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Archive: Nov 2018

Vlad Dracul

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Count Dracula (made famous also by subsequent movie adaptations) fired so strongly people’s imagination that for many it is difficult now to separate him from Vlad Dracul, the ruler of Wallachia –  a small province in what is now Romania – who was used by Bram Stoker as a light source of inspiration (he borrowed…

The Brick-5

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The Brick-5 is known as an urban space with a cool café and hip events – what not many people know is that the space has a long history of almost 150 years as a Jewish community building. The project Herklotzgasse 21 made the mostly unknown history of the building and its people visible. The house…

Vienna’s Silent Jewel: The Breitenseer Lichtspiele

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For cinephiles and lovers of tradition, Vienna has lots to offer — but one of its most underrated cinematic jewels has to be the Breitenseer Lichtspiele. Billed as the world’s oldest continuously operated movie theater, this place has remained delightfully stuck in the past with a regular program of silent films that take the audience…

Winter time in the Albertina

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When your SV explorer went to visit Albertina a couple of days ago, he expected to have a relaxing, quiet museum visit with no major surprises. But the surprises starting popping up from the first room. The ground floor hosts the exhibition of Niko Pirosmani. Born in Georgia in 1862 (part of Russian Empire at…

Financing the livestock market

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Some weeks ago we told you about the animal market at St. Marx. Such a large market naturally also meant that quite large sums of money regularly changed hands as animals were bought and sold – which required the establishment of financial institutions in order to be able to handle these transactions. If you walk…

Café Weidinger

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There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby, but at the same time the most charming among them, is for sure the Café Weidinger that is hidden at the corner Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Gablenzgasse right in front of the shopping mall Lugner City. When entering, visitors…

The Mismatched Harmony of the Minoritenkirche

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If you look up while walking the streets of Vienna, there are many wonders and oddities to discover. On nearly every facade and rooftop in the first district you may find some architectural flourishes or structural idiosyncrasies. Among the more noticeable of these is the Minoritenkirche in the 1st district. It doesn’t take a architect…

The Amalienbad

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The Amalienbad from 1926, designed by the architects Otto Nagel and Karl Schmalhofer, is not only one of the oldest indoor swimming pools in Vienna, but it is also one of the top addresses when it comes to enjoying a unique historical ambience. The splendid swimming pool in Art Nouveau style is timeless and especially…

Of Glühwein and Christmas Markets

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Although you could be forgiven for thinking it is still far away based on the unseasonably mild weather, it is just about time for the Christmas markets to open again in Vienna. Over the years the size and number of markets have grown to the point where it is almost impossible to walk through any…

WU Memorial Sphere

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Walking around the WU campus, you may notice a metal sphere placed on a small grassy knoll outside of building D3. It evokes a somber sort of power, standing both in defiance and in remembrance of a dark and painful history. It is a memorial to victims of the NS-regime, and specifically remembers the students…