A whirl through Vienna’s modernist era, 100 years on

Celebrating a century at the heart of the modernist movement, the Austrian capital is putting on quite a show

Five European city tours with a difference

From a hair-raising rooftop walk of Stockholm to a drag queen-led stroll through Hamburg and sniffing your way around Vienna

Travel 2016 – Tip 5 – Vienna – Cafe Drechsler

If you are looking for a traditional Viennese cafe, I would recommend Cafe Drechsler largely because it is close to the Secession and about 10 minutes from Karlsplatz with all its sights. The cafe was remodelled by Conran & Partners and re-opened in 2007. The cafe does not accept credit cards and the staff do speakContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 5 – Vienna – Cafe Drechsler”

Travel 2016 – Vienna – Tip 4

The next recommendation is the Secession building near Karlsplatz with its golden dome. The only exhibit is the 34-metre long Beethoven frieze by Klimt depicting humankind’s search for happiness. The cost is 6 Euros and payment can be made by credit card. The frieze is beautiful and the room is air-conditioned – a welcome reliefContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Vienna – Tip 4”

Travel 2016 – Vienna – Tip 3 – Fernwarme

People might have heard of the Hundertwasser Houses in Vienna, but did you know he also redecorated the city’s incinerator called the Fernwarme, which is found at the Spittelau (U4) underground station? The incinerator has globes on the top of columns and a massive bulb halfway up the main chimney. There are colourful patterns allContinue reading “Travel 2016 – Vienna – Tip 3 – Fernwarme”

Travel 2016 -Vienna – Tip 2

My recommendation for the finest art gallery in Vienna is the Albertina. There are thousands of drawings by artists such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Albrecht Durer (including The Hare). The modern paintings range from Matisse to Chagall via Picasso and Delauney. The most interesting pieces are two drawings next to each other in the Imperial apartments – one byContinue reading “Travel 2016 -Vienna – Tip 2”

Travel 2016 -Vienna – Tip 1

Arriving at the main train station in Vienna – the Hauptbahnhof – it is important to know that there is an underground line (U1) at Sudtirolerplatz allowing the visitor access to the underground system. You can also buy 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour passes for all the public transport system. The 24-hour pass cost 7.20 Euros on June 23rd, 2016.