Visit the Holy Lance in the Hofburg museum....it is the lance used by Longinius to spear Jesus on the cross...and which is considered to be a relict of great power - one of Hitler`s reason to enter and attach Austria. Just try the not so overcrowded part of the musem- the lance lies in a quiet and distant part of it, close to the exit
The Third Man Private Collection is a small private museum in the 4th district, only open on Saturday afternoons - unless you book as a group - and is dedicated to The Third Man and post-war occupied Vienna. Tickets cost EUR 6 for adults and EUR 4 for concessions. There is a wide range of photographic material. One of the latest additions to the collection is the photo collection of Anton Karas, which alone must make this worth a visit.
Pressgasse 25, 1040 Wien
We discovered the existence of the fairly new torture museum (Foltermuseum) by chance as it was not yet in our travel guides. You will find it in the Esterházy park which is a bit South of the Mariahilferstreet right at the Maria Hilf Church. The entrance to the museum is at a few stairs that go into the ground. As mentioned in the heading, the museum is in a former air-raid shelter which in itself gives a somewhat uncomfortable atmosphere. One of the rooms actually tries to give you an impression of the atmosphere in the shelter as when you go in there, you will here the sirens and bombs. There is also some text information about air-raid shelters in general. It made me very happy to be born in 1974. The museum itself consists of several rooms, each depicting one or two forms of torture, after a general introduction of the history of torture. If you have seen other torture museums, you won't learn much new, but the presentation is well done, the scenes are recreated with life-size dolls and backgrounds as well as some sounds (for example: at the scene where a witch is burned, you can hear the crackling of the flames). At the end of the exhibition, you can watch a movie from Amnesty International about the torture that still goes on in many countries. The museum manages to keep the balance between informing and "entertaining".
In a cosy old house with a delightful courtyard you will find Vienna's museum of crime, where Vienna's history of crime comes alive. The museum takes you on a journey through the last centuries, starting in the Middle ages. The museum's rooms are small and dark, the explanations are only in German (though if I remember correctly, they have a booklet with English explanations). You will learn general things like the organization of police in the Middle ages as well as the punishments used through the centuries and there are also several famous cases that illustrate the general information. On your journey through the museum you will meet plenty of Vienna murderers and victims, the cases are explained neatly and interestingly. However, there are not only pictures, old papers and explanations to see here. On one occasion, I was in one of the rooms, reading about a case, then I turned around and faced the mummified head of a man who had been executed more than 200 years ago. There are also vivid photos and reconstructions, but they are presented not in a spectacular way, but rather to illustrate the development of forensic medicine and detective work. It is definitely a museum worth visiting, the only thing I noticed and didn't like so much was that after the 1930s-room, the explanations are less informative and detailed, so present crime is a bit neglected here.
The Narrenturm is Vienna's former asylum for mentally ill people, and today it houses an exhibit of all kinds of illnesses - with rather graphic items. - The opening hours are restricted so plan ahead. When we went there, we arrived about 15 minutes before closing time and they do ask everybody to leave exactly at closing time. - The building is set in the area of Vienna's General hospital, quite nicely in a park-like garden. It is a rather large tower with a somewhat sinister atmosphere. Inside, the exhibition is set in the former cells and you go around in a circle from room to room. Plenty of boards inform (only in German, if I remember correctly) about the courses and treatments of various illness (examples: tuberculosis, many STDs, effects of alcoholism, disfigurement of babies) and for illustration you have models, pictures as well as real body parts, some dating back to the 1870s. There are also skeletons and illustrations. You can see how different body parts are affected by illnesses, in the case of tuberculosis there are several affected conserved lungs. Some of the material might be a bit much for those who are more sensitive, but the museum is extremely informative for anyone who is interested in the hisotry of medicine and/or the background of many illnesses. In my opinion the museum manages to inform (very graphically) without slipping into a tasteless display of gruesome entertainment.
The Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea) is the place to see a variety of fish, sealife and reptiles. There is also a tropical house built on the side with monkeys and birds. It is located in the Flakturm (huge concrete tower) in the Esterhazypark close to Mariahilferstrasse and is open daily from 10-18. To get there take 13A ,14A or 57a buses or the U3. Entrance fees: adults 8.5 kids 4 student discount.
You can stroke snakes on Wednesdays at 14:00 and watch shark and piranhas being fed on Mondays and Sundays at 15:00. Watch the reptiles being fed on Sundays at 10
This museum was opened in 1921 and is located on three floors in a former palace which was built around the end of the 17th Century. There are around 1200 clocks, pocket watches and watches ranging from the 15th to 20th centuries. Some of the clocks are delicately painted, some are astronomical with pictures of planets and stars, some are carved from wood, some are huge grandfather clocks. You can see the original clock work from the Stephansdom's clock (as in the photo) and also find the smallest pendulum clock in the world which is the size of a thimble.
In the first district, Schulhof 2, near Judenplatz, (walk from either Stephansplatz, U1/U3 Schottentor U2 or Herrengasse U3) Its open daily except Mondays from 9 till 16:30.
The Fine Arts Museum has a vast collection of Fine Arts, from Ancient Egypt works to Rubens, Rembrant, Titian and Raphael. The Natural history museum has a collection of meteorites, fossils, insects and skeletons of pre-historic animals.
Schmetterlings Haus (Butterfly house)
This is an old green house that was turned into a butterfly house.
See my Travel Log for the pictures.
The place is located at the back of the Burggarten park.
The famous villa by Otto Wagner from the 1880ies was redesigned by Ernst Fuchs in a very distinctive way. The villa itself is located on a slope in the Wiener Wald. You have to book in advance!
See my Travelogue for more pictures!
This square seperates the Kunsthistorisches Museum from the Natural History Museum and focuses around an 1888 statue of Maria Theresa by Kaspar von Zumbusch. It shows the Empress clasping the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, which made it possible for a woman to succeed to the throne.
Schloss Schönbrunn, This glorious imperial place lies to the west of Vienna.
you can visit Sigmund Freud house.He lived in this house at Berggasse 19 from 1891 to 1938.The apartment and the consulting room are on view.