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Archive: Apr 2017

I got 99 meters but the Rathausmann ain’t one…

Have you ever walked past the Rathaus (City Hall) and wondered about the statue of the man on top of the central tower? While not particularly unusual, like most things in Vienna, this one has a story.  And it has to do with Kaiser Franz Josef, an assassination attempt, and the Votivkirche just down the…

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April 27, 2017

The story of the Heinrichhof

The Vienna Opera is one of the landmarks of the city with hundreds of locals and tourists visiting it every year. While it is subject of nearly every collection of holiday photos, the building behind (and often ignored by) the photographer is equally steeped in history. If you take the time to turn around and…

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April 23, 2017

Vienna’s Freihaus and the ghost of Papageno

Secret Vienna Tour: „Papageno, Gold und Sauerkraut- Unbekanntes rund um den Naschmarkt“ on April 27, 2019.    Next time you find yourself in the Freihaus neighborhood (Freihausviertel) at night, pause for a moment. Over the modern murmur of the Wieden (the 4th district) you might just catch a faint, familiar melody on the wind. It was…

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April 15, 2017

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