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The Vienna Mozart Orchestra: An Unforgettable Classical Concert in Vienna's Golden Hall
The best classical concert in Vienna! Are you looking for an incredible classical concert in Vienna?...
"Murder by Misadventure" - Secret Vienna Review
“Murder by Misadventure”: A Masterful Performance at the Vienna English Theatre The Vienna...
Vienna's Easter Markets
Vienna’s Easter Markets – our favourites One of the most popular events in the city are the...
The History of Vienna's Opernball
Have you ever visited the Opernball? Vienna’s Opernball is a grand event that takes place annually...
Valentine's Day
Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day, which we celebrate annually on February...
Teambuilding Activities in Vienna - Canoe Tours
Are you looking for Teambuilding Activities in Vienna? There are numerous reasons as to why Teambuilding...
Vienna's Historic Sights to Visit with Students
Are you wondering about Vienna’s Historic Sights to Visit with Students? There are many historic...
The best museums to visit with students in Vienna
Are you wondering which are the best museums to visit with students in Vienna? When planning a visit...
Unique team building activities in Vienna
Are you looking for Unique team building activities in Vienna?  Vienna is a city steeped in history and...
Activities for Schools in Vienna
Are you looking for some popular activities for Schools in Vienna? Vienna is a city rich in culture and...
Vienna's CAT Train
Vienna’s CAT Train Finding a way to Vienna’s city centre from the airport can be quite tricky, ...
Vienna's metro system
Vienna’s metro system Finding your way through Vienna, especially if you don’t want to explore...
Which Viennese Desserts are worth trying
Which Viennese Desserts are worth trying? If there’s one thing Vienna is famous for – besides...
Zoom Children's Museum Vienna
Zoom Children’s Museum Vienna Exploring a new city with children can be quite the hassle, hence...
Vienna's Catacombs - Michaelerplatz 
Vienna’s Catacombs – Michaelerplatz Some of you may be familiar with Vienna’s Kapuzinergruft...
Imperial Treasury in Vienna - Schatzkammer
Imperial Treasury in Vienna As one will notice, Vienna is full of imperial buildings, impressive architecture...
Winter hotspots outside of Vienna
Winter hotspots outside of Vienna for you to visit There are a few winter hotspots outside of Vienna...
Vienna nightlife spots
Vienna nightlife spots There is always something going on in Vienna, no matter the time of day. There...
Vienna Things To Do in January
Vienna Things To Do in January There are numerous Vienna things to do in January. Hence why we have decided...
Which top 10 Vienna things to do
Top 10 Vienna things to do There are numerous things one can do in Vienna, no matter the time of day...
New Year's Concert 2023
Goodbye 2022, hello 2023 – The New Year’s Concert 2023 Happy New Year, we hope you were able...
New Year's Eve in Vienna
Are you still planning your New Year’s Eve in Vienna? 2023 is about to roll upon us, and yet there...
Vienna on cold days
Are you looking for some inspiration for the cold Vienna days? Winter days can be quite harsh in Vienna,...
Harry Potter The Exhibition
Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, you have to visit Harry Potter The Exhibition in Vienna. Last week...
Winter Activities in Vienna
Are you looking for winter activities in Vienna to pass time with? Vienna is beautiful, no matter the...
Kittenberger Adventzauber
Are you looking for ideas for a pre-Christmas adventure? Then visit the Kittenberger Adventzauber! ©Kittenberger...
Christkindlmärkte in Vienna we recommend - Part 3
Our Top Christkindlmärkte in Vienna outside the inner city Have you already visited some Christkindlmärkte...
Christkindlmärkte in Vienna We Recommend Part 2
Here are some more Christkindlmärkte in Vienna we recommend! There are numerous Christkindlmärkte in...
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery - Secret Vienna Review
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery As long time friends and partners of Vienna’s English Theatre,...
Christkindlmärkte in Vienna we recommend
Our Top Christkindlmärkte in Vienna Soon Vienna’s Christkindlmärkte open their gates and it can...
Schloss Hof
Schloss Hof – a palace perfect for a day trip visit Have you ever been to or heard of Schloss Hof?...
Vienna bars with live music we recommend
Here are some Vienna bars with live music we recommend: If you are a fan of pubs and bars but also of...
5 cocktail bars in Vienna we recommend
Read further for 5 cocktail bars in Vienna we recommend! You can find all kinds of bars and pubs in Vienna,...
Vienna Events in November
Our top Vienna events in November: There are always new things to explore, new places to visit and new...
Narrenturm Vienna
All medicine lovers have to visit the Narrenturm! If you are interested in pathology, anatomy and diseases,...
Recommended Large Hotels in Vienna's old town
Large Hotels in Vienna’s old city – our top 10 Choosing the perfect hotel in Vienna can...
Tag des Denkmals
Tag des Denkmals – let’s celebrate monument protection  Today is Tag des Denkmals (day of...
Recommended Small Hotels in Vienna’s old city
Small Hotels in Vienna’s old city – our top 10 Choosing the perfect hotel in Vienna can...
Vienna Events in September
Here are some Vienna events in September 2022 Another exciting week is about to start. New events, exhibitions,...
Beginning - Vienna English Theatre
Beginning – a show on at the Vienna English Theatre The word beginning can mean many things. But...
Vienna events in September 2022
Vienna Events in September you shouldn’t miss out on What are you looking for this week? Read further,...
Midnight Creek Interview
Midnight Creek – a Viennese Country Band Did you know that Austria has a growing Country-Music-scene?...
Tag des Denkmals
On September 25th we will celebrate the Tag des Denkmals! Have you ever heard of the Tag des Denkmals?...
Vienna Events in August
Here are some Vienna events in August you shouldn’t miss out on. The weekend is finally here! What...
How many days for Vienna?
A trip to Vienna is always worth it, no matter the season! Visiting a busy city like Vienna can be stressful....
Vienna's Christmas Markets - When do they start?
Enjoy the Vienna Christmas Markets! Vienna in wintertime is just beautiful, a very picturesque atmosphere...
When to visit Vienna?
Knowing when to come to Vienna can be quite tricky, let us help you out! It can be quite tricky to figure...
What to do in Vienna for a day?
Depending on how you want to spend your time in Vienna, there are a few must-visit spots, especially...
Local Viennese products to Buy in Vienna
Vienna has some awesome local products to offer! If you are looking for local products to buy in Vienna,...
Which Viennese theatre should you visit?
Vienna is a true hotspot for art, culture, and theatres. A visit to our beautiful city isn’t complete...
How to spend 24 hours in Vienna
Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Vienna It can be tricky if you have limited time but you still...
Modert art in Vienna - Leopold Museum
Love modern art? Then you should visit the Leopold Museum! The Leopold Museum (located in the MuseumsQuartier)...
Vienna's Art Scene
Vienna is without doubt famous for its theatres and its art scene, but where did this come from? When...
Modern art in Vienna - Albertina Modern
A new museum perfect for modern art lovers- Albertina Modern! kIf you are interested in modern art, you...
Enjoy a beautiful view of Vienna from the Kahlenberg
Some of you may have come across pictures taken from the Kahlenberg, offering a stunning view of Vienna....
Visit this museum to drink coffee in one of Vienna's most beautiful cafes
If there are two things Vienna is famous for – it’s coffee and culture. One of our most famous...
Should you your Schönbrunn Palace tickets in advance?
Planning to visit Schönbrunn Palace? This article is for you! Visiting Schönbrunn is a must – if...
Should you visit the St. Francis of Assisi church?
Let us introduce you to the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi church! No matter which district you explore,...
Shopping in Vienna - Graben
Looking for places to go shopping in Vienna? Here’s a tip for you! A trip to Vienna isn’t...
The best way to travel to Bratislava from Vienna
Want to visit another capital? Take the Twin City Liner from Vienna to Bratislava! If you have enough...
