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If you have read the diaries of Arthur Schnitzler, Karl Kraus’ cheeky articles or the journalist Berta Zuckerkandl’s stories from her artist networking salon of the Fin de Siècle, then sometimes you can't help it: During a walk through Vienna - and if it’s only a walk from the subway to the Burgtheater or to the Theater in der Josefstadt – at every corner you will be reminded of this "world of yesterday," as Stefan Zweig calls it.
From Grillparzer and Nestroy to Peter Altenberg, Franz Werfel and Heimito von Doderer, but also Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Elias Canetti and, of course, Stefan Zweig: a walk through Vienna's city center with its palaces, coffeehouses and memorial plaques is always a walk through the city's literary history. All you have to do is keep your eyes open and, of course, read up on it, or look it up in the theater.
It is not only the Literature Museum that offers a wealth of information about our Austrian writers and their connection to Vienna. The theaters, the Austrian National Library and the Sigmund Freud Museum can also easily fill a few gaps in one's education. Even back then, everyone knew everyone and everyone was somehow "connected" to each other in the Viennese cultural scene. ....
120 years ago, the threads of art, culture and politics ran together in the salons of famous and influential women, but also in the coffee houses. Insider information, gossip and news were regularly "talked out" there. But also in many a box at the State Opera or the then new Burgtheater. Starting in the 1960s, the coffeehouse experienced a resurgence as a meeting place for literary figures, e.g. H.C. Artmann, Ernst Jandl and Thomas Bernhard.
Today you don't meet at the "Sirk corner" for a date anymore, probably not at the Strudlhofstiege in Währing either. Instead, people meet at subway stations, on the Danube Canal, or directly at a pub. In the past, however, these locations were popular places for rendezvous, but also simply places where the city "buzzed" like it does nowadays on Mariahilferstraße on a Saturday. Where else in Vienna has literature immortalized itself?
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