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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 […]

Franziskanerviertel – Little City Downtown

Franziskanerviertel – Little City Downtown

Few can imagine living in the Franziskanerviertel at the heart of the 1st District, one of the oldest Grätzln in Vienna. It’s flanked east-west by Kärntner Straße and the Parkring, and north-south by Singerstraße and Himmelpfortgasse – the streets have stayed essentially untouched since the Middle Ages. In most cities, no one lives in the […]

Vienna for Valentines

February 14th is St. Valentine’s Day, when lonely hearts woo would-be lovers with anonymous missives. All very odd given that the saint in question was an obscure third century Roman poet, with little proven interest in targetting Cupid’s bow. That said there is little doubt regarding Vienna’s part in the most romantic day of the year: […]

Home of Hospitality and Viennese Charm

What first led me first to Franziskanerplatz was the Kleines Café, unofficially Vienna’s smallest coffee house. I met some friends there on a rainy night in 1997 and somehow, probably out of necessity to stay dry, we all fit inside the very cozy art deco, retro interior, known to many for a ‘starring’ role in […]

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