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Vacamuuu
Vacamuuu
#About the Best Steakhouse in Bucharest

If you are an avid carnivore, you have arrived at the right place. Vacamuuu Steakhouse in Bucharest is a famous place that is known for its excellent meat. In the variety of dishes and also in the quality, there is no competition in this city. A meal here is great and delicious, and is a great example of the Romanian kitchen and smoked meats.

Phone: +40-74-512-958
Austrian Parliament Building
Austrian Parliament Building
#About the Austrian House of Parliament

The Austrian House of Parliament was built in the ancient Greek style, in the style of the Greek Revival, an architectural style that was popular in the 18th century in Europe and America. This style of construction makes it particularly prominent in the landscape of historic buildings around it. The building is 151 meters long, 132 meters wide and contains no less than 1,600 rooms.

The construction of the parliament began in the mid-19th century and lasted for 10 years. In 1883, when the building first opened, the elected representatives of the Austro-Hungarian Empire arrived. Today it serves as the seat of the houses chosen in the elections to represent the Austrian people - the National Council and the Lower House.

It is worth paying attention to some interesting objects outside the building:

At the entrance to the building you will see the big fountain and the statue that stands at its head - the statue of the goddess of Greek wisdom, Athena.

On the left, one can see the monument for the Austrian Republic, with statues of the three leaders of Vienna (the father of the Austrian Republic, the mayor of Vienna and the Welfare Minister of Vienna before World War II).

On the right side of the building stands a statue in the shape of Austrian Chancellor Dr. Karl Rerner.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/7VAqD_5N7gU



From Inside:

https://youtu.be/l0_iBon9l7E
Palatul Patriarhiei
Palace of the Patriarchate
#About the Metropolitan Church

It is not the most beautiful and not the oldest in Bucharest, but it is alive, kicking and active to this day. This is the Palace of the Patriarchate (Palatul Patriarhiei), located on the patriarchal hill in the city.

The Palace of the Patriarchate was founded by Prince Constantine and his wife between 1654-1658. Since then it has been reconstructed quite a few times and therefore the building has not preserved its original shape, mainly due to the additions added to it and the various adjustments made over the years.

This church is the heart of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Notice the beautiful frescoes in the front of the building. Enter through the arches of the entrance and observe the decorated altar.

Inside the church, you will find beautiful Byzantine icons and altars. If you visit around Easter, you should come to hear the midnight mass sung by the famous choir of the church.

To this day, the church is included in the list of historical monuments in Romania.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Mll1zpT5zSw
Therme Bucureti
Therme Bucharest
#About Bucharest's Special Baths

Balotesti, a 10-minute drive from Bucharest, has Thermal Baths (Therme Bucureşti). This is a huge and exotic paradise, a pampering and enjoyable place where you can wash and swim in 8 pools of thermal water, which is constantly heated to 33 degrees Celsius.

Apart from the water experiences, you can stroll through the huge gardens, internal and external, one of the largest in Romania, with hundreds of thousands of plants and trees.

In 3 spa areas, you will get a relaxing experience, spa, and entertainment. The first is called the Center, which has the largest swimming pool in Romania, with a bar within the pool and toboggan slides. The large pool has a revolving door that can be passed through to the outside of the pool. In winter, the experience is stunning, when you are in the cold and the snow, immersed in the hot water.

In the Elysium complex you will find a pampering spa with thermal saunas and massages, while in the palm area, the third one, you will discover the 500 palm trees, the relaxation and meditation experience.



#Tips

Bring your own towels, otherwise, you will need to buy some here.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/OjvIo3UWkZg


Swirl Pool:

https://youtu.be/zI288T3aQTQ

Winter Sites

Albertina
Albertina
#About Vienna’s Great Art Museum

The Albertina Museum is one of the leading cultural museums in Europe and contains a collection of some of the most important works in the world. Both tourists and locals visit the museum.

During World War II the museum was damaged, and after the war it was extensively renovated for a expensive price. The renovation, which took 10 years, cost no less than $117 million, a lot of money at that time. Finally it was constructed into a huge museum complex, one of the largest in the world.

The facade of the museum is decorated in neo-classical style. The building was designed by the renowned architect Klaus Albrecht and the entrance was designed by the great architect Hans Hollein.

