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The story of the Billrothhaus

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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

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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…

The story of the Fleischmarkt

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Walking down the Rotenturmstraße to the Schwedenplatz area you perhaps will find a street with the name Fleischmarkt. The street is very old and was already known in the 1200s as “carnifices Viennensis”, which suggests that there used to be a meat market. You see, as Vienna was well situated for maritime transport, a lot…

Tales of Torberg

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Every place has its literary traditions, and Vienna even more than most. As a diverse and multi-cultural center of culture at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, there was no shortage of imagination and creativity in the city, much of which was cultivated through the intellectual and artistic scenes that…

The story of the Dorotheum

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If you are lucky, next time you pass by the Dorotheum auction house, you may see the delivery of beautiful classic cars, precious paintings, or other interesting items. The auction house Dorotheum has a long history. At over 300 years old, some refer to it as “Tante Dorothee” or “Aunt Dorothy”, it is one of…

Sisi the royal horse whisperer

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria, originally of Bavaria and commonly known as Sisi, is often depicted astride a horse in portraits, and for good reason. She was an excellent horsewoman and rider who had a particular fondness for horses, which she likely inherited from her father, a great horseman in his own right. In fact, it…

The story of the Michaelerplatz

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Any visitor to Vienna will have stood for a brief moment on Michaelerplatz, if not longer, to marvel at some of the city’s architectural wonders. Even in Roman times, the square was an important crossroads (today’s Herrengasse/Kohlmarkt), leading to one of the garrison’s imposing gates: Porta Decumana. The square has been defined by the buildings…

Answering the call of nature — literally.

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Vienna’s public toilets aren’t just toilets – no, they are experiences! Although you may be quite skeptical of what kind of ‘experience’ that might be, its less shady gas station bathroom and more artificual forest feeling that you might expect! Take a toilet in Ottakring from 2015 for example – here 50 cents unlocks a…

The story of the Neues Institute Gebäude

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The university of Vienna has a long history, having been established in the 14th century with its 19th century main building located in the Schottentor area. This main building was too small to cover all of the university’s needs and, therefore, over the years other locations around the city have become part of the university….

The story of old walls at the Hofburg

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The Hofburg in Vienna is an interesting place. One can literally tell the history of the Habsburg empire by walking through it. Starting with the Babenberger family and the beginning of the construction of what is known as the Schweizerhof, continuing through to Josefsplatz talking about the reforms implemented by Josef II, and reaching the…