This is our favourite passage in Vienna
 to Ferstel Passage is definitely our favourite passage in Vienna! If you explore Vienna’s inner...
When is it best to visit the Prater amusement park?
When is it best to visit the Prater amusement park? No matter the time of the day, the Prater amusement...
Things to do in Vienna this August
Let us help you plan your next days in Vienna! We hope your first week of August was fun and exciting!...
Visit the Laxenburg park for a wonderful day trip
Visit the Laxenburg park for a fantastic experience! The palace of Laxenburg and its garden have a true...
Albertina or the Art history museum - which one should you visit?
Vienna is a city of museums, let it be the KHM (Kunsthistorisches museum / museum of fine arts) or the...
The Annakirche - a beautiful church in Vienna
Do you like beautiful churches? Then visit the Annakirche! Vienna is a city of churches. No matter which...
When visiting Stephansdom, Make Sure You Visit the Catacombs
Looking for a unique experience? How about visiting the Stephansdom Catacombs? The Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s...
How to visit the synagogue in Vienna
Visit the synagogue in Vienna for a powerful experience! Vienna’s city prayer house was built in...
Shopping in Vienna - Kärntner Straße
Visit Kärntner Straße for a luxurious shopping experience! Vienna has some lovely hotspots for shopping,...
A perfect day at the Wiener Prater
Visit the Wiener Prater for an exciting day in Vienna! If one talks about the Wiener Prater, they are...
Taking a horse carriage tour in Vienna - is it recommended?
Here is why a horse carriage tour in Vienna is worth it If you stroll through Vienna’s inner city,...
What to do on hot days in Vienna
Those hot days in Vienna may get tough! Here’s what you should do! You may not expect it but Hot...
Vegan Spots in Vienna We Recommend
There’s a big variety of vegan spots in Vienna, here are some spots we recommend We are always...
Where to change money in Vienna
Here are some tips on changing money in Vienna Wether you are visiting Vienna for a few hours or a few...
A museum perfect for families and kids - Natural history museum
Visit the Natural History Museum for a fun day with your kids. Exploring a new city with kids can be...
Parks in Vienna - Volksgarten
The Volksgarten is a beautiful park in the heart of the city Vienna has some beautiful parks one should...
Places to visit outside Vienna
Looking for places to visit outside of Vienna? If you are looking for places to visit outside of Vienna,...
Parks in Vienna - Burggarten
The Burggarten is one of our favourite parks in Vienna! Sightseeing can be quite exhausting, hence why...
Here's why you should visit the Technical Museum in Vienna
The Technical Museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Vienna! Vienna offers a big variety of...
Supermarkets in Vienna old city
Here are some of our favourite supermarkets in Vienna Supermarkets in Vienna are treasured by many tourists,...
The Alte Donau
Explore the natural beauty of the Alte Donau! If you want to spend a day outside of Vienna, we highly...
Recommended bakery in the heart of Vienna - Oberlaa
The bakery Oberlaa is one of our favourites in Vienna! Vienna is a true hotspot for coffee houses, bakeries...
Parks in Vienna - Stadtpark
The Stadtpark is a true green oasis in the heart of the city! If you are looking for a green place to...
How to choose a traditional Viennese restaurant in Vienna
Here are some of our favourite traditional Viennese restaurants Vienna’s sweet and savoury dishes...
Stargazing in Vienna
Stargazing in Vienna can be exciting, here are our some of our favourite spots:  Thanks to our observatories...
Vienna's Wine Culture in Grinzing
You can enjoy Vienna’s wine culture in Grinzing, the 19th district Vienna is undoubtedly famous...
Jewish History at the Judenplatz Vienna
Vienna’s Judenplatz is a spot full of history, dating back to medieval times: Vienna has a long...
What to do in the Museums Quartier?
We love the Museums Quartier, here are a few things you can see and do there. Vienna is a city of museums....
Vienna things in July
Here are some Vienna things in July to pass your time If you are still looking for things to do in the...
See Vienna's main sites in one day through the Ringstraße
Vienna is an international hotspot for history, culture, and art – owing to our imperial history....
Visiting Baden from Vienna - WLB train
Visiting Baden from Vienna can’t be easier! Exploring the cities and spots near Vienna can be quite...
Tours in the Vienna State Opera
Tours in the State Opera are special adventures you shouldn’t miss out on! If you are interested...
Vienna street art - Donaukanal
Vienna street art can be found all over the city, especially by the Donaukanal! Have you ever paid attention...
Going up the stairs at the Stephansdom tower
Taking the stairs at the Stephansdom tower is a must, if you want some adventure! There are several places...
Where to eat a great Sachertorte
Trying the Sachertorte is a must in Vienna! Vienna’s Sachertorte is internationally famous. A dark rich...
Schönbrunn or Hofburg - which one to visit first?
Schönbrunn Palace or Hofburg palace – Which one to visit first? Vienna is a city of palaces, from...
Belvedere Palace and the Kiss by Klimt
Visit the Belvedere Palace and its famous art gallery! If there is one painting Austria is famous for,...
The largest market in Vienna - Naschmarkt
Visiting the Naschmarkt is always exciting, no matter the season! Have you ever walked past the Naschmarkt?...
Learn about Sisi in the Sisi museum
If there is one person Vienna is famous for, it’s empress Elisabeth – known as Sisi (1837-1898). Vienna’s...
How to properly order coffee in Vienna
Vienna is undoubtedly famous for coffee. Our coffee culture is world famous and even recognized as UNESCO...
A must visit museum in Vienna - KHM
Visiting the KHM is perfect for those days where you need a change of your daily routine. If you’re visiting...
Wiener Würstelstände You Should Try
Most of you may already be familiar with Vienna‘s love for Hotdog stands – called Würstelstand....
Beach Bars in Vienna We Recommend
Vienna has some awesome beach bars, where you can relax, drink whatever your heart desires, and enjoy...
Schwerelos - Floating in Vienna
Find pure tranquility at Schwerelos Floating Center Vienna! “All of humanity’s problems stem...
Schönbrunn VR
Schloss Schönbrunn – The most immersive VR experience  Thanks to this new experience you can travel...
Tim Werths Interview
Actor Tim Werths, born in Aachen (Germany), has been part of the Burgtheater ensemble since 2019/20....
Things to do in the upcoming days
There’s much to do in Vienna this week! Are you still looking for things to do this week? Maybe...
Events You Shouldn't Miss This Week
Here are some events you shouldn’t miss this week! It can be quite overwhelming having to keep...
Heurigen Schank zum Reichsapfel
Vienna is famous for numerous Heurigen, the Heurigen Schank zum Reichsapfel is one of our favourite ones: Those...
Three Places You Should Visit this June in Vienna
There’s a lot to do in Vienna in June! Here are 3 recommendations. This is for those of you that...
Spider Rock Vienna
Our partner Spider Rock Vienna offers the perfect attractions for an exciting afternoon. Are you still...
Weinstube Josefstadt
The Weinstube Josefstadt is a beautiful Heurigen located right in the heart of Vienna. We’ve introduced...
Three Events You Shouldn't Miss This June in Vienna
Here are three Vienna events in June you shouldn’t miss out on: Are you still looking for things...
Mayer am Pfarrplatz
Visit the Mayer am Pfarrplatz- one of our favourite Heurigen in Vienna! Warmer weather means we can find...
Share Now - Car sharing in Vienna
Finding your way through a busy city like Vienna can be quite exhausting. Hence why we want to introduce...
Fälschermuseum Wien
Visit the Fälschermuseum Wien for a unique experience in Vienna! Have you ever heard of Vienna’s Museum...
Hamtil & Söhne
Our partner Hamtil & Söhne offers beautiful souvenirs and accessoires Founded in 2016, you can find...
Four Events You Shouldn't Miss in Vienna in May
Here are four Vienna Events in May you should think about visiting: Are you still looking for things...