The museum has four floors, including three galleries that show millions of cultural and artistic objects. Here you will find works by the greatest artists in the history of art, including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso and others. But apart from them there are over 1.5 million carvings, more than a million paintings and more than 65,000 drawings and paintings. Go ahead and see them all!
Rathaus
Rathaus
#About the Town Hall of Vienna

At first glance, the neo-Gothic building with the clock tower looks like another typical Viennese cathedral, but when you stand in front of it, a magnificent city building - the Rathaus - is discovered in front of it.

The building was planned in 1872 by architect Friedrich Schmidt, but was opened only in 1883, since it took 11 years to build. The building has 1,575 rooms. At the top of the tall clock tower, 98 meters high, stands a sculpted figure of a knight in an armor suit with a spear, a figure that today has become one of the symbols of the city.

To this day, the Rathaus is the seat of the Vienna municipality and the place of activity of the governor of Vienna and members of the city council. It also houses the library and the municipal and government archives. Yes, here there is quite a bit of information about the Jews of Vienna during different wars in history.

Outside the town hall you will see the large square known as the Rathausplatz. Every year there are events, festivals, music performances and a Christmas market. And not only that, if you leave the square, you can walk a little to the nearby Rathauspark Park.



#Tips

During the winter, the entrance hall of the town hall becomes a skating rink. Real fun for those around ...

In 2012, extensive renovations began at an investment of 35 million euros. The work will continue until 2023.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rY16C0oKvWQ
Mariahilfer Strasse
Mariahilfer Strasse
#About Vienna's Shopping Avenue

Vienna's shopping district, is also the longest shopping street in Austria, named Mariahilfer Strasse. It starts near the Westbahnhof Station and reaches the Museum Quarter.

The long street, parts of which has a pedestrian walkway, has restaurants and cafés on both sides, where you can enjoy your time in Vienna. It is a meeting place for locals and tourists who come to mingle.

At Mariahilfer Strasse you can find luxury shops alongside shops at reasonable prices and even below that. The large chains hold all their major shops in Vienna here, but after shopping around, especially during the holiday season, you will find here sales with prices matching those of the leading brands and international chains.

There are clothes, furniture, housewares, electronics, books and whatnot. Off to work guys! All this shopping is ahead of you!

Are you tired of shopping and you want to rest and eat something? - Click on the restaurants icon above and you can find a good restaurant or coffee shop nearby.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/1ooKpuPLbFw
Schloss Belvedere
Belvedere Palace
#About Vienna's Magnificent Palace

The complex contains two Baroque palaces, one used in the 18th century as a residence and the other as a ballroom. The palace belonged to Prince Eugen of they Savo House, a French military man, a man of literature and art. This is probably the explanation for why he lived in the most impressive Baroque buildings in Vienna.

Among the inhabitants of the palace, was also Franz Ferdinand von Österreich, the prince whose assassination led to the outbreak of the First World War. He lived here for 20 years.

Between the two palaces facing each other you can see the flower garden, fountains and green paths that will lead you to other interesting points in the complex. The park has more than 4,000 types of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Located on a hill, the Upper Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) now houses an amazing art gallery featuring works by Austrian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. You will find realistic, impressionistic, classical works and more. On the second floor of the museum there are branches of various fields: classicism, romanticism and biedermeier. You can see the impressive works of Monet and Renoir, Gustav Klimt (with his important work "The Kiss") and Egon Schiele.

Inside the Lower Belvedere you will find the Baroque Museum with a collection from the Middle Ages. Here you can take guided tours of each of the palaces and learn about the history of Vienna, the rich culture and art. Pay attention to the richness and splendor inside them.

Between the palace and the Church of Karl and Nash Market you will see the fountain that has already become one of the symbols of this place. It stands exactly where the city's first water pipeline was completed in 1873. It also has impressing lighting that makes viewing it particularly experiential. Near the fountain you will see the Red Army Monument that relates to the event of the liberation of the city from the Nazi regime. On the monument you will see the names of soldiers who perished, and quotes from Stalin. At the top of the monument is a statue of a soldier holding a flag, a shield and a submachine gun.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/H3ZQOjvuReM


The Gardens:

https://youtu.be/Svm5SQHFM_g


Berliner Unterwelten
Berlin Underground Museum
#The Museum that Showcases the Dark Period of Berlin

If you are interested in the dark past of Berlin, during the Nazi regime, during the bombings over the city during World War II, during the Cold War and the like, the Berlin Underground Museum (Berliner Unterwalten), the secret and mysterious Berlin, is for you.

