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Urania, a muse for the stars

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The Donaukanal is one of the most popular places to hang out in Vienna once the weather starts getting warmer, and one of the most distinctive buildings on the canal is the Urania. Named after Urania, a muse to astronomers in Greek mythology, it was originally built as a temporary structure in the Prater for…

The story of Radetzky’s resting place

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Some time ago, we told you the story of Marshall Radetzky, who at a young age was advised not to pursue a career in the army as his body was too weak. Eventually, Field Marshal Radeztky retired in 1857 at the age of 91, after 72 years of military career under five Kaisers. Franz Joseph…

Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus

Rudolfsheim Funfhaus

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…

Street Scales and the Nature of Shame

Secret Vienna Tours

One thing you may notice when strolling around Vienna are street scales scattered here and there, offering to give you a very public weigh-in for a bargain price of 20 cents. There are more than 100 of these around the city, usually near subway stations or around large intersections. If you’ve lived in Vienna long…

Otto Wagner’s Hofpavillon

City Tour of Vienna

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…

The story of the Volksoper

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When you google “Vienna” and “Opera” chances are that you will be directed to the famous State Opera. The one that was built on the grounds of the city walls and was initially known as the “K.K. Hof-Opernhaus” (The Royal Opera). But there is another opera in Vienna, which may be less known for some,…

The story of the Heldenplatz

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In 1847 Dominik Fernkorn crafted a little bronze statue depicting Archduke Carl – who defeated Napoleon at the battle of Aspern in 1809 – that he showcased in his studio. This little statue would result in an audience with Franz Joseph who asked him: “Can you make a bigger one?” As at that time Vienna…

The story of Sissi’s Bridge

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It is 20 April 1897 and you leave your flat in the Freihausviertel and go for a walk to the Karlskirche. Wanting some coffee, you head towards your favorite coffee house, the Heinrichhof Cafe. Unless you know of another secret path, chances are you will have to cross  (“Elisabeth’s bridge”). Today is your last chance to…