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Archive: Nov 2017

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…

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…

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…

The story of 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 many…

The story of 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…

The House that Got Kicked

Domenig haus

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 Domenig-Haus,…