Beneath the surface there is a whole dark world in Berlin waiting to be revealed. It contains large dark bunkers from the war days, subterranean underground channels, hidden tunnels that lead to rooms that have been forgotten somewhere in difficult times - in short, a Berlin that is not talked about today. Not talked about, unless you arrive to the Berliner Unterwalthen, the museum that stores the dark and mysterious parts of Berlin's not-simple history.

The purpose of the Berliner Unterwalten is to study the forgotten places hidden in Berlin. The organization, whose name translates to "underground worlds of Berlin," finances these activities through guided tours it organizes at these sites, at low costs.

You can find yourself hearing explanations and being guided into places you would have never reached alone, such as your visit to a tower that contained anti-aircraft weapons and was partially destroyed during World War II. You can enter a huge underground bunker from the days Hitler ordered the destruction of Germany, trying to ensure that nothing would be left to the occupiers. Some difficult thoughts might come up to you when you visit a metro station that contains an atomic bomb bunker for emergencies, a remnant of the Cold War days. And you may even wander through a network of shelters that were used to defend against air raids during the difficult days of Berlin during World War II.



#Tips

Tours in the anti aircraft tower take place only between April to the end of October, so as not to disturb the winter sleep of the bats living inside.
The tours at the museum and the sites are in English, German and several other languages, but not in Hebrew.

Ticket price plus guidance is 9 euros, and 7 euros for students, and seniors.

Take the U8 line to the southern exit of the Gesundbrunnen underground station. The exit signs will direct you to Humbulthein Park and Brunnenstrasse.
Figlmüller Frittaten
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The best schnitzel in Vienna is found at the Figlmüller restaurant, which is also the most famous in town. It is located near the Stephansplatz, or Stefan Square. On the menu you will find 9 dishes, but almost all of the customers here order the famous schnitzel, which sells more than 180,000 servings a year.

By the way, note that this is not the standard Viennese schnitzel, because real Viennese schnitzel is made from veal meat and the schnitzel at Figlmüller is made of pork.

At Figlmüller , each individual schnitzel receives the royal treatment. After cutting the meat, it is then flattened with a hammer to make it very thin and as wide as much as possible. You then dip the schnitzel in flour and then salt it, dip in an egg and milk batter, a coat bread crumbs and fry in 3 different pans, each with a different flavors, and this is how it receives its unique Figlmüller flavor..

But it is not only the taste that’s great here, but also the size. The Figlmüller schnitzel has been documented in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world. When prepared, the schnitzel is served to the diner, with a slice of lemon and a small salad served with it, sitting on a separate plate. The reason? - The schnitzel itself covers the entire plate and literally over the edges. Better and bigger here, is really bigger and better...



#What is the History of the Schnitzel - (Courtesy of Eureka)

The schnitzel was born here in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The roots probably come from the Byzantine Empire, and has undergone many variations before it became the famous Vienna Schnitzel known today around the world, the world's first schnitzel.

The roots were based on chicken breasts, the Arabs took the dish and brought it to Europe with the conquest of Spain by the Moors, a Muslin people of North Africa. The Spaniards called it "Stac a la Sevilla". The Italians copied it from there, and from there the recipe was transferred to Vienna and renamed "Viennese Schnitzel" by the cook of a general named Radetzki. In Vienna the meat used change to veal meat, and Figlmüller , like many restaurants and cooks, made it of pork.

The Jews who immigrated from Austria to Israel returned the schnitzel to the original roots of chicken meat, and today the schnitzel is one most loved foods in Israel.



Here is the Process for Preparing their Schnitzel:

https://youtu.be/pTckSxjwgp0
National Museum of Romanian History
#About National Museum of Romanian History

About 50,000 valuable items from Romanian history are displayed here, one of the most important museums in Romania.

The museum has sat in the old post office building since 1909, where there is also the Philatelic Museum. The museum has about 41 rooms that spread across 8,000 square meters. There are many different exhibits here having to do with the development of Romania.

The displays of the museum begin from the prehistoric Stone Age, and goes through the Roman period, until the 21st century. You can see many fascinating items here, starting with a lot of gold from the time of the Romanian kings, bedazzled crowns, royal jewelry and swords that belonged to the nobility.

