VIENNA — Landstrasse

Landstrasse is the largest of the areas inside the Gürtel and its borders are the Danube Canal in the east and Wieden to the west. In the northern part of this area where it meets Ringstrasse you will find lots of 19th century buildings and in the southern part there are lots of apartment blocks. The most famous occupant of this area would probably have to be Schloss Belvedere.

The sights found here are:
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Hundertwasser Haus
Kunsthauswien
St Marxer Friedhof
Strassenbahnmuseum

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
The Museum of Military History is the oldest public museum in Vienna and was built between 1850 and 1856 by Franz Joseph 1. It is found within the Arsenal which was originally a large barracks and munition depot. The building that it is housed in is quite impressive especially the vaulted entrance hall with its life-sized statues of former Austrian military leaders and the Hall of Fame with its spectacular frescoed ceiling. The museum is arranged in 5 sections covering all the military operations that Austria was involved in from the Thirty Years War (1618 to 1648) to WW2. The exhibitions include armour, weaponry, uniforms, paintings and models.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.hgm.or.at/eng/

Traveller's Tip

The room containing the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo which resulted in WW1 is probably one of the highlights of the museum. It is rather grisly with a bullet-holed car and blood-stained sofa and coat but very well done.
Hundertwasser Haus

Hundertwasser Haus
This is a residential apartment block that was designed by Hundertwasser who was an architect who loved to design buildings with uneven surfaces. It is now one of the best addresses in Vienna but provides only rented accommodation and is owned by the city. If you want to see more of Hundertwasser’s work you can visit Kalke Village which is found nearby. It was built from an old tyre factory and consists of shops and cafes and like the apartment block there are no straight lines.
For information about the house and village visit the website at: http://www.kalke-village.at/cgi-bin/start.pl?lang=eng&m=village&s=welcome

Kunsthauswien

Kunsthauswien
This is another creation from Hundertwasser ad it is a museum that celebrates his works including paintings, graphics, tapestry and architecture. There are also temporary exhibitions of other artisits. If you admire his architecture then this is a great place to visit.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.kunsthauswien.com/index_en.html

Traveller's Tip

The rooftop of this building is quite unusual and worth visiting because of its trees and grass.

St Marxer Friedhof
This is a cemetery that contains the graves of some of Vienna’s composers — the most famous being Mozart. The cemetery was opened by Emperor Joseph II who ordered that bodies should be buried unembalmed and without coffins in mass graves. So the graves found here, including that of Mozart were unmarked. In 1855 a gravestone was erected for Mozart’s grave in what was presumed the right spot and over time different people have added to this. The cemetery was restored and preserved and open to the public in 1937.

Traveller's Tip

If you are visiting Vienna in May your visit to the cemetery will be rewarded with the glorious sight of lilies.

Strassenbahnmuseum
The Vienna Streetcar Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. It has more than 80 historical streetcars including a horse-drawn trolley from 1871 as well as the more modern versions. It is only open on weekends from May to October.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.wiener-tramwaymuseum.org/index.htm (only in German)

Traveller's Tip

It is possible to rent a historic tram by the hour for your own personal sightseeing tour but costs are based on around 20 people being able to travel so it can be quite expensive.