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Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor

Leopold Mozart

Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated Mozart’s birthday!   No, it wasn’t the birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that we celebrated, but his father- Leopold Mozart. If you are a hardcore Mozart fan, we would understand if you are having some mixed feelings about this. After all, Leopold Mozart was not only…

Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi- The man who envisioned Europe United

Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

Have you heard of Aoyama Eijiro? No? Well if you are interested in European politics, you might recognize his Austrian name- Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi.   Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was a half Austrian half Japanese politician and philosopher who had a great vision of a unified Europe. As a pioneer of European integration, he served as…

The battle of Dürnstein

Battle of Dürnstein

When we think of a peaceful town where one can enjoy history, relax and disconnect from reality without getting too far from Vienna, we think of Dürnstein. The ancient streets, castle ruins and wide Danube river, make the city both charming and mysterious. With that in mind, it’s quite hard to imagine the area as…

The congress of Carnuntum


The Roman legionary camp of Carnuntum, located right between Vienna and Bratislava, had a great significance and was one of the empire’s most eastern strongholds. Although today nothing but ruins remain there, Carnuntum was once a large city with over 50,000 inhabitants.  Carnuntum was founded during the reign of the first emperor, Augustus, and became…

Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

She was one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses of her time. So beautiful in fact, that people couldn’t believe she was also an inventor who made some groundbreaking discoveries!   The story of Hedy Lamarr is a truly remarkable one. The Austrian actress, who some considered as the most beautiful woman in the world, was…

“Liebe war es nie”- film review

Liebe war es nie film review

“Love, it was not”, a new film directed by Maya Sarfaty, caught me by surprise. As a jew and Israeli, i’ve watched and heard countless heart-wrenching movies and stories about the holocaust. This film, however, tells such an unbelievably complex yet human story that anyone can connect to. In a private screening at Haydn Kino,…

The fire of London

The London fire

Sometimes our world is transformed through innovation and creativity and sometimes it’s due to catastrophes and disasters. One example is the London fire, which happened exactly 354 years ago today. In Vienna, the most famous fires are the “Hofburg Fires” which burned and destroyed parts of the palace in 1668, 1848 and 1992.  Such catastrophes…