In 1864 more historical items were donated by general Nichlae Mavros. And so the museum received an edge, and began its journey as a museum for antiques and science of nature. Many cultural figures got on board to continue the enriching and preservation of the museum. In 1970 the city decided to make the museum the National Museum of Romanian History, and in 1972 it was reopened to visitors.

Part of the museum is dedicated to a permanent exhibit having to do with the Holocaust of the Bucharest Jewish community.

Notice that a visit to the museum is great for history lovers. Like other museums around Bucharest, the building here will also impressive visitors, maybe more than the items on display themselves.


A Closer at the Museum:

https://youtu.be/hKDDF55dTbs
National Military Museum
#About the Museum for Weapons

The National Military Museum in Bucharest displays the development of weapons and war materials, starting from 5,000 AD, until today. In the museum there are 5 floors and courtyards, full of tanks, cannons, airplanes, and other heavy weapons. The path for visitors goes in chronological order - ancient times, with sharpened stones made by cavemen found in Romania. There are modern weapons of the Romanian military - each floor deals with a different historical period.

At the airport terminal you can see space equipment, and even a spaceship that was flown by a Communist Romanian astronaut. There are also early planes made of wood, designed by Romanian engineers, and other flight equipment.

Beyond the maintenance of the exhibits, the harshest criticism about this place is the fact that there is no information in English.



A Closer Look :

https://youtu.be/whUt29RPkSk
Mozarthaus
#About the Museum in Memory of the Most Famous Composer in the History of Music

Vienna is the city of birth, or the arena of activity, for quite a few famous composers in music history, including Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Mahler and Hayden. Throughout history, Vienna has become a central place of classical music creation and activity. The most prominent attraction related to the field is the Mozart Museum, which was the home of the great and gifted composer. Here Mozart created some of his brilliant works.

Mozart is known as a composer who transformed from a prodigy child into an incomprehensible musical genius. He was born in the city of Salzburg , but once he became famous he moved to Vienna and began to wander among the various apartments he had allowed himself to rent. In this house he lived and composed between 1784 and 1787, when he was already a composer of renown and status. Some call the place the Figaro House, since it is said that in this house Mozart composed the operas "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni" in 1787.

On the four floors of the museum you can see fascinating exhibits, from which you can learn about the composer's lifestyle and daily conduct, in the elegant and luxurious residence of the wealthy family. You will also see Mozart's life's work - exhibits related to his work - written works, pictures, paintings and artifacts. Throughout the museum you will listen to his works that are played on the loudspeakers of the place. On the ground floor of the museum there is a café and souvenir shop for visitors to enjoy.

The museum is definitely worth a visit because it is actually used as a glimpse into the Viennese culture, life, and history of one of the great cultural foundations of the 18th century and one of the greatest musicians in history.



#What's the Story of Mozart's Wonderful Memory? - (Courtesy of Eureka Encyclopedia)

Mozart was a musical genius who had already become a legend in his childhood. He wrote his first concerto at the age of 4, the first symphony at the age of six, and wrote a full opera at the age of 12.

These are unimaginable achievements, but it seems that the memory of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was even more amazing. As a child, during a visit to Rome with his father and sister, Mozart heard the performance of a work called "Miserere" by composer Gregorio Allegri. This work is so holy that it was forbidden to play it, but rather as part of a ceremony held at the Vatican, the Christian Papal State, a ceremony that takes place only once a year. In addition, because of its holiness, the notes of this work were kept under heavy guard, so that they would not be copied by others.

But history tells us that Mozart as a boy, with his extraordinary memory, managed to write out the notes almost entirely from memory - after only one listening!



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT--1yOr_Sk
Mumok
#About the Modern Museum of Vienna

The Museum of Modern Art of Vienna is an industrial looking building, a reminder of a threatening and alienated industrial enterprise. And yes, its structure may seem a bit depressing, but the Mumok, the Museum of Modern Art of Vienna, is one of the most interesting museums in the world for modern and contemporary art lovers.

The Mumok is located in the Vienna Museum Quarter and from its exterior, one can already understand what art it presents, since the building is built of bricks that resemble black basalt and has almost no windows. The exposed lighting and ventilation systems within the museum also emphasize the fact that this museum deals with modern art.

