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Palais Equitable: An American Palace in Vienna

Have you ever wondered why one of the buildings near Stephansdom has a large American eagle on its facade, and a boat on the roof? Well, there is an explanation for both. This building is called the Palais Equitable, and it can be found at Stock-im-Eisen-Platz 3. In fact, the famous Stock im Eisen (Staff in Iron) from which the…

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September 9, 2017

The story of the Verordnetenstube

Some days ago, your SV explorer was in the Palais Niederösterreich – the former parliament of the state of Lower Austria that is located roughly in the middle of the Herrengasse – and managed to find himself alone in a beautiful room.  The palais was built in the early 16th century and it was the…

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July 8, 2017

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