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Drunk Augustin and the plague pit

While strolling through Vienna’s first district you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Griechenbeisl, a restaurant that can be found in the Griechengasse 9.  A name you will stumble upon in many Viennese sagas is the “lovely Augustin”, a bagpipe player and improviser from the  17th century. Augustin got famous due to falling into a…

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October 9, 2021

Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor

Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated Mozart’s birthday!   No, it wasn’t the birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that we celebrated, but his father- Leopold Mozart. If you are a hardcore Mozart fan, we would understand if you are having some mixed feelings about this. After all, Leopold Mozart was not only…

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November 17, 2020

Blue Danube Violins: A Unique musical instruments shop in the 8th district

Back in the days, the Austrian Empire was actively developing in direction of music art and culture. Its prestigious and prolific production of music was known worldwide and therefore Austria is always associated with footsteps of such gifted musicians as Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. These names are certainly making large impact on Austria being known…

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May 4, 2020

The Loft: A casual yet stylish dance club for music lovers

Meet The Loft In these stressful times, we can’t help but miss the bars and clubs of Vienna which were always there for us to forget our worries and simply celebrate life with friends. Great bars can be found not only in the inner city but in other district and in particular along the Gürtel…

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May 4, 2020

The Story of Mozart and the Organ

If you live in Vienna perhaps you are familiar with the online platform “Willhaben” where you can buy and sell all sorts of things. In the very old days, there was a similar platform in the newspaper Wiener Zeitung. It was January 1791 and if someone was looking for an organ to play music, there…

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May 23, 2019

The Donaukanal: from abandoned to beloved

Over the years, the Donaukanal has become one of the most popular summer hang-outs in the city. But before 2010, this part of Vienna was almost entirely devoid of any kind of social scene, with the exception of the Hermann Strandbar – which itself has only been around since 2005. It’s true that prior to…

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April 29, 2019

Moving Mozart

One of the most famous statues in the Burggarten is the Mozart Monument, located right by the entrance of the park and invariably surrounded by tourists with cameras. It seems such a natural part of the Burggarten these days that it is difficult to imagine it elsewhere – but indeed, this was not its original…

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April 10, 2019

Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concert

This concert is held in the “Goldener Saal” (Golden Hall) of the Musikverein at 11:15 am. Every year the same programme is performed on December 30, December 31, and January 1, but only the last performance is famous and broadcast. In its current form the tradition dates back to 1939 when it was devised to…

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January 11, 2019

Porgy and Bess

Vienna is the city of music. Part identity, part cliché, the saying stands true not only with regards to opera, waltz or classical music, but also to jazz. Riemergasse 11, 1010 is a well-known address for jazz lovers. It is the home of Porgy and Bess, a ‘Jazz and Music Club’ – as the venue…

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February 8, 2018

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