Karlsplatz, Vienna

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    Tilgners fountain
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    The pond @ Ressel Park
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    Good reflections of Karlskirche
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    Karlsplatz - Architectural controversy!

    by breughel Updated Jan 29, 2015

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    Coming out of the Karlsplatz important underground station (3 lines U1, U2 & U4) we first saw the Subway Pavilions built by Otto Wagner in 1898. He was an architect who worked for the Vienna Stadtbahn (the metropolitan railway network). The two Pavilions in Art Nouveau - Jugendstil were disassembled, renovated, and then reassembled in the 1980s. One is now used as an exhibition space by the Vienna Museum; the other is used as a café.

    Walking through the garden we discovered behind a nice basin with fountain the Karlskirche and then we were surprised!
    We had read a French critic describing the church as a "huge pastry monstrously Kitsch"!
    My usual French dictionary "Le Petit Robert" defines "kitsch" by extension as "baroque bad taste and provocative." We thought therefore that this French negative critic was inspired by some chauvinism as the Karlskirche is considered as THE famous baroque church of Vienna!

    My wife and I don't consider our taste to be "the good taste" so that we will limit our comment to the fact that this church combines, for us in a surprising way, two Trajan columns with at the top a minaret structure, an antic Greek temple and a baroque church behind.
    We did not get in as we feared that the inside might be like the outside.
    There are indeed much nicer baroque churches on the Old Continent. Have you seen the Baroque churches in Rome?

    At the Karlsplatz, left of the church, stands also one of the Vienna Museums with a collection of Arts and History.

    Very much baroque ! Subway Pavilion by Otto Wagner.
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    TILGNERS FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written May 13, 2014

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    An attractive fountain in Ressel Park is known as Tilgners Fountain.
    It was erected in 1902, and has bronze sculptures of a winged cherub and a large fish above another cherub who seems to have fallen. A goose spits water from the back into a clover-leaf marble basin where some frogs are sitting on the basin edge.
    In May, the fountain wasn't working which was a shame, as I think it would be quite attractive!

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    RESSEL PARK

    by balhannah Updated May 12, 2014

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    The eastern half of the Karlsplatz is actually known as Resselpark, a leafy park dotted with statues of famous Austrians. It is divided by three large elliptical green areas, there are playgrounds, park benches, a park pub which has operated since 1873, and a cafe in the Otto Wagner station. The second station building has become a museum.

    Quite a few people were sitting in the area of the pond. From here, they were in view of the beautiful Karlskirche. A good place to take photos of the Church and to get a good reflection in the pond, that's if the Ducks aren't making ripples on the water!
    It was here I saw a lady taking her dog for a walk, one that has no hair so she had it dressed in a dog jacket.

    Good reflections of Karlskirche Playground The pond @ Ressel Park Walkies!
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    KARLSPLATZ

    by balhannah Updated May 12, 2014

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    We caught the train back into Vienna central and arrived at the large Karlsplatz underground station. The Karlsplatz is a huge square and one of Vienna's largest. Unfortunately, traffic is heavy and the area has some "not desirables" hanging around, so don't loiter, just head to what you wish to see, this is what we did. It's a pity, as the gardens were lovely and full of flowering Tulips.

    Evidently the Naschmarkt is located one end of the square, a popular market that I missed!
    There are many beaultiful buildings surrounding the square, some are Museums which you can visit.

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    "HILLS ARCHES" BY HENRY MOORE

    by balhannah Written May 11, 2014

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    WHO IS HENRY MOORE?

    He was an English sculptor and artist, best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. He was a very wealthy man who made a lot of money from these art forms. Instead of spending it on himself, he lived frugally and put most of the money he earned into the Henry Moore Foundation, which supports education and promotion of the arts.

    His sculptures are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child, reclining figures and family groups. His works were usually suggestive of the female body, are generally pierced or contain hollow spaces. Many interpreters liken the undulating form of his reclining figures to the landscape and hills of his birthplace, Yorkshire.

    You can see his work of art, "HILLS ARCHES" in the centre of the pool in-front of Karlskirche. It was presented to the City of Vienna by artist himself in 1978. Walk around and view it from different angles and see what you think!

    This sculpture can be found in many world cities.

    Hills Arches HIlls Arches
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    JOSEF RESSEL MONUMENT

    by balhannah Written May 10, 2014

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    The Monument of Josef Ressel, a Czech-Austrian forester and inventor, is located at Resselpark at the southern end of Karlsplatz, in front of Vienna University of Technology.
    The 3 meters high bronze statue on a marble pedestal, was unveiled on January 18,1863.
    Josef Ressel was an inventor and a writer, but became famous as the inventor of the ship propeller. Unfortunately, his invention was not recognised before he died. He died in 1857 in Ljubljana, where he is buried.

