As the subtitle of this exhibition at the Wien Museum Karlsplatz correctly suggested, this was both a show on “Vienna around 1870” and a show on the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna. The two exhibitions were consciously intertwined, reflecting how closely Vienna and its World Exhibition were connected. The show started with four sections on the development of Vienna during the boom years of 1867–73: the construction and financing of the Wiener Ringstraße, the regulation of the river Danube, the construction of the new freshwater conduit from the Semmering to Vienna, and the introduction of new traffic systems (such as the horse tramway) and means of communication (such as pneumatic postal delivery).

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