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Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing

There is no shortage of churches in Vienna, some better and some lesser known. One of the probably lesser-known churches that deserves a second look is the Evangelische Kreuzkirche Hietzing. Although it was not completed until 1931, it borrows heavily from earlier traditions and restrictions that were placed on the building of Protestant churches. Although…

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August 28, 2019

A summer night, a famous orchestra, and a beautiful palace

The Vienna Philharmonic is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world, made up of world-class musicians who have proved their mettle by playing in the Vienna State Opera orchestra for at least 3 years. They normally are based in the Musikverein and tickets can be hard to come by, but once…

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June 21, 2019

The Global Gardens of Schönbrunn

While it may seem completely natural nowadays to have easy access to products from all over the world, in the past it was considered a great luxury to procure certain goods from around the world. Amongst these luxuries were plants from the four corners of the globe, which only the elite could afford to go…

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April 15, 2019

Miniature Horses and Naked Emperors

As the weather warms up, it’s a lovely time to take a stroll through the gardens at Schönbrunn. While meandering past the stoic statues and neatly trimmed hedges near the Palmenhaus, you may come across what looks to be a miniature statue of a horse and rider placed atop a disproportionately large pedestal. The shrunken…

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April 3, 2019

Top 5 Otto Wagner buildings you should know about

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…

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March 7, 2019

Live like a king

Did you know that you can live in the Hofburg or Schönbrunn? These are some of the most famous addresses in Vienna, but they are not only for the royals and nobility of yesteryear; no, they also contain rental apartments that are open to anyone—assuming you get a spot! The number of apartments are quite…

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February 26, 2019

The Palmenhaus Schönbrunn

When the Palmenhaus Schönbrunn opened its’ doors in 1882 it was one of a kind – being the largest in the world. Today it remains in the top three worldwide while still claiming the top spot in Europe. It houses around 4,500 different plant species and has constant temperature of at least 18 degrees, yes,…

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December 11, 2018

Otto Wagner’s Hofpavillon

Did you watch the famous new year’s concert on January 1? In addition to the many images of the national library, perhaps you remember the “Wiener Moderne” segment presented during the concert and also the ballet performance. This performance took place at the Hofpavillon (The Imperial Court Pavilion) at the station Hietzing of what used…

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January 4, 2018

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