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The Mismatched Harmony of the Minoritenkirche

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If you look up while walking the streets of Vienna, there are many wonders and oddities to discover. On nearly every facade and rooftop in the first district you may find some architectural flourishes or structural idiosyncrasies. Among the more noticeable of these is the Minoritenkirche in the 1st district. It doesn’t take a architect…

The Amalienbad

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The Amalienbad from 1926, designed by the architects Otto Nagel and Karl Schmalhofer, is not only one of the oldest indoor swimming pools in Vienna, but it is also one of the top addresses when it comes to enjoying a unique historical ambience. The splendid swimming pool in Art Nouveau style is timeless and especially…

Of Glühwein and Christmas Markets

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Although you could be forgiven for thinking it is still far away based on the unseasonably mild weather, it is just about time for the Christmas markets to open again in Vienna. Over the years the size and number of markets have grown to the point where it is almost impossible to walk through any…

WU Memorial Sphere

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Walking around the WU campus, you may notice a metal sphere placed on a small grassy knoll outside of building D3. It evokes a somber sort of power, standing both in defiance and in remembrance of a dark and painful history. It is a memorial to victims of the NS-regime, and specifically remembers the students…

Who was Josephine Mutzenbacher?

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Josephine Mutzenbacher or The Story of a Viennese Whore, as Told by Herself  is written as the memoir of a middle aged, successful Viennese courtesan who remembers her childhood before age 14 when she becomes a licensed prostitute in Vienna to support her unemployed father. And this is where the moral dynamite comes from: all…

Take a stroll at the Reumannhof

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Gazing out the window on an afternoon ride on the #6 tram, depending on which side you are sitting on, you may slowly roll past a large and impressive social housing building on the Margaretengürtel. It looks much like other social housing buildings, though the size and style of it captures the attention more than…

Austria’s National Day

Staatsvertrag – feierliche Unterzeichnung im Schloss Belvedere in Wien am 15. Mai 1955

In order to find out more about the mood in Vienna at the end of 1955, this SV explorer searched the archives and found a long ‘Letter from Vienna’ sent by the correspondent of The New Yorker magazine to his American readers back home in November 1955. From this letter we find out that the…

Artemisia Gentileschi

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400 years ago, the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi put everything at risk as she wrote history for being among the first women to express experiences with sexual violence through art. The story might be more significant than ever since in today’s times more and more women reach out and share their traumatic experiences of assault…

The DC Tower

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When walking around Vienna, it’s always a good idea to look up and admire the beautiful building facades that are so easily overlooked. One building that can hardly be overlooked is the DC Tower. The name stands for Donau City Tower, and since its completion in 2014, it has been the tallest skyscraper in Austria…

The journeys of the Donnerbrunnen

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Some time ago, we told you the story of the Donnerbrunnen: The fountain located in the Neuer Markt that features a partially nude reclining statue of Providentia surrounded by allegorical figures symbolizing the main rivers of Austria. The nude figures of the fountain were deemed a scandalous affront to public decency and were removed in…