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A Walk in Vienna

Out and about in Vienna

Highlights of a stroll in Vienna’s 3rd district? A look at Viennese architect Frederich Hundertwasser’s eccentric work. The metro station Landstrasse puts you in the neighbourhood. The Hundertwasser-Krawinahaus, a 52-unit apartment house which opened in 1986, is at Kegelgasse 36-38. Trees grow out of the facade, grass sprouts on the roof and rooms feature undulating floors, ‘a divine melody for the feet’ according to the architect. The interior can’t be visited but nearby you’ll find a museum and cafe also designed by Hundertwasser, where your own feet can experience the melody. (Careful!) Open year round, free admission. Then stop at nearby Kunsthaus Village, for a coffee and a souvenir. From here it’s a 10 minute walk to Kunsthaus Wien, a museum hosting a permanent exhibit of Hundertwasser’s work. www.hundertwasser-haus.info/en

 
After playing an important role in the life of Vienna for 800 years, the Jewish community was almost obliterated after Austria’s annexation by Hitler’s Germany. A one-kilometre walk in Vienna’s 1st district provides insights into this tragic history. Begin at Albertinaplatz with the Memorial against War and Fascism. Follow Dorotheerstrasse to the Jewish Museum in Palais Eskeles. Take a break in their cafe. Continue to Judenplatz for the poignant Holocaust memorial and to visit a branch of the Jewish museum which focusses on Jewish life in the Middle Ages. Note: both branches of the Museum are closed Friday afternoon, Saturday and high holidays (www.jmw.at)

A walk off-the-beaten-track, fine art, plus great shopping…that’s the Wiener Moderne – Beauty and the Abyss tour. Commissioned by the Vienna Tourist Board, it was inspired by the 100th Anniversary of the passing of four of Austria’s most important artists and designers – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser- all of whom died in 1918. In the course of a leisurely three- hour stroll you visit design boutiques with actual works by these men, or with works inspired by them, as well as shops that were around during their lifetime. Maximum number of participants is eight; private tours possible. For further information, visit ShoppingwithLucie.com.

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