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Archive: Jul 2018

The former Bank Austria Headquarters

Vienna Tours

The area of the Schottentor metro station is full of nice buildings. Very close to it you will find the Vienna university and from the area you can also see the Votivskirche. Another prominent building in the area is the one that was built for the bank Creditanstalt (later Bank Austria) that was built during…

The Ringturm and its artsy wrapping

Vienna Tours

If, like this SV explorer, you are one of those people who use the Donaukanal as a natural extension of your living-room during summer evenings, then you are already familiar with the huge artsy prints which cover completely one of the tallest buildings of the area and that change every season. If you are so…

Of Hungarian Rebels and Long-haired Austrians

Vienna Walking Tours

Over the years, the Habsburgs had many challenges to keep their Empire together, from the Turkish invasions, to strategic marriages and growing national sentiment among the populations of the crown lands. One thorn in the Habsburg side was the Kurutz army – a group of Hungarian rebels who actively fought and rebelled against Habsburg policies….

The story of Lady Justitia

Vienna City Tours

Some days ago, you SV explorer decided to enter a building that is accessible to the public, but that perhaps is not well known. This is the Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) that was built in 1875-1881 by the architect Alexander Wielemans and is located at Schmerlingplatz 11. Perhaps the most famous picture of the Justizpalast…