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    THE NEUER MARKT

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2014

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    The area where I am in at the moment is known as the Neuer Markt or New Market, previously in medieval times where the Flour & Grain market was held. It's one of the oldest places of Vienna as it was first mentioned under the name of “Novum Forum” in 1234. The buildings around this place have the character of prestigious middle-class houses.

    Once again, it isn't a square, more an irregular rectangular shape. In the middle of the square stands the Donnerbrunnen. This square has a mixture of old and new buildings because it was heavily damaged during WWII.
    The most famous building on the Neuer Markt is the Capuchin Church, which underneath is a crypt - the resting place of the Habsburgs .
    One of the nicest buildings is Pension Neuermarkt. Another looked more modern and had modern

    People were in this market square with stalls selling pottery and sketches of beautiful Vienna.

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    THE LIEBENBERG MONUMENT

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2014

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    After viewing the Main University entrance, I headed across the University ring road to a Monument I had noticed. It was the Liebenberg Monument, named after Andreas von Liebenberg, Mayor of Vienna between 1627 - 1683. The Monument was unveiled in 1890,

    In 1883, at the New Town Hall, planning had begun for two monuments to be built in memory of the victories over the Turks. One was built in the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the other here before what is left of the ancient Mölkerbastei [Bastion] The site was chosen as this was where the strongest attacks on the city occurred.
    As mayor, Andreas von Liebenberg prepared the defence against the Turks and personally supervised the entrenchments and organized the military.

    The Monument has a 9-meter high obelisk crowned by the gilded winged goddess of victory holding a laurel wreath in her hand. At the front of the Monument is a lion, his paw resting on a shield of the Turks. The medallion is a golden bust of the mayor framed by a laurel wreath and held by two kneeling angels.

    On the rear of the Monument is the Vienna coat of arms and the inscription:
    "His in extreme distress by courage and endurance ahead glowing supreme head. - A grateful Vienna."

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    TREES AND A TABLE IN SIGMUND FREUD PARK

    by balhannah Written May 23, 2014

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    Your probably thinking, what is this heading all about!

    It's about something interesting I found in Sigmund Freud park just in front of the Votivkirche.

    Located in the middle of the park, is a circle of trees planted to mark the 40th anniversary of the European Union. These happen to be related to the granite table with ten granite seats that I found in the park. The seats at the table represent the addition of 10 further countries to the EU.
    The trees each country represents are
    Austria - lime tree
    Belgium – Paper tree
    Denmark – american red oak
    Finland - Silver Birch
    France – illusory acacia
    Germany – oak
    Greece – Crab apple
    Ireland – ash
    Italy – ash
    Luxembourg – oak,
    Portugal – oak
    Spain – nut tree
    Sweden – Eberesche
    Netherlands – Birch
    United kingdom – red beech.

    The table The trees
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    RATHAUSSTRASSE ARCHITECTURE

    by balhannah Updated May 21, 2014

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    The next building on the Rathausstrasse I came to, also had the long colonnade and the vaulted ceiling continuing for the whole length of the building. This was slightly different to where we sat and enjoyed our coffee.
    Plainer, with decorative pillars and shape of the a flower in the middle of the vaulted ceiling.
    What was different and special with this building, were the first floor wrought iron balconies that jutted out into the colonnade.
    A walk along took me to a Café with outdoor seating - rugs supplied, a Florist and past many old dark brown doors.
    I could have spent quite a bit of time exploring the interesting old buildings in this area.

    Along Rauthasstrasse Florist shop Balconies Vaulted ceiling Balconies
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    HISTORIC BUILDINGS ALONG RATHAUSSTRASSE

    by balhannah Updated May 21, 2014

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    I had just seen the new Rathaus and was very impressed. Time to move further along the Rathausstrasse which is only a one-way traffic street. The buildings along here are mainly built in the historicist style from the 1880s.
    I crossed over Felderstrasse and under an archway of a very old building to find a beautiful colonnade the whole length of the building - how nice it was!
    The whole length was a barrel vaulted ceiling painted in what I believe to be grotesque style. Tendrils flowed around plant forms, I could see vases, cherubs and unusual faces.
    The colours were lovely and adding to the charm were old lanterns hanging from above.
    I had a peek through one of the open doors and found a beautifully painted ceiling in the hallway.

    This was one of my excellent, unexpected "finds!"

    Beautiful Gorgeous colonnades cherubs Lamp Interior
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    CAFES ON RATHAUSSTRASSE

    by balhannah Written May 21, 2014

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    The Rathausstrasse is a quiet street, as most of the buildings are used by the University of Vienna or as offices and apartments. It's a one-way street, so traffic wise, is quiet too!

    If your looking for shops, then don't come here as there are hardly any.

    What we did find, were several Cafes which seemed to have following of clientele.
    We chose Café Einstein for our morning break. We could sit inside in the lovely old building or outside under the beautiful arches where the sun flowed through and onto our table. On a coolish Vienna morning, it was decided outside in the sun would be nice! It was, I loved having my coffee here surrounded by interesting old buildings, plus it gave me extra time to take in the painted ceiling.
    Service was good, coffee was good!
    A great start to another day of walking Vienna.

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    MONUMENT OF THE REPUBLIC

    by balhannah Written May 20, 2014

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    As I was heading to Parliament House, I stopped for a moment to read about the "monument of the republic."
    This monument commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Austria on 12 November 1918 . .

    The monument consists of three busts of Social Democrats - Jakob Reumann , Victor Adler and Ferdinand Hanuschplatz, each resting on a pedestal.

