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The Swedish Nightingale in Vienna

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She was called the ‘Swedish nightingale’, and she was famed for her extraordinary voice. Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer who would find massive success touring both Europe and America, drawing crowds of screamings fans that would have put even the Beatles to shame – and this in the mid-1800s when recording technology was…

The Amalienbad

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The Amalienbad from 1926, designed by the architects Otto Nagel and Karl Schmalhofer, is not only one of the oldest indoor swimming pools in Vienna, but it is also one of the top addresses when it comes to enjoying a unique historical ambience. The splendid swimming pool in Art Nouveau style is timeless and especially…

The “Spinnerin am Kreuz”

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If you are familiar with old paintings or engravings of Vienna, perhaps you have seen those showing Vienna’s surrounding landscape. At least until the beginning of the 19th century what is today the city center of Vienna was the only major urban space in all the area that Vienna occupies today. And somewhere in the…

A history of bread and art

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Today it’s a place of history and art, but the place isn’t called Brotfabrik for nothing: the Ankerbrotfabrik in the 10th district was indeed a bakery in its original incarnation. Built in 1891 by a student of Theophil Hansen (architect of the Parliament and Musikverein among others), the factory belonged to the brothers Heinrich and…

The story of the Markuslöwe

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If you have been in Vienna long enough you will definitely remember the “Südbahnhof” (Vienna’s south train station). The original Südbahnhof was built in 1859-1873, was damaged in WWII, and was eventually demolished. Its replacement started operations in the 1950s and served the city well for many decades. At the end, it was believed that…

Bunny chow and Bulgarian cheese at a market that doesn’t know how to spell its name

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Vienna has many great markets, but one of the least touristy has to be the Viktor-Adler-Markt in the 10th district. The market was founded all the way back in 1877 before being expanded in 1910, and maintains a vibrant and authentic flare. It consists of some 80 stands connected by small alleyways filled with friendly…

The House that Got Kicked

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Interesting architecture is everywhere in Vienna, sometimes even in the most unexpected places. Among these is the building that can be found at Favoritenstrasse 118 – a construction of intentionally curved and warped metallic windows that somehow appears to be equal parts pac-man, earthquake survivor, and modernist cool. This building is known as the Domenig-Haus,…