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The Karmelitermarkt

Vienna is home to many street markets, and one of the oldest markets can be found in the second district, called the “Karmelitermarkt”.  Laws about the market can be found from 1671, and ever since then the market has been growing, offering a large variety of groceries, drinks and sometimes even care products. Be prepared…

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October 15, 2021

The Memento Mori festival Vienna

We all die and that’s why we must talk about it! The Memento Mori festival took it upon itself to  break through barriers and taboos when it comes  to death and the thematization of it. Till the 17th of October young and old will have the chance to walk into the Volkskundemuseum, at Laudongasse 15-17 …

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October 15, 2021

The Catacombs of St. Stephen’s cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral- Ossuaries beneath Vienna’s historic center, crypts filled with bones and skulls. Most of you have probably walked past or even stepped into the St. Stephen’s cathedral by now. Most of you surely know that you can visit the landmark’s platform via an elevator or by taking the 343 steps up the south…

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October 13, 2021

The story of the Kahlenberg Cemetery

Laid to rest in the thicket of the Wienerwald Would you think of cemeteries if somebody asked you to describe Vienna’s charm? Many tourists that come to Vienna take it upon themselves to visit our central cemetery, a place that tells tragic stories, kept by the most beautiful gravestones. Today we want to introduce you…

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October 10, 2021

Vienna’s one and only witch-burning, the cruel case of Elisabeth Plainacher

We are staying true to our October topic and since witches are an unmistakably important part of the Halloween celebrations, we will now delve deeper into the story of Vienna’s only witch-burning. Elisabeth Plainacher, also called Elsa, died in the year 1583 on the stake, burned alive at the age of seventy. Even though Elisabeth…

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October 6, 2021

Elisabeth Báthory – Vienna’s very own Dracula

If there was one person you didn’t want to cross in the 16th century in Vienna, it probably would have been Elisabeth Báthory. We are starting the mysterious and dark month of October with this fascinating woman, also known as the ‘blood countess’ or the ‘tiger in human form’. Elisabeth (Erzsébet) was born as part…

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October 3, 2021

The Makery Vienna- A restaurant where you are the chef!

Last week, our Secret Vienna team was invited to the grand opening of The Makery- a brand new restaurant in Schottenring with an innovative concept. The idea is simple- choose your own dish to make, get all the ingredients to your table, cook with your family and friends and then eat in a fun, social…

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September 15, 2021

What to do in Vienna during pride month 2021

Happy June and happy pride month 2021! Every year, hundreds of visitors come to Vienna to enjoy a pride month full with activities, celebrations and fun events! As Corona restrictions are now mostly lifted, events such as the pride parade or the pride run can take place as planned. So what can you expect in…

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June 1, 2021

The success of Madame Tussaud- Part II

Some days ago, we told you about the childhood and early career of Marie Grosholtz, who is now known as Madame Tussaud. While her beginning can be attributed to her mentor, doctor Philippe Curtius, becoming an icon was definitely her own doing.   Already early on Marie loved creating wax models of celebrities. Back in…

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December 11, 2020

Grand Duke Leopold abolishes the death penalty

Leopold II, the third son of Maria Theresa and the brother of emperor Joseph II, was undoubtedly an impressive man and a great emperor. Despite his short reign, he managed to continue his brother’s reforms in a moderate manner which was more acceptable and arguably more effective. Before he became the emperor, however, Leopold (or…

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November 30, 2020

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