Knights of the Red Cross with the Red Star, or Military Order of the Crusaders of the Red Star is a religious order originating from Bohemia, devoted mainly to offering medical care. The order trace its origins to 1233 in a fraternity of Franciscan tertiaries attached to a hospital in Prague. The Order was established by St. Agnes of Bohemia, making it the only male religious order founded by a woman.
This beautiful palace, situated in Kreuzerherrengasse 1, (right behind St. Charles Boromeo church) is the provincial seat of the Order.Add to your Trip Planner
The "Monument Against War and Fascism"
This monument, called "Monument Against War and Fascism", is intended as a memorial to all victims of WW II, but especially to those who were killed by the Nazi regime. There is a very obvious reason that this memorial commemorates all the victims of war, primarily because of the position where has been set. Namely, in this same place at Albertineplatz stood Philipphof house which was destroyed during air raid in 1945 and more than 300 people were buried alive in the ruins.
The monument is work of the Austrian sculptor Alfred Hrdlicka (1928-2009) created in 1991. The sculptor used separate granite elements from Mauthausen, arranging them on the square. The first two elements are called "The Gates of Violence", symbolizing the entrance into Mauthausen concentration camp in the Upper Austria. Mauthausen is the commonly name for the concentration camp which was built around the villages Mauthausen and Gusen.Add to your Trip Planner
Not far from Schwedenplatz and next to the Danube-canal you will find this unique building in a kind of late Art Nouveau-style: The Urania ! From its beginnings in 1910 the Urania always was used as a so-called "Volksbildungshaus", that is a place, where people of all ages and all levels of education will be able to learn something new, watch movies about distant parts of the world, about expeditions etc.
Nowadays it is an excellent cinema, a cafe with a great terrace facing the Donaukanal and lots of halls that are rented for speaches and meetings etc.
and from the beginning there was a planetarium as well !Related to:
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When thinking of Vienna, the image of beauty, sophistication and Art comes to mind. There seems to be something in the air in this city that creates and attracts the best of the best in creative and artistic realms.
This is a proven fact throughout it's history. On a more modern level I saw evidence that this "creative air" survives. One of my favorite sights in Vienna, was a larger than life mural on a wall in the Vienna U-Bahn. Actually, it was a huge advertisement to visit Moscow!
I regret not having taken a picture of it, I will try to describe it to you.
The scene was Red Square. In the middle of Red Square stood a bigger than life sized limousine with a liveried driver, holding the door open for a beautiful woman. She was dripping in diamonds, elegantly robed in a long fur coat and wearing one of those Russian fur hats—both of Sable! The caption, in English: "Visit Moscow!"
This ad was obviously directed towards tourists with deep pockets, rather than the common traveler. It made me smile, a Communist country with a Capitalistic advertisement.Related to:
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Out into Nature - an excursion into the Lobau!
The "Lobau" is a national park in the 22nd district of Vienna (same district as UN building and Danube-tower). The word "Lobau" means water-forest, and when you see the many lakes, rivers, and waters within the Lobau you'll agree that it is appropriate.
A little history
Until the regulation of the Danube in the 19th century, the river would flood large parts of the surrounding land. From this developed many little side-rivers, lakes, and moorlands. After the Danube regulation and the construction of several dams, the Lobau became a popular weekend-escape for the Viennese. In 1996 the area was officially declared a national park, and a protected area. It is home to a multitude of wildlife, including many endangered species.
What to do?
TAKE A HIKE - it's absolutely beautiful. Or go on a bike-ride, have a picnic, go for a swim (some of the lakes are ok), visit the Lobau-Museum, chase butterflies, go bird-watching,... there are a million things to do.Related to:
- National/State Park
Baden bei Wien
This is a very nice little town, about 20 km away from Vienna. You don`t need a car to get there. The "Badner Bahn" (a train) departs from the Opera house. There are other trains departing from Suedbahnhof (which may be a little faster) as well. It`s great for an excursion to escape Vienna. They have a nice centre with a lot of buildings of Biedermeier and Jugendstil period, very nice to stroll around there on a Sunday afternoon. Once arrived in Baden, you will soon notice a strange smell- this is because of the sulphur springs. There is a thermal spa in the centre of Baden, where you could relax; they have a finnish and a bio sauna, steam baths, a jacuzzi, 2 outdoor basins with thermal water (very nice to be there in winter when it is snowing), a big indoor basin and even a gym. The entrance fee starts at about EUR 10 for 2 hours. If you`re a gambler, in Baden there is Austria`s oldest Casino. An alternative for the evening would be going to a "Heurigen" in Sooss or Gumpoldkirchen, close to Baden.Add to your Trip Planner
Look at the death!
