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The heights of the Höhenstrasse

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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…

The Story of the Pestsäule

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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…

The story of the Fleischmarkt

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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…

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 story of the “Porta Decumana”.

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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…

The story of the Herrengasse

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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…

The story of Kärntnerstraße 16

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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…

The story of the Batthyánypalais

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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…

A very special fencing

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Summer time is construction, demolition, and refurbishment time. If you are in Vienna, you may have noticed that almost no stone remains unturned in summer, as it is the best time to do all the construction work that can’t be easily done in winter. Something very common at construction sites is a kind of fencing…

The rise and demise of the Zaha Hadid House

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Zaha Hadid came to be one of the world’s most famous architects, but it took her many years to get a project built, let alone to receive acclaim and recognition for her work. Indeed, she only got her first project built in 1993 – and shortly thereafter, in 1995, she also got a commission to…