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The story of the Mural at the Lazarist’s Chapel in Vienna

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As we have told you in the past, there is no shortage of churches in Vienna, some better and some lesser known. Some are easy to see while others are not hiding but may not be perceived immediately. The Lazaristenkirche on Kaiserstraße 7 is not hiding, but if you are not in the area, it…

Espionage and Intrigue: The Third Man

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This year is the 70th anniversary of the film The Third Man, considered the greatest British film of all time, and still shown regularly at the Burg Kino in the 1st district. There are many reasons why the film is beloved, but surely the mystery and intrigue both onscreen and behind-the-scene contribute to its legendary…

The Story of the Stefaniewarte

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Perhaps visitors to Vienna have noticed that part of the city is surrounded by hills. If you walk, for example, east from the Stephansdom there is no chance you will miss them. It is likely that the most famous hill in the city is the Kahlenberg. Located in the district of Döbling with a height…

The Arena

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On June 27, 1976 a group of activists, referring to themselves as the Arenauten, occupied the abandoned area of the St. Marx slaughterhouse to protest the lack of alternative culture venues for young people. Eventually the activists had to move to a part of the slaughterhouse built in 1908. That is where the story of…

The Wiener Schnitzel, by way of Constantinople, Paris, and Milan

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Where does the Wiener Schnitzel come from? The name of course ties it to Vienna, but many contend that it actually comes from Milan. Breaded, deep-fried veal might not seem like a highly original concept, but the origins of the schnitzel can send passions soaring, and historians scrambling. So where does the thing actually come…

Bahá’í Center Austria

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Out in the 14th district is a rather unassuming house that has quite a history. Since 2010 it has housed the Bahá’í Center Austria, which is the Austrian seat of a religion that originated in Iran in the 19th century, and currently centered in Haifa, Israel. But the building began life in 1903 as a…

The story of the Jewish cemetery in Währing

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Perhaps you know that in the very old days it was customary for churches to be surrounded by a cemetery. This was for example the case of the Stephansdom and the Michaelerkirche in the city center. In the 18thcentury, Kaiser Joseph II decided to ban cemeteries from Vienna’s inner districts and one of the cemeteries…

Viennese cappuccinos and Italian Schnitzel

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It is popularly said that, contrary to all expectations, the cappuccino originates from Vienna while the Schnitzel comes from Italy. Is this true, or where does this notion come from? Indeed, the cappuccino has a Viennese origin, though the claim that today’s cappuccino comes from Vienna might be stretching things a bit too far. What…

Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing

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There is no shortage of churches in Vienna, some better and some lesser known. One of the probably lesser-known churches that deserves a second look is the Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing. Although it was not completed until 1931, it borrows heavily from earlier traditions and restrictions that were placed on the building of Protestant churches. Although…

The story of the Vienna Tramwaymuseum

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Together with excellent tap water, fresh air, urban silence and Mahlzeit, Vienna’s trams are part and parcel of the list of things that make this beautiful city tick. Like most things that function almost flawlessly, it is easy to just take them for granted as something that has been here forever and will be here…