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The story of the Palais Lobkowitz

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Have you ever heard of the Palais Lobkowitz? Perhaps you have heard the name and most likely you have passed by it. Located not far away from the Albertina and more or less in front of the Augustinerkirche, this Palais was built in 1689-1694 by count Philipp Sigmund Dietrichstein. After him, the Palais changed owners…

Schutzengelbrunnen

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Guardian angels are a widespread phenomenon. Many different cultures throughout history have believed that individuals, groups, cities or entire countries are protected by spiritual beings. In Vienna this idea is manifested in the Guardian Angel Fountain. Its octagonal basin is crowned by a column on which a guardian angel shelters a small child. The water…

Otto Wagner’s bathtub made of glass

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We recently told you about the Majolikahaus near the Naschmarkt, which is surely the most noticeable of the Otto-Wagner-designed houses of the Wienzeile, but its siblings also have stories to tell. Of the three ‘Wienzeilenhäuser’ that Wagner built at the end of the 19th century, the house located at Klöstergasse 3 is probably the least…

The story of the Stallburg

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If you ever walked through the passage from the Josefsplatz towards the Michaelerplatz you might have glanced into the magnificent courtyard of the Stallburg with its impressive arcades – and if you were lucky you might have seen one of the horses of the Spanish Riding school which give the building its name: “stable-castle”. The…

The story of the Palais Pallavicini

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Right in front of the former Imperial and Royal library there is a large house that most likely few people have missed when passing by the Josefplatz: the Palais Pallavicini. The Pallavicini were a family that originated in Italy in the 12th century and that started serving the Habsburgs during the time of Maria Theresia…

Rudolf Scheer & Söhne

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For the true shoe connoisseurs, Bräunerstrasse 4 in Vienna’s first district is a sort of pilgrimage destination. It is the home address of Rudolf Scheer & Söhne. Founded in 1816, it is the oldest bespoke shoemaker in world. It is a family business that is making shoes for seven generations now. The highest recognition of the quality…

The Russian orthodox cathedral of Vienna

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral is probably the most famous building in Vienna. But few people know that it is not the only cathedral in town. Take the splendid Russian Orthodox St. Nicholas Cathedral, for example. It is located in the third district of Vienna, in the heart of the city’s diplomatic quarter. It was built between…

Otto Wagner and the Majolikahaus

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The Linke Wienzeile is home to many impressive buildings, but one of the most eye-catching has to be the Majolikahaus with its elegantly cheerful flower facade. It is located next to another impressive but slightly more subdued Otto Wagner building, and together with yet another Otto Wagner building just around the corner, it is known…

The story of Bäckerstraße 12

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Strange things happen in Bäckerstrasse in the first district of Vienna. Take a close look at house number 12 because what you will discover is definitely curious. Or have you ever seen a cow and a wolf playing a board game before? Originally the painting on the facade was much larger than what is visible…

The story of the Franz Joseph Kaserne

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Some time ago, we told you the story of the first public building that was built in the Ringstrastrasse, namely the “Handelsakademie” (Vienna Business School). It was in the area of today’s opera where the first buildings of the Ringstrasse started construction. And what part of the Ringstrasse was built the last? Well, that is…