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Archive: Oct 2017

The Story of Ottakringer Brauerei

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Vienna tends to be associated more with wine than with beer, but when it comes to beer, Ottakringer is surely the one that comes to mind. Ottakring is of course also the name of the 16th district, and the namesake for the beer and brewery which is located in that district. When it was established…

From smoking alternative to children’s candy: the story of PEZ

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When you think of Austrian products and companies, you might think of Red Bull, Manner wafers, or Doppelmayr ski lifts. However, there is another well-known company from your childhood that you might not realize is actually Viennese! Remember PEZ candies and the playful dispensers they came with? They began life as a compressed peppermint sweet…

Vienna’s Giant Wheel

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We recently told you about the Vienna World Fair of 1873, and the large Rotunda that was built in the Prater as part of this exhibition. While that building unfortunately no longer exists, there is another large construction in the Prater that has stood the test of time, and has become one of Vienna’s most…

Tennis, politics, and cake

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What do tennis, Austrian politics, and the Sachertorte have in common? The origins of what we know today as tennis go back to 12th century France and it was a famous game among the French royals. The game also made it to Vienna and the place where the Habsburgs played it was the “Ballhaus”. One…

Vienna’s first picture

As a follower of SV (and perhaps also of our Instagram account) you know that for our stories we always try to show you the best pics we can take. But of course, we were not the first to take pictures of Vienna. The first publicly available photographic process was the “daguerreotype”, which was invented…