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Archive: Apr 2019

The story of the Herrengasse

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…

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April 10, 2019

Moving Mozart

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…

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April 10, 2019

The story of the Odeon Theatre

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…

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April 4, 2019

Miniature Horses and Naked Emperors

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…

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April 3, 2019

The Habsburgs: Imperial (and) Royal

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….

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April 2, 2019

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