Famous people from Vienna


Mainly known as the wife of leading Austrian composer Gustav Mahler, she was also undoubtedly a significant figure of the Viennese Secession, adored by many for her beauty, intelligence and musical talent. Born in Vienna to the prominent family of landscape painter Emil Jakob Schindler, Alma was raised among the elite of her time. Before marrying Mahler in 1902, she was often seen with Gustav Klimt, Max Burckhard and Alexander von Zemlinsky. With Mahler, Alma had two daughters,
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This Vienna-born composer is mainly known as the innovator of a technique involving tone rows (the twelve-tone system). The music he composed was frequently associated with Expressionism in art and poetry. Having taken only counterpoint lessons with composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, Schoenberg orchestrated operas in his twenties. In 1899, he composed 'Transfigured Night', one of his most famous pieces. His talent was later recognised by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. In 1904, Schoenberg began an academic career teaching composition harmony and counterpoint.
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For me, Vienna is as different from what they call Vienna now as the quick is different from the dead.

This Hollywood director and actor was born in Vienna as Erich Oswald Stroheim to a Jewish family, though he himself claimed to be the son of Austrian nobility. The facts about his childhood remain a mystery -- it’s only known that around 1910 he emigrated to the USA, and in 1914 started working in Hollywood as a consultant on German culture and fashion,
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Ernst Happel is the most prominent figure on the Austrian football field on account of his career both as a player and coach. He spent 14 years playing for Rapid Vienna, winning 7 times Austrian Championship title, and 2 years for Racing Club de Paris. But Happel is more famous for his honours as a coach, winning the league title in four different countries and silver medal in 1978 World Cup and thus becoming one of the most successful coaches in the history of European and world football.
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The Emperor of Austria of the Habsburg dynasty, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia Franz Joseph reigned for 68 years. He was born and raised in Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. When Chancellor Prince Metternich resigned in the wake of the Revolution of 1848, the young duke was admitted to the throne, succeeding his uncle, Ferdinand I. Soon after, however, he was sent to the Italian front and had to face his first military experience. Over the next few years,
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This Vienna-born Jewish baker, whose surname is on the lips of Viennese café and confiserie customers every day, created the most famous chocolate cake in the world. The Original Sacher-Torte was first prepared in 1832 on request of the Lord of Metternich, and was intended to be a fine dessert for his guests. Franz, only 16 years old at the time, served as an apprentice for the prince's court, and was substituting for the ill chef on that day.
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Yes, beloved Vienna, you hold in your narrow compass the dearest and most precious things in life...

A native of Vienna, Schubert was born with a rare gift for music and he dedicated his short life to that gift. Due to his mastery in setting poetry to music and bringing the story to light, he is perhaps most renowned for writing more than 600 art songs and several song cycles. In addition to songs,
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It is incomprehensible why the roofs of Vienna are not being used as parks and forests.

This 20th-Cenntury Austrian painter and sculptor was born in Vienna as Friedrich Stowasser. In 1948, he entered the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied for only four months. A year later, he changed his name to Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, as he wanted to add meaning to it. Hundertwasser travelled a lot, especially between 1949 and 1952,
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This Austrian Symbolist painter was a recognised representative of Vienna Art Nouveau. Born in Baumgarten, which is near the capital city, he spent his childhood in poverty along with his six siblings. From 1876, Klimt attended the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, and was trained to become an architectural decorator. He first found successful work as an engraver, along with his brother and a friend. Soon after that, he was asked to paint interior murals in public buildings on the famous Ringstrasse.
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Before my eyes, the Danube follows its eternal course and the gleam of the evening sun is caught by its waves.

Mahler was born in Kaliste, a town of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as the second of twelve children to Jewish parents. Raised in Moravia, he took piano lessons from the age of six. In 1875, 15-year-old Gustav started his education in piano, harmony and composition at the Vienna Conservatory. Three years later, he was admitted to the Vienna University,
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Known as one of the major representatives of Modernism in literature, Herman Broch was born in Vienna to a wealthy Jewish family, and first worked for several years in the family factory. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until he turned 40 that he entirely devoted himself to literature. Arrested by the Nazis in 1938, with the help of his friends, including James Joyce, Bloch managed to emigrate to Britain, and later to the United States.
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If it is true that I have talent, I can thank above all my beloved Vienna for it!

Johann Strauss II, son of a musician Johann Strauss I, captured the spirit of waltz like no other composer before or since. He composed as many as 160 waltzes, two of which - 'Blue Danube Waltz and Champagne Waltz' - became worldwide hits. The latter is a tune from his most famous operetta 'Die Fledermaus' (The Bat,
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A native of Vienna, Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein contributed greatly to Austrian philosophy, particularly in the fields of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, and also of language and the mind. Born to a prominent Protestant family of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, young Ludwig was able to develop intellectually and artistically, as such artists as Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms were frequent guests at the Wittgensteins' house. In 1903, he went to school in Linz, showing a deep interest in physics.
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The Queen of Bohemia and Hungary, this Archduchess of Austria who married Holy Roman Emperor Francis I was born in Vienna. Her father, Charles VI, guaranteed her the right to succeed to the Austrian throne after his death. In consequence, the War of the Austrian Succession broke out in 1740, as King Frederick II of Prussia didn't accept this decision. Nevertheless, Maria Theresa was the first woman to rule the Austrian Duchy, and she was even claimed to have saved the Habsburg monarchy.
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An excellent characteristic Austrian artist, being not only a painter but also a talented poet, Oskar Kokoschka was the son of a goldsmith of Czech origin. Between 1903 and 1909, he was a student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, though the portraits he painted at that time shocked the public because of their Expressionistic violence, which was the reason the artist was expelled from the university. He left Austria in 1910 and settled in Berlin,
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His real name was Oskar Josef Bschließmayer, and he was born in Vienna's Gumpendorf, a neighbourhood in the sixth district, Mariahilf. Considered an excellent actor, he began his career in the 1950s on the stages of Western European theatres, and also starring in several films. By the age of 18, he made his debut at the prestigious Burgtheater. During World War II, he was forced to put on a uniform and fight for the Axis army,
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This German-born automobile pioneer spent most of his life in Vienna, where he moved in 1852. With his previously gained experience at the Siemens & Halske Company in Berlin, he found employment at the renowned mechanic company Craft & Son as an assistant. Later, he worked for the Imperial-Royal Physical Institute and the Imperial Geological Institution. In 1856, he opened his own telegraph engineering workshop, located on Mariahilferstraße. He also improved the telegraph system, and in 1867,
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I've never felt within my depth in this city. I believe nowadays that I've always regretted the marvellous forests of my childhood, and one of my remembrances evokes me the fact that I used to run as if I wanted to get away from my father, when I was scarcely able to walk…

Known as the father of psychoanalysis, this Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist was born in Freiberg (today Pribor in the Czech Republic),
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I assure you that this is a splendid place [Vienna] – and for my métier the best one in the world.

Probably the most famous composer of all time, Mozart began his musical career as a child prodigy. He performed on violin at the age of four, wrote his first symphony and four sonatas for piano and violin when he was eight, and held the position of a concertmaster at thirteen. Before his premature passing,
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