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The story of the Ottakringer Brauwerk brewery

It is likely that our readers have had a craft beer already. But if you live in Vienna perhaps you had to wait a bit longer to drink it when compared to other countries. We don’t know when craft beer production started in Austria, but it was in 2014 that the Ottakringer brewery decided to…

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October 12, 2019

Answering the call of nature — literally.

Vienna’s public toilets aren’t just toilets – no, they are experiences! Although you may be quite skeptical of what kind of ‘experience’ that might be, its less shady gas station bathroom and more artificual forest feeling that you might expect! Take a toilet in Ottakring from 2015 for example – here 50 cents unlocks a…

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July 26, 2019

The Mystery of a Viennese Hospital Named After a Belgian Princess

Vienna has long been regarded as a center for medicine, with a history of medical studies that stretches back over 600 years. In some ways, Vienna and its medical faculty can be considered the cradle of modern medicine, but the city only really came into its own and was recognized as being at the forefront…

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June 28, 2019

The Brunnnenmarkt

In the 16th district of Vienna – between Thaliastraße and Ottakringerstraße – you will find the longest street market in Vienna, which is at the same time one of the last pure street markets in town: the Brunnnenmarkt. Originated in 1786 in the former Viennese suburb of Neulerchenfeld, the street received the official name “Brunnengasse”…

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January 29, 2019

Café Weidinger

There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby, but at the same time the most charming among them, is for sure the Café Weidinger that is hidden at the corner Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Gablenzgasse right in front of the shopping mall Lugner City. When entering, visitors…

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November 20, 2018

The story of the Glasfabrik

If you like second hand furniture or perhaps you are an art collector or you just love flea markets, chances are that you have been to the Glasfabrik. Established in 1996 and located in Ottakring, the Glasfabrik offers its customers everything from large furniture to small items, and things that you did not know you…

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October 4, 2018

The military history of the Yppenviertel

As the days get warmer and people look for a spot in the sun, a popular place to go is Yppenplatz, which has become a hipster heaven of sorts. But the Yppenplatz makes up only part of what is known as the Yppenviertel, which stretches over a distance of 13 blocks. The name itself, which…

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April 17, 2018

The story of the Meiselmarkt

If you have been in the metro station Johnstrasse, it is likely that you also know the market that is connected to it, namely the Meiselmarkt. These two locations were inaugurated almost at the same time with the metro station opening its doors in 1994 and the market in 1995. They also share a common…

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January 7, 2018

The Kuffner Family in Ottakring

Some weeks ago, we told you the story of the Ottakringer brewery and mentioned the cousins Ignaz and Jacob Kuffner. The family Kuffner originated in Lundenburg (today Breclav in the Czech Republic) and they already owned a brewery there by the time some of its members came to Vienna in 1848. It was in 1850…

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November 22, 2017

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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