The museum exhibits thousands of works from the early 20th century up to today. There is modern art and art by contemporary artists, professionals and celebrities, alongside young and beginning artists, who show promising talent.

You can see here important works of classical modernist artists, such as Picasso, Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Pop art artists, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and so on. The works include paintings, sculptures, video art works, constellations and more.

Try something new, and come and see the works. Some start laughing at first, and can be embarrassed and say to each other, "I can paint like that too!" But slowly there is a chance you will see how aesthetic and beauty, intelligence and talent are in the modern art of the talented artists who are willing to absorb even mockery, as long as no one will remain indifferent...



The Artworks at the Mumok:

https://youtu.be/HYL2mt8tFPk



Part of the Modern Exhibit Which Combines Animation:

https://youtu.be/wiSac27C-Hg



Lights Exhibit at the Mumok:

https://youtu.be/sL846g6ZZzU
Kunsthistorisches Museum
#About Vienna’s Museum of Art History

The Vienna Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches), is a very large and rich museum, with a variety of impressive artworks and art collections. It is located in Maria Theresa Square, near the Hofburg Palace. Even those who are not avid art lovers will benefit from the museum's collection of works of art, works from Europe and the Near East, from antiquity to the 18th century.

The museum has five main wings:

The Near East and Ancient Egypt Division - with 17,000 items ranging between 2,000 and 4,000 years old.

Greek and Roman antiquities department - containing about 2,500 antiquities and sculptures, from the third century BC to the early Middle Ages.

The coins department - collecting coins, medals and banknotes, is considered one of the five largest currency collections in the world.

The Artistic Tools Division

Art Paintings Division

In the museum corridors one can see the magnificent wall paintings by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Franz von Matsch and others. In the rooms you can see Flemish, German, Dutch and Italian works. On the ground floor you will see the exhibitions of exotic objects collected by the imperial family, members of the Habsburg dynasty. Among other things, you will see glass and crystal vessels, Roman, Greek and Egyptian works, and gifts given to the emperor’s family throughout history.

But the museum is not only a home for art, as it is a respectable architectural gem. The building of the museum, built in the 19th century, provides a more dignified setting for the wealth of works. It is built in the neo-Renaissance style, decorated with marble ornaments and a stucco of high quality plaster. Also note the striking dome of the building.

Enjoy!



#Tips

If you order tickets online, you can skip the long line during the museum’s opening.

With this abundance, it's worth focusing on what you love. Decide in advance what works and artists interest you want to see, and ask the information station in front entrance on the right, to mark on your map where those artworks and artists are located.

If you are interested in depth, in order to be able to go through all the exhibits in the museum it is advisable to visit it for longer than one day.



A Closer Look:
https://youtu.be/CGam0jsb_fQ



A 360-Degree View of the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_thn4ui5DY
Cafe Sacher
#About the Coffee that Invented a Cake

The story behind Cafe Sacher is particularly interesting. It takes place in 1832, when the Austrian Prince Wenzel von Metternich asks his personal chef to invent a special dessert for very important guests who are supposed to arrive. The chef was not feeling well and had to leave for the day. He gave the task to one of his young sous-chefs, a sixteen-year-old boy, Franz Sacher. The young man was not taken aback, and thought openly and creatively. It was the moment when one of the most famous desserts in history, the Sacher Tart, was born.

So what is the Sacher Tart? - Three layers of chocolate sponge cake, between which is apricot jam, coated with velvety chocolate topped with tempting whipped cream.

After 44 years, Sacher's son decided to open Hotel Sacher, which soon became a favorite among the nobility. The cake immediately became part of the cafe's menu and is still served there.

During the years of the famous dessert, Sacher's grandson decided to sell the exclusive recipe of the tart to the prestigious Viennese coffee shop, Demel. This is why even today you can hear the argument over where the original Sacher Tart was sold. In Demal, the location of the used jam is different, it comes under the glaze and not between the layers of sponge. The dispute reached the courtroom, where it was decided that only Cafe Sacher could call the cake, "original Sacher Tart."

