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Karl Kraus was rarely in a really good mood and never actually laughed, but the fact that he dubbed Vienna an "experimental station for the end of the world" is quite something. Alfred Polgar, on the other hand, saw Vienna as a "merry grave on the Danube," which sounds a bit more appealing and is more reminiscent of a wine-loving Viennese song. We follow the voluntary and involuntary traces of the dead and the undead, the buried and the washed up, the tortured and the supposedly foolish in Vienna.
Anyone who strolls through Vienna's quaint old town today and is receptive to it often comes across the city's dark past - you just have to keep your eyes open. Or have a travel guide and tourist guide who will take you to exactly these "Platzerln".
... or so a song by Georg Kreisler goes. I'd say let's go explore some graves!
It really doesn't always have to be the Albertina or the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Truly, why not just turn away from the fair art and turn to those museums that occupy the less beautiful sides of life? We are not surprised that there are several of them in Vienna.
The coolest stories are told by Vienna's tour guides, who point out one or the other spooky feature during a "guided tour" through Vienna's neighborhoods.
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