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A racetrack fit for a king

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Did you know that Vienna historically had two separate horse race tracks, one for trotting (Trabrennbahn) and one for galloping (Galopprennbahn). The Galopprennbahn is the older of the two, having been opened already in 1839. It was according to the architectural and artist tenants of Historicism, which was popular at the time, incorporating a great…

The Queen in Vienna

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By now  is it probable that you already heard the news: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6.  And this happy occasion has coincided with a royal event that took place in Vienna some time ago, namely the visit of the Queen.  It was the year 1969 and from May 5-7, Elisabeth II, Prince…

The Downsizing of the Imperial Waters

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The Danube is a favorite location for locals in the summer, providing some much needed relief in the hot summer months. While we enjoy it today as a regular place to do sports and meet friends, the Danube used to be a much larger and less predictable beast. In fact, before the regulation of the…

The story of May 1st

Celebrations of the Social Democrats in 1931

The story of the celebrations for May 1st dates back to the 19th century and starts in the United States. The conditions for factory workers, who had to work at least 10 hours a day, were very stressful and dangerous to their health. Eventually, on May 1st, 1886 workers started to fight for improvement in their working…

Käsekrainer: whats in a name?

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The standard late night snack after a few drinks in Vienna has to be a Käsekrainer at one of the many würstelständer in the city. Although the Käserkrainer is particularly loved by the Viennese, it has broader historical connections. This is because it was actually ‘invented’ by two butchers from Upper Austria in the 1960s,…

The story of Hans Makart

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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…