Ebustours Vienna
With our partner Ebustours Vienna you can explore the city ecofriendly Exploring Vienna is always exciting,...
Pubquiz Spots in Vienna We Recommend
Here are some of our favorite pubquiz Spots in Vienna Have you ever taken part in a pubquiz? Pubquizzes...
Golden Tree Spa Vienna
The Golden Tree Spa Vienna is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon Founded in 1889 in California,...
The Vienna English Theatre
Enjoy Theatre productions in English at the Vienna English Theatre I’m sure some of you have heard of...
Street Food Spots in Vienna We Recommend
There’s a big variety of Vienna street food you can find in our city: We all have our cravings...
BodyandSoul Harmony
The salt cave BodyandSoul Harmony offers the perfect relaxation spot We all need our calm moments and...
Vienna Events in May
Here are three Vienna Events in May you shouldn’t miss out on: If you are wondering what you should...
Haydn Gesellschaft Wien
If you are fan of classical music you will love the Haydn Gesellschaft Founded in 1969, the Gesellschaft...
Open House Theatre Vienna
Enjoy fantastic theatre productions at the Open House Theatre Vienna! The Open House Theatre Vienna is...
Burg Liechtenstein
Visit Burg Liechtenstein for a fun day trip from Vienna! Located in Maria Enzersdorf, the Burg Liechtenstein...
The Viennese Convents of St. Niklas and St. Clara
The history of the medieval convents of St. Niklas and St. Clara is overly fascinating I am sure most...
The History of Austria's Labour Day
The story of Austria’s Labour Day Today marks an important historic date, the first of May, Austria’s...
Viennese flea markets in Vienna we recommend
Let us tell you about our favourite Viennese flea markets! Flea markets are quite popular in Vienna,...
Vienna's Stadtwanderweg 9
Explore Vienna’s natural beauty through Stadtwanderweg 9 The past two hiking trails we’ve told...
Viennese Ice Cream Parlors we recommend in Vienna
Check out our favourite Viennese Ice Cream Parlors Springtime means it’s finally time to visit...
Secret Vienna Popular Tours
Looking for a tour in Vienna? Learn about our popular tours! Here’s an overview of our Secret Vienna...
Vienna's Stadtwanderweg 4
Explore Vienna’s natural beauty in Stadtwanderweg 4! As promised we want to tell you more about...
Five Viennese rooftop bars we recommend in Vienna
Let us introduce you to our favourite Viennese rooftop bars! Most of us love visiting new bars with friends...
Vienna's Stadtwanderweg 1
Explore Vienna’s natural beauty in Stadtwanderweg 1 Warmer weather and hopefully some rainless...
Three Viennese restaurants we recommend in Vienna
You have to visit some Viennese restaurants on your trip through the city. There are some Viennese specialities...
Mariahilfer Straße
Learn more about Mariahilfer Straße – Vienna’s famous shopping street! Most of us love to...
Huber & Lerner
Have you heard of Huber & Lerner?  Another shop with a long tradition is located in Vienna’s first...
Breakfast in Vienna
Are you still looking for spots to eat breakfast in Vienna? Sometimes we all need a break from our hectic...
Knopfkönig - the perfect place for button lovers!
The Knopfkönig is the perfect spot for all button lovers out there! There are still quite a few Viennese...
Wiener Blond- Secret Vienna Interview
The band Wiener Blond focuses on Viennese music and on a Viennese atmosphere. I’m sure that those of...
The story of the Museums Quartier
You must visit the Museums Quartier if you are into contemporary art! I am sure some of you have walked...
Freud Museum in Vienna
If you are interested in psychology, you should visit the Freud Museum! I am certain that some of you...
The beauty of old Vienna
Travel back in time – Old Vienna Most of you know about our city’s history. About our traditions...
Wiener Kriminalmuseum
Death, crime, and fires – Vienna’s Kriminalmuseum I’m sure by now you’re more than familiar...
5 spots where you can enjoy coffee in Vienna
Here are 5 spot where you can enjoy coffee in Vienna Drinking coffee while enjoying the sun is one of...
Mozart in Vienna – Celebrate the Arts
If you are into classical music you have to visit the Mozart house! The Mozarthaus Vienna tells the story...
Jewish Museum Vienna
The Jewish Museum Vienna is one of our absolute favourites, and I am sure you can imagine why. The museum...
The story of Café Central
A place full of history and whispers of old times The Café Central, located just a street down from the...
Schildermaler Museum
An old tradition about to die out – the Schildermaler Museum Perhaps some of you may have heard...
The Drugstore Museum in Vienna
Looking for a different museum? Visit the Drugstore Museum in Vienna! Located in Vienna’s 9th district,...
Axel Flóvent and Plàsi
There is something truly inspiring about the collaboration of Axel Flóvent and Plàsi. The two are about...
Snow Globe Museum
Vienna’s Snow Globe Museum is definitely worth the visit! It was the year 1900 as Erwin Perzy created...
Neidhart Saal
Medieval relicts in the heart of the inner city – Vienna’s Neidhart Saal Dating back to 1407...
Wiener Alltagspoeten
Vienna is undoubtedly famous for being one of the unfriendliest cities – our “Grant” (meaning anger/unfriendliness)...
Vienna’s New Year’s concert
An internationally famous event – Vienna’s New Year’s concert Without a doubt, most of you...
Café Gerstner
Café Gerstner – a piece of old Vienna What started as a confectioner’s shop, is now one of our...
Coffee in Vienna
What’s the story of coffee in Vienna? When did the liquid gold find its way here? Vienna is famous...
Café Frauenhuber
Café Frauenhuber – one of Vienna’s oldest coffee houses The Café Frauenhuber is one of Vienna’s...
The Gloriette in Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn is always worth a visit, no matter the season. The Gloriette towers over the castle and the...
Kaleo concert in Vienna is coming up
Most of you may know the band Kaleo from their song “Way Down We Go”, which was and still is being featured...
The story of Cafe Korb
Just like the Café Demel, the Café Korb is one of our traditional coffee houses, located in the first...
The story of Cafe Demel
There’s no doubt that our beautiful city is internationally known for its coffee houses. Today I want...
Nut Cookie Recipe for Christmas
Today I want to share an old Viennese Christmas cookie recipe with you. Christmas baked goods were once...
Antiquitäten Täuber
Vienna has a deep connection to antiques, let it be furniture from Biedermeier times, engravings that...
The tragic life of Sissi
Elisabeth, short Sisi or following the great movie- Sissi, is known all over the globe for her beauty,...
Karoline Traunwieser- the most beautiful woman in Vienna
The most beautiful woman in Vienna in around 1814 If you’ve visited our blog in the past few weeks you...
Secret Vienna Saturday tip- Karlsplatz
Karlsplatz- one of our favourite places in Vienna The Karlsplatz, now an important spot right in the...
Interview with Marco Pogo- Secret Vienna
It is hard to describe Marco Pogo with just one profession, he’s a singer, politician, beer brewer and...
The life of Alma Mahler-Werfel
Let us tell you the story of one impressive woman – Alma Mahler-Werfel Alma Mahler-Werfel is a...
Anna Sacher
No matter if you’re from Vienna or if you plan to visit our city, you will stumble upon the name Sacher....
Emilie Kraus von Wolfsberg
Learn more about Emilie Kraus von Wolfsberg – Napoleon’s secret lover Emilie Kraus von Wolfsberg...
Manuela Linshalm
Vienna is internationally known for its art scene. People from all over the globe find their way to Vienna...
Marie Wilt
Fans of opera history have probably heard the name Marie Wilt before. Today I want to tell you more about...
Elisabeth Báthory – Vienna’s very own Dracula
If there was one person you didn’t want to cross in the 16th century in Vienna, it probably would have...
Vienna’s one and only witch-burning, the cruel case of Elisabeth Plainacher
We are staying true to our October topic and since witches are an unmistakably important part of the...
