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The Story of the Opernpassage


We all know that Vienna is very well connected. And not only because of its great public transport system, but also because it has a system of corridors that help you, for example, to go from the Mariahilferstraße to the Naschmarkt using the passage offered by the Raimund-Hof. Years after the construction of the Ringstraße,…

The Story of Franz Matzinger


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 the Palais Königswarter


In case you have wondered which one is the oldest building on the Ringstraße, it is very likely that it is one of the buildings that are located in front of the Bristol Hotel (this hotel is located close to the Vienna Opera). One of these buildings has a particular story, namely the Palais Königswarter…

The story of the Burgtheater


The actor Terrence Mann once famously said that “movies make you famous; television makes you rich; but theatre will make you good”. And if you are an actor in Vienna there is one place in particular that even makes you one of the best – the Burgtheater, or as the Viennese call it “die Burg”….

The story of the Handelsakademie


Have you ever wondered which building was the first one ever built after the removal of Vienna’s city walls? In case you did, it was the Treumanntheater that was located in the area of the Donaukanal. Karl Treumann got a permit to build a provisional theater made of wood, which opened its doors in November…

Nike at the Austrian Parliament


Built in 1874-1883 by the architect Teophil Hansen, the Austrian parliament is being refurbished and this project is expected to last until 2021. During this process, among many other activities, the figures and monuments decorating the building will be also renovated. A very visible figure decorating the parliament is that of a lady in a…

The story of the “Famous” Caspar Zumbusch


Have you ever heard of Caspar Zumbusch? Not really a household name, but kind of a big deal. He was a sculptor born in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1830 and starting in 1873 he worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. To make a long story short, he is responsible for monuments that most…

The story of Lady Justitia

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Some days ago, you SV explorer decided to enter a building that is accessible to the public, but that perhaps is not well known. This is the Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) that was built in 1875-1881 by the architect Alexander Wielemans and is located at Schmerlingplatz 11. Perhaps the most famous picture of the Justizpalast…

The Architects of the Vienna Opera

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We don’t have any statistical proof, but we believe that 99.9% of people that have visited Vienna have seen the building of the Vienna Opera. It is hard to miss as it stands strategically located at the Karlsplatz metro station. While the Vienna Opera building is very well known, its architects may not be household…

The story of Radetzky’s resting place

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Some time ago, we told you the story of Marshall Radetzky, who at a young age was advised not to pursue a career in the army as his body was too weak. Eventually, Field Marshal Radeztky retired in 1857 at the age of 91, after 72 years of military career under five Kaisers. Franz Joseph…