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The Misunderstood Location of the Johannes of Nepomuk Chapel

If you take tram line no. 2 or 5 to the station ‘Am Tabor’, you may notice a small chapel along the side of the road, that seems at once unassuming but at the same time requiring your attention. There is no indication what the chapel is for or what its history is; aside from…

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May 28, 2019

Augarten, or the joys of Floodplain Park

There are many great parks in Vienna, but surely one of the most loved and most visited is the Augarten. Located in the heart of the 2nd district, this green oasis of manicured lawns and wild, untamed underbrush has long provided the residents of Vienna a place to relax and enjoy in the middle of…

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May 21, 2019

The story of the Palais Lobkowitz

Have you ever heard of the Palais Lobkowitz? Perhaps you have heard the name and most likely you have passed by it. Located not far away from the Albertina and more or less in front of the Augustinerkirche, this Palais was built in 1689-1694 by count Philipp Sigmund Dietrichstein. After him, the Palais changed owners…

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February 14, 2019

The story of the Palais Pallavicini

Right in front of the former Imperial and Royal library there is a large house that most likely few people have missed when passing by the Josefplatz: the Palais Pallavicini. The Pallavicini were a family that originated in Italy in the 12th century and that started serving the Habsburgs during the time of Maria Theresia…

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February 9, 2019

The story of the Neidhart Fresken

We have told you stories about places that were sort of forgotten and discovered again. Maybe you are curious and want to see one of those places. If yes, you should visit the “Neidhart Fresken” (Neidhart Frescoes). You see, in 1979 a flat was being refurbished in the city center and during this work plaster…

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December 8, 2018

The Imperial and Royal Library

The Imperial and Royal Library at the Josefplatz is a well-known museum not only because it is located in a well frequented street, but also because of its beautiful interior. And perhaps one of the first things that catch a visitor’s attention is the group of figures in the center/top of the façade. Have you…

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October 16, 2018

The story of the Palais Niederösterreich

Vienna is full of history and it is hard to walk around the city center without passing by some building with an interesting story.  One of those places is the Palais Niederösterreich, located more or less in the middle of the Herrengasse (translated as “The Lords’ street”) and meters away from the famous Café Central. …

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September 14, 2018

The Organ of the Franziskanerkirche

Franziskanerkirche (or Franciscan Church of Vienna) is one of the several hidden gems of Vienna’s first district. Located in a small, beautiful Italianesque square in the medieval core of the old city the building is, as Lonely Planet calls it, ‘a glorious architectural deception’. The ‘deception’ comes from the difference between its simple, well-proportioned Renaissance…

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August 26, 2018

The story of the Batthyánypalais

Some days ago, your SV explorer came across a beautiful portal in the city center. This portal is part of the Batthyánypalais and is located at Bankgasse 2 (the Palais has another portal on the side of Herrengasse). The Batthyány was a family that originated in Hungary and one of them had this Palais built…

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August 8, 2018

The story of the Schloss Neugebäude

How old is old? Definitely age is relative. Why would you call something dating back centuries “new”? The name of the “Neuer Markt”, for example, dates back to the 13th century, but we still call it “new market”. Some names just stick and are hard to change. That is also the case for the “Schloss…

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July 12, 2018

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