It is a little strange to find myself writing a review about a street that began as a ditch and has one of the most beautiful public toilets I have ever seen but strange as it may seem, I will do it anyway.
Graben was dug as a ditch by the Romans to protect their city. It was then filled in by Leopold V in 1192 as part of his city defenses. It is now one of the busiest shopping streets in Vienna and has 2 fascinating landmarks: the Plague column with its writhing figures adorning the pillar commemorating the end of the plague and Alfred Loos' art nouveau public toilets.
I only saw the Ladies' WC but it fascinated me to no end. The times I went there, a man would be sitting at the entrance to collect a fee for its use. It was a minimal amount whatever it was but I was enthralled the minute I set foot in the space. The Art Nouveau details, the shining dark wood and door handles all tended with such care and respect, it was simply fascinating. The place was impeccably clean as well and I found myself going there just to look at the huge mirror hanging on the wall, the lighting design on the ceiling, all this Old World detail and elegance found in a Ladies' public toilet in the center of Vienna's exclusive shopping district! If you find yourself in Vienna and you need to heed Nature's call and are of the right gender and like Art Nouveau architecture, please visit this little masterpiece of a WC. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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