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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 represented, from English and French to Alpine and desert. The closest to paradise, however, are its Japanese and East Asian gardens.     A timeless space The district of Döbling […]

Dreaming up Döbling: Of Ancient Hills and Heuriger

Dreaming up Döbling: Of Ancient Hills and Heuriger

People walk more slowly here. In town they may rush, but at home in Döbling, the journey is its own reward. The 10 communities within the district are green and residential, at points almost bordering on rural. It’s a gateway to the Vienna Woods, skirting the sprawling Alpine foothills, where the city’s close, turn-of-the-century buildings subside […]

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Given the roster of leading thinkers who cross her threshold, it’s surprising how many are unfamiliar with the name of Gertraud Auer Borea d’Olmo, since 2005 the General Secretary of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. But she prefers it that way. “It’s not about promoting me, it is about promoting ideas,” […]

Sekt & the City: Viennese Celebrations with Schlumberger

Sekt & the City: Viennese Celebrations with Schlumberger

Celebrations in any form or guise would not be the same without “popping the cork” from a bottle of bubbly. This enviable association, cultivated over centuries by “brand Champagne”, has elevated the sparkling wine category to lofty positions of luxury, the froth of crystal, catwalks and the christening of ships. However, when a product is […]

Bonding to Vienna

On visiting Vienna from the U.S. in 2006, Turkish born psychiatrist Vamik Volkan took himself one beautiful Sunday afternoon up to the Kahlenberg, for a pleasant walk in the countryside and the view across the valley. Also out for a stroll that day, were groups of Turks, all ages, families, friends one after another, all […]

Heuriger Season!

Traditions emerge out of the elusive soil known as culture, but when backed up with the force of law, they can thrive through centuries. Such is the history of the Heuriger, a Viennese tradition since 1784, when the Emperor Joseph II declared that the Austrian wine growers had the right to sell their own wine […]

In Vienna Veritas

In Vienna Veritas

Traditions emerge out of the elusive soil known as culture, but when backed up with the force of law, they can thrive through centuries. Such is the history of the Heuriger, a Viennese tradition since 1784, when the Emperor Joseph II declared that the Austrian wine growers had the right to sell their own wine […]

Figls: Glitz & Tradition

Figls: Glitz & Tradition

Stepping off the 38A bus at Neugebauerweg, you can’t help but notice the entrance to Figls, a Wirtshaus that manages to combine the look of a traditional Vienna Heuriger with a sleek, modern club, while somehow retaining a homely atmosphere. Figls is the latest addition to the Figlmüller family’s chain of restaurants, the best known […]

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