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Grandchildren and heirs: W. Neuber’s Enkel & Carl Geyling’s Erben

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There aren’t many traditional druggists left in Vienna, but the few that remain have storied histories and a faithful clientele. One of these is W. Neuber’s Enkel. It has stood proudly on the Linke Wienzeile since 1865, and among its most famous features are the Jugendstil stained glass windows from Carl Geyling’s Erben. This is…

The story of the Kettenbrückengasse

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Perhaps many of our SV explorers are familiar with the Kettenbrückengasse metro station as this is the one that stops right next to the famous Naschmarkt. And most likely, many also know the Kettenbrückengasse that is one of the streets that marks the separation between the 4th and the 5th districts of Vienna. And if you understand…

Top 5 Otto Wagner buildings you should know about

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Otto Wagner is one of the most famous architects of the Jugendstil period in Austria.  He was the architect of several important projects in the city such as the well-known Postsparkasse, the Stadtbahn, (metropolitan railway system), and Kirche am Steinhof. But there are other perhaps less-known places where Otto Wagner left his mark. Here our…

Smashed To Pieces (In the Still of the Night)

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“Zerschmettert in Stücke (im Frieden der Nacht) / Smashed to pieces (in the still of the night)” – is what you can read on the former Flak tower right in the heart of the sixth district. The artwork was originally intended as a temporary installation in the framework of the Wiener Festwochen 1991 and was…

Wagner’s House of Muses

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Over the past weeks we have told you about the Majolikahaus and Klöstergasse 3, two of the three Houses of the Wienzeile designed by Otto Wagner. Today it’s time to tell you a bit about the 3rd hours, located at Linke Wienzeile 38, and sometimes referred to as the Musenhaus (House of the Muse). Built…

Otto Wagner’s bathtub made of glass

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We recently told you about the Majolikahaus near the Naschmarkt, which is surely the most noticeable of the Otto-Wagner-designed houses of the Wienzeile, but its siblings also have stories to tell. Of the three ‘Wienzeilenhäuser’ that Wagner built at the end of the 19th century, the house located at Klöstergasse 3 is probably the least…

Otto Wagner and the Majolikahaus

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The Linke Wienzeile is home to many impressive buildings, but one of the most eye-catching has to be the Majolikahaus with its elegantly cheerful flower facade. It is located next to another impressive but slightly more subdued Otto Wagner building, and together with yet another Otto Wagner building just around the corner, it is known…

Serbs in Magdalenengrund

Vienna History Tours

A cute and cozy street in Vienna that is worth a few minutes of exploration if you happen to find yourself in the 6th district is Magdalenenstrasse – which, despite the name, is much more a gasse than a strasse. And it has a long history, first appearing in official documents in 1756. The name…

The sculptures at the Esterházypark

City Tour of Vienna

Some months ago, we told you the story of the Elisabethbrücke, which crossed the Vienna river connecting the city center with the district of Wieden (4th district). The bridge, removed by 1897, was decorated with eight sculptures, which now can be seen flanking the Rathausplatz. These are not the only sculptures that had to leave…

Westlicht: “The Polaroid Project”

Vienna Walking Tours

‘To collect photographs is to collect the world’ – Susan Sontag Taking a photo with the phone and posting it on Instagram or other social media channels in anticipation for a gratifying like is probably more common these days than indoor plumbing. This ubiquity makes it difficult to remember (or for most millennials to imagine)…