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The success of Madame Tussaud- Part II

Madame Tussaud

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…

The Coronation of Napoleon

a group of people in costumes

The magnificent church of Notre Dame in Paris was particularly full on the 2nd of December, 1804. Although it was a Sunday, the local Parisians did not come to attend the Sunday mass but rather to witness an event with incredible significance in European history. For many, the ceremony they were about to witness was…

Happy birthday Madame Tussaud- Part I

Madame Tussaud

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…

Grand Duke Leopold abolishes the death penalty

Leopold abolishes the death penalty

Leopold II, the third son of Maria Theresa and the brother of emperor Joseph II, was undoubtedly an impressive man and a great emperor. Despite his short reign, he managed to continue his brother’s reforms in a moderate manner which was more acceptable and arguably more effective. Before he became the emperor, however, Leopold (or…

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…

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…

The Swedish Nightingale in Vienna

jennylind

She was called the ‘Swedish nightingale’, and she was famed for her extraordinary voice. Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer who would find massive success touring both Europe and America, drawing crowds of screamings fans that would have put even the Beatles to shame – and this in the mid-1800s when recording technology was…

The lengths and depths of Viennese escalators

a close up of a bridge

Everyday the residents of Vienna take the public transportation to work or to school, with a large share of these commutes taking place on the metro. Although the Viennese metro is world class, one element of the metro stations is notably prone to shut-downs: that is, the escalators. These are subject to regular maintenance that…

The Life and Times of Luzi-Wuzi

a black and white photo of a man

There are many scandals, secrets, and stories about the Habsburgs – some hearsay, some confirmed. One member of the Habsburg family about whom much was speculated but not so much was known is Archduke Ludwig Viktor, youngest brother of Kaiser Franz Josef. Known to his family and friends as Luzi-Wuzi, he was known for his…