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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…