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Marie Wilt

Fans of opera history have probably heard the name Marie Wilt before. Today I want to tell you more about the successful opera singer whose life ended with a tragic suicide. Born in Vienna in 1833, Marie’s mother died soon after giving birth, the father was unknown, hence why the young girl ended up in…

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November 28, 2021

Manuela Linshalm

Vienna is internationally known for its art scene. People from all over the globe find their way to Vienna to indulge in the city’s broad variety of cultural events. Part of our art scene is Manuela Linshalm, actress and puppeteer.  Before Manuela became an actress she studied psychology, journalism and anglistics, but it didn’t take…

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November 26, 2021

Emilie Kraus von Wolfsberg

Emilie Kraus von Wolfsberg was born in 1785. Perhaps you have heard of her before, but her relationship with emperor Napoleon 1. is barely known. Today I want to give you a small insight into their story. Emilie grew up in poor circumstances. The officer Philipp Mainoni offered her parents to take in the young…

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November 24, 2021

Anna Sacher

No matter if you’re from Vienna or if you plan to visit our city, you will stumble upon the name Sacher. This article will tell you more about Anna Sacher, the hotel owner that lived from 1859 till 1930. Anna grew up in Vienna’s 2nd district, in 1880 she married Eduard Sacher. The couple had…

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November 22, 2021

The life of Alma Mahler-Werfel

Alma Mahler-Werfel, a rather controversial woman whose entourage described her as ‘femme fatale’, a strong-headed, popular woman that could make a man go crazy – in a rather negative way. Alma was born in August 1879 as Alma Schindler, from childhood years on she had a strong connection to art, she knew how to play…

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November 15, 2021

Interview with Marco Pogo

It is hard to describe Marco Pogo with just one profession, he’s a singer, politician, beer brewer and doctor. His path into becoming a Viennese politician was paved by the song “Bierpartei”, written for his band Turbobier in 2015. 2020 was the first year the Bierpartei (beer party) ran for elections. Even though the idea…

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November 9, 2021

Secret Vienna Saturday tip- Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz- one of our favourite places in Vienna The Karlsplatz, now an important spot right in the middle of our city, once belonged to an area outside the city wall. Gardens, wine taverns and artisan cottages could be found around the place in the medieval times.  At the times of the first Turkish Siege 1529…

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November 4, 2021

Karoline Traunwieser- the most beautiful woman in Vienna

The most beautiful woman in Vienna in around 1814 If you’ve visited our blog in the past few weeks you have probably already picked up on her name, since she is buried in the Kahlenberg cemetery.   Long-established people that grew up in Vienna will tell you all about Karoline, her beauty, and the legend about…

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November 4, 2021

The tragic life of Sissi

Elisabeth, short Sisi or following the great movie- Sissi, is known all over the globe for her beauty, her tragic life story, and her death. The former empress of Austria had an outrageous impact on the monarchy and our country.  Born in 1837 in Munich, Sissi soon married her cousin emperor Franz Joseph of Austria….

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November 4, 2021

Antiquitäten Täuber

Vienna has a deep connection to antiques, let it be furniture from Biedermeier times, engravings that show the city from different perspectives or jewellery. As you walk through the city’s alleys you will walk past shops specialised in all those areas.  One of those shops can be found in the middle of the Augustinerstraße 12…

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November 3, 2021

The White Lady- Vienna’s ghost story

The ghost which kept the high and mighty on their toes  Ghost stories take up a big chunk of Halloween traditions, no matter the age, supernatural beings are always fascinating. We are focusing on the “White Lady” today, she is a ghost that wanders through castles and palaces, all since she has died in a…

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October 25, 2021

The city of spies- about Vienna’s history of espionage

Spies, a crime noir movie and a once forgotten theatre hall – Vienna’s underground system There is just something mysterious about spies and their talents to hide in places we’d never  suspect. Nowadays, we think of James Bond as the most famous spy modern media has  come up with, but did you know that Vienna…

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October 21, 2021

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