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Archive: Mar 2019

A crash, a boom, and a missing bridge

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As spring arrives, people start heading out towards the Danube and other leisure areas in the city, often traveling by car across one of the many bridges spanning the land masses between the various arms of the mighty Danube. Although this shouldn’t be any cause for concern these days, some 43 years ago there was…

Mark Rothko at the KHM

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum has changed gears and is now spoiling art lovers with something slightly unexpected: an exhibition dedicated to the great American artist Mark Rothko. There is an explanation for having a master of Abstract Expressionism among the Rembrandts and the Bruegels of the Kunsthistorisches, if anybody needs it. And it has to do…

The story of the Neue Burg

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The Neue Burg… it does not matter from which direction you come to the Heldenplatz, the Neue Burg is an imposing building that was supposed to expand the living space of the imperial family and now hosts the national library and two museums. It was built between 1880 and the fall of the Habsburg empire……

Of Green Hunters and Drunken Cherubs

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Walking along Praterstrasse, you might come along a rather ordinary building by Viennese standards, if not for the cherubs engaged in various amusements and activities across several panels of the façade. The house in question is located at Praterstrasse 27, and cherubim reliefs lead you to believe the building surely has some stories to tell,…

The story of Jungmann & Neffe

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In several of our stories we have told you about businesses that have survived the 20th century. The mere fact that these businesses made it through this period must be considered a remarkable achievement as in many cases the world – literally – collapsed around them. One such business that survived is the textile company…

Sky full of stones @ Stephansdom

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(We recommend our Secret Vienna tour: The Secrets of the Stephansdom) On the occasion of the Lent that Catholics worldwide are celebrating right now, contemporary artist Peter Baldinger turned the vault of the St. Stephan Cathedral into an impressive Sky full of Stones. Altogether 1332 stones (which are made of paper) are attached to the…

The story of the Börsendorfersaal

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It is likely that most of our readers have passed by the Hochhaus Herrengasse, but perhaps you did not make it to the lobby of the building. There, you will find a memorial plaque about a place called the “Börsendorfersaal”. The name goes back to the company Bösendorfer, which is a well-known Austrian piano manufacturer….