    Josef Ressel
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    Otto Wagner's Karslplatz Pavillions

    by Jefie Updated Jan 2, 2013

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    Extending in front of Karlskirche, Karlsplatz is home to a lovely little park surrounded by some true architectural gems. On top of the remarkable Baroque church, walking around Karlsplatz will allow you to see the Musikverein, completed in 1869 and home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Künstlerhaus, built in 1868 for the Vienna Artists' Society. But the most interesting ones in my opinion are the Karlsplatz pavilions designed by Otto Wagner in 1898 for the former Karlsplatz underground railway station. Working with a theme of gold and green, Wagner used a sunflower motif to decorate the two Art Nouveau buildings that stand facing each other. When the station was closed in the late 1960s, a lot of pressure was put on the city to preserve the two pavilions. One was eventually transformed into a cafe while the other is used as exhibition space by the Wien Museum.

    Otto Wagner's Karlsplatz Pavillions View of the K��nstlerhaus across Karlsplatz
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    Karlskirche

    by Rupanworld Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Karlskirche is the famous baroque church of Vienna. It is the largest Baroque cathedral to the north of the Alps and was designed by the architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and the frescos were done by Michael Rottmayr and the paintings came from Italian Baroque painters Sebastiano Ricci and Giuseppe Antonio Pellegrini and the Austrian painter Daniel Gran. The Church is close to the Belvedere palace and the Karlsplatz metro station and is situated amidst a peaceful and beautiful garden. It is open Mondays through Fridays from 09.00-12.30 and 13.00-18.00 and on Sundays and holidays from 12.00-17.45.

    beautiful tulips near the church

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    Otto-Wagner-Pavillions Karlsplatz

    by gubbi1 Written Jun 21, 2010

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    At the Karlsplatz you should have a look at the two pavillions, designed by Otto Wagner. They are beautiful Jugenstil examples and the entrances to the city train.
    In the first of the two Pavillions you will find a small museum on the street level. In the second Pavillion a nice cafe has taken its space.

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    Beautiful church

    by ruki Written Sep 4, 2009

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    The church is situated at one of Vienna's central nodes, called 'Karlsplatz'. The building of Karlskirche was started in 1715 following plans of one of the most famous Austrian Baroque architects, Johann Fischer von Erlach. The church is spectacular. It is the biggest cathedral in Baroque style north of the Alps.

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    Karlsplatz Pavilions

    by Andrew_W_K Written May 23, 2009

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    If you are remotely interested in art and architecture then you should check out the twin U-Bahn station entrances at Karlsplatz. Designed by secessionist architect Otto Wagner they are more reminiscent of Parisien art nouveau than anything you would expect to find in Vienna. Erected in 1898 they no longer serve as station entrances but have been retained for their charm and elegance.

    One of the Karlsplatz Pavilions
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    Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Pavilion

    by Rupanworld Written Nov 3, 2008

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    Karlsplatz was the city tram stop, designed by Otto Wagner, and build in the 1890s. It was a part of the infrastructure for Vienna's first public transport system. It is located near the Karlskirche, close to the park. Otto Wagner was one of the most famous architect in Vienna and this pavilion is one of his most famous designs. Originally built as tram stations, now they have been converted into metro stations and inside, there are also cafes and shops.

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    Karlsplatz

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 7, 2008

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    Karlsplatz was laid out above the river Wien between 1894 and 1900.It is now a tram and underground railway junction. Karlsplatz is a wide-open square that is actually a small park. The fountain is in front of the Karlskirche is quite beautiful.

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    Karlsplatz Stadtbahn

    by leffe3 Updated Nov 12, 2007

    A superb example of the Jugendstil style (Art Nouveau), the two stadtbahn stations found in Karlsplatz were designed by Otto Wagner and Joseph Maria Olbrich (he of The Secession fame). They opened in 1899 as Akademiestrasse. But the change from stadtbahn to U-bahn in 1981 resulted in their closure as train stations. But they were saved from demolition and now one is a cafe and the second (pictured) is the Otto Wagner Pavilion, now part of the Wien Museum Karlsplatz.

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    Karlsplatz & Charles Church

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 21, 2007

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    Karlsplatz is a nice park with some nice architecture surrounding it. Also make sure you check out the entrances to the underground station here in the park. They are unusual and the most attractive in the city.

    Dominating Karlsplatz is the gorgeous Charles Church. I could not look around when I visited but I've heard it is very nice inside. The exterior is stunning and there are some interesting reliefs on the pillars depicting various scenes.

    Charles Church

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