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Klimt Villa Vienna: Gustav Klimt’s Studio Reviewed

Klimt Villa, Vienna Austria

Gustav Klimt paintings are everywhere in Vienna. But only one of his studios has survived as such. In fact, it’s the closest you can get to the Art Nouveau painter’s working environment. Following a stroll through nearby Schönbrunn Palace I once visited the Klimt Villa in the 13th district of Hietzing. It’s the result of a tenacious attempt to restore authenticity …

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Vienna Opera Tour Review: Inside Wiener Staatsoper

Ringstrasse Vienna: Wiener Staatsoper

Why should you do a Vienna Opera Tour when you spend a night at the State Opera anyway? Well, if you don’t  you will miss half of the story: while you will experience the opera performance on stage, the opera house, its directors, guests and visitors have their own story to tell. To get the full view, I joined the Staatsoper’s …

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Austria Fashion Shopping In Vienna: Where To Buy Austrian Folkwear

Austria Fashion Shopping: Ludwig Reiter

Austria Fashion Shopping. If your taste only partially overlaps with mine, you will like these Austria fashion shopping tips: What turns my head are fashion classics with a twist, and clean contemporary styles made in Austria. Gössl: Best of Austria Fashion Shopping Austria Fashion Shopping. Why buy? Outstanding quality traditional Austrian folk dress, many pieces quite simplistic or in contemporary design that won’t …

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Austrian National Library: What To See At Vienna’s Nationalbibliothek

Imperial Palace Vienna: Austrian National Library

Is the Austrian National Library just one of the Imperial Palace’s 2,600 rooms you can skip? Should you pony up EUR 7 for visiting a potential tourist trap? I have been there. Here is my review along with some background. History In Brief The institution of the Austrian National Library dates back almost 450 years to 1575. At that time, the first official court …

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Vienna Art Wine Tour: Klosterneuburg Abbey On The Danube

Vienna tours private sightseeing: Klosterneuburg Abbey

Why do art, history and wine combine so well? Klosterneuburg was admittedly an obvious match. What else would you do in Austria’s oldest wine estate that happens to be a monastery where the Austrian nation was forged, and that has been run by art aficionado clerics for 900 years?  Like El Escorial in Spain, Klosterneuburg monastery is outside the capital. At just 10 …

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Imperial Vienna Tour Or The Habsburg Emperors Explored

Imperial Vienna tour: palace courtyard

Imperial Vienna Tour. Not all trip itineraries allow for 34 football fields packed with prime landmarks and cultural treasures.  In fact, that is the size of the Habsburg Emperors’ Palace compound! Since Hofburg Palace is the heart of historical Wien you’ll first need to pick and choose the best spots. And second, some off-path routes to avoid the crowds also …

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Vienna Coffeehouses Favourites Of My Hometown

Best Vienna Coffeehouses: Cafe Frauenhuber

My Wiener Kaffeehaus Shortlist Vienna Coffeehouses Favourites. There are hundreds of Vienna coffeehouses, each with their own style, menu, cultural offer and therefore their own special audience. 

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Albertina Vienna Museum: 6 Highlights For Art And Gourmet Fans

Albertina Vienna

Every city has its boutique museums. In Wien, we have the Albertina Vienna, our little treasure chest of 19th and 20th century art, fine graphics, architectural sketches from Renaissance to Modernism, and Austrian vintage photography.  History And Collections The Albertina’s name comes from Count Albert von Sachsen-Teschen, one of Empress Maria Theresa’s sons-in-law.  Different from most traditional museums modern confronts traditional at the Albertina’s exterior: a wing-shaped ‘trampolin’ …

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Art Nouveau Walk Vienna: Map and Route of Jugendstil Architecture In Wien

Art Nouveau Walk: Majolika House

Art Nouveau Walk Vienna. On this Art Nouveau walk you’ll get a condensed view of Vienna 1900 Art Nouveau architecture and art. Use my tips and tour map for a self-guided tour off the historic city centre. You will see top works of Austria’s Art Nouveau (Jugendstil), among them the Vienna Secession, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, and others. Otto Wagner Pavilions and …

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Vienna Sightseeing: Top 10 + 3 Points Of Interest By A Native

Vienna sightseeing: Belvedere Palace

Vienna Sightseeing. Actually, even the core Vienna points of interest can be overwhelming. On top, a few of them embrace various football fields in size. For example, the whole historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Use this page to get an overview of must-sees and my own discoveries. Click on the headlines to kick start your travel preparations. If …

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