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Discovering the Nestroyhof

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Nestroy is a name that comes up frequently in Vienna, especially if you are traveling along the U1 where you will eventually come across Nestroyplatz. But who was the eponymous Nestroy? His name was in fact Johann Nepomuk Eduard Ambrosius Nestroy — quite a mouthful! — and he was a famous singer and playwright during…

Breaking the barrier of human achievement

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Vienna is a city that has seen many historical events — and may be home to another great and historic feat come this October. That is because Vienna, and specifically the Prater park, have been selected as the next place for Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge to try to break the 2 hour marathon barrier. No…

The Story of Franz Matzinger

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We have told you many stories about the Ringstraße and its buildings and architects. There are, of course, many other players that made the construction of the Ringstraße possible. One of these players who is definitely not well known, but an important one is Franz Matzinger. Born in 1817, he was a bureaucrat in the…

The Story of Egon Schiele

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For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, it is very hard to miss him. Born in Lower Austria in June 1890, he started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 where he was eventually mentored…

The Story of Friedrich Schmidt

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We have told you stories about some of the architects of the Baroque Vienna as well as of the Ringstraße period and some architects are, of course, more famous than others. One architect who is important, but perhaps less-known is Friedrich Schmidt. Born in Germany in 1825, he got a professorship at the Akademie der…

The Story of Frederic Morton

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It is time to tell you about Frederic Morton. Born in Vienna in October 1924 as Fritz Mandelbaum, his family escaped Vienna in June 1939 when he was 14 years old and eventually settled in New York. He has told the story that while he was waiting for the taxi that would take the family…

The Story of Mozart and the Organ

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If you live in Vienna perhaps you are familiar with the online platform “Willhaben” where you can buy and sell all sorts of things. In the very old days, there was a similar platform in the newspaper Wiener Zeitung. It was January 1791 and if someone was looking for an organ to play music, there…

The Queen in Vienna

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By now  is it probable that you already heard the news: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6.  And this happy occasion has coincided with a royal event that took place in Vienna some time ago, namely the visit of the Queen.  It was the year 1969 and from May 5-7, Elisabeth II, Prince…

The story of May 1st

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The story of the celebrations for May 1st dates back to the 19th century and starts in the United States. The conditions for factory workers, who had to work at least 10 hours a day, were very stressful and dangerous to their health. Eventually, on May 1st, 1886 workers started to fight for improvement in their working…