When I was in Vienna in May 2011, Andreas Susana, editor of Notes of a Traveler and tweeting as @Travelwriticus very kindly came up from his home town of Graz to give me a guided walking tour of Vienna. Here are the best of my Vienna photos.
St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna
Vienna is renowned for its rich architectural heritage and our Vienna walking tour kicked off with a look at some examples of this. The 1987 Vienna University of Technology library has sculptures of owls along the side of the roof and one large, rather elongated, owl on a corner. The curved shape of the windows reminded me of Rennie Mackintosh’s Scotland Street School in Glasgow.
Owl Adorned Library of Vienna University of Technology
Karlsplatz Station was a stop on the Vienna Stadtbahn, constructed in 1899 in the Jugendstil style, the local version of Art Nouveau. The station was almost destroyed during modernisation of the railway to the U-Bahn in the 1980s but a public protest saved it.
Karlsplaftz Station, Vienna
The Secession Building is another example of Jugendstil architecture. It opened in the late 1890s to house the works of the the artists, including Klimt and Olbrich, who’d formed the breakaway Union of Austrian Artists. The building has a beautiful ornate gold sphere on the roof but I couldn’t get a decent photo of it.
Entrance to the Secession Building, Vienna
At the side of the Secession Building, there’s a sculpture of the Roman general Mark Anthony by Arthur Strasser.
Sculpture of Mark Anthony, Vienna
I’d read about the Palmenhaus in Kimberley’s Europe a la Carte post, but it was even more impressive than I imagined, probably party due to it being such a sunny day.
The Palm House, Vienna
Around the corner was the baroque style Austrian National Library, formerly the library of the Hapsburg royal family.
The National Library, Vienna
Andreas reckoned that, being a Scot, I’d appreciate seeing the Scottish Church.
The Scottish Church, Vienna
There are many fountains in Vienna but I liked the backdrop of the Gothic City Hall at this one.
Fountain near Vienna’s City Hall
I thought I couldn’t visit Vienna and not go to one of its famous cafes. We had a snack at the Cafe Central, previously frequented by the likes of Trotsky, Tito, Freud and Lenin. I have to say that although the interior was beautiful, I didn’t think that the coffee was that good.
Andreas in Cafe Central, Vienna
There’s been a church on the site of St Stephen’s Cathedral since the 12th century. The current building dates from the 14th century. However the diamond shaped pattern on the roof was added in the 1950s.
St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna
A big thank you to Andreas for this personal guided tour of Vienna. I’m just sorry that I had so little time in Vienna, I feel I barely scratched the surface.
You can see all my Vienna photos on Flickr.
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