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Covid-19 Update

  • Guided tours in Vienna are currently allowed in compliance with 3G. That is vaccinated, recovered or tested.
  • There are free testing opportunities for tourists.
  • Masks are not required outdoors. An FFP2 mask must be worn indoors.

JOSEF STRAUSS | FIRE RESISTANT! POLKA

Fireproof! was the slogan with which Wertheim advertised its safes. There were spectacular trials by fire. Safes were placed on large pyres; the contents survived the fire intact and could be demonstrated to the astonished crowd. In 1857 such a rehearsal took place in Constantinople in the presence of the sultan. In February 1869 the company built its 20,000th safe and commissioned Josef Strauss with the polka of the same name.