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7 places where you can wander in the footsteps of Falco

Hands on your hearts, who from you Vienna Würstels gets emotional when you’re a little tipsy and the DJ starts blasting ‘Vienna Calling’ by Falco? We even go as far as claiming that this song is the secret anthem of Vienna.

To honour its composer, the one and only Johann ‘Hans’ Hölzel (alias: Falco), we decided to take a look at his favourite places to hang out, so if you want to wander through Vienna on the heels of this legend, feel free to do so!

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U4 Club — In the footsteps of Falco

You can’t say Falco without saying U4. This venue, still a popular club today, located in the 12th district, was literally Falco’s living room. In his early days and before he rose to fame, he used to perform there (lucky visitors btw, Falco concert almost for free) and even afterwards he continued to be a regular for the rest of his life.

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Café Hawelka — In the footsteps of Falco

Do you know the song ‘Jö schau’ about a naked dude at Café Hawelka? Café Hawelka is a classic traditional café in Vienna’s city centre and used to be a popular spot for artists and intellectuals.

We don’t know if Falco ever visited this establishment naked, but we know for sure that it was one of his favourite places to hang out.

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Zum Roten Bären — In the footsteps of Falco

If a location is mentioned in one of his songs, you can safely reckon that Falco must have spent a lot of time there. The traditional tavern ‘Zum Roten Bären’ in Vienna’s first district was one of Falco’s favourite places to have one or, uhm, way too many beers.

By the way, the song we are referring to is named ‘Zuviel Hitze’ (too much heat), so feel free to check it out.

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Schloss Schönbrunn — In the footsteps of Falco

Aw, who doesn’t love gorgeous Schönbrunn Palace and its vast gardens? Falco was no exception here. He loved to unwind and go for walks there. Fun fact, the video to his most famous song ‘Rock me Amadeus’ was also filmed in the Schönbrunn palace.

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Ziegelofengasse 37 — In the footsteps of Falco

One of the places where Falco undoubtedly spent a lot of time was Ziegelofengasse in Vienna’s lovely 5th district. His parents’ flat was located at Ziegelofengasse 26, but the apartment complex doesn’t exist anymore.

However, you can still check out Ziegelofengasse 27 where Falco lived from 1974 to 1982 in his former grandparents’ flat. There is even a badge outside the house in honour of this famous former resident.

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Volksgarten — In the footsteps of Falco

Where is your favourite place to go on inner city walks? Volksgarten is pretty high up in our ranking, as its scenic beauty and relaxed atmosphere amazes us every time. Falco also loved to hang out in this gem.

And who knows, maybe he came up with some inspiration for new songs while taking a break in the stunning surroundings?

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Donauinsel — In the footsteps of Falco

Oh Donauinsel, Vienna’s very own beach Eldorado and the best summer location in Vienna by the Danube. Ever. Don’t even try to argue about this. In summer, you could also regularly find Falco there taking walks, swimming and just enjoying nature. This actually makes him so relatable, don’t you think so?

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