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The Story of Franz Matzinger

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We have told you many stories about the Ringstraße and its buildings and architects. There are, of course, many other players that made the construction of the Ringstraße possible. One of these players who is definitely not well known, but an important one is Franz Matzinger. Born in 1817, he was a bureaucrat in the…

The Story of Egon Schiele

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For many people Egon Schiele is a household name. In particular, if you spend a lot of time at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, it is very hard to miss him. Born in Lower Austria in June 1890, he started to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1906 where he was eventually mentored…

The story of Niklas Meldeman’s map

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In some of our stories we have made references to the Ottoman sieges of Vienna.  The first siege took place in 1529 and the second in 1683. There is information about those events and there is even a visual description of the first siege. A publisher from Nuremberg, Niklas Meldeman, came to Vienna shortly after…

Visiting Vienna’s district museums

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On Sunday March 17, the district museums of Vienna will be open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm.  There are 23 museums to visit and the overall theme of the event is “Zu Gast in Wien” (“As a visitor in Vienna”) .  Each museum offers different activities, including tours and special talks. …

Chinese Whispers @ MAK

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Only a few weeks ago the MAK opened its latest show, which will be shown until the end of May 2019. The exhibition is called “Chinese Whispers”, and presents the world’s largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, carefully composed over the past 40 years by the private collector Uli Sigg. The collector, who lives in…

The story of the Neidhart Fresken

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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…

Long Night of the Museums

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This weekend, on Saturday the 6thof October the “ORF – Long Night of Museums” takes place for the 19thtime, an annual highlight of the Austrian cultural calendar. Among varied exhibitions, many exciting events and special offers, visitors can choose their personal highlights and visit (or at least try to visit) all 135 participating houses in…

The Anton-Brenner-Wohnungsmuseum

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As far as Austrian architects go, Anton Brenner may not be the most famous but he really shouldn’t be overlooked. Born in Vienna in 1896, he led a rather fascinating life. He was born to parents of modest means, and came of age just as the First World War broke out – meaning that he…

The story of the Mölkerbastei

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In the past we have written stories about the Albertina and the Coburg Palais and have mentioned that these are two of the three elevated spots that are left from Vienna’s city walls. The third spot is the “Mölkerbastei”, which is located right in front of the University of Vienna. Its construction dates back to…

A very special fencing

City Tour of Vienna

Summer time is construction, demolition, and refurbishment time. If you are in Vienna, you may have noticed that almost no stone remains unturned in summer, as it is the best time to do all the construction work that can’t be easily done in winter. Something very common at construction sites is a kind of fencing…