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Famous as Vienna’s top villa district, originally “only” planned as a bourgeois retreat with catalog houses: A stroll through the Cottage in the 19th district reveals an illustrious who’s who of the past 150 years.

Find out why painter and musician Arik Brauer felt like a servant in his house, how writer and doctor Arthur Schnitzler became a club bully and where style innovator Adolf Loos cleared a building front. Take a look behind the facades with me and let’s experience the eventful history of the city and its fascinating protagonists together.


Michael Würzelberger

Michael Würzelberger / The Cottage

To begin you will learn how the cottage movement came about in today’s Embassy area. Based on selected houses, you will get to know the most important initiator, Ringstrasse architect Heinrich von Ferstel and many other prominent builders. On our tour, we meet outstanding personalities from the fields of art, medicine, science, media, politics and business. In our thoughts, we let the “mountain” tramway rattle up the steep streets once again, are guests in the historic cottage network where bowling was practiced as a pastime, and remember fateful encounters and dates with skates and tennis rackets. After approx. 2h our tour ends at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and nearby restaurants invite you to take a well-earned break in the countryside.