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Discovering the Nestroyhof

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Nestroy is a name that comes up frequently in Vienna, especially if you are traveling along the U1 where you will eventually come across Nestroyplatz. But who was the eponymous Nestroy? His name was in fact Johann Nepomuk Eduard Ambrosius Nestroy — quite a mouthful! — and he was a famous singer and playwright during…

Breaking the barrier of human achievement

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Vienna is a city that has seen many historical events — and may be home to another great and historic feat come this October. That is because Vienna, and specifically the Prater park, have been selected as the next place for Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge to try to break the 2 hour marathon barrier. No…

The Story of Franz Matzinger

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We have told you many stories about the Ringstraße and its buildings and architects. There are, of course, many other players that made the construction of the Ringstraße possible. One of these players who is definitely not well known, but an important one is Franz Matzinger. Born in 1817, he was a bureaucrat in the…

Banker on the Edge

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Walking along Getreidemarkt just before reaching Babenbergerstrasse you may happen to glance up towards the sky only to start with a shock at what you see: a sharply dressed man in a suit holding a briefcase about to plummet from the roof of the building. And if driving, better not to look up at all,…

The Mystery of a Viennese Hospital Named After a Belgian Princess

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Vienna has long been regarded as a center for medicine, with a history of medical studies that stretches back over 600 years. In some ways, Vienna and its medical faculty can be considered the cradle of modern medicine, but the city only really came into its own and was recognized as being at the forefront…

The Story of Egon Schiele

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For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, it is very hard to miss him. Born in Lower Austria in June 1890, he started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 where he was eventually mentored…

A summer night, a famous orchestra, and a beautiful palace

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The Vienna Philharmonic is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world, made up of world-class musicians who have proved their mettle by playing in the Vienna State Opera orchestra for at least 3 years. They normally are based in the Musikverein and tickets can be hard to come by, but once…

The Story of the Schottentor

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It is likely that everyone in Vienna has heard about the „Schottentor“.  A famous spot for Vienna’s transport system, which brings together several tram lines and the metro U2.  The origins of the name may be a bit obvious for some and less so for others.  The “Scottish Gate” was the name of the gate…

Japanese Pagodas on the Danube

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Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, its the perfect weather to go for a run or cycle along the Danube. One of the nicest places for this is the Donauinsel, which stretches some 21 kilometers in length between the Donau and the Neue Donau. If you go for a run here, especially…