Of course you can also find cream cakes, strudels and a variety of other excellent desserts in this cafe, but the statistics prove that the best-selling cake is ... well, you already guessed, Sacher Tart!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/aPCbarHsP2I



And the Amazing Display of Cakes at the Cafe:

https://youtu.be/nqJsRlLUCH8?t=1m36s
Cafe Central
#About Vienna’s Intellectual Coffee

Imagine sitting in a cafe where Sigmund Freud and the psychologist Alfred Adler are sitting. From time to time, Theodor Herzl comes in and tells of his visions for a Jewish state, and Lenin and Trotsky sit on a side table and play chess while dreaming of socialism and Marxism in Russia. There was also a man there who was futured for the world’s destruction, called Adolf Hitler.

Cafe Central, opened in 1876, is the place where, at end of the 19th century the Vienna intellectual elite gathered. The design at Cafe Central is prestigious, almost royal, probably because the cafe is located in an ancient palace. Marble columns and arches all around, expensive rugs, dark velvet chairs and crystal chandeliers complement the picture.

Here, half a century later, a group of philosophers, known as the Vienna Circle, will sit in the 1930’s. They were the founders of the school of "logical positivism" in philosophy. This approach argues that experience is the only source of knowledge and will reveal that logical analysis, along with symbolic logic, is the preferred method for solving philosophical problems.

But more about the café and its surroundings. At Cafe Central you will be served excellent coffee, with porcelain dishes placed on a silver tray. Along with the coffee the café offers wonderful desserts of Vienna, along with the excellent cakes and fine creams. Give a chance to the special pancake, Kaiser's dish, served with a variety of Viennese styled coffee.

The hungry will be able to enjoy the Vienna Schnitzel, and other classically delicious Viennese dishes from Vienna. Along with all these, if you like, you can indulge in the local Vienna cafe tradition and read the daily newspapers offered here for diners.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/LFc0Cnlxa80


Musikverein
#About Vienna's Beautiful Concert Hall

The Vienna Concert Hall is well known for its excellent acoustics, making it to be one of the three best concert halls in the world, along with the Symphony Hall in Boston and the Concert Hausbau of Amsterdam.

The land for building the concert hall was received by the Friends of Music Association from Emperor Franz Joseph. It opened in 1870 and is the permanent residence of the Vienna Philharmonic. In 1907 the organ was installed in the building.

The main hall is spectacular. It is coated in gold, contains about 1,744 seats and another 300 seats for standing spectators. The design combines wood and crystal, giving the place a luxurious and festive atmosphere.

During the first decade of the new millennium, renovations and expansions were conducted in the building, and additional halls were added to it. Each year, on January 1st, there is a festive concert symbolizing the beginning of the new year.



A Closer Look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCYeqhjqYQ
Stadttempel
#About the Only Synagogue That Was Saved from the Nazis

The Stadttempel, the Great Synagogue of Vienna, is the lucky one out of Vienna's synagogues. This is the only one out of the 74 synagogues and Jewish buildings in the city that were not destroyed on Kristallnacht.

Its nickname is the Kristallnacht, the night of the violent pogrom by Nazi rioters against the Jews. The crystal image came from the many pieces of glass scattered everywhere, as a result of the shattered glass of Jewish houses and businesses.

There were two main reasons why this synagogue survived the difficult night. One is its proximity to the offices of the Jewish community and the German apprehension about its important archive, which included inscriptions and necessary information for their diabolical needs, about the Jews of the city of Vienna.

The second reason was the Germans' fear that the fire would damage the houses nearby. The reason is that the structure of the synagogue was part of a dense row of residential buildings.

Although not severely damaged, the Jewish community renovated the synagogue after the war and added to it glory and splendor.



#Architecture of the Building

Despite being a synagogue for Jews, the architect of the synagogue was not Jewish himself. It therefore has quite a few Christian characteristics. At that time, during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph II, laws were passed that stated that religious buildings would not receive a prominent and conspicuous façade. This is why the synagogue, which is more beautiful on the inside, looks outwardly like a regular dwelling and manages to hide all its architectural beauty inside the building.

The synagogue has 4 floors and is topped by a dome. Just like all the other synagogues, here too there is a clear separation between men and women - the men sit on the lower floor and the women rise to the balconies of the first and second floors.
Design Museum
#About the Design Museum of London, a Museum of Useful Arts

The Design Museum is situated in what was in the 1940's a... banana warehouse. It was later converted into a building and became a museum.

This is one of the most popular museums in London, and for a good reason. It focuses on industrial design, fashion design and architecture.

