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Grafenegg, Austria: Castle & Concert Day Trip From Vienna

Grafenegg Castle, Austria

Grafenegg. For a fresh air of sophistication during a day trip from Vienna, head for Schloss Grafenegg. As a child I couldn’t get enough of the castle’s magical Christmas markets. Later on, my daughter and I enjoyed Grafenegg’s magnificent state rooms and a garden picnic in two of its deck chairs, on our way to Wachau Valley. And most recently, …

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Vienna Swimming Pool: Visiting Historic Outdoor Pool Neuwaldegg

Things to do in Vienna August: Neuwaldegger Bad

Vienna swimming pool. Especially when Vienna is sizzling you’ll do well adopting a fresh approach to sightseeing. Instead of adding another museum to your itinerary, pack your trunks and swimsuit for a dive into 1920s bathing culture. At barely 25 min from the city center, Neuwaldegg in the Vienna Woods lures with a sizeable vintage pool that could be taken …

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Mayerling Austria: Touring The Former Mayerling Lodge

Mayerling Austria: documents of Mayerling incident

At barely an hour from Vienna, Mayerling Austria holds both a tragic love story and an eye opener. Certainly, fans of the opera Mayerling and history buffs will know the Mayerling incident. On a sunny July morning, I toured the former Mayerling lodge where Habsburg Crown Prince Rudolph’s once shot Mary Vetsera and then committed suicide. Read my review. The …

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Ice Skating Vienna – Our City Hall Ice Skating Experience

Ice skating Vienna: city hall ice skating rink

One of the best things to do in Vienna in winter is ice skating. First, you won’t need to wait for snow. Second, Vienna’s best ice rink is right on your sightseeing track. And third, you won’t need a skate shop since you can borrow skates at the rinks.  City Hall Ice Skating in Vienna By far the most spectacular …

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Adolf Loos Vienna: Top 10 Modernism Sites To Visit

Adolf Loos Vienna: Loos Haus upper facade

Where in Vienna can you explore modernism by architect and cultural critic Adolf Loos? Inspired by Loos’ polemic style guide Ornament and Crime I thought it was time to share a list of the 10 best Adolf Loos related sites to visit in Wien and surroundings. Who Was Adolf Loos? Adolf Loos Vienna. Born in today’s Czechia in 1870 Loos was a …

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Cistercian Abbey Heiligenkreuz: Gregorian Chant And Top Sights

Vienna Woods: Cistercian abbey Heiligenkreuz, Vienna Woods

Landing at the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz you set foot on a different planet. Tucked away in the Vienna Woods the local Cistercian monks, however, have found a unique way to connect with the world. Since they stormed the international music charts with their Gregorian chant in 2008 visitors keep coming. Not only to hear monks chanting but to trace …

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Volksoper Vienna: Best Vienna Theatre for Operetta Musicals

Volksoper Vienna: Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus

Volksoper Vienna. Dear opera and theater lovers, what about looking behind the scenes and exploring Wien’s popular operetta genre? Watching an operetta musical at a Vienna theatre like Volksoper entertains and enlightens in a very local way. Ever since I could think my late grandparents and their friends raved about this popular Wiener opera house. Now also my generation rediscovers operetta …

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Hermesvilla Vienna: Sissi of Austria’s Palace of Dreams

Hermesvilla Vienna: Empress Sissi's Palace of Dreams

Hermesvilla Vienna is a charming off path manor in Wien that unites Empress Sissi fans, nature and culture lovers. In fact, Empress Elizabeth of Austria’s romantic bolthole is set in 6,000 acres of Natural Reserve in Lainz, a few kilometres West of Schönbrunn Palace. Honestly, I am totally biased as I have been there and loved it. To help you decide, I’m …

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Inside Otto Wagner Villa and Ernst Fuchs Museum in Vienna

Otto Wagner Villa and Ernst Fuchs Museum

If you love Art Nouveau and modern art the Otto Wagner Villa in Vienna opens an other-worldly experience. Hiding on a hillside in Western Vienna the Jugendstil mansion and museum blends Fin de Siècle art and Fantastic Realism. Find out what to encounter in the villa and how to visit. The Villa’s Story Otto Wagner Villa. Yes, it’s Otto Wagner, but …

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Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna: Private Walking Tour Review

Sigmund Freud Museum: Freud and his two sons

Before you head straight for the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna remember that Freud left his traces in many more places than his practice and apartment. Specifically, Freud represents a whole era: If you follow his legacy you’ll get a premier view on our World of Yesterday and Vienna 1900. Since my visit to the museum formed part of a private walking tour, let me share the …

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