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Public art by Erwin Wurm at MUMOK

Public art by Erwin Wurm at MUMOK in Vienna, Austria

Public art by the Styrian artist Erwin Wurm seen at the storefront of the MUMOK in Vienna.

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Gates Palaces

Gate at Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna

Gate at Upper Belvedere in Vienna, Austria

Main gate in front of the Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere). The lions are showing the crest of Prince Eugene of Savoy. He was the first owner of the palace. Today the Upper Belvedere houses a great collection of paintings.

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Gardens Museums

Museum of Natural History in Vienna

View of the museum from Volksgarten

While walking through the Volksgarten, a public park of Vienna, I took this photo of the Museum of Natural History (Naturhistorisches Museum). By the way the park is famous for its roses. So don’t miss a visit through the blooming period of the roses.

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Museums

Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna

Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria

The ‘Kunstforum Wien’ is an exhibition hall for art, located in a former bank building. I especially love the exterior of this edifice built in the years 1914 to 1921.

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Gardens

Belvedere gardens in Vienna

View from Upper Belvedere down to 1st district The view from Upper Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere) down to the centre of Vienna. The Baroque garden was designed by French garden designer Dominique Girard, who was a pupil of landscape architect André Le Nôtre.

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Palaces

Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

View of Schönbrunn Palace taken from Gloriette

View of Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) taken from the Gloriette. Inside there are two different self guide-tours for getting in touch with the state apartements of the Imperial family. One will also see the office where Emperor Franz Joseph I. had worked and the room where he had slept in a rather simple bed.

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History

Sunflowers at Heldenplatz in Vienna

Sunflowers in front of Archduke Charles

In 2005 many events marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most impressive ones: The Heldenplatz, a central square in Vienna, was covered with vegetables and sunflowers. A strong reminder of the fact, that around 1945 the citizen of Vienna used every free space for producing food.

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Architecture Palm Houses

Palm house of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Palm house of Schönbrunn, Vienna

This Palmenhaus is the most prominent greenhouse on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) in Vienna. The building made of steel and 45,000 glass tiles was opened in 1882.

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Museums

Museum of Military History in Vienna

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum in Vienna, Austria

The Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) was built in different styles ranging from Byzantine and Hispano-Moorish to Neo-Gothic. Inside it shows the history of the Habsburg empire until 1918 and modern Austria up to the year 1945.

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Museums

Haus des Meeres in Vienna

Haus des Meeres in Vienna, Austria

The Haus des Meeres, located inside a former blockhouse tower of World War II, houses several aquariums and two tropic houses.

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Urban Walks

Strange people in Vienna

Strange people in Vienna, Austria These two guys made my day while I was walking through the Kärntner Straße, one of the most important shopping streets of Vienna.

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Gardens

Belvedere Gardens in Vienna

Sculpture at Belvedere Gardens in Vienna, Austria

After arriving at the railway station Südbahnhof I went down to the centre of Vienna through Belvedere Gardens. Only a snow covered Sphinx sculpture watched my steps on the way to the Lower Belvedere which one can see in the background. The galleries in the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere are worth a visit for friends of the fine arts.