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Archive: Feb 2019

Live like a king

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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…

Vienna’s comedic traditions

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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…

The story of Knize

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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…

Wagner’s House of Muses

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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…

Chinese Whispers @ MAK

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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…

The story of Theophil Hansen in Vienna

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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:…

Vienna’s earthly angel fountain

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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…