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A venue with a history dating back almost 400 years is a rarity, even in Old Europe. However, on the narrow Bognergasse in Vienna’s Baroque Innere Stadt, Zum Schwarzen Kameel (loosely translated as “The Black Camel”) has been going strong since Johann Baptist Cameel established it as a spice retailer in 1618. Transformed into a dining establishment 200 years later, this is the place where nobility came to relax over comfort food, where Beethoven dined and where artists such as photographer Elfie Semotan still come for a drink. “From about 1830…



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