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Archive: Jun 2019

The Story of the Palais Königswarter

In case you have wondered which one is the oldest building on the Ringstraße, it is very likely that it is one of the buildings that are located in front of the Bristol Hotel (this hotel is located close to the Vienna Opera). One of these buildings has a particular story, namely the Palais Königswarter…

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June 30, 2019

The Mystery of a Viennese Hospital Named After a Belgian Princess

Vienna has long been regarded as a center for medicine, with a history of medical studies that stretches back over 600 years. In some ways, Vienna and its medical faculty can be considered the cradle of modern medicine, but the city only really came into its own and was recognized as being at the forefront…

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June 28, 2019

The Story of Egon Schiele

For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, it is very hard to miss him. Born in Lower Austria in June 1890, he started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 where he was eventually mentored…

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June 25, 2019

A summer night, a famous orchestra, and a beautiful palace

The Vienna Philharmonic is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world, made up of world-class musicians who have proved their mettle by playing in the Vienna State Opera orchestra for at least 3 years. They normally are based in the Musikverein and tickets can be hard to come by, but once…

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June 21, 2019

The Story of the Schottentor

It is likely that everyone in Vienna has heard about the „Schottentor“.  A famous spot for Vienna’s transport system, which brings together several tram lines and the metro U2.  The origins of the name may be a bit obvious for some and less so for others.  The “Scottish Gate” was the name of the gate…

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June 19, 2019

Japanese Pagodas on the Danube

Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, its the perfect weather to go for a run or cycle along the Danube. One of the nicest places for this is the Donauinsel, which stretches some 21 kilometers in length between the Donau and the Neue Donau. If you go for a run here, especially…

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June 14, 2019

On the Tabor

Have you ever wandered through the 2nd district and found yourself wondering what “Am Tabor” means? If you are well-versed in battle and defense terminology from the Middle Ages the meaning may already be clear to you, but the rest of you are likely left wondering ‘on the…what?’. As it turns out, a ‘Tabor’ refers…

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June 12, 2019

The Story of Gerstner and the Opera

Some weeks ago, we told you that the Opera celebrated its 150th anniversary. And for this occasion, many activities were organized and many people wished the Opera all the best. As in every bday party, a cake could not be missing and this was the responsibility of the Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Founded in…

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June 11, 2019

Revitalizing the Donauplatte

Vienna is a city with lots of tradition, but simultaneously its also a city that is constantly renewing itself. One part of the city that is experiencing a great deal of development and change is the area around the DC Tower in the 22nd district. The construction in this area includes a revitalization of the…

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June 7, 2019

The Story of Friedrich Schmidt

We have told you stories about some of the architects of the Baroque Vienna as well as of the Ringstraße period and some architects are, of course, more famous than others. One architect who is important, but perhaps less-known is Friedrich Schmidt. Born in Germany in 1825, he got a professorship at the Akademie der…

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June 6, 2019

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