A crash, a boom, and a missing bridge


As spring arrives, people start heading out towards the Danube and other leisure areas in the city, often traveling by car across one of the many bridges spanning the land masses between the various arms of the mighty Danube. Although this shouldn’t be any cause for concern these days, some 43 years ago there was…

Don’t fall in love at the Copa, Copa Cagrana


As winter wears on, many of us may start to dream of the blue waters and white sand beaches of less land-locked countries than Austria, but Vienna has its own cheeky and charming remedy: the Copa Cagrana. Taking its name from a too-clever-by-half portmanteau of the famous Brazilian Copacabana and the Vienna district in which…

The DC Tower


When walking around Vienna, it’s always a good idea to look up and admire the beautiful building facades that are so easily overlooked. One building that can hardly be overlooked is the DC Tower. The name stands for Donau City Tower, and since its completion in 2014, it has been the tallest skyscraper in Austria…

Tragedy and thrills: the Donauturm


If you are looking out across Vienna, one of the structures likely to catch your eye is the Donauturm, which stands in relative isolation in the Donau Park in the 22nd district. The tower was built in the early 1960s as part of the Vienna International Garden Show, and at 252 meters was significantly taller…

Skiing inside of a train station: the story of Vienna’s Schneepalast

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As temperatures drop, the Viennese start looking to the hills – specifically to Semmering and other nearby slopes for a day of skiing or snowboarding. Some 90 years ago, the Viennese didn’t have to look so far to find a place to ski, thanks to the world’s first indoor ski hall — which, as it…