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Neidhart Saal

Dating back to 1407 the Neidhart frescos tell stories inspired by songs of the troubadour Neidhart von Reuental, who lived in the 13th century. In 1979 the frescos were found over the course of construction work in the house Tuchlauben 19 in the first district and are the oldest non ecclesial mural paintings from the…

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January 26, 2022

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

The city of spies- about Vienna’s history of espionage

Spies, a crime noir movie and a once forgotten theatre hall – Vienna’s underground system There is just something mysterious about spies and their talents to hide in places we’d never  suspect. Nowadays, we think of James Bond as the most famous spy modern media has  come up with, but did you know that Vienna…

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October 21, 2021

The success of Madame Tussaud- Part II

Some days ago, we told you about the childhood and early career of Marie Grosholtz, who is now known as Madame Tussaud. While her beginning can be attributed to her mentor, doctor Philippe Curtius, becoming an icon was definitely her own doing.   Already early on Marie loved creating wax models of celebrities. Back in…

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December 11, 2020

Happy birthday Madame Tussaud- Part I

Have you visited the Madame Tussaud’s museum in Vienna already? Well, in any case, after reading this story you can visit it knowing who Madame Tussaud actually was. 🙂   Born in Strasbourg, France on the 1st of December, 1761, Marie Grosholtz (later Tussaud) was raised by her hard working single mother. Her father, Joseph…

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December 1, 2020

The Story of the ceiling painting in the National Library

If you have visited the former imperial royal library at the Josefplatz, it is likely that you were impressed by its interior and in particular by the paintings there. The large painting located in the dome of the Prunksaal is full of details and colors. Its artist was the Viennese painter Daniel Gran who worked…

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October 17, 2019

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