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Michaelertor in Vienna

Michaelertor in ViennaOn your walks through the historic district, you will almost inevitably pass through it: the Michaelertor in Vienna. The baroque portal frames the shortest path from the Heldenplatz to the expensive shopping streets near the Wiener Graben.

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Museums

Theseus Temple in Vienna

Theseus Tempel in Vienna, Austria

It is not visible from the Wiener Ringstraße. Only those who enter the public park named Volksgarten suddenly find themselves facing a piece of Greek antiquity. Of course, it isn’t ancient. The Theseus Temple is a classicistic building from the years 1819/23.

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Museums Palaces

Lower Belvedere Palace

Front view of the Lower Belvedere

Lower Belvedere Palace (Unteres Belvedere) and Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere) constitute an ensemble near Vienna Main Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). Both palaces are venues of a museum and gallery named Belvedere. Next to the Lower Belvedere one also can visit art exhibitions in the former Orangery and the Palace Stables of the ensemble.

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Monuments

Monument to Franz Grillparzer

Monument to Franz Grillparzer at Volksgarten in ViennaThe monument to the Austrian writer Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872) was built in 1889 and displays scenes from his works. It is located in a public park of Vienna named Volksgarten, which is worth a visit, especially during the heyday of roses.

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Sculptures

A pair of griffins in Vienna

A pair of griffins in Vienna, Austria

A pair of griffins seen at a bollard in the historicist Vienna Ring Road (Wiener Ringstraße). Though I don’t believe in fabulous creatures I always love to come across depictions of them on my urban walks. In Rostock, you can even see them on manhole covers.

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Monuments

Monument to Alexander Girardi

Monument to Alexander Girardi in Girardi park

The monument to Alexander Girardi (1850-1918) lies on a small green space between the traffic streams on Girardiplatz in Vienna. So the actor and operetta singer does not have to complain about a small audience, even if the most car driver passes this park without taking a notice of the white statue.

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Architecture Otto Wagner

Linke Wienzeile 38 in Vienna

Otto-Wagner-Haus at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria

The building N° 38 situated on the Linke Wienzeile (6. District) was designed by Otto Wagner. Koloman Moser created the golden ornaments. The building is located next to the Naschmarkt, one of the most popular markets in Vienna.

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Architecture

Haus Portois & Fix in Vienna

Haus Portois & Fix in Vienna, Austria

This building was built in 1899/1901 for the company Portois & Fix by the architect Max Fabiani. The façade is decorated by tiles produced in the Hungarian porcelain manufacture Zsolnay. The pattern of the façade was designed by using tiles with two different shades of green.

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Architecture Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner Schützenhaus

Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner in Vienna, Austria

The Schützenhaus was built in the years 1904 – 1908 according to plans by Otto Wagner. The building was part of a planned weir. The name Schützenhaus refers to the control gates (Schütze) used in such weirs. Today, the building houses a restaurant called “Otto Wagner Schützenhaus”.

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Monuments

Monument to Wilhelm von Tegetthoff

Memorial to Wilhelm von Tegetthof at Praterstern, Vienna

This monument to Wilhelm von Tegetthoff stands next to the railway station Praterstern in Vienna. The column was designed by Carl von Hasenauer, the statue is a work by Carl Kundmann. Wilhelm von Tegetthoff was an Austrian admiral and became famous for the victory of Lissa (1866).

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Architecture Otto Wagner

Majolikahaus in Vienna

Majolikahaus in Vienna, Austria

The Majolikahaus was built in 1898. The building was designed by Otto Wagner, the floral design on the façade was created by his student Alois Ludwig. The name of the house refers to the fact, that the façade is revetted with Maiolica ([ger.] = Majolika) elements.

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Art Nouveau

Fillgraderstiege in Vienna

Fillgraderstiege in Vienna, Austria

The Fillgraderstiege was built between 1905 and 1907 according to the plans of the architect Max Hegele. The outdoor staircase connects the Fillgradergasse with the Theobaldgasse in Vienna’s 6th district Mariahilf. Architecturally, it is considered Viennese Art Nouveau.