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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 outside the local museum, a small testimony to the great network of gas pipes laid across the city in the late 19th century. The gas that lit it came from the Simmering Gas Works, which in 2001 […]

Hietzing: Graceful Living Remuddled

Hietzing: Graceful Living Remuddled

One day, just as I was passing the noble portal of Plachutta’s legendary Hietzinger Bräu, an exotic figure emerged with his entourage. “Why, it’s DJ Ötzi!” exclaimed my female companion excitedly. “Wow!” I said, not having the slightest idea who DJ Ötzi might be, but not wishing to appear uncool. Evidently the occasional bunte Vogel […]

Marathon Training, with a Viennese View

Marathon Training, with a Viennese View

There is a myth floating around, ever since the days of Pheidippides, that there is a glitch in the genetic make-up of a marathon runner. The sanity of a person who enjoys the mental and physical punishment of running 42km could be called into question. Granted, the pioneer did collapse and die after making it […]

O Du Fröhliches Wien!

The Spirit of Spittelberg Majestic pine trees decorated with never-ending chains of light, cheery Christmas songs that fill the cold winter air, the taste of gingerbread and Vanillekipferl, waffles and almonds, the irresistible smell of sweet punch and spicy hot-mulled wine, vendors selling their handcrafts in little wooden huts decorated with pine branches – Vienna […]

Klimt’s Atelier Closes for Renovations

Klimt’s Atelier Closes for Renovations

There is a unique aura, a sense of mystery perhaps, to the place where an artist has spent the hours of his creative life, putting his soul on canvas. The dedication, the passion still linger, long after the artist is gone. Or so it seems. So the invitation to the farewell celebration was hard to […]

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