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The Margaretner Schloss

The Margaretner Schloss in Vienna’s fifth district is quite famous as it has a nice and old architecture and part of it is known as the Schlossquadrat, where some restaurants are located. At some point before the 16th century the building complex located here was known as the Margaretner Schloss, but the complex that stands […]

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Hall of the Muses

The other day your SV explorer visited the Albertina and managed to visit some of the beautiful rooms of the building. One of these rooms is the Musensaal (“Hall of the Muses”) that, as the name suggests, hosts sculptures of the nine Greek goddesses who preside over the arts and sciences.  A sculpture of the […]

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Funeral Services

Some weeks ago, we told you the story about the tram 71 and its close connection with death. Well, at that time there were also several private funeral homes that provided all types of services needed when a loved one would pass away. At the end of the 19th century, there were at least 80 […]

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When in Wien…nein nein nein nicht??

It’s a new year, and a new opportunity to learn some Wienerisch! An expression you have almost certainly heard at some point, but likely ignored if you didn’t understand it is: na no na ned! Only the Viennese could make German look so …un-German. This phrase is often shortened to ‘no na ned’, or just […]

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Ida Pfeiffer, the woman who travelled the world

As the year comes to an end and we look to the new year for new adventures, perhaps we can all take a page out of the book of Ida Pfeiffer, a Viennese woman of the early 19th century who broke norms, lived fearlessly, and travelled the world by herself at a time when this […]

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Dr. Mundy, a fire, and Vienna’s first ambulance service

Though perhaps no longer commonly known, Vienna was at the forefront of the most advanced medical knowledge in the world in the 19th century. Vienna at the time was known as the “mecca of medicine” – a somewhat ironic description given the emerging emphasis on systematic research and observation over faith or trial-and-error. One person […]

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The TU and the Cemetery of the Condemned

In a city with a history as long and colorful as Vienna’s, the past is never far from the present. This became clear this past Wednesday night, December 20th, when your SV Explorer happened upon a rather dramatic scene at the Technical University. The street was blocked off, police officers and firefighters milled about, and […]

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Tragedy and thrills: the Donauturm

If you are looking out across Vienna, one of the structures likely to catch your eye is the Donauturm, which stands in relative isolation in the Donau Park in the 22nd district. The tower was built in the early 1960s as part of the Vienna International Garden Show, and at 252 meters was significantly taller […]

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Kolingasse: From Military Grandeur to Forgotten Alleyway

Kolingasse is a street you have probably walked past many times without thinking twice, but the next time you are there, take a moment to notice how much wider and grander it is than other similar streets in the area. In fact, the word ‘gasse’ doesn’t begin to do justice to what is in reality […]

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