VIENNA — Schwarzenbergplatz to the Danube Canal

The Schwarzenbergplatz connects the Ringstrasse with the Zweierlinie which runs parallel to it. It is named after the Palace and the family belonging to it that it located here. The palace is now a luxury hotel. The square is dominated by the statue of Karl von Schwarzenberg who was the leader in the Battle of Leipzig. Behind the statue you will find the Hochstrahlbrunnen which is a rather large and unattractive fountain. Close to the Danube Canal is the Stadtpark or City Park which has been around since 1862 and is a lovely place to sit and relax or take a leisurely walk in. One of the statues found in this park is the Johann Strauss Denkmal which is a golden statue of Johann Strauss the Younger and is probably the most photographed statue in Vienna. The Wien Fluss (Vienna River) flows through the park on its way to the Danube Canal. Between the park and the Danube Canal is the Kriegsministerium or Imperial War Ministry which is rather a grim looking building.

The sights found here are:
Museum fur Angewandtekunst
Postparkasse

Museum fur Angewandtekunst
This Museum of Applied Arts which is known as MAK was built in 1868 to 1871 by Heinrich Ferstel and is the oldest and one of the best museums of its kind in Europe. It contains a series of exhibition halls each devoted to a different style such as Renaissance, Baroque, Art Deco and so on. Contemporary artists were invited to design the rooms according to their taste and the result is superb. The collection found here consists of an eclectic mix of tapestries, furniture, glassware and ornaments. Make sure you visit the basement which houses the Study collection which contains exhibits of objects made from different materials grouped according to type.
For information about Palais Epstein visit the website at: http://www.mak.at/e/jetzt/f_jetzt.htm

Traveller's Tip

You should aim to spend at least a morning or afternoon here to see everything properly. Make sure you visit the cafe at least to see the building as it is stunning.

Postparkasse

Postparkasse
This is the famous Post Office Savings Bank building by Otto Wagner and is considered one of the most innovative buildings for its time. Make sure you look at the unusual angel sculptures on the roof.