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Archive: Sep 2019

The story of the Habig-Hof

Perhaps some of our readers entered a coffee house one day and they were impressed. Some days ago, we felt that way. But let us start from the beginning. We have told you many stories about k.k. or k. u k. businesses (Imperial and Royal suppliers) and while many of them were located in the…

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September 26, 2019

The Story of the Cafe Schönbergers

There are many places to drink coffee in Vienna. Some have impressive interior designs and others are more spartan. Some of them are small and others are big and always crowded. Not all of them have great coffee and definitely not all of them feel like your own living room. Cafe Schönbergers combines important characteristics…

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September 24, 2019

The story of Hans Makart

If you have lived in Vienna long enough or you are just interested in art or architecture, it is likely that you have come across the names Wagner, Klimt, Schiele, and Hansen. But there are, of course, other more “obscure” names that used to ring more than one bell back in the day, but are…

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September 23, 2019

The Story of the Opernpassage

We all know that Vienna is very well connected. And not only because of its great public transport system, but also because it has a system of corridors that help you, for example, to go from the Mariahilferstraße to the Naschmarkt using the passage offered by the Raimund-Hof. Years after the construction of the Ringstraße,…

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September 22, 2019

The story of the Mural at the Lazarist’s Chapel in Vienna

As we have told you in the past, there is no shortage of churches in Vienna, some better and some lesser known. Some are easy to see while others are not hiding but may not be perceived immediately. The Lazaristenkirche on Kaiserstraße 7 is not hiding, but if you are not in the area, it…

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September 19, 2019

Espionage and Intrigue: The Third Man

This year is the 70th anniversary of the film The Third Man, considered the greatest British film of all time, and still shown regularly at the Burg Kino in the 1st district. There are many reasons why the film is beloved, but surely the mystery and intrigue both onscreen and behind-the-scene contribute to its legendary…

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September 17, 2019

The Story of the Stefaniewarte

Perhaps visitors to Vienna have noticed that part of the city is surrounded by hills. If you walk, for example, east from the Stephansdom there is no chance you will miss them. It is likely that the most famous hill in the city is the Kahlenberg. Located in the district of Döbling with a height…

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September 10, 2019

The Arena

On June 27, 1976 a group of activists, referring to themselves as the Arenauten, occupied the abandoned area of the St. Marx slaughterhouse to protest the lack of alternative culture venues for young people. Eventually the activists had to move to a part of the slaughterhouse built in 1908. That is where the story of…

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September 7, 2019

The Wiener Schnitzel, by way of Constantinople, Paris, and Milan

Where does the Wiener Schnitzel come from? The name of course ties it to Vienna, but many contend that it actually comes from Milan. Breaded, deep-fried veal might not seem like a highly original concept, but the origins of the schnitzel can send passions soaring, and historians scrambling. So where does the thing actually come…

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September 3, 2019

Bahá’í Center Austria

Out in the 14th district is a rather unassuming house that has quite a history. Since 2010 it has housed the Bahá’í Center Austria, which is the Austrian seat of a religion that originated in Iran in the 19th century, and currently centered in Haifa, Israel. But the building began life in 1903 as a…

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September 3, 2019