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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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Puppets Theatre Vienna Review: Marionette Opera Magic Flute

Marionette Theater Vienna in Schonbrunn

Puppets Theatre Vienna. Since the marionette opera in Vienna is fun and enchanting it’s a sure fire way for your children to enjoy classical music. When I introduced my kids to opera I took them to see Mozart’s Magic Flute at the marionette theater of Schönbrunn Palace. Her is our review. The Puppets Theatre In Schönbrunn Puppets Theatre Vienna. Tucked …

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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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Johann Strauss Vienna Guide: What To See And Do For Strauss Music Fans

Johann Strauss: 19th century painting

Johann Strauss Vienna Guide. To be up-front: not even die-hard Johann Strauss II fans will stumble across Strauss at every step in Vienna. Too hidden are his former apartments, too secluded exhibitions about him, and too tucked away or irregular are Strauss music events. Hence, here is the top guide to Vienna for fans of the King of Waltz. Who …

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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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Hitler in Vienna: Tracking The Fuhrer And Nazi Vienna

Hitler in Vienna: Speech on Heldenplatz 15th March 1938

Hitler in Vienna. I hate to say this but Vienna played a role in catapulting Adolf Hitler to dictatorship. For one thing, it was in Vienna that he was bitterly rejected as an artist and slipped into poverty. And it was in Wien where he encountered fervent Antisemitism and started to doubt democracy. On the other hand, Vienna was the …

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What To Buy In Vienna Austria: Best Classical And Insider Gifts

Vienna Shopping: tradtional silverware

What to buy in Vienna during your trip? If you aren’t into rubber ducks with Mozart wigs, let me share the best quality gifts and souvenirs from my hometown: They range from classical elegant and vintage to real insider objects. What To Buy In Vienna: Top Five Classical Gifts Augarten Porcelain Whether you visit Schonbrunn Palace, an elegant coffeehouse or …

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Vienna Classical Music Tours – My Top 5 Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert Walks

Vienna classical music tours: Mozarthaus

Vienna Classical Music Tours. While you will love visiting a concert or opera in Vienna, it won’t tell you the full story. Since the Habsburg Emperors, Wien has been running a classical music industry second to none. Top composers from Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, to Schubert, Strauss and Vivaldi nurtured their talents here. Actually I’m not the best person to …

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