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Maria Antonia and the Diamond Necklace

Marie Antoinette is usually considered quintessentially French, indelibly tied to the French Revolution, and famous for her “let them eat cake!” proclamation, which she most likely never said. She was of course the last Queen of France before the revolution, so it’s no surprise that most people consider her to be French. But she was…

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February 7, 2020

The story of E. Braun & Co.

When walking along the Graben, you have most likely seen the famous clothing company H&M. And perhaps if you paid attention you would have seen the name “E. Braun & Co.” on the façade of the building. What‘s its story? The building was originally constructed in 1887 for an American insurance company, which is the…

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December 8, 2019

Grandchildren and heirs: W. Neuber’s Enkel & Carl Geyling’s Erben

There aren’t many traditional druggists left in Vienna, but the few that remain have storied histories and a faithful clientele. One of these is W. Neuber’s Enkel. It has stood proudly on the Linke Wienzeile since 1865, and among its most famous features are the Jugendstil stained glass windows from Carl Geyling’s Erben. This is…

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December 2, 2019

The story of the Habig-Hof

Perhaps some of our readers entered a coffee house one day and they were impressed. Some days ago, we felt that way. But let us start from the beginning. We have told you many stories about k.k. or k. u k. businesses (Imperial and Royal suppliers) and while many of them were located in the…

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September 26, 2019

Tales of Torberg

Every place has its literary traditions, and Vienna even more than most. As a diverse and multi-cultural center of culture at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, there was no shortage of imagination and creativity in the city, much of which was cultivated through the intellectual and artistic scenes that…

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August 2, 2019

The Story of Gerstner and the Opera

Some weeks ago, we told you that the Opera celebrated its 150th anniversary. And for this occasion, many activities were organized and many people wished the Opera all the best. As in every bday party, a cake could not be missing and this was the responsibility of the Gerstner K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Founded in…

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June 11, 2019

The Habsburgs: Imperial (and) Royal

In some of our stories we have told you about businesses that were suppliers to the Habsburg court during the time of the empire. These businesses held the title of “kaiserlich-königlich” (k.k.) or “kaiserlich und königlich” (k. u. k.). “Kaiserlich” stands for Imperial while “königlich” stands for Royal. What is the difference? Well, k. u….

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April 2, 2019

The story of Jungmann & Neffe

In several of our stories we have told you about businesses that have survived the 20th century. The mere fact that these businesses made it through this period must be considered a remarkable achievement as in many cases the world – literally – collapsed around them. One such business that survived is the textile company…

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March 21, 2019

The story of the Börsendorfersaal

It is likely that most of our readers have passed by the Hochhaus Herrengasse, but perhaps you did not make it to the lobby of the building. There, you will find a memorial plaque about a place called the “Börsendorfersaal”. The name goes back to the company Bösendorfer, which is a well-known Austrian piano manufacturer….

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March 17, 2019

The story of the Jewelry A. E. Köchert

Hoher Markt 15. Perhaps not everyone has noticed this address as the house next to it, the Pâtisserie Oberlaa, is the famous one. It was the year 1814 when the Frenchman Emanuel Pioté opened a jewelry shop, which in time would become an institution. Years later, Pioté was joined by his apprentice Jakob Heinrich Köchert…

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February 28, 2019

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