Enjoy the Wiener Zentralfriedhof or Cry the Wiener Zentralfriedhof! This is the main place for dead people of Vienna. Go there and look around, see the famous people like the presidents of Austria, artists and the rich people of the 18th century, the jewish graves, the graves of the russian soldiers, the graves of the normal people..
Take an afternoon and look around and be curious and enjoy the energy there!
Requiescat in pacem!Related to:
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Heldendenkmal der Roten Armee/Soviet War Memorial
This monument was erected in 1.945 It was built in 1945 to commemorate the 17.000 Soviet soldiers that died in the course of the "Battle for Vienna".
Metro: Karlsplatz (line: U1, U2 and U4).Add to your Trip Planner
Maria am Gestade/St. Mary on the Strand
I was hanging aroun Vienna and I happened to find this very interesting church.
The church was mentioned in documents from 1.158. The present building was built between 1.394 and 1.414 in gothic style, and it is said that there was a wooden church there in the 9th century, which served as a place of worship for fishermen and sailors.
Where: Salvatorgasse, 12Add to your Trip Planner
Forst of all, I'd like to say that many times we have (at least I do) problems deciding about where to post a tip: Things to do, off the beaten path, local customs...
Well, in this case, I think this church is not too well known. When I visited it, I was almost alone, maybe two more people or so, and I want to point out that this church, at least from my point of view, is a must in Vienna a good traveller, as I think all of us are, must not miss.
The church plans were established in an architectural competition in April of1.854. Neo-Gothic style.
Where: Roodeveltplatz, 8
From the City Hall, leaving it on your left, walk along Reichsratstrasse for no more than 5 minutes, and there it is.Add to your Trip Planner
Otto Wagner built some pavilions (now, there are jut two), for the Stadtbahn, a rail service running underground in some sections, as an elevated system in others, around 1900.
One of them is used as entrance for the metro as well as for temporary exhibitions while the other one houses a cafeteria.
Karlsplatz, in front of the church of St. Charles/Karlskirche.
Metro: Karlsplatz (lines U1, U2 and U4).Add to your Trip Planner
Let me offer you some excerpt taken from the net to explain to you the History of both, the building and the movement behind the Secession:
"The Vienna Secession was founded on 3 April 1.897 by a number of artists who broke their ties with Künstlerhaus, the association and gallery of Vienna's art establishment which they considered intolerably conservative, seceded and formed a new art association with the name of Secession and the motto, "To the Age, its Art. To Art, its Freedom."
Some exhibitions take place here.
Metro: Karlsplatz (U1, U3 and U4).Add to your Trip Planner
The Pestsaule - Plague Column
The Pestsaule - Plague Column
It is located on Graven street in the inner city and it is one of the most well known pieces of sculpture in the Vienna. This statue is a memorial for all people that died from Plague that hit in 1679 killing between 75000 and 150000 residents. The Pestaule is a tower of clouds, saints, angels and Habsburgs.Related to:
Monument - Johann Strauss
One of the most known and most frequently photographed monuments in Vienna is Johann Strauss. It is beautiful gilded bronze monument with lot of flowers. It was unveiled to public on 1921 and is framed by a marble relief made by Edmund Hellmer.Related to:
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Highway to heaven
On our way to Hallstatt, We passed by a small town called, Gmunden. There we witness our first in many of the beautiful, wonderful, mesmerizing lakes in Austria. We used to think that there were only castles, churches and old building in Austria thus our late visit to Austria, But after witnessing so many beautiful lakes, We were wrong. It takes approx. 2hrs30mins to reach Gmunden from Vienna.
1)Head southeast on Stephanspl. toward Rotenturmstr 2)Turn left at Rotenturmstr. 3)Turn right at Wollzeile 4)Slight right at Dr. Karl Lueger Pl. 5)Turn right at Parkring 6)Turn left at Johannesg. 7)Turn right at B1/Lothringerstr. Continue to follow B1 8)Continue on A1 (signs for Pressbaum/St.Pölten/Linz/A1) Toll road 9)Take exit 216-Steyrermühl toward B144/Gmundener-Bundesstraße 10)Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Gmunden/Laakirchen/Steyrermühl/Ohlsdorf/B144 11)Turn left at B144/Gmundener-Bundesstraße, go through 1 roundabout 12)At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto B120/Georgstr. Continue to follow B120 and you'll arrive at Gmunden.Related to:
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