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Archive: Oct 2021

The city of spies- about Vienna’s history of espionage

Spies, a crime noir movie and a once forgotten theatre hall – Vienna’s underground system There is just something mysterious about spies and their talents to hide in places we’d never  suspect. Nowadays, we think of James Bond as the most famous spy modern media has  come up with, but did you know that Vienna…

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October 21, 2021

The Pompfüneberer

“A schöne Leich”, Vienna’s obsession with death and funerals It’s no secret that Vienna has a very special obsession with death and rituals that circle around it. If you study the Viennese dialect you will soon notice that we have quite a few words dedicated to death and everything mysterious. Today we would like to introduce…

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October 18, 2021

The Karmelitermarkt

Vienna is home to many street markets, and one of the oldest markets can be found in the second district, called the “Karmelitermarkt”.  Laws about the market can be found from 1671, and ever since then the market has been growing, offering a large variety of groceries, drinks and sometimes even care products. Be prepared…

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October 15, 2021

The Memento Mori festival Vienna

We all die and that’s why we must talk about it! The Memento Mori festival took it upon itself to  break through barriers and taboos when it comes  to death and the thematization of it. Till the 17th of October young and old will have the chance to walk into the Volkskundemuseum, at Laudongasse 15-17 …

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October 15, 2021

The Catacombs of St. Stephen’s cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral- Ossuaries beneath Vienna’s historic center, crypts filled with bones and skulls. Most of you have probably walked past or even stepped into the St. Stephen’s cathedral by now. Most of you surely know that you can visit the landmark’s platform via an elevator or by taking the 343 steps up the south…

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October 13, 2021

The story of the Kahlenberg Cemetery

Laid to rest in the thicket of the Wienerwald Would you think of cemeteries if somebody asked you to describe Vienna’s charm? Many tourists that come to Vienna take it upon themselves to visit our central cemetery, a place that tells tragic stories, kept by the most beautiful gravestones. Today we want to introduce you…

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October 10, 2021

Drunk Augustin and the plague pit

While strolling through Vienna’s first district you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Griechenbeisl, a restaurant that can be found in the Griechengasse 9.  A name you will stumble upon in many Viennese sagas is the “lovely Augustin”, a bagpipe player and improviser from the  17th century. Augustin got famous due to falling into a…

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October 9, 2021

Vienna’s one and only witch-burning, the cruel case of Elisabeth Plainacher

We are staying true to our October topic and since witches are an unmistakably important part of the Halloween celebrations, we will now delve deeper into the story of Vienna’s only witch-burning. Elisabeth Plainacher, also called Elsa, died in the year 1583 on the stake, burned alive at the age of seventy. Even though Elisabeth…

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October 6, 2021

Elisabeth Báthory – Vienna’s very own Dracula

If there was one person you didn’t want to cross in the 16th century in Vienna, it probably would have been Elisabeth Báthory. We are starting the mysterious and dark month of October with this fascinating woman, also known as the ‘blood countess’ or the ‘tiger in human form’. Elisabeth (Erzsébet) was born as part…

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October 3, 2021

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