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Best of Vienna Architecture

See the buildings that made architectural history in Austria's capital city.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview:  For years, Vienna has been fa home and playground to the world's best architects.

Although there are many architectural wonders in... more »

Tips:  This tour involves a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and do not forget your camera.

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Points of Interest

1. Majolica House

Designed by Otto Wagner, Majolica House (Majolica Haus) is named after the weather-proof, painted ceramic floral designs on the facade.

Wagner was the founding member of Vienna Secession, a group of artists that formed at the end of the 19th century. The group rebelled against the formality and ostentation of older styles. According to “Modern... More

A mandatory picture landmark in Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice. The oldest remaining parts go back to the 13th century. The Giant Gate and the Towers of the Heathens are both in the Romanesque style. The Gothic nave, the choir and the side chapels are the result of rebuilding in the 14th and 15th centuries... More

The new modern building scandalized the Viennese population by its contrast to Stephansdom located next to it. The building was designed by Hans Hollein, an Austrian architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, whose designs came to symbolize Modernist Viennese architecture. Haas Haus was built in 1985-1990 and it mixes stone and glass with... More

4. The Goldman and Salatsch Building

The Goldman and Salatsch Building, sometimes referred to as Adolf Loos House, is located at Michaelerplatz across from the Imperial Palace. The modern building was criticized for its lack of ornamentation, which supposedly so enraged the Emperor that he kept the curtains closed on that side of the palace. The building was designed by architect... More

Karlskirche, St. Charles Church, is situated on the south side of Karlsplatz, and is one of the most outstanding Baroque churches in the world. The church boasts a dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid.

Designed by the famous Baroque architect Josef Bernhard Fischer von Erlach the church was finished in 1739 by Erlach’s son Joseph Emanuel. ... More

The Kunst Haus Wien, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, surprises passersby by its lack of straight lines. Hundertwasser was known for his aversion to straight lines and fondness of color. Even the floors bend in Kunst Haus Wien. The building serves as a museum and houses the world's only permanent exhibition of Hundertwasser's works,... More