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The lengths and depths of Viennese escalators

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…

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February 18, 2020

The story of the “Widmertor”

Walking around the city, perhaps we miss little details that have a lot of history. One of these details is located in the corridor that connects the Burgplatz with the Heldenplatz. In the past we have told you some stories about the walls that used to surround Vienna and over the centuries these defensive walls…

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December 22, 2019

The heights of the Höhenstrasse

Driving into or from Vienna might take you over the Höhenstrasse, a long and winding road that connects Neustift am Walde with Grinzing, and ultimately Klosterneuburg. It is probably one of Vienna’s more well-known roads, and with good reason. Not only is it an important connector, it also offers some of the nicest views of…

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October 18, 2019

The Story of the Pestsäule

Most people have seen the Pestsäule (The Plague Column) on the Graben. This column dates back to the 17th century and was built during the reign of Kaiser Leopold I with the purpose of asking for mercy so that the pest would end as quick as possible. The first mercy column was made of wood…

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October 10, 2019

The story of the Fleischmarkt

Walking down the Rotenturmstraße to the Schwedenplatz area you perhaps will find a street with the name Fleischmarkt. The street is very old and was already known in the 1200s as “carnifices Viennensis”, which suggests that there used to be a meat market. You see, as Vienna was well situated for maritime transport, a lot…

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August 4, 2019

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 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…

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May 23, 2019

The story of the “Porta Decumana”.

Perhaps you have noticed that the Rotenturmstraße in the city center is a construction site. It has made some headlines in the last weeks as its appearance will change and, if all goes well, it should look better than what it is now. But this is not the only street in the city center that has…

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May 10, 2019

The story of the Herrengasse

The Herrengasse. Roughly 400 meters long and home to many famous names: Herberstein, Harrach, Liechtenstein, Batthyány, Trauttmansdorff, and others.  They all had some Palais built here and were part of the privileged ones to be close to the Hofburg. The history of this street dates back to the Roman times (think about the Michaelerplatz and…

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April 10, 2019

The story of Kärntnerstraße 16

Walking along the Kärntnerstraße could be a difficult endeavor as it is usually very crowded. And because of this perhaps one does not have the chance to admire the nice details that are to be found in that long and historical street. Maybe some of you have missed the mosaic located in the façade of…

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August 17, 2018

The story of the Batthyánypalais

Some days ago, your SV explorer came across a beautiful portal in the city center. This portal is part of the Batthyánypalais and is located at Bankgasse 2 (the Palais has another portal on the side of Herrengasse). The Batthyány was a family that originated in Hungary and one of them had this Palais built…

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August 8, 2018

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