Archive: Jul 2017

The story of the Lobmeyrhof


The 16th district of Vienna, also known as Ottakring, was established in 1890/1892 when the neighbourhoods Neulerchenfeld and Ottakring were united. The district’s architecture is a combination of small houses that survived modernity, late 19th century buildings, Gemeindebauten (“communal housing” in English), and other, sometimes strange, types of architecture. In all this architectural melange, there…

The story of the Burgtor


For many centuries, Vienna was surrounded by walls. Today, there are still some remnants of these fortifications and perhaps some of us are so used to some of them that we just do not notice them. The fortification walls that were located right next to the Hofburg dated back to the time of the Babenberger…

The Water Fountains at the Michaelerplatz


Have you seen the sculptures on the top of the two water fountains at the Michaelerplatz? These fountains rest on both sides of what is known as the “Michaelertrakt”. The Michaelertrakt was built in the 1890s as part of the Hofburg’s expansion and, as was very common during those years, several houses had to go…

The story of the Bärenmühldurchgang


Secret Vienna recommends: “Papageno, Gold und Sauerkraut- Unbekanntes rund um den Naschmarkt” In Vienna’s fourth district there is a short passage that takes you from the Operngasse to the Naschmarkt area.  This passage has the peculiar name of “Bärenmühldurchgang” (something like “Bear mill passage” in English).  Why this name? According to a famous legend, one…

The story of the Verordnetenstube


Some days ago, your SV explorer was in the Palais Niederösterreich – the former parliament of the state of Lower Austria that is located roughly in the middle of the Herrengasse – and managed to find himself alone in a beautiful room.  The palais was built in the early 16th century and it was the…