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The Story of the Starhembergs

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Perhaps you are familiar with the name “Starhemberg“. This is an ancient noble family whose origins can be traced back to Upper Austria and apparently before they served the Habsburgs, they also served the Babenberger, which would mean that they have been around since the 12thcentury. One Starhemberg, Erasmus I, won favor with the Habsburgs…

Fire at the Hofburg

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November 27, 1992: A security guard raises the alarm after discovering flames in the Redouten ballrooms at the Hofburg. What followed was the largest and most dramatic firefighting operation in Vienna´s recent history. This was not the first time the ballrooms were damaged by fire: Not too long after being built in the early 17th century…

Livercheese: neither liver nor cheese

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It may not be the most glamorous food, nor the healthiest, but sometimes it really hits the spot. I’m talking, of course, about the humble leberkäse. But where does this name come from? After all, it is neither liver nor cheese, thus making the name a bit of a head-scratcher. However, there is at least…

The story of the Herrengasse

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The Herrengasse. Roughly 400 meters long and home to many famous names: Herberstein, Harrach, Liechtenstein, Batthyány, Trauttmansdorff, and others.  They all had some Palais built here and were part of the privileged ones to be close to the Hofburg. The history of this street dates back to the Roman times (think about the Michaelerplatz and…

Moving Mozart

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One of the most famous statues in the Burggarten is the Mozart Monument, located right by the entrance of the park and invariably surrounded by tourists with cameras. It seems such a natural part of the Burggarten these days that it is difficult to imagine it elsewhere – but indeed, this was not its original…

The story of the Odeon Theatre

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Today we want to introduce you to one of the last (and probably most beautiful) historicist neo-renaissance buildings, which exist in Vienna: The former Stock market for agriculture products that is now known as the “Odeon” theatre, located in the Taborstraße. The story of the building goes back to 1812 when the emperor declared the…

Miniature Horses and Naked Emperors

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As the weather warms up, it’s a lovely time to take a stroll through the gardens at Schönbrunn. While meandering past the stoic statues and neatly trimmed hedges near the Palmenhaus, you may come across what looks to be a miniature statue of a horse and rider placed atop a disproportionately large pedestal. The shrunken…

The Habsburgs: Imperial (and) Royal

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In some of our stories we have told you about businesses that were suppliers to the Habsburg court during the time of the empire. These businesses held the title of “kaiserlich-königlich” (k.k.) or “kaiserlich und königlich” (k. u. k.). “Kaiserlich” stands for Imperial while “königlich” stands for Royal. What is the difference? Well, k. u….