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Ringstrasse-tram around the ring road
The Ringstraße (or Ringstrasse) is a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna, Austria and is one of its main sights. It is typical of the historical style called Ringstraßenstil (Ringstraße Style) of the 1860s to 1890s.
The tram lines 1 and 2 run all around the Ring (which is closed by the Kai along the Donaukanal) and you have the choice to go clockwise or anti clockwise and can watch views through the windows of the tram. Highly recommendable!
Ringstrasse tour - the story of two monuments
I sat in the shade sheltered part of the Neues Hofburg and enjoyed sipping cold water. Right in front of the place where I was sitting stopped by a group of Italian tourists led by a guide and I was able to hear an interesting story about two monuments that stand in the open space of Heldenplatz.
So, the work of making these two equestrian statues was entrusted to the famous German-Austrian sculptor Anton Dominik Fernkorn (1813-1878). The statue of Archduke Charles (who had defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Aspern in 1809) was made in 1859. The statue of Prince Eugen of Savoy (who had defeated Turks and French) was completed in 1865.
The 12,8 tonnes statue of the Archduke Charles is a masterpiece of static engineering! In this work Fernkorn skillfully executed a very difficult task of creating such a monumentally sized equestrian statue that successfully balance on the horse's rear hooves only.
The statue of Prince Eugen of Savoy, however, is less successful because, as it can be seen on the sculpture, horse tail leaning on the pedestal. By the time of its unveiling, Fernkorn's mental illness made it impossible for him to produce any more work.
Pallas Athena Statue
The Pallas Athena statue has recently been restored, as part of the restoration of the Parlament, its ramp and facade. It is a fine statue and looks even better now that it has been cleaned up and restored.
Ringstrasse tour - pronaos and pediment
The pronaos of the Parliament building is a copy of the Greek temples. First who was influenced by Greek and Roman architecture was great Italian architect Andrea Palladio and, as a matter of fact, most of his buildings have classical pronaos in the front facade. Von Hansen used double row of Corinthian pillars in pronaos, constructing it as an peristyle and making the entrance to the parliament extremelly representative.
On the top the pronaos was added the gable - pediment, decorated with symbols and allegories of the 17 provinces of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire.
the Urania observatory (Urania Sternwarte)
The first thing that caught my eye, when approaching the Urania, was its exceptional Jugenstil architecture and itswhite colour: very striking. Only later we discovered that it was also the home of the Observatory of Vienna, as well as a public educational institute.
It was built by the architect Max Fabiani in 1910 - and the name was chosen because Urania is the muse of Astronomy. Can you see the dome in the photo? That's where the observatory is.
One good moment to visit the Urania is during the Viennale film festival, since some movies are screened there. There's apparently also a puppet theatre, if it is to your liking.
the "Ring" - Viennese Boulevard
In the mid-19th century the "Ringstrasse" was built, encircling the Inner City of Vienna. Along the ring you find many major sights of Vienna, like the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), the Burgtheater, the Parliament, the City park, the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History, and the New Town Hall. The most interesting part of the "Ring" between the Hofburg and the New Town Hall is easily walkable.
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Ringstrasse - Ring Boulevard
Vienna Ring Boulevard is 4 kilometres long and circles the city centre. The construction of the Ring Boulevard was initiated by Emperor Franz Joseph I in December 1857.
The magnificent road was errected on the free space, which emerged after tearing down the former city walls, glacis and military enforcements protecting the city center, today's first district ('Innere Stadt'). By this the emperor hoped to overcome the separation of city center and the suburbs, which had officially become part of Vienna in 1850. Ring boulevard was generously planned, leaving sufficient space for a shaded avenue and monumental buildings like Hofburg, Austrian Parliament, State Opera House, Museum of Fine Arts, the first public observatory Urania and Vienna university among others.
Even though most buildings have been planned and build at pretty much the same time, their styles vary strongly. This mix of archiectural styles is often referred to as 'Ringstrassenstil' and takes its principles from Historicism. Various styles were copied to underline the function of the buildings: the Museum of Fine Arts and its counterpart the Museum of Natural History were built to resemble Italian Renaissance, so was the Vienna Opera House. Parliament echos Greek classicism as this was the epoch of the birth of democracy.
The Ring Boulevard was ceremonously inaugurated on 1st May in 1865 and is one of the biggest and most beautiful boulevards of its kind.
The Central Tower
The Central Tower is 98 m high.
A three-meter-high statue of Alexander Nehr crowns it.
This statue is very special to the residents of Vienna.
It’s an imitation of the statue of Emperor Maximilian I.
That statue is kept in Neue Hofburg.
Maximilian's statue has long been one of the symbols of Vienna.
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The most famous boulevard in Vienna, 6km, long, made up of wide tree-lined roads, which form a ring around the inner city. It was built in 1860-65, where the medieval fortifications were situated. It’s flanked by grandious public buildings and palaces, built between 1870 and 1880 and beautiful gardens. Its grandiosity, the sorrounding parks and gardens and its liveliness make it one of the most beautiful streets in the world.
Among the places overlooking the Ring is The seat of Austrian Parliament (in the pic): built in 1873-83 by Th. Hansen, who drew his inspiration from ancient Greek architecture.
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Ringstrassen Galerien is next to Karlsplatz. It is very nice shopping mall. I did not buy anything from here but all the prices were looking reasonable. Vienna is generally expensive but here you can get some quality stuff.
The place is most of the time full of tourists. come on and join your other fellows.
See the Republic Monument
The Republic Monument commemorates the founding of the Republic of Austria on 12 November 1918 after the fall of the Hapsburg monarchy. The monument consists of busts of the three Social Democrats -- Jakob Reumann , Viktor Adler and Ferdinand Hanusch -- who were important in the founding of the Republic. The monument is located outside of the Parlament on the Dr.-Karl-Renner-ring. The monument is easily accessible because there is a tram that travels along the ring.
Monument to the Fathers of the Republic......
The monument is quite striking and pays tribute to Victor Adler, Jakob Reumann and Ferdinand
Hanusch, all of whom played very important roles in the establishment of the Republic on November 12, 1918. You can read all of their individual stories online probably best on Wikipedia. These men were all for social reform and for improving the conditions of the workers.
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Vienna's Main Ring
Most of Vienna’s main attractions are located either along or within the Ringtrasse – a series of broad boulevards encircling the Innere Stadt (Vienna’s old city) to the south of the Danube Canal. Riding the trams along “the Ring” or walking along it is an excellent way to orient yourself with the city and to see many of its main attractions.
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Wiener Borse AG
Wiener Borse AG (the Stock Exchange) is one of the world's oldest exchanges, founded in 1771 during the reign of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, in order to provide a market for state issued bonds.
The crash of Vienna Stock Exchange in 1873 (so-called Grunderkrach) was part of worldwide downturn after which followed the Long Depression in most of the world and lasting for six years.
The monumental building of the Borse is located in the Ringstrasse.
My 1st Heurigen
"HEURIGEN" (or guingettes) is basically small taverns in Vienna's suburbs.
Heuriger signify the new vintage is ready.
Heuriger is white wine made from blending of grapes & served chilled in Heurigen. In addition, country dishes such as bacons, roast pork & local pastries are served.
Some of these heurigen are on the vineyards. So, it's quite an interesting experience to visit one.
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