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Snow Globe Museum

It was the year 1900 as Erwin Perzy created the first ever snow globe. His first design was the basilica Maria Zell. From 1920 on Erwin decided to design snow globes in different sizes, from 20mm to 60mm. Over the years more sizes were added and in 1977 they  even designed a 120mm one.  Today…

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January 21, 2022

Austria’s Drugstore Museum

Located in Vienna’s 9th district, in the Währinger Straße 14, Austria’s Drugstore Museum has a long history, tracing back to 1899 as the society of Austria’s druggists started to document the history of drugstores and the work life of a druggist to support future druggists with their learning process. Today the museum displays its collection…

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January 13, 2022

Schildermaler Museum

Perhaps some of you may have heard of Vienna’s Schildermaler Museum before. Located in the Mühlgasse 7 in the 4th district, the museum walls are covered in old signs, photographs and paper articles. Our city has a long tradition of city lettering and was once a metropolis of sign painting. Josef Samuel, Vienna’s last sign…

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January 7, 2022

Café Central

The Café Central, located just a street down from the Michaelerplatz. It was founded in 1867 and ever since it acted as a hotspot for writers and philosophers. Literati like Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Karl Kraus or Stefan Zweig loved to spend their afternoons in the Café.  But the coffee house was also packed with international…

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January 3, 2022

Vienna’s New Year’s concert

Without a doubt, most of you know about Vienna’s New Year’s concert. Every year the Vienna Philharmonic presents a program focused on lively though nostalgic music from the repertoire of the family of Johann Strauß and their contemporaries. Even though the program focuses on the Strauß dynasty, the Philharmonic used to “ignore” the Strauß music…

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December 30, 2021

Café Gerstner

What started as a confectioner’s shop, is now one of our most cherished, and traditional coffee houses in Vienna. The Gerstner is located vis-a-vis our beautiful Opera, right in the heart of Vienna’s inner city.  In 1847 the couple Gerstner founded the Gerstner Company and their confectioner’s shop, their cakes and confectionery impressed guests from…

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December 27, 2021

Coffee in Vienna

Vienna is famous for its coffee house culture, a one of a kind tradition that is well known all over the globe. Typical for our coffee houses are marble tabletops, tables filled with newspapers, and a traditional interior design. Coffee houses are spots where “time and space gets consumed, but only the coffee is left…

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December 24, 2021

Café Frauenhuber

The Café Frauenhuber is one of Vienna’s oldest coffee houses, tracing back to the year 1891, the name is still used today.  In 1824 Alois Hänisch founded his first coffee house in Vienna’s first district. Only a few months later the Café moved to another part of the district, attracting guests with the big sign…

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December 22, 2021

The Gloriette

Schönbrunn is always worth a visit, no matter the season. The Gloriette towers over the castle and the garden, a true eyecatcher full of history. As empress Maria Theresia ordered new constructions and renovations of the castle, the Gloriette got built, the garden’s centrepiece. The Gloriette was supposed to be a temple of glory, but…

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December 12, 2021

Cafe Korb

Just like the Café Demel, the Café Korb is one of our traditional coffee houses, located in the first district. The place where the Café Korb is located is full of old history, tracing back to the 15th century. In the 19th century, the coffee house that was built on the site was one of…

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December 8, 2021

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