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Recordbag: A musical time travel for lovers and freaks in the 6th district

Meet Recordbag Music is undoubtedly one of the things in life that connects us all. While we all love music, for some it is life’s biggest passion. This is exactly the story of Recordbag. This unique store was founded in 2004 with the aim to create a place for the whole family. A music freak,…

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May 3, 2020

Suvanapum: A Boutique Thai health spa in the heart of Vienna

Meet Suvanapum In the heart of Vienna, minutes walk from the Opera and Albertina, is a place of relaxation and tranquility. You will find it in Krugerstraße 8, an authentic Thai boutique health spa and massage institute named Suvanapum, Suvanapum was founded in 2012 and was moved to their beautiful location in the inner city…

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May 3, 2020

Lunzers Maß-Greißlerei: Organic and Package Free Grocery Shopping

The story of Lunzers To many of us, environmentally friendly shopping of unpackaged, truly organic products seems like a sweet dream but far from reality. Ordinary supermarkets have products packaged with plastic which makes it hard to consume in an eco friendly way. The perfect solution to this shopping problem can be found at Lunzers Maß-Greißlerei….

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May 1, 2020

The story of Christian Brandstätter

In his “Memoirs”, Chancellor Metternich wrote “The men who create history have not time to write it – I at least had none”. Contrary to the Chancellor, Christian Brandstätter has made history and has had the time to write it. Born in Upper Austria in 1943, he moved to Vienna at the beginning of the…

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January 15, 2020

The story of the Christian Brandstätter Verlag

If you are interested in “Vienna 1900” or Jugendstil, chances are you have come across books published by the Christian Brandstätter Verlag. Established by Christian Brandstätter (an institution in his own right), in a way the origins of the company can be found in another famous publishing company, namely the Fritz Molden Verlag. It was…

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December 15, 2019

The story of Helmut Portele

Perhaps some of our readers collect things. Some people collect items such as stamps, books, coins etc. and these items would fit usually in one’s home. Another type of collector would hunt for bigger things such as old timers or motorcycles and one would definitely need a large space to store these. Helmut Portele belonged…

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December 12, 2019

The story of E. Braun & Co.

When walking along the Graben, you have most likely seen the famous clothing company H&M. And perhaps if you paid attention you would have seen the name “E. Braun & Co.” on the façade of the building. What‘s its story? The building was originally constructed in 1887 for an American insurance company, which is the…

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December 8, 2019

The story of the “Pferdebändiger”

Perhaps you know that Emperor Franz Josef suffered an assassination attempt. That was in 1853 and the men who saved his life were rewarded. Maximilian Karl Lamoral O’Donnell was made a count of the Habsburg Empire and the butcher Joseph Ettenreich became Joseph von Ettenreich. And this was not all, the emperor’s brother Ferdinand Maximilian…

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October 25, 2019

The Story of the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel

As you can imagine, after the fall of the Habsburg empire, many buildings were left without an empire to serve. Most of them, however, found a new life, such as the former Imperial and Royal Stables that now host the MuseumsQuartier. There are other perhaps less-known buildings that have also found a new life. This…

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October 20, 2019

The story of the Ottakringer Brauwerk brewery

It is likely that our readers have had a craft beer already. But if you live in Vienna perhaps you had to wait a bit longer to drink it when compared to other countries. We don’t know when craft beer production started in Austria, but it was in 2014 that the Ottakringer brewery decided to…

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October 12, 2019

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