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    MONUMENT AGAINST WAR & FASCISM

    by balhannah Written May 20, 2014

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    Still continuing along Operngasse for a short distance, I came across more monuments where quite a few students were crowded around. Obviously, their teacher was telling them about the four individual statues known as "The Monument Against War and Fascism."

    The city of Vienna marked the 50th anniversary of Austria's Nazi takeover, by unveiling this monument. The surviving Jewish community hoped it would act as a permanent warning against hatred and injustice, this hasn't happened!

    The monument features a sculpture of a Viennese Jew forced to kneel and scrub the streets after Austria was annexed by Hitler's Germany in 1938. Scenes like this were common place following the annexation and before the Jews {approx. 60,000} were the deported to the gas chambers.

    The split white monument, "The Gates of Violence," remembers victims of all wars and violence, including the 1938 - 1945 Nazi rule of Austria.
    Standing in front of the monument, I am at the gates of a concentration camp. What surrounds me are wartime images that include clubs and WWI gas masks, a dying woman birthing a future soldier, and chained slave laborers sitting on a pedestal of granite cut from the infamous quarry at Mauthausen Concentration Camp.
    On a separate monument, a Jew is hunched over as he is forced to wash anti-Nazi graffiti off a street with a toothbrush. Another statue, is a head buried in the stone (Orpheus entering the underworld) . Behind that, the 1945 declaration of Austria's second republic with human rights is cut into the stone.

    The monument stands on the spot where several hundred people were buried alive when the cellar they were hiding in was demolished in a WWII bombing attack.

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    ALBRECHT FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written May 19, 2014

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    Just a few steps away from the State Opera House and still on Operngasse, I came across a really lovely fountain that is known as either Albrecht Fountain or Danubius Fountain.

    The Albrecht Fountain was built between 1864 - 1869, when it was unveiled. During bombing in WWII, the fountain was heavily damaged. Later, it was repaired, but not to its original form.

    The allegories are made from white Carrara marble and the fountain basin from granite.
    Stand in-front of this fountain and see how the sculptor has managed to create excellent facial expressions. On either side of the fountain and in wall niches are more statues.

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    MARK ANTHONY SCULPTURE

    by balhannah Written May 13, 2014

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    Next to the Secession building is a bronze sculpture I liked.
    This massive sculpture of an over-weight Roman Emperor, Mark Anthony, sitting in his Chariot which is being pulled by a male and female Lion. The third Lion is seen to be purring and has its head against the Chariot.
    It was made by Arthur Strasser in 1898 and sits on a large concrete base, about 4 metres in the air.

    When I took a closer look at the Chariot, I found detailed reliefs surrounding the whole Chariot from top to bottom.
    I could make out Wagons being pulled by Ox's, Chariots with soldiers, perhaps farm life and much more.

    Well worth stopping and having a look at!

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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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    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.

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    Ringstrasse toour - Volksgarten

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 1, 2013

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    I rarely reluctant visit parks when exploring the cities, it is because of an unpleasant experience in my youth. Besides, various freaks could hang in the parks and meeting them and their life stories isn't my cup of tea. I dabbled in Volksgarten for a short break, it was hot day and strolling around wasn't an easy task.
    Volksgarten is integrated into the complex of Hofburg, built on the site where used to be the old bastion, destroyed by Napoleonic troops in 1809. The park, laid out in 1821, was first intended for Habsburg Dukes but was later open to the public.
    I personally prefer parks that resemble the natural reserves, hence the English type of parks. French type of park, as Volksgarten is, has strict and default forms that, in some way, could hinder the visitor.

    Volksgarten Monument of Grillparzer and Volksgartenbrunnen

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    Ringstrasse tour - Neue Hofburg

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    The last expansion of Horburg was in 1860, after the demolition of the city walls. An Imperial Forum (Kaiserforum) was planned with a two winged structure reaching beyond the Ringstrasse. The project was led by Gottfried Semper and later by Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer. The museums at Maria Theresian Platz were completed in 1891, but construction of the rest of the forum dragged on slowly and conflicted since no real fumction could be found for such enormous construction project.
    In 1913 the Neue Burg was completed, however, the Imperial Forum was never finished. In its place, Heroes Square (Heidenplatz) and Maria Therese Square were laid. The Neue Burg today houses a number of museums, such as Ephesus Museum, Arms and Armor Collection, The Museum of Ethnology etc.
    In 1938, from the balcony of the Neue Burg, Adolf Hitler proclaimed the "Anschluss" of Austria into the Deutches Reich (the Third Reich).

    entrance gate to Neue Burg Neue Burg Neue Burg the statue of Archduke Charles the statue of Prince Eugen of Savoy

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    Austrian flag

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 29, 2013

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    Austrian flag has three equal horizontal bands of red, white and red, and it is the second oldest flag in use at least since 1230, after the Danish flag (which has been in use since 1219).
    The flag traces back to the coat of arms of the medieval Babenberg dynasty, rulers of Austria from 976 to 1246. The Babenberg margrave Leopold III of Austria (1095-1136) was depicted with the triband shield in 1105. The last from the Babenberg dynasty, Frederick II of Austria (1230-1246), nicknamed the "Quarrelsome" (or Warlike), designed a new coat of arms in red-white-red. The triband is first documented in a seal of a deed issued on 30 November 1230, confirming the privileges of Lilienfeld Abbey (Cistercian monastery south of Sankt Poelten).
    The civil flag of Austria has red-white-red bands, while the state and war flag, same as naval ensign is with the coat of arms surmounted.

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