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    HOUSE SIGNS IN VIENNA

    by balhannah Written May 25, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Up until 1770, house signs played an important part in making houses distinguishable in Vienna. As I walked around the old city of Vienna, I saw Animals, plants, lamps, Eagles, displays of what work went on in the building and a lot of religious reliefs. It was clear to me, the Christian motives were very popular. Representations of the Virgin Mary were pretty common.
    The owner could choose his own design.

    Virgin Mary on wall
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    THE "OPERA" TOILET

    by balhannah Written May 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Could this only happen in Vienna, the home of Opera?

    Every day we caught the train to Karlsplatz Station. It was here, we saw the sign for the Mens Toilets - Opera Toilets. As we stood there, we could here the music blasting out of the door way. With much mirth, my husband entered. If I remember rightly, even though he said the toilets were normal, he had to pay slightly more to enjoy Opera music as he tinkled!

    Ah well! It gave us a good laugh at the end of the day!

    Karlsplatz Station
    Karlsplatz is a busy U-Bahn (Vienna metro) station, served by lines U1, U2, and U4.

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    WINDOW SHOPPING AT THE KOHLMARKT

    by balhannah Updated May 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Window shopping - such fun when thousands of miles away from home and in a strange country.

    I had arrived at the Kohlmarkt, originally known as the Coal Market, one of the oldest streets in Vienna. Once upon a time, the Royal court appointed jewellers, so there are many jewelry stores such as Tiffanys, famous shops like Cartier, Bulgari, Gucci and Rolex where the windows are full of opulent merchandise. Not only did I find up-market shops and interesting window displays, but plenty of historical buildings. Several famous people throughout history have called this place home including Haydn and Chopin.

    One interesting window display I saw, was at the famous Demel pastry & chocolaterie shop. Since 1857, the bakery has been located in the original building. In the window were interesting cakes made into unusual shapes, different to anything I have seen else where! You can eat inside or outside, looks like most liked their coffee & cake outside on fine day!
    The word is - If you try their chocolate, you will think you have died and gone to heaven
    Their window displays usually change monthly, each time it's a different theme.
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    ELEGANT DOORS & ENTRANCES!

    by balhannah Written May 16, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Doors - Everywhere I went in Vienna, I was finding attractive doors!

    I love the old fashioned wooden doors that are carved into beautiful designs, many with happy or ugly faces, flowers and intricate designs!
    Then, there are the very heavy and huge Church doors, thank-goodness these were open, as I have sometimes struggled to open these extra heavy doors!

    Next is what is surrounding the door, and in Vienna, this can be quite impressive. I saw Roman columns, many sculptures, the Crown & Eagles and beautiful iron lacework.
    Vienna really is a great city to check out architecture!

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    THE FLAG OF VIENNA

    by balhannah Written May 15, 2014

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    Favorite thing: The flag of Vienna came into being in the 19th century and is a flag with two bars - red & white.

    As I walked around Vienna, I came to see the flag of Vienna on many important buildings, along with information on the building. I found this a very easy way to find the sights, I just looked for the flag that is shown in my photo.

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    THE ELEPHANT

    by balhannah Written May 14, 2014

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    Favorite thing: I saw an Elephant in Vienna, not a real one though, instead a rather small one standing infront of Naturhistorisches Museum.

    This bronze Elephant was rather cute and a great hit with the children. They were climbing on its back, slipping and sliding and having lots of laughs! I waited and waited for them to leave and in the end gave up, so now I have a photo showing the fun the children had with the Elephant!

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    Garbage Bins

    by Kathrin_E Written Jan 10, 2014

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    Favorite thing: This tip will be enjoyed most by the German speakers. The city of Vienna is running a campaign to keep the city cleaner, entitled: Bau keinen Mist (Don’t cause a mess). This phrase can mean anything but here it refers to dumping garbage.

    Fondest memory: Vienna’s new garbage bins have funny slogans with witty puns on them. Here are just two examples – I should have taken more photos:

    Gib meinem Hängen einen Sinn! (Give my hanging a meaning)

    Gebaut nach dem Reinheitsgebot von 2013 (Built in accordance with the purity law of 2013) – this one is a pun which refers to beer and to the common inscription on beer bottles: Gebraut nach dem Reinheitsgebot von 1516 (Brewed in accordance with the purity law of 1516).

    The cigarette-shaped thingy on top is meant for cigarette butts. It asks in Viennese dialect: Host a Tschick? (Got a fag?)

