernist cool. This building is known as the […]

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