Drunk Augustin and the plague pit
Have you visited Augustin in the plague pit in Vienna? While strolling through Vienna’s first district...
The story of the Kahlenberg Cemetery
Have you ever visited the Kahlenberg Cemetery? Maybe after reading this you will! Would you think of...
The Catacombs of St. Stephen’s cathedral
Have you visited the St. Stephen’s cathedral Catacombs already? Most of you have probably walked past...
The Memento Mori festival Vienna
We all die and that’s why we must talk about it! The Memento Mori festival took it upon itself to break...
The Karmelitermarkt
The Karmelitermarkt is a spot filled with history! Have you ever wondered, if there are other must-visit...
The Pompfüneberer
Vienna’s Pompfüneberer is a true celebrity! It’s no secret that Vienna has a very special obsession...
The city of spies- about Vienna espionage
Spies, a crime noir movie and a once forgotten theatre hall – Vienna espionage There is just something...
The White Lady - Vienna’s ghost story
The ghost which kept the high and mighty on their toes Ghost stories take up a big chunk of Halloween...
The Makery Vienna- A restaurant where you are the chef!
The Makery Vienna – a place where you are the chef! Last week, our Secret Vienna team was invited...
Royi’s Creperie- A one of a kind Crêperie
Royi’s Crêperie, a one of a kind Crêperie in Vienna! In Vienna’s 6th district, in a lovely and quiet...
May 1st and the Illuminati
May 1st and the Illuminati Happy International Workers Day! 🎉 In case you haven’t seen our previous May...
Future Bus Tours- A new way to experience Vienna’s highlights
When visiting Vienna, one of the best things you can do (Beside joining our secret walking tours of course…)...
Austrian satirical writer and journalist- Moritz Gottlieb Saphir
Moritz Gottlieb Saphir, writer, journalist and somewhat of a joker. Nowadays, comedy and satire writers...
The Coronation of Napoleon
Napoleon – a very special kind of emperor. The magnificent church of Notre Dame in Paris was particularly...
The success of Madame Tussaud- Part II
Part two of our Madame Tussaud story Some days ago, we told you about the childhood and early career...
Happy birthday Madame Tussaud- Part I
Madame Tussaud – the perfect place for a Vienna visit Have you visited the Madame Tussaud’s museum...
Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr
Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr! She was one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses of her time. So beautiful...
The congress of Carnuntum
Carnuntum, a must visit place for all lovers of ancient history! The Roman legionary camp of Carnuntum,...
The battle of Dürnstein
The long forgotten battle of Dürnstein When we think of a peaceful town where one can enjoy history,...
Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi
Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi- The man who envisioned Europe United Have you heard of Aoyama Eijiro?...
Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor
Leopold Mozart, the man who made his son famous? Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated...
Grand Duke Leopold II. abolishes the death penalty
Leopold II. a man almost as famous as his mother Maria Theresia Leopold II, the third son of Maria Theresa...
“Liebe war es nie”- film review
Liebe war es nie, a movie for all of those interested in historic settings. “Love, it was not” (Liebe...
Schwerelos- A floating center for your body and mind
Schwerelos, floating, relaxing, calming down In our modern, hectic world, it’s become quite difficult...
Die Wilde Wanda und andere gefährliche Frauen
22 female criminals and the Wilde Wanda There’s nothing better than a good crime book, especially one...
Vesturo: Exclusive made-to-measure men’s fashion
Vesturo – made for men The bright vitrines of the shopping streets in large cities usually make...
A History of Quarantine
Quarantine – a modern phenomenon? Although we are all familiar with the concept, most of us have...
The Plague Islands of Venice
Sickness, quarantines and death – The Plague Islands of Venice. We recently told you about where...
Maria Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace
Marie Antoinette’s fascinating diamond necklace Marie Antoinette is usually thought quintessentially...
The lengths and depths of Viennese escalators
Vienna’s escalators – lengths and depths Everyday the residents of Vienna take the public...
Jenny Lind
Jenny Lind – also known as the Swedish Nightingale The ‘Swedish nightingale’, famed for her extraordinary...
The Highs and Lows of the Historical Sophiensäle
If you want to visit a place full of history, you have to visit the Sophiensäle! Large-scale fires are...
The story of Christian Brandstätter
Christian Brandstätter – an icon of Austria’s history In his “Memoirs”, Chancellor Metternich...
The Life and Times of Luzi-Wuzi
Luzi-Wuzi the quick-witted Archduke There are many scandals, secrets, and stories about the Habsburgs...
Grandchildren and heirs: W. Neuber’s Enkel & Carl Geyling’s Erben
There aren’t many traditional druggists left in Vienna, but the few that remain have storied histories...
The story of E. Braun & Co.
E. Braun & Co. – a traditional company dating back to the 1800s When walking along the Graben,...
The story of Helmut Portele
Helmut Portele – a special kind of collector Perhaps some of our readers collect things. Some people...
Vienna’s famous Kaiserbründl sauna
Kaiserbründl sauna – a place full of history Some weeks ago we told you about the Vienna Central...
The story of the Christian Brandstätter Verlag
Christian Brandstätter – more than just a lover of Vienna If you are interested in “Vienna 1900”...
Riding the ‘bim’, Vienna style
Vienna’s bim Have you ever heard the Viennese refer to the tram, or Strassenbahn, as a “bim” and...
The story of the Widmertor
Remains of the old city walls – the Widmertor Walking around the city, perhaps we miss little details...
The Yearly Markets of Old
Vienna’s Yearly Markets Did you visit the Christmas markets in the past weeks? Vienna is of course...
Where the Elites Bathed: Vienna’s Central Bath
Where the Elites Bathed – Vienna’s Central Bath Public pools and saunas are an indelible part of...
The story of the Hosenträgerhaus
Vienna’s Hosenträgerhaus, a house full of history At the corner of the Universitätsstrasse and...
The story of Friedrich III’s tomb
Friedrich III and his very special memorial If you have visited the Stephansdom, chances are that you...
Crocodiles in the Donaukanal
Crocodiles in the Donaukanal – who would have thought There are any number of things one might...
AEIOU isnt just a string of vowels
Have you ever wondered about the meaning of AEIOU? Looking through historical records, or a close inspection...
The Story of the Pestsäule
The Pestsäule – a landmark full of history Most people have seen the Pestsäule (The Plague Column)...
The story of the Ottakringer Brauwerk brewery
The Ottakringer Brauwerk – the perfect spot for Craft Beer lovers It is likely that our readers...
Ceiling painting in the National Library
Have you ever paid attention to ceilings? What about the one in the National Library? If you have visited...
The heights of the Höhenstrasse
Vienna’s Höhenstrasse – a one of a kind street Driving into or from Vienna might take you...
Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel After the fall of the Habsburg empire, many buildings...
The “Pferdebändiger”
Who was Vienna`s Pferdebändiger? Perhaps you know that Emperor Franz Josef suffered an assassination...
The story of the “Heumühle”
Heumühle – a place full of history A bit hidden in the district of Vienna’s fourth district between...
Bahá’í Center Austria
Bahá’í Center Austria Out in the 14th district is a rather unassuming house that has quite a history....
The Wiener Schnitzel
If you love Wiener Schnitzel, this post is for you! Where does the Wiener Schnitzel come from? The name...
The Arena in Vienna
On June 27, 1976 a group of activists, referring to themselves as the Arenauten, occupied the abandoned...
The Stefaniewarte
The Stefaniewarte – a must visit spot Perhaps visitors to Vienna notice that part of the city is...
The Third Man
The Third Man – the perfect movie for all espionage lovers! This year is the 70th anniversary of...
Mural at the Lazarist’s Chapel in Vienna
If you are into murals, this one is for you! As we have told you in the past, there is no shortage of...
The Story of the Opernpassage
The Opernpassage, a true monument! We all know that Vienna is very well connected. And not only because...
