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Suleiman the Magnificent meets Freud on the Ringstrasse

Among the many things we owe to Freud, there is also this idea that what is not visible can be more important than what is visible. And taking a walk on Ringstrasse, let’s say from Rathaus to Votivkirche, not far from where he lived, we can test this concept with interesting results. If we stop…

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March 16, 2018

The story of the Grand Hotel

Do you know the Grand Hotel on Vienna’s Ringstraße? The hotel was one of the many buildings that populated the area where the city walls once stood. The owner of the building, constructed in 1861-1865, was the hotelier Anton Schneider who hired the architect Carl Tietz with the task of building a “Maison Meublée” (“Furnished…

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September 21, 2017

Die story of the Börse

Can you imagine Vienna during the construction of the Ringstraße? The whole area was a construction site for many years. Fortifications being demolished, buildings under construction everywhere, and plans for more construction being prepared. During this period, many architects made a name for themselves building several buildings and leaving their mark in the city. One of…

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August 19, 2017

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

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…

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April 27, 2017

The story of the Heinrichhof

The Vienna Opera is one of the landmarks of the city with hundreds of locals and tourists visiting it every year. While it is subject of nearly every collection of holiday photos, the building behind (and often ignored by) the photographer is equally steeped in history. If you take the time to turn around and…

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April 23, 2017

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