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Nassfeld: Frontier Fantasies

Nassfeld: Frontier Fantasies

I flung open the window to the balcony of my room in the Gartnerkofel hotel, breathed in the icy air, and peered out over a vast forest of heavily snow-laden trees. It was like waking up in Narnia. The hotel is built at an altitude of 1500 m, so for the first time on a […]

Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

It’s a tricky business to reinvent a city district. The resurrection of the Gasometer – with a shopping mall and apartment buildings – more than…

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Music Amid the Memories of Horror

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch had arrived by normal train to Auschwitz in September of 1942, not in a cattle car. Although she was a Jew, her job…

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…

God and the Devil in the Details

God and the Devil in the Details

High above, a raven sits atop a medieval torture wheel, scraps of rags still hanging from the last victim. On the ground, a man in…

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Far From Flanders Fields

On 28 June 1914, the shots were fired that killed…

Keys To The City

Sunday Shopping

It’s 17:45 on a Saturday afternoon, and the fridge is…

World of Books

Literary Events: October 2013

VIENNA LIT BOOK GROUP This month, Vienna Lit’s book group reads The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. This is Woodrell’s…

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

‘Silvester’ on the Graben

My plane set down in Vienna at 8:32 in the morning of December 31. It was grey and…

(Un)dress To Impress

(Un)dress To Impress

For retro-themed ambiance, Vienna has few rivals, being somewhat Vintage itself: elegantly decrepit fin-de-siècle decadence still saturates the very walls of…

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

Saalbach’s Romantic Mountain Retreat

I kicked the new snow off our boots and laid the skis against the dark wood of the…

Museum Run: Where the new things are

Museum Run: Where the new things are

Vienna has long reigned as a centre for fine art and art history. But in recent years, the…

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