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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 through barriers and taboos when it comes  to death and the thematization of it. Till the 17th of October young and old will have the chance to walk into the Volkskundemuseum, at Laudongasse 15-17 …

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October 15, 2021

Drunk Augustin and the plague pit

While strolling through Vienna’s first district you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Griechenbeisl, a restaurant that can be found in the Griechengasse 9.  A name you will stumble upon in many Viennese sagas is the “lovely Augustin”, a bagpipe player and improviser from the  17th century. Augustin got famous due to falling into a…

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October 9, 2021

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 Halloween celebrations, we will now delve deeper into the story of Vienna’s only witch-burning. Elisabeth Plainacher, also called Elsa, died in the year 1583 on the stake, burned alive at the age of seventy. Even though Elisabeth…

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October 6, 2021

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 been Elisabeth Báthory. We are starting the mysterious and dark month of October with this fascinating woman, also known as the ‘blood countess’ or the ‘tiger in human form’. Elisabeth (Erzsébet) was born as part…

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October 3, 2021

May 1st and the Illuminati

Happy International Workers Day! 🎉 In case you haven’t seen our previous May 1st story, we wanted to make sure you aren’t missing out another important celebration.   May 1st is mostly known as the international workers day or Labour Day. But for secrets and conspiracy enthusiasts it is also the founding day of the…

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May 1, 2021

The story of Austrian satirical writer and journalist- Moritz Gottlieb Saphir

Nowadays, comedy and satire writers are quite popular and are especially liked by those who aren’t the target of their content 😀 But in the 1st half of the 19th century, being a satirical writer was quite a dangerous job. One wrong joke and you can get summoned to a duel or even face imprisonment….

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February 8, 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

The Coronation of Napoleon

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…

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December 2, 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

Grand Duke 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…

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November 30, 2020

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