The story of Hans Makart
If you have lived in Vienna long enough or you are just interested in art or architecture, it is likely...
The Cafe Schönbergers
If you love history and coffee, the Cafe Schönbergers is the perfect spot! There are many places to drink...
The story of the Habig-Hof
The Habig-Hof Perhaps some of our readers entered a coffee house one day and they were impressed. Some...
Bridge over the River Danube
Let’s cross the bridge over the River Danube! Bridges have long been important features of Vienna....
The story of the Billrothhaus
The Billrothhaus The Frankgasse in Alsergrund may not be a household name unless you live in the area....
The story of the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz
Otto Wagner – his spirit fills every corner of the city. We have told you a bit about Otto Wagner...
The story of the Hermesvilla
It is quite impressive how some buildings in Vienna have survived the last centuries facing. One of such...
Prater Stars and Stations
Although you may not have ever given it any actual thought, the name Pratersten is not random or accidental....
The story of the Viennese Criminal Museum
Vienna’s Criminal Museum – the spot to be for true crime lovers! Vienna’s second district...
The story of the Vienna Tramwaymuseum
Vienna’s Tramwaymuseum the spot to be for technology lovers Together with excellent tap water,...
Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing
The Kreuzkirche Hietzing – more than just a regular church There is no shortage of churches in...
Viennese cappuccinos and Italian Schnitzel
Viennese Cappuccinos It is popularly said that, contrary to all expectations, cappuccinos originate from...
The story of the Jewish cemetery in Währing
.The Jewish cemetery in Währing Perhaps you know that in the very old days it was customary for churches...
Banker on the Edge
The Banker on the Edge – a sculpture one may find concerning Walking along Getreidemarkt, just...
The Story of Franz Matzinger
The importance of Franz Matzinger We have told you many stories about the Ringstraße and its buildings...
Discovering the Nestroyhof
Nestroy is a name that comes up frequently in Vienna. If you are traveling along the U1 where you will...
The story of old walls at the Hofburg
Vienna’s Hofburg The Hofburg in Vienna is an interesting place. One can literally tell the history...
The Neues Institut Gebäude
The university of Vienna has a long history. Established in the 14th century with its 19th century main...
Vienna's public toilets
Vienna’s public toilets aren’t just toilets – no, they are experiences! Although you may be quite skeptical...
The story of the Michaelerplatz
Any visitor to Vienna will have stood for a brief moment on Michaelerplatz. You have to marvel at some...
Sisi the royal horse whisperer
Empress Elisabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is often depicted astride a horse in portraits, and for...
The Story of Friedrich Schmidt
We have told you stories about some of the architects of the Baroque Vienna as well as of the Ringstraße...
Revitalizing the Donauplatte
Renewing the Donauplatte Vienna is a city with lots of tradition. Simultaneously it’s also a city...
The Story of Gerstner and the Opera
Cake and music a perfect pairing Some weeks ago, we told you that the Opera celebrated its 150th anniversary....
On the Tabor
Have you ever wandered through the 2nd district and found yourself wondering what “Am Tabor” means? If...
Japanese Pagodas on the Danube
Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, its the perfect weather to go for a run or cycle along...
The Story of the Schottentor
It is likely that everyone in Vienna has heard about the „Schottentor“. A famous spot for Vienna’s transport...
The Sommernachtskonzert
The Vienna Philharmonic is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world. It is made up...
The Story of Egon Schiele
For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum...
Kronprinzessin Stepanie Spital
Vienna is a center for medicine. A history of medical studies that stretches back over 600 years. In...
The Story of the Palais Königswarter
Palais Königswarter – a palais full of history In case you have wondered which one is the oldest...
The story of Niklas Meldeman’s map
In some of our stories we have made references to the Ottoman sieges of Vienna. The first siege took...
The Downsizing of the Danube
The Danube and the Kaiserwasser The Danube is a favorite location for locals in the summer. It proves...
The story of the “Porta Decumana”
The Porta Decumana – a piece of Vindobona Perhaps you have noticed that the Rotenturmstraße in...
The Queen in Vienna
By now  is it probable that you already heard the news: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born...
A racetrack fit for a king
Imperial racetracks Did you know that Vienna historically had two separate horse racetracks? One for...
Augarten, or the joys of Floodplain Park
There are many great parks in Vienna. Surely one of the most loved and most visited is the Augarten....
The Story of Mozart and the Organ
If you live in Vienna perhaps you are familiar with the online platform “Willhaben” where you can buy...
Johannes of Nepomuk Chapel
Johannes of Nepomuk Chapel – a chapel one needs to visit If you take tram line no. 2 or 5 to the...
The Story of Frederic Morton
It is time to tell you about Frederic Morton. He was born in Vienna in October 1924 as Fritz Mandelbaum....
A trot and a run: the Trabrennbahn
We recently told you the history of the Galopprennbahn in Vienna. As we mentioned in that story, there...
Leberkäse: neither liver nor cheese
It may not be the most glamorous food, nor the healthiest, but sometimes it really hits the spot. I’m...
The Global Gardens of Schönbrunn
Nowadays it may seem completely natural to have easy access to products from all over the world. But...
Fire at the Hofburg
November 27, 1992. A security guard raises the alarm after discovering flames in the Redouten ballrooms...
The Story of the Starhembergs
Perhaps you are familiar with the name “Starhemberg“. This is an ancient noble family whose origins can...
The story of the Kettenbrückengasse
Perhaps many of you are familiar with the Kettenbrückengasse metro station. This is the one that stops...
Czech Beer at the Schweizerhaus
A Viennese institution with a storied history. There is no shortage of such places in this city. One...
Käsekrainer: whats in a name?
Käserkrainer – an Austrian meal one has to try The standard late night snack after a few drinks...
The story of the other Loos Haus
We have told you about Adolf Loos. He was not only an architect, but also an interior designer. Do you...
The Donaukanal: from abandoned to beloved
Over the years, the Donaukanal has become one of the most popular summer hang-outs in the city. But before...
The story of May First
May First – a uniting day The story of the celebrations for May First dates back to the 19th century....
Visiting Vienna’s Bezirksmuseen
Vienna’s Bezirksmuseen – museums full of Viennese history On Sunday March 17, the Bezirksmuseen...
The story of the Bösendorfersaal
It is likely that most of our readers have passed by the Hochhaus Herrengasse. Perhaps you did not make...
The story of Jungmann & Neffe
In several of our stories we have told you about businesses that have survived the 20th century. The...
Zum grünen Jäger
Walking along Praterstrasse, you might come along a rather ordinary building by Viennese standards. The...
The story of the Setagayapark
The time of the cherry blossom is one of the highlights in the Japanese calendar and marks the beginning...
The story of the Neue Burg
Vienna’s Neue Burg – a landmark you can not miss on your explorings! The Neue Burg… it does...
The crash of the Reichsbrücke
As spring arrives, people start heading out towards the Danube and other leisure areas in the city. They...
Vienna’s Engelbrunnen
Not long ago we showed you the Schutzengelbrunnen (Guardian Angel Fountain). Not far from it is a second...
The story of Theophil Hansen in Vienna
Many famous architects have left their mark in Vienna. Fischer von Erlach (father and son), the inseparable...
Otto Wagner the House of Muses
Over the past weeks we have told you about the Majolikahaus and Klöstergasse 3. Two of the three Houses...
The story of Knize
Some time ago we told you the story of the famous Viennese shoemaker Scheer. Now we turn our sartorial...
Wiener schmäh
It’s well-known that the Viennese have a particular and biting sense of humor. Elevating a sarcastic...
The story of the Burgtheater
The actor Terrence Mann once famously said that “movies make you famous; television makes you rich; but...
Live like a king in the Hofburg
Did you know that you can live in the Hofburg or Schönbrunn? These are some of the most famous addresses...
