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Campusviertel: Student Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

Campusviertel: Student  Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

The 8th District is (after the inner city) the smallest, richest and oldest of all the Vienna Bezirke – and that’s referring to the people not the buildings.  But the northern Grätzl is academics’ country – bounded by Alser Straße, Landesgerichtsstraße (a.k.a. Zweierlinie, the former route of the Nr. 2 tram, torn up more than […]

Poleschinski Invites Into a Pop-up Living Room

Poleschinski Invites Into a Pop-up Living Room

Combine chilling with shopping, when Austrian designer Eva Poleschinski opens her showroom to the public as a Pop-up Living Room for two days beginning 28 Sept. Couch corners and lively music will make this a stress-free find for any bargain hunter. The elaborate [ep-anouí] collection presents chic casual wear and fairytale-like evening gowns at 40% off. […]

Banish the grey, go for colour!

Banish the grey, go for colour!

The perennial “high fog” of Vienna’s winter weather calls for a powerful antidote! So here are some shops in cheerful colours offering a wide selection of tempting goods from the luxurious to the sensuous for all ages and all pocketbooks. They are off the beaten track, perhaps, but worth a visit when one isn’t sure […]

Josephstadt – Romancing the Eighth

Josephstadt – Romancing the Eighth

Josefstadt is where old Vienna is hiding. While the 1st District is filling up with tourism, shopping, dining and expensive apartments only diplomats and Eastern European millionaires can afford, old Vienna is retreating into its 8th District. Located between the City Hall, Parliament, the University and Burgtheater on the inner side and the 16th district […]

A Silent Revolution

The Jodok Fink Platz is an unlikely place to start a revolution. At the heart of the conservative 8th District, the square bears the name of an interwar politician renowned for his compromise-building. Most people, however, know the cobbled concourse simply as the home of the Piaristenkirche and its attached school, a touchstone for a […]

A Croatian Tradition

When the Soviet Union unraveled in the early 1990s, Croatia suddenly resurfaced on the mental landscape of western connoisseurs of the Good Life. Here was a land that looked and felt like Italy (even if you couldn’t understand a word!) at a quarter of the price. Well the big bargains didn’t last, but the reputation […]

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