24.4 C
Vienna
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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I’m not in Ireland; I’m still in Austria, at a stop on Vienna’s annual citywide, city-sponsored walking tour called Routes. But for a moment before a cheery guide snaps me out of my trance — “Time to go to the next station, everyone!” — I’m convinced I’m at an open mic night in a Dublin pub, not the Schottenstift monastery...
After winning a lengthy lawsuit, the city is finally revamping the infamous Copa Cagrana Vienna’s relationship with the Danube is an ongoing love story, perhaps best expressed by Johann Strauss Jr.’s stir-ring Blue Danube. But the affair goes deeper than a waltz played at midnight every New Year’s Eve: ever since the late 1970s when the Donauinsel (Danube Island) was...
third wave coffee
Vienna Kaffeehauskultur shifts to third wave coffee shops There is so much more to coffee than just caffeine,” Philip Feyer sighed while we enjoyed a cup at his coffee bar, Jonas Reindl, across from the Votivkirche. In a city famous for its traditional coffeehouses, Feyer is part of a blossoming so-called “third wave” coffee scene that has become a lively...
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akademie der bildenden künste
The Akademie der bildenden Künste has helped turn generations of students from all over the world into masters of the visual arts. Behind the heavy wooden doors, the whitewashed walls were crammed with lockers and board shelving stocked with sawdust-caked machinery, well-oiled and ready to use.
 But not today, as students, layered against the January chill, summoned their courage to...
vienna books libraries
With countless books and manuscripts collected over centuries, Vienna has a lot to offer bookworms. There can be magic in a library: illuminated by the suffused glow of shaded lamps, entire walls of infinite shelves full of books clear up to the frescoed ceiling, paneled balconies joined together by spiral stairs that might lead you to a collection of tiny...
vienna ball
I moved to Vienna from warm, sunny Italy for many different reasons, but the most charming by far is ball season. There are few things as magical as wearing a long taffeta dress and floating across the ball room in three quarter time in the arms of a sharp-dressed beau. The energy and mirth is infectious, especially during the traditional midnight...
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