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The Highs and Lows of the Historical Sophiensäle


Large-scale fires are always shocking when they happen, though unfortunately every major city has an entire history of buildings and cultural artifacts lost to fire – and Vienna is no exception. Although fires were more common in the past when building codes were less sophisticated than today, large-scale fires still occasionally occur, sometimes destroying historical…

Discovering the Nestroyhof


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…

The Story of Gerstner and the Opera


Some weeks ago, we told you that the Opera celebrated its 150th anniversary. And for this occasion, many activities were organized and many people wished the Opera all the best. As in every bday party, a cake could not be missing and this was the responsibility of the Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Founded in…

The story of the Burgtheater


The actor Terrence Mann once famously said that “movies make you famous; television makes you rich; but theatre will make you good”. And if you are an actor in Vienna there is one place in particular that even makes you one of the best – the Burgtheater, or as the Viennese call it “die Burg”….

Vienna’s comedic traditions


It’s well-known that the Viennese have a particular and biting sense of humor, elevating a sarcastic wit to a coffeehouse art form known as ‘wiener schmäh’. Alongside this, however, Vienna has a long and celebrated history of cabaret, which originated most likely in France before spreading across Europe in the 19th century. It was a…

The lost home of the Boulevard Theater


The history of the building that houses the Kärtnerstrasse location of the Art & Style shop came as a surprise to this SV explorer, which is not a small thing at all considering that this explorer is already used to the fact that Vienna holds a secret behind every stone. The surprise of Michael Klier…

The Skandalkonzert of 1913, or the most Viennese fight of all time

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Like all places, Austria has seen its fair share of scandals – but some of them are quintessentially Viennese. This includes a particular scandal in the early 20th century, which has gone down in history as the Skandalkonzert of 1913, and truly could have only happened in Vienna. The concert in question took place at…

Ronacher: A theater by any other name


We all know the Vienna takes its theater scene seriously, but how much do you know about the theaters themselves? The Ronacher in the 1st district is, together with the Theater an der Wien and the Raimund Theather, part of the United Stages Vienna and is almost fully owned by the city of Vienna. The…