The building is comprised of 3 floors, each room has a different design concept, including the bathroom. Temporary exhibitions fill the first floor. The second floor is designed as a swimming pool, and on the third floor the permanent exhibitions, which presents the history of design in England, as well as an educational center for design.

Yet along with historical matters, the London Design Museum is known for its openness to innovations in art and design. A large sum of money is given to designers each year as a prize. This award is now considered the most prestigious in the world of design. Renowned designers submit their candidacy every year and regard it as a great honor and proof of their professionalism.

However, at times, the Design Museum often receives press that is unlinked to innovation and creativity, or remotely linked to art. From time to time, the often switch of directors and curators has brought about publicity. Surprisingly, there is a lot of passion and fervor surrounding this event. It lead to many arguments regarding artistic matters, the tension between art and usability and sometimes simply the character of the design museum. Every manager brings his own agenda and the rumpus continues...



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fACJcQulfo8
Charles Dickens Museum
#About the Museum in the Home of the Famous English Writer

Charles Dickens, a writer, a prolific literary historian, a journalist and an English theater actor, lived in this building, where the museum named after him is located today. He had also lived in other apartments throughout the city.

Although he lived in this house for only two years, between 1837 and 1839, Dickens wrote some of his most famous works here, such as "Oliver Twist" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" - two books that became popular classics dealing with the lives of the commoners.

Some of the rooms in the house are preserved just as they were at the time of Dickens and are an authentic reflection of what the house looked like while he lived there. Articles, letters, furniture and portraits related to the author can be found in other rooms of the house.



#Works by Dickens

Dickens’ Georgian house is located between the streets of London, which were a great source of inspiration for the writer. This house is only one of his houses open today to the general public. During the visit, you can really feel the presence of the British writer.

When Charles Dickens moved here in 1837, he was only 25, not yet a successful writer. Every day, from eight in the morning until the afternoon, he would sit in his room studying and writing. His famous desk can be found in the house. During his three fruitful years here, he managed to write his first novel "The Pickwick Papers" and two other novels; "Oliver Twist" and "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby." Here he also began to write the novel "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."



#Dickens’ Childhood

The museum manages to convey the story of Charles Dickens the man, almost like the story of Dickens the artist. As a child, Dickens experienced a difficult life. Though in his early years as a child the family lived in a large house with two servants, a comfortable and good life, it soon turned out that the family lived beyond its economic capabilities. His father, who for years served as a clerk in the navy, drowned in debt because of his lavish lifestyle. When the debt that was not returned Dickens’ father was arrested and thrown into the Marshalsea prison in 1824. The prison was a private prison and run for profit gains. This fact apparently ignited in Dickens the passion for social justice.


This was the turning point in Dickens' childhood, who at age 12 left his family to work for a living. He worked 10 hours a day in a shoe factory, pasted stickers on jars and did everything he could to make some money. These years are reflected in Dickens' writing: his attitude toward orphans, abandoned children and the poor. Many of Dickens' characters, such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, are based on experiences he endured in his childhood. He referred to the long working hours, the harsh labor conditions, the meager wages and the exploitation. Dickens often testified that if he had not become a writer, he would probably have become a criminal.



#About the House

Charles Dickens’ life changed drastically during the years spent in this house. It was here that his two daughters were born to his wife Catherine.

The kitchen and the dining room were the most important to Dickens and his wife. They would host quite a few parties and evenings together, with friends and people of high status. The Dickens were particularly social and they hosted a great deal.

Throughout the house you can see many paintings and pictures on the walls, caricatures and small sculptures.

Catherine's 17-year-old sister, Mary Hogarth lived in one of the rooms. She passed away, and the loss influenced Dickens and his writing substantially in the years to follow.

The main room of the house was the drawing room. People would come here to drink, eat, dance and play. Dickens loved this room dearly. Guests were especially lucky if he’d read what he had written in his study that day out loud. The copies of what he has written and read in this room are now in this museum.

3.1 million euros has been invested in this house to date. Special events are held throughout the year. The museum offers activities that are suitable for children of all ages.

The museum also runs an exciting program for families. The program reads together excerpts from Dickens' works, and there are also entertaining performances, with actors and temporary exhibitions.



A Closer Look at the Museum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJ9AzZcHew&t=11s
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