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Archive: Jan 2019

Nixenbrunnen Palais Ferstel


As we mentioned in another story recently, one of the unique features of the Palais Ferstel is the covered shopping arcade that runs through it, and is open to the public. At the time it was built, this passage was intended to be something like a bazaar with many small merchants selling their wares –…

Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concert


This concert is held in the “Goldener Saal” (Golden Hall) of the Musikverein at 11:15 am. Every year the same programme is performed on December 30, December 31, and January 1, but only the last performance is famous and broadcast. In its current form the tradition dates back to 1939 when it was devised to…

The Banners of the Austrian Parliament


When construction of the Austrian parliament was finalized, the emperor Franz Joseph had a loge in each one of its chambers (today’s National Council and the Federal Council). And in these loges one could find a banner. In the middle of the banner there is the text “Virbus Unitis” (“mit vereinten Kräften” or “with united…

The Palais Ferstel


The Palais Ferstel is a bit unusual in that it is named after the architect who built it rather than the owners of the Palais. Most of the palaces built by the nobility or the nouveau riche of the 19th century are known by the family name of the elites who commissioned and lived in them…

The story of the Palais Rasumofsky


The Palais Rasumofsky was built in 1806 as a garden palace for the Russian ambassador Andrei Kirillowitsch Rasumofski who was known as a generous supporter of the fine arts: The ambassador had an enormous art collection, which has been described as one of the most important ones in Vienna. Even Beethoven dedicated various sonatas to him. Unfortunately, in New…

Secret Vienna’s exciting new projects in 2019

Vienna Walking Tours

The previous year was an exciting year for us! Our team grew, we developed many new tours and added new fascinating guides in several languages. We are committed to continue working hard in 2019 to offer you unique tours and unforgettable experiences in Vienna. We have plenty of exciting new projects in the pipeline, here…