The story of the Jewelry A. E. Köchert
Hoher Markt 15. Perhaps not everyone has noticed this address as the house next to it, the Pâtisserie...
The difficult life of Countess Sophie Chotek
Many people are familiar with the story of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He had been...
Don’t fall in love at the Copa, Copa Cagrana
As winter wears on, many of us may start to dream of the blue waters. Maybe about white sand beaches...
The secrets of Katharina Schratt
We don’t know how many women were important in the life of the Emperor Franz Joseph. But there are at...
An Artistic Villa- Fuchs Villa
Driving into or out of Vienna in the direction of Hütteldorf, you may come across an impressive aquamarine-accented...
The adventures of Alexander Girardi
Some days ago, we told you the story of Katharina Schratt and her relationship with the emperor Franz...
On the line, and other euphemisms for prostitution in Vienna
They say its the oldest profession in the world, and in Vienna it has quite a history. On the whole,...
Nymphs of the Night: Vienna’s Grabennymphe
A few days ago we gave you a brief overview of prostitution in Vienna. Some of the many euphemisms that...
The Brunnnenmarkt
In the 16th district of Vienna – between Thaliastraße and Ottakringerstraße – you will find the longest...
Vienna, Coffee, and …North Korea?
We all know and love the coffee culture in Vienna. Turns out, so does Pyongyang! Though the country is...
Schubert and the Dreimäderlhaus
The Dreimäderlhaus Standing small and resolute next to its towering neighbor on the Mölker Bastei, the...
The Palmenhaus Schönbrunn
When the Palmenhaus Schönbrunn opened its’ doors in 1882 it was one of a kind. Being the largest in the...
The story of Franz Wertheim
Have you ever heard of Franz Wertheim? Perhaps a name that few people are familiar with but he was famous...
Fanny Arnstein
Fanny Arnstein and the first Christmas Tree in Vienna It is December and, as part of the tradition, presents...
St. Stephen and his horses
The 26th of December is known as Stefanitag (St. Stephen’s Day) in Austria, and is a national holiday....
Franz Joseph’s Christmas present
Today is Christmas day. Following the tradition, perhaps most of you have received and given presents...
The Ferstel Passage
The Palais Ferstel is one among many in Vienna that is rather unassuming. You may have walked past the...
Amalienburg in the Hofburg
The Hofburg has a long history. Every building that is part of it has a particular story. One of the...
Hand-me-down Kahlenberg
Rising gently to the north of the city, neither the Kahlenberg nor the Leopoldsberg can really be called...
The “Opera Toilet”
As a local or visitor, it is likely you have seen it (or heard it). It is located at one of the busiest...
The Mismatched Harmony of the Minoritenkirche
The Minoritenkirche – a spot one shouldn’t miss out on If you look up while walking the streets...
The Houses of “Generali”
Generali – more than just a company name It is likely that many people have heard about the Italian...
Nike at the Austrian Parliament
The Renovation of the Austrian Parliament Built in 1874-1883 by the architect Teophil Hansen, the Austrian...
Café Weidinger Vienna
There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby,...
Financing the livestock market - St. Marx
Some weeks ago we told you about the animal market at St. Marx. Such a large market naturally also meant...
Winter time in the Albertina museum
Albertina Exhibitions to take in When we went to visit Albertina a couple of days ago, we expected to...
The story of the Treumanntheater
The Treumanntheater – a long lost reminder of old times Have you ever wondered which building was...
Vienna’s Silent Jewel: The Breitenseer Lichtspiele
For cinephiles and lovers of tradition, Vienna has lots to offer. One of its most underrated cinematic...
The Brick 5 in Vienna
The Brick 5 is famous as an urban space with a cool café and hip events. What not many people know is...
The story of Vlad Dracul
Vlad Dracul – the real Dracula? Count Dracula fired so strongly people’s imagination that for many...
The story of the Virgilkapelle
In many cities one can find some places that were forgotten or lost for a long time only to be found...
The Imperial and Royal Library of Vienna
The Imperial and Royal Library at the Josefplatz is a well-known museum. Not only because it is located...
The story of the WUK
From bike flea markets and repair stations to concerts and general nightlife. The WUK has become a much-loved...
The journeys of the Donnerbrunnen
Some time ago, we told you the story of the Donnerbrunnen: The fountain located in the Neuer Markt that...
The DC Tower- Vienna's skyscraper
Vienna’s DC Tower, towering over the city When walking around Vienna, it’s always a good idea to...
The story of the “Famous” Caspar Zumbusch
Caspar Zumbusch – an artist that helped shape the city Have you ever heard of Caspar Zumbusch?...
Artemisia Gentileschi
400 years ago, the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi put everything at risk. She wrote history for...
Austria’s National Day
In order to find out more about the mood in Vienna at the end of 1955, this SV explorer searched the...
The top 5 oldest pharmacies in Vienna
Pharmacies. Nothing special about them until we need them. In 2017, the city had 326 of them and some...
Take a stroll at the Reumannhof
Gazing out the window on an afternoon ride on the #6 tram, depending on which side you are sitting on,...
The Vorwärts House
Vienna’s Wienzeile is not only dominated by the famous Otto Wagner but also by one of his pupils, Hubert...
The Republic of “Kugelmugel”
There are many reasons why one may choose to visit the Prater. Be it for a run, a walk, some adrenalin...
The story of the Palais Niederösterreich
Vienna is full of history and it is hard to walk around the city center without passing by some building...
The Anton Brenner Wohnungsmuseum
As far as Austrian architects go, Anton Brenner may not be the most famous but he really shouldn’t be...
The lost home of the Boulevard Theater
The history of the building that houses the Kärtnerstrasse location of the Art & Style shop came...
The story of the Palais Fürstenberg
The Palais Fürstenberg, located in the first district, is among Vienna’s most picturesque buildings that...
The story of the REAKTOR
In February 2018, the former Grand Etablissement Gschwandner was reopened under the name “REAKTOR” as...
The Remains of Vienna’s Central Livestock Market
Historically there were many different markets in Vienna, and many of today’s street names reflect this:...
The story of the Mölkerbastei
In the past we have written stories about the Albertina and the Coburg Palais and have mentioned that...
The story of the Batthyánypalais
Some days ago, your SV explorer came across a beautiful portal in the city center. This portal is part...
The story of the Markuslöwe
If you have been in Vienna long enough you will definitely remember the “Südbahnhof” (Vienna’s south...
The story of Kärntnerstraße 16
Walking along the Kärntnerstraße could be a difficult endeavor as it is usually very crowded. And because...
The story of the Zacherlhaus
The city center is home to several types of architecture and there are some buildings that are more visible...
The Organ of the Franziskanerkirche
Franziskanerkirche (or Franciscan Church of Vienna) is one of the several hidden gems of Vienna’s first...
1930s Vienna through the eyes of a gifted traveller
Vienna has always been a city rich in visitors and many of them wrote down their memories in journals,...
The rise and demise of the Zaha Hadid House
Zaha Hadid came to be one of the world’s most famous architects, but it took her many years to get a...
The long history of the double-headed eagle
Eagles are common and popular symbols of power – considered the “kings of the sky”, ruling families have...
The story of the Schloss Neugebäude
How old is old? Definitely age is relative. Why would you call something dating back centuries “new”?...
Who is Puber?
If you were around in Vienna in 2013, you surely remember Puber – he wrote his name all over Vienna,...
A very special fencing
Summer time is construction, demolition, and refurbishment time. If you are in Vienna, you may have noticed...
The story of the “Schemerlbrücke”
Some days ago, your SV explorer went to look for the lions that appear on the cover of the catalogue,...
Sisi loses a star
Empress Elisabeth from Austria, nicknamed Sisi and actually from Bavaria, was known for her impossibly...
Wiener Riesenrad – The story of a Viennese symbol
One story tells that sometime during World War II a German official took his wife and a couple of friends...
