VIENNA — Wieden

Wieden is a small district which is centred around Karlsplatz which is a very busy and noisy place. After World War II it was part of the Soviet sector of Vienna for 10 years. Wieden has some interesting attractions as well as some very good bars and clubs around the junction of Schliefmühlgasse and Margaretenstrasse.

The sights found here are:
Naschmarkt
Wien Museum
Karlskirche
Kunsthalle Project Space
Stadtbahn Pavillons
Generali Foundation
Schubert Commemorative Rooms
Bestattungsmuseum

Naschmarkt

Naschmarkt
This market is found between the borders of Wieden and Mariahilf. This is the best market in Vienna and you will find a wide variety of foodstuffs as well as lots of places to eat.

Wien Museum
The Wien Museum which is found on Karlsplatz has a very interesting collection documenting the history of Vienna from prehistoric settlements to the present. Its exhibits are arranged over three floors. Some of the highlights of the museum include the archaeological remains of the Roman legionary camp of Vindobona, original stained-glass windows and sculptures from St Stephen’s Cathedral and well worth seeing is the model of the Inere Stadt during Medieval times and a second model of this area in more recent times. The museum also contains some works of art by Klimt such as his Emilie Flögee and Egon Schiele’s Arthur Roessler. Be sure to visit the reconstructed sitting room of the master of modernism, Adolf Loos.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://www.wienmuseum.at/index.php?id=122

Karlskirche

Karlskirche
This is considered the finest Baroque church in Vienna and is found in the southeast corner of Resselpark. It was built between 1716 and 1739 during the rule of Emperor Karl V1. The Emperor vowed that if the black plague which swept Vienna in 1713 would leave the city he would build a church and dedicate it to St Charles Borromeo who was a 16th century Italian Bishop famous for ministering to plague victims. This church has a few features of note including the twin columns which were modelled on the Trajan’s column in Rome and the spectacular dome which you can view in detail via a lift. There is a fee of 4euros which includes a visit to the Borromeo Museum.
For information about the church and museum visit the website at: http://www.karlskirche.at/ (in German only)

Traveller's Tip

Try and be around near this church when it is dark because it is illuminated and the sight is magical.

Kunsthalle Project Space
This building hosts temporary exhibitions of new contemporary artists some of which are quite unusual. Not as good as those museums found in the Museum Quarter but the cafe on the terrace is good.
For information about the Kunsthalle Project Space visit the website at: http://www.kunsthallewien.at/en/events/

Stadtbahn Pavillons

Stadtbahn Pavillons
The Stadtbahn Pavillons are found above the Resselpark at Karlsplatz. They were designed by Otto Wagner who was the architect of Vienna’s Art Nouveau era and the overall designer of Vienna’s first public transport system which was a rail service running both underground and overground. The pavilions which are the entrance pavilions to the former Karlsplatz station were built in 1898 during the building of this transport system. They are stunning examples of Jugendstil with floral motifs and gold trim on a structure of marble and steel. One of the Pavilions is open during the summer season for an exhibition and the other one is part of a café.
For information about the Stadtbahn Pavillons visit the website at: http://www.wienmuseum.at/en/locations/location-detail/otto-wagner-pavillon-karlsplatz-1.html

Generali Foundation
The Generali Foundation is a gallery of contemporary art with an emphasis on photography, film, video and installation. You will also find archives and a library which are open to the public in the Reference Room. In Austria, the Generali Foundation is the only institution which collects video art and makes it accessible to the public.
For information about the museum visit the website at: http://foundation.generali.at/index.php?id=2&L=1

Schubert Commemorative Rooms
This is the house where Franz Schubert lived for several weeks as his brother’s guest in an apartment of two rooms on the second floor. Schubert composed his last works here including the song The Shepherd on the Rock. He died in the apartment on 19 November 1828. The exhibit doesn’t have many personal effects but it does document the last weeks of Schubert’s life, death, the funeral, and the grave of the composer.
For information about the Schubert Commemorative Rooms visit the website at: http://www.wienmuseum.at/en/locations/location-detail/schubert-sterbewohnung-1.html

Bestattungsmuseum
This museum would have to be one of the strangest as it about the art of undertaking. Displays include photographs, documents and so on detailing the history of funeral customs in Vienna.
For information about the museum visit the website at:
http://www.bestattungwien.at/bw/ep/channelView.do?channelId=-26844&pageTypeId=13685