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The Brick-5

The Brick-5 is known as an urban space with a cool café and hip events – what not many people know is that the space has a long history of almost 150 years as a Jewish community building. The project Herklotzgasse 21 made the mostly unknown history of the building and its people visible. The house…

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November 27, 2018

The Anton-Brenner-Wohnungsmuseum

As far as Austrian architects go, Anton Brenner may not be the most famous but he really shouldn’t be overlooked. Born in Vienna in 1896, he led a rather fascinating life. He was born to parents of modest means, and came of age just as the First World War broke out – meaning that he…

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September 24, 2018


Do you know which district of Vienna has the longest name? It is the 15th district, whose official name is “Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus”. Established in 1892, Rudolfsheim was initially the 14th district of Vienna. The name derives from the Crown Kaiser Rudolf who was Franz Joseph’s son. Rudolf would never become Kaiser as he committed suicide at…

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April 19, 2018

The missing “S” in the Radetzky Kaserne

If you live in Vienna’s 15th or 16th district it is very likely that you have heard about the “Schmelz”, which in the old days referred to a large green field covering parts of these two districts. In the middle of the 19th century, a part of the Schmelz served for military training and military…

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November 19, 2017

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