The story of the Schweizerhof
The Hofburg. Most visitors and locals have walked along it and through it: the former Royal and Imperial...
The Architects of the Vienna Opera
We don’t have any statistical proof, but we believe that 99.9% of people that have visited Vienna have...
Denzel – the first Austrian car
At the end of World War II, everything was gloom and doom in Vienna, as we wrote in a previous post....
The story of the “Schrammeln”
If you were to think about music stars from Austria it is likely that two names would come to your mind:...
Servus and the long reach of Habsburg history
If you have lived in Vienna long enough, you may have noticed that there is not shortage of words or...
A walk down Praterstrasse
Praterstrasse, the large avenue connecting the Praterstern railway station to Vienna city center has...
The Mannagetta Coat of Arms
Some weeks ago, your SV explorer saw a very nice coat of arms attached to a house in the Riemergasse...
A Story of Powidl and Prague
We recently told you about the history and transnational origin of the word “servus”, but there are many...
The story of the Theresienkapelle
Months ago, we told you the story of the Böhmische Hofkanzlei (“Bohemian Court Chancellery”) – located...
Serbs in Magdalenengrund
A cute and cozy street in Vienna that is worth a few minutes of exploration if you happen to find yourself...
The story of the Josefsplatz
Have you ever wondered who is the gentleman sitting on the horse in front of the former Royal Library?...
The story of the Philipphof
Sometimes we tell you stories about buildings that one can see when walking around the city. And if you...
The story of the Herrnhuterhaus
If you have lived in Vienna long enough you will remember the days that you had to hurry up to the supermarket...
The Lost Grandeur of the Palais Wittgenstein
We recently told you about the Phillipphof, which once stood prominently across from the Albertina, but...
The story of the Altes Burgtheater
Yesterday we asked you to identify one building in a picture. It did not take long for someone to win...
Russian Orthodox Church and Tsar Alexander III
Vienna has so many churches that it can become hard to keep track, but a few stand out from the crowd....
Maximilian I, 1459 – 1519 – another visit in Kunsthistorisches Museum
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is among the best art museums in the world, hosting the 4th largest...
The story of Radetzky’s resting place
Some time ago, we told you the story of Marshall Radetzky, who at a young age was advised not to pursue...
Vivian Maier, Street Photographer
It’s Christmas again in Vienna for photography lovers. After the Polaroid exhibition and in parallel...
Urania, a muse for the stars
The Donaukanal is one of the most popular places to hang out in Vienna once the weather starts getting...
The story of the Kapuzinergruft
Last week we told you the story of Marhsall Radetzky and why he declined the emperor’s offer to be buried...
From Marshland to Cobblestoned Cafes: the Servitenviertel
It is the one of the most charming areas of Vienna today, but it would have been almost totally unrecognizable...
Mark Twain and Satan have a conversation in Vienna
If death had a residence in Vienna, Morzinplatz could be just as good an address as any. And not because...
The Cloth Arches of Tuchlauben
Most of you have probably been to Tuchlauben, if for nothing more than some good ice cream. But do you...
The military history of the Yppenviertel
As the days get warmer and people look for a spot in the sun, a popular place to go is Yppenplatz, which...
Rudolfsheim Fünfhaus- The name of Vienna's 15th district
Do you know which district of Vienna has the longest name? It is the 15th district, whose official name...
Viktor Frankl’s search for meaning in Vienna’s second district
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude...
It’s not me, it’s a photograph – Elina Brotherus exhibition in Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser
‘It’s not me, it’s a photograph’ is the title of the current exhibition of Elina Brotherus, a Finnish...
The Story of the Schönbrunner Hof
Although the Schönbrunn Palace gets most of the attention, there is another building in Vienna with a...
Donaukanal then and now
As soon as temperatures in Vienna make drinking outside possible, the Donaukanal floods with life. The...
The long and storied history of the Schönbrunnerhaus
We recently told you about the Schönbrunner Hof, but its not the only building in the city that evokes...
The Spanish Flu from America
This year it is exactly 100 years since the great Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed some...
Philharmonia Hungarica
The time it takes to reach Vienna from Budapest depends not only on the means of transportation but also...
The Skandalkonzert of 1913, or the most Viennese fight of all time
Like all places, Austria has seen its fair share of scandals – but some of them are quintessentially...
Where the name Taubstummengasse comes from?
If you use the U1 for your daily commute perhaps you have come across the station with the name “Taubstummengasse”....
Suleiman the Magnificent meets Freud on the Ringstrasse
Among the many things we owe to Freud, there is also this idea that what is not visible can be more important...
“I want Schönbrunner Gelb!”
As you walk around Vienna, you may notice a disproportionately large number of buildings painted in a...
A scandal made of antifreeze and wine
Anyone who lives in this city knows that the Viennese love themselves an ‘achterl’ of wine at just about...
What’s in a Viennese Street Name?
There are many fascinating maps in existence, and not all of them are old. The Research Center for Cartography...
The Watery Past of “Im Werd”
After we told you last week what is a Tabor and where Taborstrasse comes from, we come back today to...
Street Scales and the Nature of Shame
One thing you may notice when strolling around Vienna are street scales scattered here and there, offering...
The Gasman Cometh
Although we hardly give it a second thought today, providing adequate street lighting in a city like...
The Saliera: A Very Special Tableware
On 11th of May 2003, a sound of broken glass cut through the thick, deafening quietness of a typical...
The mysteriously missing U5
If you often take the subway in Vienna, you may have noticed that there are only 5 lines, but they are...
The Four Pillars at Tempelgasse
If chance or purpose take you close to the Nestroyplatz in Vienna’s second district, spare three minutes...
Royal Inbreeding and the Habsburg Jaw
The Habsburgs were known for many things, but their good looks was not one of them. If you take a walk...
The story of Zum Schwarzen Kameel
“Zum Schwarzen Kameel” has been located at the Bognergasse since its founder Johann Baptist Cameel opened...
The Sensuous Stylings of Man Ray
‘There was sperm in the air’ – Stefan Zweig said of fin-de-siècle Vienna in an attempt to describe the...
Climbing Up to Klimt
It has been almost exactly 100 years since Gustav Klimt died on February 6, 1918, but he has remained...
The Art of the Viennese Watercolour
Have you ever wondered how Vienna looked like in the “old days”? If yes, there is currently an exhibition...
The Third Man and the Ruins of Vienna
The Third Man, a 1949 film noir directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene is constantly rated...
The Plague, or the Viennese death
One of Europe’s most destructive and recurring problems in the pre-modern era was the plague, which most...
The story of the Meiselmarkt
If you have been in the metro station Johnstrasse, it is likely that you also know the market that is...
The indecency of the Donnerbrunnen
Vienna today abounds with nude statues, nude paintings, occasional nude museum visits (for those who...
Secrets of Vienna's U2 Ubahn
One of the things that makes Vienna such a highly livable city is the public transportation system. Although...
Trautsongasse and the mysterious case of the letter H
Trautsongasse is a street in the 8th district named after Johann Josef Fürst Trautson, who was a Prince-bishop...
The story of the Fundamt
Have you ever lost something in the city? Well, if you did you may be aware that there is a place where...
The story of Fischer von Erlach, Imperial Architect
If you’ve been to the Austrian National Library, Schönbrunn, or the Karlskirche, then you have seen this...
The Complicated Life and Times of Alma Mahler
If you’ve taken our Powerful Women of Vienna tour, you know that there were many important and influential...
The smelly secrets of the U1
Recently we told you some of the secrets of the U2, but it is not the only underground line in Vienna...
The Crusades and the Maltese Church
Amid the bustling and busy streets of the 1st district, there are beautiful and historic buildings hiding...
The story of Der Graben
What is in a name? Very little, would argue Shakespeare’s Juliet. A rose, famously, would smell as sweet...
