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Archive: Mar 2019

The story of Peter Altenberg


The Café Central.  Together with the Sacher Hotel, it is the place where many visitors want to spend some hours in.  Inaugurated in 1868, the Café  Central has a long history and one can argue that it was luck what allowed the Café Central to become so famous at the end of the 19thcentury –…

The origins of Hanswurst


Everything has an end, only the wurst has two! Perhaps you have heard this Austrian expression…of course, Austria is known for sausage, but its not the only kind of wurst that has claimed its place in history. One of the earliest and most theatrical of these is the infamous Hans Wurst, a comic figure who…

Top 5 Otto Wagner buildings you should know about

Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner is one of the most famous architects of the Jugendstil period in Austria.  He was the architect of several important projects in the city such as the well-known Postsparkasse, the Stadtbahn, (metropolitan railway system), and Kirche am Steinhof. But there are other perhaps less-known places where Otto Wagner left his mark. Here our…

The Forward Building and Vienna’s Working Class


Along the Rechte Wienzeile, you may have noticed a rather stark and austere building crowned by an eye-catching clock sandwiched between a male and female statue. It is known as the Vorwärts-Gebäude and was built between 1907 and 1909 by the brothers Franz and Hubert Gessner, both of whom were architects. The statues that keep…

Smashed To Pieces (In the Still of the Night)


“Zerschmettert in Stücke (im Frieden der Nacht) / Smashed to pieces (in the still of the night)” – is what you can read on the former Flak tower right in the heart of the sixth district. The artwork was originally intended as a temporary installation in the framework of the Wiener Festwochen 1991 and was…

The streets are alive with the sound of music


Vienna, the capital of music. When walking through the city, one quickly gets the impression that people like Mozart or Beethoven lived on almost every street corner. The busts of Haydn, Brahms or Maher, to name just a few, greet you in any souvenir shop in their hundreds. Just think of the Staatsoper, the Konzerthaus…