Curious Customs from the time of the Monarchy

The Viennese and the Monarchy

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This was once said by the surely most famous chronicler of Vienna, the author Karl Kraus.

The imperial tradition is still very strong in Vienna.
Have you ever heard of a social-democratic politician who carries the title ‘court councilor’?
There are lots of them in Vienna.

Titles are not revoked from the deceased

The famous Austrian desire to have a title is an inherited custom from the time of the monarchy. Surnames just have to have an abbreviation preceding them.

The city street sign, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)

The city street sign, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)

In fact in Austria there are about 900 official titles that are regulated by law.
Thus you will not only see titles on gravestones, but in Vienna you’ll also notice a lot of doctor titles on the city street signs.

Titles are not revoked from the deceased.
Thus you will not only see titles on grave stones, but in Vienna you’ll also notice a lot of doctor titles on the city street signs.

Austria is a country of many academic and non-academic titles, honorary degrees and so called professional titles.
Since some titles are deductive and gender-specific.
The wife of a doctor is also a Frau Doktor and the wife of a professor is a Frau Professor – without having ever attended one single lecture at university.
But the husband of a doctor is not Herr Doktor.

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In Vienna you will also get a title

So, titles are very important, and the Tradition is still very strong in Vienna.
If the waiter in the ‘Kaffeehaus’ greets you formally as Herr Professor or My dear Lady, then please don’t be insulted.
It’s just the Herr Ober, which literally means the head waiter, but all waiters in Vienna gets this title, he was just trying to be friendly!

Historic City Center of Vienna

Historic City Center of Vienna

For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.

But there are many other sights in Vienna that are as interesting as the Hofburg Castle itself. In Vienna lived and worked Antonio Vivaldi, Arcimboldo, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Maria Theresa, Elisabeth – Sisi, Franz Joseph, Sigmund Freud, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Ludwig van Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Johann Strauss and many others. With this guide you can explore all streets, churches, buildings, museums and castles in two or three days.

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In WHO IS WHO and WHAT IS WHAT IN VIENNA you will find more than 100 brief biographies of historical figures as well as about 90 public places with the addresses, opening hours, admission fees and public transport connections for each one of them.

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