The story of Gerngroß
The Mariahilferstraße carves a border between Vienna’s sixth and seventh district and it is an unmissable...
Mary Vetsera and the man who stole her bones
It was one of the most exciting stories of his life. A stranger entered and declared to the writer George...
The story of the Favoritenstraße
The Habsburgs used to enjoy summer at different locations and, therefore, they built or bought several...
Kolingasse: From Military Grandeur to Forgotten Alleyway
Kolingasse is a street you have probably walked past many times without thinking twice, but the next...
Tragedy and thrills: the Donauturm
If you are looking out across Vienna, one of the structures likely to catch your eye is the Donauturm,...
Vivaldi’s last summer in Vienna
Summer time in Vienna means, among many other things, a non-stop array of festival and events in the...
The TU and the Cemetery of the Condemned
In a city with a history as long and colorful as Vienna’s, the past is never far from the present. This...
Dr. Mundy, a fire, and Vienna’s first ambulance service
Though perhaps no longer commonly known, Vienna was at the forefront of the most advanced medical knowledge...
Ida Pfeiffer, the woman who travelled the world
As the year comes to an end and we look to the new year for new adventures, perhaps we can all take a...
Polish Kings and Bagels: The Battle of Vienna
The first and second Turkish Siege of Vienna figure prominently into the history of the city as well...
The story of the Volksoper
When you google “Vienna” and “Opera” chances are that you will be directed to the famous State Opera....
The Controversies of Dr. Karl Lueger
One of the more controversial figures in Viennese politics is Dr. Karl Lueger. He is credited with helping...
The missing “S” in the Radetzky Kaserne
If you live in Vienna’s 15th or 16th district it is very likely that you have heard about the “Schmelz”,...
The Kuffner Family in Ottakring
Some weeks ago, we told you the story of the Ottakringer brewery and mentioned the cousins Ignaz and...
The Kleines Cafe
Located near the heart of Vienna’s tourist scene, yet somehow far removed from it, is the Franziskanerplatz...
Alois Negrelli: From Egypt to Vienna
Did you know that there is a Vienna connection to the Suez canal in Egypt? It may seem strange but indeed,...
Hedy Lamarr: Icon and Inventor
Surely one of the most remarkable women to come out Vienna in the 20th century was Hedy Lamarr. Born...
The masters of Baroque architecture: Fischer von Erlach Vs. Hildebrandt
The Fischer von Erlach were a family of artists that one can “see” in many places of today’s Vienna....
The Story of the “Wiennerisches Diarium”
Have you heard of the “Wiennerisches Diarium”? The first edition of the Wiennerisches Diarium consisted...
Tennis, politics, and Sachertorte in Vienna
What do tennis, Austrian politics, and the Sachertorte have in common? The origins of what we know today...
Vienna Rotunda: The Life and Death of the World’s Largest Dome
The grounds near Prater Messe where the current WU is located may seem to have been a largely unused...
Vienna’s Giant Ferris Wheel
We recently told you about the Vienna World Fair of 1873, and the large Rotunda that was built in the...
From smoking alternative to children’s candy: the story of PEZ
When you think of Austrian products and companies, you might think of Red Bull, Manner wafers, or Doppelmayr...
The Story of Ottakringer Brauerei
Vienna tends to be associated more with wine than with beer, but when it comes to beer, Ottakringer is...
The Luck of the Chimney Sweep
So, remember the large chimney sweep mentioned in the Hohe Brücke story? He can be found jutting out...
Palais Equitable: An American Palace in Vienna
Have you ever wondered why one of the buildings near Stephansdom has a large American eagle on its facade,...
Jugendstil Jewel: Otto Wagner’s Postsparkasse Building
One of the most impressive and imposing buildings in the 1st district is the Otto Wagner-designed Österreichische...
The story of the Böhmische Hofkanzlei
The Judenplatz in Vienna has a long history and one of the famous buildings in the area is the the Böhmische...
The story of the Freyung
The Freyung is a well-known area of the city with a long history and a peculiar name. It is in this area...
The story of the Schubladkastenhaus
In the 18th century the face of the Freyung was changing. The old houses were being demolished and new...
Rebuilding and building Vienna: Erich Boltenstern
Have you heard of Erich Boltenstern? During WWII, Vienna was one of those cities that suffered from air...
The story of the Grand Hotel
Do you know the Grand Hotel on Vienna’s Ringstraße? The hotel was one of the many buildings that populated...
The story of the Palais Coburg
What do the wedding of Anna Netrebko and the “Iran deal” have in common? Well, they both happened at...
The story of Richard Löwenherz
UK royals have traditionally been welcome in Austria. The red carpet was rolled out for Charles and Camilla...
The story of the Jubiläumswarte
The city of Vienna has large green areas as part of the city is flanked by hills. In some districts,...
The story of Neulerchenfeld
We have mentioned several times that Vienna’s city center was surrounded by walls. Well, those were not...
The story of the “Hofapotheke”
The history of the Hofapotheke goes back to 1744 when Maria Theresia ordered the imperial court to buy...
The story of the Palais Strudelhof
Palais Strudelhof: Not quite as delicious as it sounds! Despite a name that recalls that most famous...
The City Walls at Schwedenplatz
The Schwedenplatz metro station was built in 1978/79 and is the connection of the metro lines U1 and...
The story of the Stubentor
At one end of the Wollzeile street in the city center you will find yourself at a metro station, namely...
The story of the Haas Haus
Some time ago, we told you about the Loos Haus, “the house without eyebrows”, and the controversy that...
Die story of the Wiener Börse
Can you imagine Vienna during the construction of the Ringstraße? The whole area was a construction site...
From the ground floor to the top floor
Have you noticed that many of Vienna’s 19th century buildings do not start with the first floor? The...
The story of the Heldenplatz
In 1847 Dominik Fernkorn crafted a little bronze statue depicting Archduke Carl – who defeated Napoleon...
The story of the Burgtor
For many centuries, Vienna was surrounded by walls. Today, there are still some remnants of these fortifications...
The story of the Schwarzspanierstrasse
If you have taken the trams 37, 38, 40, 41, or 42 from the station Schottentor, you will likely remember...
The Water Fountains at the Michaelerplatz
Have you seen the sculptures on the top of the two water fountains at the Michaelerplatz? These fountains...
The story of the Bärenmühldurchgang
In Vienna’s fourth district there is a short passage that takes you from the Operngasse to the Naschmarkt...
The story of the Lobmeyrhof
The 16th district of Vienna, also known as Ottakring, was established in 1890/1892 when the neighbourhoods...
The story of the Verordnetenstube
Some days ago, your SV explorer was in the Palais Niederösterreich – the former parliament of the state...
The story of the Cafe Griensteidl
Karl Krauss and Arthur Schnitzler. Camillo Sitte and Stefan Zweig. Politicians, artists and musicians...
The story of Sisi’s Bridge- the Elisabethbrücke
It is 20 April 1897 and you leave your flat in the Freihausviertel and go for a walk to the Karlskirche....
Kärntnertor- Vienna City Gates
If you walk around central Vienna today you will most likely notice that, no matter which direction you...
I got 99 meters but the Rathausmann ain’t one…
Have you ever walked past the Rathaus (City Hall) and wondered about the statue of the man on top of...
The story of the Heinrichhof
The Vienna Opera is one of the landmarks of the city with hundreds of locals and tourists visiting it...
Vienna’s Freihaus and the ghost of Papageno
Next time you find yourself in the Freihaus neighborhood (Freihausviertel) at night, pause for a moment....
The spring of Schönbrunn and the story of its name
Have you heard about the spring ofSchönbrunn? It’s spring time and visiting Schönbrunn palace should...
Round and round it goes... Vienna's Ferris Wheel
A true Landmark of Vienna the panoramic wheel at the Prater. So big, so unique, so original! Distinctive!...
Appointment with the monster of Vienna
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