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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’s Ol’ Time Songfest

Vienna is proud of its obsessions – or are they love affairs? – with music, with nostagia, and most of all, with death. As cabaretist Georg Kreisler sang, “Death must surely be a Viennese, as surely as love is a femme fatale.” Thus the annual celebration of Viennese song, the Wienerlied Festival now in its […]

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 […]

Stadt Heuriger Gigerl

Stadt Heuriger Gigerl

In a protected corner of cobblestone lanes closed to cars, Gigerl’s outdoor seating under a wide awning spills onto the street. The hum of voices blends with the buzz of the posh club across the way, and the three or four unpretentious restaurants along the Ballgasse adjoining. The name Gigerl comes from the Austrian word […]

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 […]

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