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The story of the Habig-Hof

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Perhaps some of our readers entered a coffee house one day and they were impressed. Some days ago, we felt that way. But let us start from the beginning. We have told you many stories about k.k. or k. u k. businesses (Imperial and Royal suppliers) and while many of them were located in the…

The Story of the Cafe Schönbergers

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There are many places to drink coffee in Vienna. Some have impressive interior designs and others are more spartan. Some of them are small and others are big and always crowded. Not all of them have great coffee and definitely not all of them feel like your own living room. Cafe Schönbergers combines important characteristics…

The Story of Gerstner and the Opera

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Some weeks ago, we told you that the Opera celebrated its 150th anniversary. And for this occasion, many activities were organized and many people wished the Opera all the best. As in every bday party, a cake could not be missing and this was the responsibility of the Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Founded in…

Czech Beer at the Swiss House

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A Viennese institution with a storied history – there is no shortage of such places in this city. One of the more popular ones amongst a diverse population of local residents is the Schweizerhaus in the Prater. Long a popular place to have a beer, it was first mentioned in historical records in 1766, and…

The story of Peter Altenberg

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The Café Central.  Together with the Sacher Hotel, it is the place where many visitors want to spend some hours in.  Inaugurated in 1868, the Café  Central has a long history and one can argue that it was luck what allowed the Café Central to become so famous at the end of the 19thcentury –…

„Wien wird zur Großstadt demoliert“ (Part 2)

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„Wien wird zur Großstadt demoliert“ This week an announcement was made that reminded us of two stories that we have written in the past.  The first story is about the Loos Haus, which Emperor Franz Joseph apparently did not like at all: he referred to it as “The house without eyebrows” due to the simplicity…

Café Weidinger

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There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby, but at the same time the most charming among them, is for sure the Café Weidinger that is hidden at the corner Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Gablenzgasse right in front of the shopping mall Lugner City. When entering, visitors…

The story of Zum Schwarzen Kameel

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“Zum Schwarzen Kameel” has been located at the Bognergasse since its founder Johann Baptist Cameel opened the business in 1619 offering exotic foods and spices. The story how “Cameel” became “Kameel” will never be known. Perhaps Johann thought that this name would go well with the symbol of the place, which is a Camel. The…

The lady at “Ch. Demel‘s  Söhne“ (“Ch. Demel’s Sons”)

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If you walk along the Kohlmarkt you may see a lot of people waiting to enter a shop. You may not know why, but most likely you will check it out as your curiosity would get the better of you. At Kohlmarkt 14 you will read: “Demel”. A sweet world located here since 1887 and…

The Kleines Cafe

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Located near the heart of Vienna’s tourist scene, yet somehow far removed from it, is the Franziskanerplatz and the Kleines Cafe (Small Cafe). The square itself did not exist before 1624 because a house used to stand directly in front of the Franciscan church, which left only a narrow passage by which to access the…