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The Story of Friedrich Schmidt

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We have told you stories about some of the architects of the Baroque Vienna as well as of the Ringstraße period and some architects are, of course, more famous than others. One architect who is important, but perhaps less-known is Friedrich Schmidt. Born in Germany in 1825, he got a professorship at the Akademie der…

The Controversies of Dr. Karl Lueger

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One of the more controversial figures in Viennese politics is Dr. Karl Lueger. He is credited with helping in some ways to transform Vienna into a modern city, but he was also an anti-Semite – or at best, a political opportunist who stoked anti-Semitic fears for his own political gain. He was first elected Mayor…

The story of Sissi’s Bridge

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It is 20 April 1897 and you leave your flat in the Freihausviertel and go for a walk to the Karlskirche. Wanting some coffee, you head towards your favorite coffee house, the Heinrichhof Cafe. Unless you know of another secret path, chances are you will have to cross  (“Elisabeth’s bridge”). Today is your last chance to…

I got 99 meters but the Rathausmann ain’t one…

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Have you ever walked past the Rathaus (City Hall) and wondered about the statue of the man on top of the central tower? While not particularly unusual, like most things in Vienna, this one has a story.  And it has to do with Kaiser Franz Josef, an assassination attempt, and the Votivkirche just down the…