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Archive: Feb 2019

The story of the Jewelry A. E. Köchert

Hoher Markt 15. Perhaps not everyone has noticed this address as the house next to it, the Pâtisserie Oberlaa, is the famous one. It was the year 1814 when the Frenchman Emanuel Pioté opened a jewelry shop, which in time would become an institution. Years later, Pioté was joined by his apprentice Jakob Heinrich Köchert…

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February 28, 2019

Live like a king

Did you know that you can live in the Hofburg or Schönbrunn? These are some of the most famous addresses in Vienna, but they are not only for the royals and nobility of yesteryear; no, they also contain rental apartments that are open to anyone—assuming you get a spot! The number of apartments are quite…

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February 26, 2019

The story of the Burgtheater

The actor Terrence Mann once famously said that “movies make you famous; television makes you rich; but theatre will make you good”. And if you are an actor in Vienna there is one place in particular that even makes you one of the best – the Burgtheater, or as the Viennese call it “die Burg”….

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February 25, 2019

„Wien wird zur Großstadt demoliert“ (Part 2)

„Wien wird zur Großstadt demoliert“ This week an announcement was made that reminded us of two stories that we have written in the past.  The first story is about the Loos Haus, which Emperor Franz Joseph apparently did not like at all: he referred to it as “The house without eyebrows” due to the…

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February 24, 2019

Vienna’s comedic traditions

It’s well-known that the Viennese have a particular and biting sense of humor, elevating a sarcastic wit to a coffeehouse art form known as ‘wiener schmäh’. Alongside this, however, Vienna has a long and celebrated history of cabaret, which originated most likely in France before spreading across Europe in the 19th century. It was a…

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February 23, 2019

The story of Knize

Some time ago we told you the story of the famous Viennese shoemaker Scheer.  Now we turn our sartorial curiosity towards Knize, Vienna’s  arguably most renowned men outfitter. Kniže was founded in 1858 by the Bohemian tailor Josef Kniže (pronounced “Knische”). At the beginning he specialized in making sports and equestrian clothing. The output extended…

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February 22, 2019

Wagner’s House of Muses

Over the past weeks we have told you about the Majolikahaus and Klöstergasse 3, two of the three Houses of the Wienzeile designed by Otto Wagner. Today it’s time to tell you a bit about the 3rd hours, located at Linke Wienzeile 38, and sometimes referred to as the Musenhaus (House of the Muse). Built…

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February 19, 2019

Chinese Whispers @ MAK

Only a few weeks ago the MAK opened its latest show, which will be shown until the end of May 2019. The exhibition is called “Chinese Whispers”, and presents the world’s largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, carefully composed over the past 40 years by the private collector Uli Sigg. The collector, who lives in…

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February 19, 2019

The story of Theophil Hansen in Vienna

Many famous architects have left their mark in Vienna: the Fischer von Erlach (father and son), the inseparable duo August Sicard von Sicardsburg & Eduard van der Nüll, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Erich Boltenstern, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hans Hollein, and many others. There is one architect in particular that has left several marks in the city:…

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February 17, 2019

Vienna’s earthly angel fountain

Not long ago we showed you the Schutzengelbrunnen (Guardian Angel Fountain) in the fourth district of Vienna. Not far from it is a second fountain with a very similar name, Engelbrunnen (Engel meaning Angel in German). It consists of two round basins between which a compact columnar pedestal emerges. On it stands the figure of…

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February 16, 2019

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