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Archive: Dec 2021

Vienna’s New Year’s concert

Without a doubt, most of you know about Vienna’s New Year’s concert. Every year the Vienna Philharmonic presents a program focused on lively though nostalgic music from the repertoire of the family of Johann Strauß and their contemporaries. Even though the program focuses on the Strauß dynasty, the Philharmonic used to “ignore” the Strauß music…

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December 30, 2021

Café Gerstner

What started as a confectioner’s shop, is now one of our most cherished, and traditional coffee houses in Vienna. The Gerstner is located vis-a-vis our beautiful Opera, right in the heart of Vienna’s inner city.  In 1847 the couple Gerstner founded the Gerstner Company and their confectioner’s shop, their cakes and confectionery impressed guests from…

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December 27, 2021

Coffee in Vienna

Vienna is famous for its coffee house culture, a one of a kind tradition that is well known all over the globe. Typical for our coffee houses are marble tabletops, tables filled with newspapers, and a traditional interior design. Coffee houses are spots where “time and space gets consumed, but only the coffee is left…

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December 24, 2021

Café Frauenhuber

The Café Frauenhuber is one of Vienna’s oldest coffee houses, tracing back to the year 1891, the name is still used today.  In 1824 Alois Hänisch founded his first coffee house in Vienna’s first district. Only a few months later the Café moved to another part of the district, attracting guests with the big sign…

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December 22, 2021

The Gloriette

Schönbrunn is always worth a visit, no matter the season. The Gloriette towers over the castle and the garden, a true eyecatcher full of history. As empress Maria Theresia ordered new constructions and renovations of the castle, the Gloriette got built, the garden’s centrepiece. The Gloriette was supposed to be a temple of glory, but…

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December 12, 2021


Most of you may know the band Kaleo from their song “Way Down We Go”, which was and still is featured in different movies, tv shows and advertisements. The Icelanders are playing their second show in Austria in January, and today I want to tell you a bit more about them, their music, and when…

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December 10, 2021

Cafe Korb

Just like the Café Demel, the Café Korb is one of our traditional coffee houses, located in the first district. The place where the Café Korb is located is full of old history, tracing back to the 15th century. In the 19th century, the coffee house that was built on the site was one of…

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December 8, 2021

Cafe Demel

There’s no doubt that our beautiful city is internationally known for its coffee houses. Today I want to tell you more about the history of the “Demel” one of our oldest and most beautiful locations in the inner city. Ludwig Dehne, a confectioner, opened his confiserie in 1786, it didn’t take long for his business…

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December 5, 2021

Nut Cookie Recipe

Today I want to share an old Viennese Christmas cookie recipe with you. Christmas baked goods were once reserved for aristocrats, formed by hand, and made into small shapes. Dried pieces were also used as decorations for the Christmas tree. Easy nut-based cookies: You’ll need 160g butter, 60g powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 pack of…

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December 3, 2021

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