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Long Night of the Museums

16. ?ORF-Lange Nacht der Museen? am 3. Oktober

This weekend, on Saturday the 6thof October the “ORF – Long Night of Museums” takes place for the 19thtime, an annual highlight of the Austrian cultural calendar. Among varied exhibitions, many exciting events and special offers, visitors can choose their personal highlights and visit (or at least try to visit) all 135 participating houses in…

Vienna Contemporary / PARALLEL VIENNA / Curated by

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Vienna’s busy contemporary art scene of fairs and events Yes, a huge, inflatable, golden head of Karl Marx appeared on the roof of an office building. This time Marx got on the building to make an artistic statement and not a political one (even if some would correctly say that art is always political). The installation…

The Republic of “Kugelmugel”

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There are many reasons why one may choose to visit the Prater. Be it for a run, a walk, some adrenalin rush in the amusement park or, even better, to try out Secret Vienna’s interesting new guided tour, the place has something to offer for any age range from 2 to 102. What this SV…

The story of the Mölkerbastei

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In the past we have written stories about the Albertina and the Coburg Palais and have mentioned that these are two of the three elevated spots that are left from Vienna’s city walls. The third spot is the “Mölkerbastei”, which is located right in front of the University of Vienna. Its construction dates back to…

A very special fencing

City Tour of Vienna

Summer time is construction, demolition, and refurbishment time. If you are in Vienna, you may have noticed that almost no stone remains unturned in summer, as it is the best time to do all the construction work that can’t be easily done in winter. Something very common at construction sites is a kind of fencing…

Vienna, the morbid and morose

Vienna City Tours

The Viennese fascination with the morbid and morose is well-known. From the tram 71 transporting the dead to the central cemetery to the elaborate funeral and burial practices of the Habsburgs, death has always been a very present part of life in Vienna. A famous quote from the Viennese comedian Helmut Qualtinger gets right to…

Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Vienna Walking Tours

It’s Christmas again in Vienna for photography lovers. After the Polaroid exhibition and in parallel with the Man Ray and Elina Brotherus shows, Westlicht Gallery brings to town the works of Vivian Maier. The simplest way to start talking about Vivian Maier is to use the saying of another famous photographer, Diane Arbus: ‘A picture…

Maximilian I, 1459 – 1519 – another visit in Kunsthistorisches Museum

City Tour of Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is among the best art museums in the world, hosting the 4th largest collection of paintings, the largest collection of Egyptian papyri, art objects from Greek, Roman, Etruscan and other early cultures, as well as the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations, Austria, Hungary, Sicily. As most…

Sex at the Secession

Vienna Walking Tours

The Secession building, with its recognizable goldleaf-covered sphere floating over the Linke Wienzeile, has courted scandal and intrigue since the very beginning. As an artistic movement, the Secession was a break with the traditional conservatism of the Austrian art scene and its orientation toward Historicism. Although the building itself, constructed in 1897/1898, has been generally…

Donaukanal then and now

City Tour of Vienna

As soon as temperatures in Vienna make drinking outside possible, the Donaukanal floods with life. The sport lovers who keep the place alive throughout the year suddenly find themselves drowned in a sea of people who just want to talk and drink on the pavement. One can easily imagine that this was not always the…