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The story of the Ottakringer Brauwerk brewery

It is likely that our readers have had a craft beer already. But if you live in Vienna perhaps you had to wait a bit longer to drink it when compared to other countries. We don’t know when craft beer production started in Austria, but it was in 2014 that the Ottakringer brewery decided to…

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October 12, 2019

The Brunnnenmarkt

In the 16th district of Vienna – between Thaliastraße and Ottakringerstraße – you will find the longest street market in Vienna, which is at the same time one of the last pure street markets in town: the Brunnnenmarkt. Originated in 1786 in the former Viennese suburb of Neulerchenfeld, the street received the official name “Brunnengasse”…

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January 29, 2019

Café Weidinger

There are dozens of classic coffee houses in Vienna, which are worth a visit. Probably, the most shabby, but at the same time the most charming among them, is for sure the Café Weidinger that is hidden at the corner Lerchenfelder Gürtel and Gablenzgasse right in front of the shopping mall Lugner City. When entering, visitors…

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November 20, 2018

The story of the Glasfabrik

If you like second hand furniture or perhaps you are an art collector or you just love flea markets, chances are that you have been to the Glasfabrik. Established in 1996 and located in Ottakring, the Glasfabrik offers its customers everything from large furniture to small items, and things that you did not know you…

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October 4, 2018

The military history of the Yppenviertel

As the days get warmer and people look for a spot in the sun, a popular place to go is Yppenplatz, which has become a hipster heaven of sorts. But the Yppenplatz makes up only part of what is known as the Yppenviertel, which stretches over a distance of 13 blocks. The name itself, which…

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April 17, 2018

The Kuffner Family in Ottakring

Some weeks ago, we told you the story of the Ottakringer brewery and mentioned the cousins Ignaz and Jacob Kuffner. The family Kuffner originated in Lundenburg (today Breclav in the Czech Republic) and they already owned a brewery there by the time some of its members came to Vienna in 1848. It was in 1850…

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November 22, 2017

The Story of Ottakringer Brauerei

Vienna tends to be associated more with wine than with beer, but when it comes to beer, Ottakringer is surely the one that comes to mind. Ottakring is of course also the name of the 16th district, and the namesake for the beer and brewery which is located in that district. When it was established…

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October 28, 2017

The story of the Jubiläumswarte

The city of Vienna has large green areas as part of the city is flanked by hills. In some districts, not a lot of time is needed to reach the hills and if you walk far enough you end up in the federal state that surrounds Vienna, namely Lower Austria. Many people go to the…

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August 3, 2017

The story of the Lobmeyrhof

The 16th district of Vienna, also known as Ottakring, was established in 1890/1892 when the neighbourhoods Neulerchenfeld and Ottakring were united. The district’s architecture is a combination of small houses that survived modernity, late 19th century buildings, Gemeindebauten (“communal housing” in English), and other, sometimes strange, types of architecture. In all this architectural melange, there…

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July 29, 2017

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