The story of Jungmann & Neffe


In several of our stories we have told you about businesses that have survived the 20th century. The mere fact that these businesses made it through this period must be considered a remarkable achievement as in many cases the world – literally – collapsed around them. One such business that survived is the textile company…

Sky full of stones @ Stephansdom


On the occasion of the Lent that Catholics worldwide are celebrating right now, contemporary artist Peter Baldinger turned the vault of the St. Stephan Cathedral into an impressive Sky full of Stones. Altogether 1332 stones (which are made of paper) are attached to the ceiling at a height of 6,5 metres.  And we have read…

The story of the Börsendorfersaal


It is likely that most of our readers have passed by the Hochhaus Herrengasse, but perhaps you did not make it to the lobby of the building. There, you will find a memorial plaque about a place called the “Börsendorfersaal”. The name goes back to the company Bösendorfer, which is a well-known Austrian piano manufacturer….

The story of Peter Altenberg


The Café Central.  Together with the Sacher Hotel, it is the place where many visitors want to spend some hours in.  Inaugurated in 1868, the Café  Central has a long history and one can argue that it was luck what allowed the Café Central to become so famous at the end of the 19thcentury –…

The origins of Hanswurst


Everything has an end, only the wurst has two! Perhaps you have heard this Austrian expression…of course, Austria is known for sausage, but its not the only kind of wurst that has claimed its place in history. One of the earliest and most theatrical of these is the infamous Hans Wurst, a comic figure who…

Top 5 Otto Wagner buildings you should know about

Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner is one of the most famous architects of the Jugendstil period in Austria.  He was the architect of several important projects in the city such as the well-known Postsparkasse, the Stadtbahn, (metropolitan railway system), and Kirche am Steinhof. But there are other perhaps less-known places where Otto Wagner left his mark. Here our…

The streets are alive with the sound of music


Vienna, the capital of music. When walking through the city, one quickly gets the impression that people like Mozart or Beethoven lived on almost every street corner. The busts of Haydn, Brahms or Maher, to name just a few, greet you in any souvenir shop in their hundreds. Just think of the Staatsoper, the Konzerthaus…