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It’s a sunny Saturday morning in the 1st District and an editor is on his way to the bullpen. There’s an Aida coffee shop just round the corner, where perfectly coiffed elderly Wienerinnen meet for a Melange-Klatsch. Just as he is about to leave with emergency nutrition, a visibly irritated man asks if they have […]

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

In the middle ages, the hilly streets of the northeast quarter of Vienna’s 1st District – the neighbourhood now encompassed by Rotenturmstrasse, Stubenring and Singerstrasse – were where the gentry would go to the Badestube to bathe. This had nothing to do with Viennese cleanliness. Not only would men and women “bathe” together in the […]

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 that’s not to say the newly-declared World Heritage Site hadn’t already brushed with skyscraper technology. Two fine 20th century Wolkenkratzer rise above the city’s ancient rooftops.   Urban ziggurat At Herrengasse 6-8, it’s easy to miss a […]

The Two Faces of Vienna’s Bermuda Triangle

The Two Faces of Vienna’s Bermuda Triangle

There may be no place in Vienna that does more of a transformation when the sun goes down than this super-central corner of the 1st District. Ranging up the hill from Morzinplatz, next to Schwedenplatz, along Franz-Josefs-Kai on the Danube Canal, the area encompasses a handful of small streets and stairways up to the Hoher […]

Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

Laurel & Hardy Premieres at Prückel

The play Laurel & Hardy, about the lives and careers of the funny and famous pair (played by Eric Lomas and Robert G. Neumayr), opens 16 February and runs through 9 March. The Open House Theatre Company’s production isn’t all laughs – the story relates the duo’s memories and reflections, as they look back on […]

Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

It was the first night that was noticeably colder in Vienna, a nip in the air and a sting to the wind. On Grünangergasse in the 1st District, we found Ma Crêperie, a family-owned, Lebanese-French restaurant, where a fireplace lit in the corner of the dining room and the choice of music – Bon Iver, […]

Luxury mall on Tuchlauben

Luxury mall on Tuchlauben

Goldenes Quartier, a luxury shopping area in Vienna’s historic Old City, opened 26 Nov. with its first boutique, Louis Vuitton (LV). The most valuable luxury company in the world, the elegant and tasteful decor in Vienna’s LV boutique is described as, “one of the best Louis Vuitton stores,” by the Louis Vuitton VP, Christopher Zanardi-Landi. […]

Vivienne Westwood in Wien

Vivienne Westwood in Wien

Iconic punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has opened her first Austrian boutique in Vienna’s 1st District. The shop at Tuchlauben 12 offers a couture made-to-measure service, previously only available in London branches, and is the sole retailer of Lady Westwood’s new fragrance “Cheeky Alice”. The opening was celebrated with a catwalk show in the Kunsthistorisches […]

DuDaa: For the Love of Shoes

DuDaa: For the Love of Shoes

Most people take about 6,000 steps per day, in sneakers, stilettos, ballerinas, or boots. For some, shoes are a functional necessity, and for the fashion-conscious, a way of life. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world,” Marilyn Monroe once said. For years, young women watched Sex and the City, imagining […]

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