Day 2 : Spittelberg area
To end my second day of Vienna sightseeing, I took the underground (U-Bahn) from the Rathaus-station towards the Volkstheater-station.
Like this I arrived at the corner of Museumstrasse and Burggasse, opposite the street was the Volkstheater (Neustiftgasse 1).
Of course there are many theatres in Vienna, and it is said that most of these theatres are among the best in Europe.
The plays can vary from classical drama till Avant Garde.
The Volkstheater is an old theatre, but mostly they are playing modern performances, but now and then they are also programming a classical play and even sometimes a light opera.
I continued my journey along the Burggasse.
There is a tenement house quite near Stephansdom where Mozart used to live during his residence in Vienna . He wrote "Le noze de Figaro" at this house.
As today there is the 250th Anniversary of Mozart's Birthday (he was born on 27th January, 1756) I thought I would add this part.
Vienna (although Mozart was born in Salzburg) is often called as Mozart City. You can get a lot of stuffs connected with him from the chockolates called Mozart-Kugeln till the mugs with the design of his face and other ones.
The city is full of history, visiting the emperiors' palaces you can follow Mozart's ...
The Anker Clock is a piece of Art Nouveau in the centre of the city. You will find it on Hoher Markt.
It is a clock from 1914 year projected by Franz Matsch. It was on the building which owner was an Insurance Firm called Der Anker. There are figurines which you can see at each hour and at noon listening to the music you can see all figurines, their parade.
The two fountains on each side of the opera house were created by Josef Gasser (1817-1868).
They represent two worlds: music, dance and joy on the left, and the siren Lorelei supported by sorrow, love, and vengeance on the right.
Indeed they are! For this tip isn't so much 'off the beaten path' as 'totally above it'. In a city like Vienna where you are overwhelmed by the beauty of so many of the buildings, it's obvious that during the course of your sightseeing you're bound to be miss something...and I don't mean the final sitting for breakfast or the last tram home! There's nothing wrong in missing out some of the sights. After all it's nice not to rush your visit and turn it into a mad race to complete a touristy checklist...and it's always good to leave something special to look forward to on return trips. So I have plenty of museums and palaces that I have yet to prance around and, yes, one day I really will take a spin in a fiaker. However, it's amazing how much you miss even in the places you have visited. My advice is this...
1. Remove your solartopi or similarly wide-brimmed headgear.
2. Tilt head upwards approximately 10-20 degrees.
3. Examine your surroundings ABOVE street level.
...and there you have it! Twice the fun at no extra charge!!
This is another example of the nice things while walking around in this city, you just discovering interesting things, like this one, according to the text in the wall of this building Beethoven was here… long time ago.
One of the greatest things to do here and that I enjoyed the most in Vienna is to walk around the narrow streets of the city and discover nice buildings, churches, galleries, small coffee shops and what ever have history on it.
The Millenium Tower is part of a shopping and office complex on the western side of Vienna, adjacent to the Danube. The architecture and design is reminiscent of similar mixed-use projects in the United States - anyone nostalgic for Atlanta or Dallas should pay a visit here. The shopping mall attached to the Millenium project is actually quite useful - there are times when a good shopping mall can be just the thing that you need.
This building is at 42 Linke Weilzeile, immediately next door to Otto Wagner's "Majolicahaus." It gives an idea of what Wagner and his Jugenstil contemporaries were rebelling against. Hyper-elaborate mouldings, human figure statuary, a pleuthora of fussy detailing. . . This is in many ways the typical 19th century Vienna Apartment Block.
If you are a student or just fascinated by architecture, then Vienna is a great place to see many different styles. The Roman influence can be found on Hoher Markt, Baroque is found in many palaces and the Belvedere, Biedermeier can be seen in examples such as the Dreimäderlhaus, Art Nouveau is dotted all over the city such as the Sezession and finally more modern architecture can be seen at the Hundertwasserhaus or Haas Haus.
roland rainer is against skyscrapers because they don't fit human nature. he has developped the concept of *concentrated flat construction* the settlement tamariskengasse at the periphery of vienna is an example of the famous viennese tradition of the *gemeindebau* he wanted to satisfy the special austrian greed for one family houses. it is situated tamariskengasse 102, you can go there with U1.
Also in this quarter you will find this piece of 'ART' in the underground toilets I don't know what you would call it as it is made up of a stack of toilet pans with a flowing waterfall.??!! [or is it somebody taking the P***.] there is more of this artwork in the toilets themselves but this time round I did not have the time to spend and check it out for my self
Neptune with his trident overlooks cascades flowing into a large pool.
Modern Vienna has its fair share of architectural atrocities. Take this "Cineplex" structure near the UNO Center - Please! It's about as soul-less and despairing as a building could possibly be.
Corporate architecture is corporate architecture, whether it be in Austria, Australia, or Atlanta. This "Unisys" skyscraper reminds me a bit of the famous "Lipstick" building in New York City.