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First World War in Vienna

The car in which Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo.

This is the weekend when, 100 years ago, the major powers in Europe started declaring war on each other.  The First World War affected every country differently. In Britain, we hear a lot about Flanders, the Somme, poets such as Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen or Rupert Brooke and, of course, the restrictive alcohol licensing laws […]

Vienna’s Best Christmas Markets

The shopping street of Graben with Christmas illuminations

When it comes to Christmas markets, there’s only German Mitteleuropa that avoids both the saccharine over-the-topness or the shopping pointlessness of their cheap imitations. And the undisputed queen of Adventmärkte is good old stolid Vienna. It’s only in December that the city truly comes to life, for this is when its palaces and baroque churches, […]