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History and Facts

Vienna Flak Tower Guide: Why See Our Ugliest Buildings

Vienna Sightseeing: flak tower

With six Vienna flak towers darkening the cityscape the monstrous concrete blocks still weigh heavily on Vienna’s past. While precious palaces and fine museums fill cultural space, the up to 47 meter high concrete cylinders fill historical space much needed for understanding Wien’s past. As a matter of fact, many local historians believe the Viennese government doesn’t adequately deal with …

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Austria After World War I: The First Republic

February fights in Vienna, 1934

Austria after World War I. What happened during Austria’s First Republic in Vienna? How did Vienna adapt after the Habsburg Empire broke up? Most dramatically, Austria shrank in size and importance from an Imperial capital to a small republic. To orientate yourself when visiting Vienna, read this 5 minute overview of the making of the republic of Austria. Since my …

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Vienna Tourism Guide Review: Which Is The Best Guidebook For Wien?

Vienna tourism guide review

Do you want to dig deep or wide when searching for the best travel tips in Austria’s capital? Picking the right Vienna Tourism Guide is essential if you’d like a complementary print guide, too. Ideally, it provides an overview, then details the most rewarding places to see. If you want a ‘second voice’ to Vienna Unwrapped, buy a good city guide. I have researched …

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The Ultimate Guide To Vienna Districts and Best Neighborhoods

Vienna districts and neighborhoods: Servitenplatz

Each of the 23 Vienna districts and their neighborhoods (Grätzels) displays a distinctive character. Hence, to get a grip on real Wien and connect with local lifestyles, venture beyond Ringstrasse boulevard. But where to go and what to do? In fact, some Grätzels perfectly emulate quaint village life, with locals taking their melange at postcard church squares and chatting with their …

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The French Wars – Napoleon In Austria

Napoleon at Wagram, by Horace Vernet, 1809

For the Austrian Empire the French Wars, or Napoleonic Wars, had devastating effects.  Before you visit the Austrian capital, get the story about Napoleon Bonaparte in Vienna, and where to trace him. Why Did France Declare War On Austria? Soon after Emperor Franz I had formed the Third Coalition with Russia, Britain and other nations to combat Napoleon in 1804, the …

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Siege of Vienna 1529: Why It Mattered In European History

Ottoman exhibition at Wien Museum

What is the Siege of Vienna? With the Siege of Vienna, the Ottoman Empire attempted to crown its first major territorial expansion to Central Europe. Initially, Ottoman commander-in-chief Sultan Suleiman (Süleyman) I The Magnificent aimed at gaining control of Hungary, a Habsburg territory. After defeating the Hungarian Habsburgs in the Battle of Mohacs, Suleiman decided to head further west. By that …

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Austria’s Capital: Useful Facts And Must Knows

Austria Capital. To get an in depth view of Vienna beyond tourism highlights I’m going to present you with facts and perspectives of Wien, my home city. At the end of this post you will have an exact idea where Wien is in Europe, about the Vienna population, Vienna’s history and districts and what Wien is famous for, its current …

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Richard Lionheart: His story in Vienna and Dürnstein

Richard Lionheart: Duernstein Ruin, Austria

Famously, the story of Richard Lionheart, King of Crusaders, reaches from England to the Middle East. This page recalls his time in Austria and provides travel tips for Dürnstein in Wachau Valley. Richard’s Austrian Adventure Richard Lionheart. In December 1192, Richard returned to England from his Third Crusade. He was exhausted from a long power struggle with his father Henry II and from …

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Stephansdom: St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna

Stephansdom: St. Stephen's Cathedral

Actually, the story of Vienna’s Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) also tells the story of Vienna. Not least because it has been around for 900 years and is a key local landmark. As a native I instinctively associate ‘Steffl’ with mundane things like cream wafers, radio and school kids rattling charity moneyboxes in the streets; but you will get the key …

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Empress Sissi in Vienna: Guide For Kaiserin Elisabeth Fans

Empress Sissi in Hungarian coronation dress

›Where in Vienna should you go if you like Empress Sissi of Austria? Is the Sissi Museum worth your time? Below I am sharing the best local places where to trace Habsburg’s Elizabeth of Hungary, aka Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of Bavaria. To begin with, there are more stories about ‘Austria’s Diana’ as there are places in Wien related to her. On …

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