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Tourists at the Hawelka

At the famous Cafe in Vienna.

While eating "Buchteln" and drinking Melange.

Camera: Konica Hexar. Film: Ilford Delta 400


Cafè Hawelka is a coffeehouse in the Innere Stadt district of Vienna located at Dorotheergasse 6.

The Cafè Hawelka was opened by Leopold Hawelka in 1939. Hawelka had previously operated the Kaffee Alt Wien on Bäckerstraße since 1936 and together with his wife Josefine took over the Cafè Ludwig in the Dorotheergasse in May 1939. After the outbreak of World War II, the Hawelka had to be closed, and in Fall 1945 it was reopened in the fortunately still largely intact building.

After the end of the period of occupation after 1955, the cafè quickly became a meeting point for writers and critics like Heimito von Doderer, Albert Paris Gütersloh, Hilde Spiel, Friedrich Torberg and Hans Weigel. It became a central meeting place in the art scene of the time. Regular guests included Friedrich Achleitner, H. C. Artmann, Konrad Bayer, Ernst Fuchs, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Hutter, Helmut Qualtinger, Gerhard Rühm, and Oskar Werner. Josefine Hawelka died on March 22, 2005 after managing the cafè for sixty-six years with her husband. She had baked the place's specialty, its Buchteln desserts (which are still made by Amir Hawelka according to the old recipe). Leopold Hawelka can still be found sitting at its entrance, greeting guests.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


When I take photos with my Hexar, I never look though the viewfinder.

And I do not crop the photos.


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Taken on December 31, 2007