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In Praise of Concrete

In Praise of Concrete

Vienna is a sacred city and rightly proud of its churches. From soaring Gothic to gilded Baroque, the place boasts myriad well-documented masterpieces. Concealed in its suburbs, however, lurk other gems that reach to the heavens in spires of concrete. A first in concrete Austria’s first concrete church was unveiled in 1913 in Ottakring. The […]

A Ballroom Reborn

A Ballroom Reborn

On 16 August, 2001 a fire broke out on Marxergasse in Vienna’s 3rd District. Allegedly caused by a careless workman, the flames raged for eight…

Land of the Wild Geese: Visiting Schwarzenberg Park

Land of the Wild Geese: Visiting Schwarzenberg Park

Tram 43 cuts like a knife across the 17th District of Hernals, from the Gürtel out to the edge of the city. Although the journey…

Pedestrians Beware!

Pedestrians Beware!

Everyone interested in Vienna should stroll along Fleischmarkt and Griechengasse; rarely is so much history concentrated into just 400 metres. From the Babenbergs to Billy…

Close to Paradise: Seemingly Secret Gardens

Close to Paradise: Seemingly Secret Gardens

It’s hardly surprising that Vienna’s long hot summers and rich, porous soils have resulted in a city full of parks and gardens. Most genres are…

About Duncan J. D. Smith

Duncan J. D. Smith is an Urban Explorer and travel writer. He is the sole author of the 'Only In' Guides, revealing European cities from hidden perspectives. Born in the north of England he is a keen photographer, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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Skyscrapers in the Altstadt

Skyscrapers in the Altstadt

In 2001, UNESCO decreed that the Stephansdom was to remain the tallest structure in Vienna’s First District. But…

Cathedral Curiosities History Lines St. Stephen’s

Visitors seem well-versed in the lore of the Stephansdom. They know roughly where and what it is: a…

Good Living in Gasometer

Good Living in Gasometer

In 1962, in the district of Hietzing, Vienna’s last gas street lamp was extinguished. It’s still there today…

Monstrous Monuments: Vienna’s Giant Anti-Aircraft Towers

Monstrous Monuments: Vienna’s Giant Anti-Aircraft Towers

On 9 April 1938, Adolf Hitler stood before an audience of 5,000 in the vast hall of the…

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