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The relatively few, trimmed, symmetrically-placed shrubs convey the melancholic feeling of a cemetery, and might remind a life-loving observer of Viennese doughnuts (Krapfen). A few trees spreading their leafy branches here and there, and some children playing could revive and diversify this empty and sad place; surely to the delight of the empress who – sitting on her pedestal all alone – must be bored out of her mind.

This is how the renowned artist and writer Vasily V. Vereshchagin would describe Maria-Theresien-Platz when visiting Vienna at the end of the 19th century.

Presumably, Vereshchagin would have been pleased to learn that Vienna’s youth has not only chosen just this very place to become one of their meeting spots in the 21st century but also given it a special name: Zwidemu, which means between the museums in German.