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A Ballroom Reborn

A Ballroom Reborn

On 16 August, 2001 a fire broke out on Marxergasse in Vienna’s 3rd District. Allegedly caused by a careless workman, the flames raged for eight hours. Only when the smoke cleared could the damage be assessed: The legendary Sofiensäle, once Vienna’s most beloved ballroom, was a smouldering ruin.   Bath to ballroom The story of […]

Sofiensäle reloaded

Sofiensäle reloaded

In 2001, the notorious Sofiensäle (Sophie’s Halls) on Marxergasse were destroyed by fire. Designed and built in the beginning 19th century, by Eduard van der Nüll and Sicard von Sicardsburg, the run-down building was used both as an indoor swimming pool and event hall; in the late 1990s it was often used for club-style events, […]

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