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    Vienna - Imperial city

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The Habsburgs were redesigned the center of Vienna for its extent and criteria. Everything they wanted and what they needed was at their fingertips. Hofburg was actually a city within a city, isolated from the public and exposed to the exclusive enjoyment of the imperial family.
    In the first circle, outside the Hogburg, which tends towards the Cathedral and Danube, there were the palaces of the highest imperial officials and dignitaries. In this section there were also numerous buildings housed imperial offices and institutions.
    All the buildings of Vienna that were in the service of the Emperor had been decorated, in the front facades or portals, with the gilden crown or crest of the Habsburgs, which can be noticed even today.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The City Hall of Vienna (Neues Rathaus) is the most important secular building in the city of Vienna, built in the neo-Gothic style. The composition of this imposing building reminiscent to the Cathedral in Cologne, and it is not by accident, Neuse Rathaus was designed by architect Friedrich von Scmidt. The City Hall was built between 1872 and 1883, whereby von Schmidt had complied the limitation regarding height of the city tower. Emperor Franz Jesef gave order that the City Hall Tower can not be higher than the 99 meter spires of Votivkirche. The tower itself is 87,9 meters high and plus Rathausmann if reaches a total of 104,3 meters.
    Since 1922 Vienna is both city and state and therefore the mayor of the town is also the governor of the State of Vienna. So, Neues Rathaus is the seat of mayor and governor, of the municipal council, regional parliament and regional government. It has 1575 rooms/offices with more than 2000 employees.
    On the top of the City Hall Tower stands Eisener Rathausmann (Iron Kinight of the City Hall) who become one of the emblems of Vienna. The statue of Rathausmann was designed by Franz Gartell.

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    Austrian Airlines Boarding Pass

    by ValbyDK Written Sep 13, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Keep your boarding pass if you fly to Vienna with Austrian Airlines. It will give you reduced or free entry to many museums and sights, and also discounts on some restaurants in Vienna.

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    Vienna by night

    by HORSCHECK Updated Apr 19, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Vienna by night is well worth seeing as most churches, historic buildings and sights are beautifully illuminated.

    So don't miss a nighttime visit of the Charles' Church or the Town Hall; even the Prater with the illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel shouldn't be missed at night.

    Charles' Church at night Giant Ferris Wheel at night
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    Left luggage

    by Airpunk Written Jul 30, 2012

    Favorite thing: Leaving your luggage in central Vienna is quite difficult. As far as I know (and according to a 2011 information from the ÖBB), the only left luggage office is at the Praterstern metro station. Once the main train stations of Vienna have gone through reconstruction, it is likely that further options will become available at one of those stations.

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    Pestsäule - Plague column

    by kris-t Written Jun 15, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Plague columnis is one of the most well-known and prominent pieces of sculpture in Vienna.

    Emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column if the big plague epidemic (1679) would end.

    The column was inaugurated in 1693.

    Fondest memory: During the long design period it changed from a conservative memorial column to a high baroque scene. It is a cloud pyramid with angel sculptures as well as the kneeling emperor Leopold, praying to a sculpture of faith.

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    Leopoldsberg (Kahlenberg)

    by kris-t Updated May 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Kahlenbergerdorf is part of the XIX. District of Vienna, Döbling, since 1891, when it was incorporated into the city.

    Surrounded by the river Danube in the North-East, the Leopoldsberg in the North and the Nußberg in the South-West, it is one of the oldest settlements of Döbling.

    Fondest memory: Mentioned first in 1135 as "chalwenperge", Kahlenbergerdorf lived from its location near the Danube and large vineyards on the slopes of the Leopoldsberg and the Nußberg; amidst the village lies St. Georg, a baroque church.

    Viniculture can be traced back 2500 years, when Celts settled in the vicinity of the Leopoldsberg; starting in the Middle Ages, winegrowing was organized by monasteries. Today, most of the vineyards are in the possession of Stift Klosterneuburg.

    Today, Kahlenbergerdorf lives mostly from its Heurigen and viniculture.

    Even it's one of the most popular places from which to admire the view of Vienna, it is very quiet there.

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    Roman and Greek architecture in Vienna

    by Raimix Updated Feb 25, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Imperial city and Imperial capital looks so imperial for real. It seems even from rich architecture and the architecture details, associated with Empire of Rome and Ancient Greece.

    Imperators tried to show the strength of their Empire, joining the old details of ancient temples, mythology, great men and so on.

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