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A summer night, a famous orchestra, and a beautiful palace

The Vienna Philharmonic is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world, made up of world-class musicians who have proved their mettle by playing in the Vienna State Opera orchestra for at least 3 years. They normally are based in the Musikverein and tickets can be hard to come by, but once…

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June 21, 2019

The Global Gardens of Schönbrunn

While it may seem completely natural nowadays to have easy access to products from all over the world, in the past it was considered a great luxury to procure certain goods from around the world. Amongst these luxuries were plants from the four corners of the globe, which only the elite could afford to go…

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April 15, 2019

Miniature Horses and Naked Emperors

As the weather warms up, it’s a lovely time to take a stroll through the gardens at Schönbrunn. While meandering past the stoic statues and neatly trimmed hedges near the Palmenhaus, you may come across what looks to be a miniature statue of a horse and rider placed atop a disproportionately large pedestal. The shrunken…

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April 3, 2019

Live like a king

Did you know that you can live in the Hofburg or Schönbrunn? These are some of the most famous addresses in Vienna, but they are not only for the royals and nobility of yesteryear; no, they also contain rental apartments that are open to anyone—assuming you get a spot! The number of apartments are quite…

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February 26, 2019

The Palmenhaus Schönbrunn

When the Palmenhaus Schönbrunn opened its’ doors in 1882 it was one of a kind – being the largest in the world. Today it remains in the top three worldwide while still claiming the top spot in Europe. It houses around 4,500 different plant species and has constant temperature of at least 18 degrees, yes,…

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December 11, 2018

Sisi loses a star

Empress Elisabeth from Austria, nicknamed Sisi and actually from Bavaria, was known for her impossibly thin waist, and incredibly long hair. One of the most famous depictions of her is a portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, in which she glances over her bare left shoulder with her hair spilling down her back and decorated with…

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July 23, 2018

The Story of the Schönbrunner Hof

Although the Schönbrunn Palace gets most of the attention, there is another building in Vienna with a remarkably similar name that might also deserve a second glance when you’re walking by: the Schönbrunner Hof in the 5th district. It was built in 1904 according to designs by the architect Heinrich Kestel, in which he mixed…

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April 24, 2018

“I want Schönbrunner Gelb!”

As you walk around Vienna, you may notice a disproportionately large number of buildings painted in a yellowish hue. Colors have long been used as a means to symbolization and to communicate status – particularly in pre-modern times when few people could read and write, colors were a popular means of communicating basic information. And…

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March 16, 2018

The spring of Schönbrunn and the story of its name

Some say it was an artesian well for fresh water destined only to the Royal Court. Others talk of a natural spring. Nobody doubts this to be the origin of the name Schönbrunn. The story accordingly to the official website goes that the name reflects the exclamation made by young Emperor Matthias on discovering a spring in…

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April 28, 2016

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