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Most Breathtaking Architecture of Vienna

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21 July 2019

A Quick Look at the Most Breathtaking Architecture of Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria

Most Breathtaking Architecture of Vienna – due to its central European location and close proximity to the River Danube, Vienna was settled on early by the Celts and then the Romans. As a result, many different types of people have passed through Austria’s capital and this is reflected in both its culture and architecture.

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If you were to take an early morning stroll along the Danube Canal, you would quickly spot the influence of the Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner. Wagner transformed Vienna through the construction of art nouveau-styled buildings and laid the foundations (figuratively and literally) for future projects within Vienna. In a city where tradition and modernity co-exist, we’ve taken a look at some of the most impressive architecture the Vienna has to offer.

The Wiener Riesenred

Standing at 64.75 metres tall, the Wiener Riesenred (German for Vienna Giant Wheel) is the main attraction at the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt. It was the world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel for 65 years until the construction of the Technocosmos in 1985 for the Expo ’85 World Fair in Japan. It’s fair to say that Vienna is one of the most romantic cities in the world and the iconic Wiener Riesenred is a popular attraction for couples wanting to share an intimate birdseye view of Vienna. As Lottoland’s article also points out, the wheel has also appeared in a number of movies including The Third Man and The Living Daylights.


In terms of the 20th century and beyond, the Hundertwasser-Haus is undoubtedly one of the most impressive buildings in Vienna. At a cost of just over €7 million, the apartment block was completed in 1985 and is owned by the city of Vienna, who it out to members of the public just like any other housing project. However, with its brilliant colours, unique spire and deliberately uneven floors, the building is anything but conventional.

The Majolikahaus

Despite being built in 1899, the Majolikahaus apartment building is still one of the most desirable and sought after properties in Austria. The term “Majolika” refers to colourful tin-glazed ceramics made in Italy during the 15th and 16th century. The cheerful flower tiling facade is not only eye-catching but functional; they are weather resistant and easy to clean, which aligns with Wagner’s view on architectural modernity and practicality. Whilst Wagner heavily promoted these types of multicoloured facades, the Majolikahaus is the only realised example constructed by him.

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