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Archive: Aug 2019

The story of the Jewish cemetery in Währing

Perhaps you know that in the very old days it was customary for churches to be surrounded by a cemetery. This was for example the case of the Stephansdom and the Michaelerkirche in the city center. In the 18thcentury, Kaiser Joseph II decided to ban cemeteries from Vienna’s inner districts and one of the cemeteries…

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August 31, 2019

Viennese cappuccinos and Italian Schnitzel

It is popularly said that, contrary to all expectations, the cappuccino originates from Vienna while the Schnitzel comes from Italy. Is this true, or where does this notion come from? Indeed, the cappuccino has a Viennese origin, though the claim that today’s cappuccino comes from Vienna might be stretching things a bit too far. What…

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August 30, 2019

Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing

There is no shortage of churches in Vienna, some better and some lesser known. One of the probably lesser-known churches that deserves a second look is the Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing. Although it was not completed until 1931, it borrows heavily from earlier traditions and restrictions that were placed on the building of Protestant churches. Although…

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August 28, 2019

The story of the Vienna Tramwaymuseum

Together with excellent tap water, fresh air, urban silence and Mahlzeit, Vienna’s trams are part and parcel of the list of things that make this beautiful city tick. Like most things that function almost flawlessly, it is easy to just take them for granted as something that has been here forever and will be here…

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August 25, 2019

The story of the Viennese Criminal Museum

Vienna’s second district, known as the Leopoldstadt, features a lot of the city’s history: it was at the mercy of the Danube River until the regulation of it, it can partially tell the history of the city’s Jewish community, and it is home to the famous Prater with its large parks where the emperor used…

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August 25, 2019

Prater Stars and Stations

Although you may not have ever given it any actual thought, the name Pratersten is not random or accidental – it is in fact next to the Prater, and shaped like a star (stern) by virtue of the 7 streets that all meet there. It has officially had this name since the 19th century, some…

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August 20, 2019

The story of the Hermesvilla

It is quite impressive how some buildings in Vienna have survived the last centuries facing, among many others, the demands of modern societies and the consequences of two World Wars. One such place is the Hermesvilla. Built in 1882-1886, at the request of the emperor Franz Joseph for his wife Elisabeth, the Hermesvilla is located…

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August 15, 2019

The story of the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz

We have told you a bit about Otto Wagner and his influence on Viennese architecture and design. Perhaps his largest project was the design of the Stadtbahn that today can be seen along the metro lines U4 and U6. An important station of the Stadtbahn was one located at Karlsplatz as it was the first…

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August 11, 2019

The story of the Billrothhaus

The Frankgasse in Alsergrund (Vienna’s 9th district) may not be a household name unless you live in the area. But on this street there is an organization with a long history that has its home, namely the Gesellschaft der Ärzte in Wien (College of Physicians in Vienna). Established in 1837 with the goal of promoting…

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August 9, 2019

Bridge over the River Danube

Bridges have long been important features of Vienna as they have functioned as connections between the various parts of the city located alongside the Danube. Today, of course, the river is regulated and the bridges are standard features transporting thousands of commuters to and from the city every day. But this hasnt always been the…

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August 6, 2019

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