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Vienna - April 2006

Vienna - the centre

As I was for work in Vienna you may forgive me that I cannot tell much about the history of the town. Only on Friday I had a walk through Vienna, some parks and the city centre and took some photos. The one above shows the townhall as seen through the park, where the first spring flowers and bushes were in bloom.

Here is the Townhall (German: Rathaus) from the front. A very impressive building which was constructed in 1885 in the growing town. The old city of Vienna is one of the UNESCO world heritages.
From the photos you will see why.

The "Burgtheater" is the theater of Vienna and located opposite to the townhall square.
The theatre is one of the most famous in the German language region.

Between the theatre and the "Hofburg" (more or less the castle of Vienna) there is a nice park. It is called the people's garden (Volksgarten). Fortunately it was warm enough to sit down on one of the hundreds of benches and write down a few ideas coming to my mind for work. Not a bad place for thinking over future plans.

Not far from the townhall and always visible from the Volksgarten is the Austrian Parliament. In the Parliament building (from 1873) the meetings of the Austrian National Council and Federal Council take place since 1918.

An elegant carriage, a driver with a bowlerhat and two beautiful horses: that´s what makes a Fiaker and the most traditional and romantic way to discover Vienna. You can drive through the Inner City just like in the old times of the Empire. You will move quickly but still slowly enough to relish all the sights on your way. But I did not try it out. ;-)

The "Hofburg" of Vienna as seen from the place of heros (Heldenplatz). The Imperial Castle in the inner city was for more than six centuries the seat of the rulers of Austria. From here the Habsburgs ruled until the end of the First World War in 1918. From here Empress Maria Theresa carried out her policies and bewailed the military defeats against Prussia’s Frederick the Great. It was here that Joseph II introduced his progressive reforms and Franz Joseph ruled for 68 years until the downfall of his empire.

The Theseus Temple is located in the Volksgarten. But it is neither from Greek nor from Roman times but constructed in 1930.
The next two pictures below show the "Folks-Prater" in Vienna. The Prater is a large natural park between the Danube and the right-hand Danube Canal. In the first section lies the so-called "Wurstel" or "Volk" Prater, with eating-houses, dance-halls, a giant wheel, roundabouts, switchback, Dinosaur Park and many other attractions.

I made it only to this first part of the Prater and did not really have time for a walk through the park. Maybe next time in Vienna ...

The building of the State Opera (Staatsoper) in Vienna is a bit in the busy part of the town with traffic around. Every year during the "Opera Ball" it makes it to the news since the international "Schickeria" (people with much money) is meeting there.
Below two pictures from Stephan's cathedral, outside and inside. The cathedral is immediately in the core of the centre and one of the most famous sights and meeting points of Vienna.

In the early evening I comming out of the Natural Historic Museum opposite I took this photos of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History). According to the guide it houses on of the most important art collections in the world.

Karl Hasenauer and Gottfried Semper were charged with the task of drawing up plans for two splendid museums, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum. Between 1871 and 1891 they erected the vast pair of buildings which form the left and right-hand sides of Maria-Theresien Platz. Though the state was close to bankruptcy, the architects were under instructions not to make economies, and they were able to use expensive materials and commission highly-rated artists with the decoration of the interior.

I did not visit the museum of art history but the Naturhistorisches Museum. Just change with me to the next gallery and have a look inside ... click here.

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