Architectur in Vienna: yesterday & today

Vienna is different…
My tours are different too!

Enjoy with me Baroque … and delight with me looking at Contemporary Architecture as well!
They have so many things in common. Just contact me and we plan our path together …. .

Karlskirche - Saint Charles' Church


this baroque jewel has been recently restored and offers now an elevator into the Dome: abundance of colours, masterpiece of imagination and perfect setting of size and belief …
This church entices by its turmoil of religion and political vigour, plague and Otoman sieges, art and philosophy – a masterpiece of persuasion for yet another tax funding ….

Meeting Point:: Karlsplatz in front of pond
Extra Fees: church entrance ticket

Contemporary Roman Catholic Church Examples

Already 1912 we find a concrete church within the workers‘ district Ottakring, subsidized by Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his spouse. Incredibly daring and certainly a contradicton against rumours about old fashioned mentality by the future ruling Habsburg.
In the wake, many more such staggering church constructions prove the modernism of the Vienna diocese: we take public transport to travel to St Florian in district 4, then experience a brick construction by Schwanzer from the 1960 and finish with Tesars church next to the UN headquarters – now used as ecumenical meeting spot.

Meeting Point: in front of Palais Epstein, neighbour to Parliament
Extra Fees: public transport ticket

Adolf Loos and Art Nouveau Downtown

The 1st district of Vienna, a UNESCO Heritage Area, actually houses many examples of „modernism“; the Municipality was open minded around 1900 and adapted sometimes rigorously – impossible today!
Looking around, we find many interpretations by various disciples of Otto Wagner and marvellous details of the rigid simplicity by Loos.
Many architects left Vienna after WWI and took the new ideas across the globe – the Vienna School of Architecture continues to our days (Plecnik, Fabiani, Hollein, Peichl,...).

Meeting Point: Looshaus Michaelerplatz

Secession - Beethoven Freeze


The Secession was inaugurated 1898 and to this day exists as an independent artist association with elected Board. The start was meant to introduce contemporary international art into old fashioned Vienna and many famous colleagues were intrigued to donate their work to the freshly started Austrian Gallery (today Beldvedere).
Exhibits are arranged by individual invitation only, the Beethovenfreeze from 1902 by Klimt is on loan in the basement. The programme was developped by Mahler, relating it to the interpretation by Wagner; lets study together the result – staggering to this day!

Meeting Point: outside Secession
Extra Fees: entrance ticket

Similar topics to experience Contemporary Art & Architecture

Vienna is a growing city and therefore has enjoyed a major building boom. The „International List of Leading Architects“ has always included various Austrian names; exchange of technical knowledge, design creativity and international competitions had an enormous influence on the city development. Areas that show exemplary the Boom: Aspern, Gasometer, Wienerberg, University of Economics, Dental Study Center, …....

Meeting Point: according programme