Places to visit in Vienna

From Stephansplatz to Albertina and surroundings. My trip in Vienna of Sep 25, 2018.


From Stephansplatz across the ancient Karntrashtrasse to the Albertina Gallery. In Albertina, there was an exhibition of Monet, when the works of this artist were brought from different museums of the world and exhibited together, representing the same places at different times of the year or at different times of the day. And the walk on the square of the old market ended, with the funny story of Mark Twain. Translated with Google Translate

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The square in front of the central cathedral of Vienna bears the name of sv. Stephen, like the cathedral itself. In fact, the cathedral and the square were inside the city walls only from the beginning of the 13th century. Until that time, the main churches of the city was the church of St.. Petra, a complex of buildings on Am Hof and the church of Rupert. Gradually, with the development of the city, buildings began to appear around the cathedral, and even before the beginning of the 18th century a cemetery and a cemetery chapel of St. Magdalen. At the end of the 19th century, the entire area was reorganized and connected to the neighboring Stock am Aizen. In 1973, during the construction of the metro, the already proven new center of the old city cheered the crowns with an interesting find. Underground chapel of St. Virgil, which was associated with the Chapel of the Magdalen. Today, a mosaic showing the outlines of the Virgil Chapel is laid out on the square. Translated with Google Translate

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Street Karntrashtrasse - one of the ancient and important streets of the old city. Its name comes from the medieval Strata Carintianorum - Udina or the highway that led south-southeast to Quarantine - modern Croatia. This street ran from Stock am Aizen Square (today connected to Stefansplatz) to the Karitn Gate. This street is respected by buyers and sellers. It is said that shopping in Vienna is happening here. Well, this is when it is not to make a smart purchase, but to participate in a shopping show. Translated with Google Translate

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The Meissl & Schadn hotel is a famous hotel that overlooks the main facade of the parallel Kärntner Strasse Neuer Markt square. The beautiful painted facade in front of us is, in fact, the “reverse side of the hotel. According to one of his contemporaries, the era of the dawn of bourgeois Vienna, this hotel was the place of "a noble bourgeoisie that no one sees or wants to see." And the history of the place dates back to the middle of the XVII century, when there was the first hotel here, called “At the blue deer”. In 1852, it was acquired by a Viennese restaurant cooperative, which sold the building several decades later, and the Meissl & Schadn hotel was built in 1894-96. Karl Hoffmayer. The façade facing Kärntner Straße was decorated with a mosaic of Edward Weit representing the five ends of the world. The famous guest at the hotel was composer Edvard Grieg, who remained here in 1865, 1869 and 1896. In general, the Scandinavians visited Vienna in the 19th century after the notes of Andersen, who spent a long time in this city. On the ground floor of the Great Dining Hall of the hotel, which opens onto Kärntner Strasse, on October 21, 1916, socialist Friedrich Adler shot Prime Minister Carl Graf Sturgh. The historic building burned down in 1945 during World War II. The side facing the Kärntner Straße with the still existing mosaic was preserved and built into the wall of the new Hotel Europa, built, like the previous one, with the main facade facing the new market square. Translated with Google Translate

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Opposite is a large department store Stefel with a viewing platform on the seventh floor, from where there is a beautiful view of Vienna and the Cathedral of St. Stefan. And in this department store a convenient VAT refund system for tourists. This is done in the queue machine quickly and in cash. Here, from the piquant shops on Kortnrstrasse street, the company store of the German fashion designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld is known. He earned world fame for designer work in clothes and accessories and love for natural fur. This passion of his was more than once the object of attack by animal defenders. Not a little criticism caused by Karl and his sensational once marriage with life partner Jacques to Basher. After the death of her husband from AIDS in 1989, Karl lives alone. Translated with Google Translate

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The Maltese Church, or the Church of the Order of Sts. John, began her history during the Crusades. Vienna was an important point on the path of the crusades and Friedrich Barbarossa, the German king, stayed in Vienna. The church was first mentioned in 1217. Until that time, the site of the church was the “House of Pruder of the Order of Sandy Johann”, who devoted himself to pastoral work, caring for the poor and supporting the crusaders. Between 1205 and 1217, Johannians (followers of the Order of St. John) probably settled in St. Johannes Straße (today Kärntner Straße 35 / Johannesgasse 2) an important trade and military route through Vienna to Croatia. In the 17th century, the church was the place of preaching of Abraham from Santa Clara by the court preacher and the founder of a special style of preaching. His sculpture is set near Albertina, at the entrance to the Palace Park. Translated with Google Translate

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The Albertina Museum is located in the Archduke Albrecht (Albert) Palace - the son-in-law of Maria Theresa. She transferred the court from here, for which she bought a private palace on HerrenStrasse. Her daughter and her husband lived here, after they returned from Bratislava, where they served as envoys of the Hapsburg house in Hungary. There was founded the art collection, which moved into this building. In 1792, the Archduke assembled a large collection in the Austrian Netherlands, where he also served as crown envoy. Albrecht had no children and the couple was known as high connoisseurs of the arts. Albertina's permanent collection contains about a million paintings and drawings from the Renaissance to the present day, but the most interesting are temporary exhibitions. We got to the exhibition Monet. Translated with Google Translate

After a relatively long corridor there is a spacious and bright hall where you can buy a ticket and an audio guide. Temporary exhibitions are held constantly and collect the work of one artist from different museums - this is the peculiarity and high value of Albertina. Translated with Google Translate

In the Albertina from the permanent works the Impressionists are very well represented. Among them are many Austrian artists, such as Oscar Kokoschka. The ups and downs of the fate of artists, writers and intellectuals of the early 20th century in Vienna are well described in the city park excursion. I strongly advise you to go there. Translated with Google Translate

Besides the fact that Albertina is a gallery, important events of the conference and events take place here. A museum was being prepared for one of these events, and the photos speak for themselves. Style, taste, tradition. Translated with Google Translate

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At the Monet exhibition, my attention was attracted by a picture that I remember from Parfenov’s film “The Eye of God”. There it was about Russian collectors, paintings that became the property of the Russian museum. One of the paintings shows a pink mist, through which the outlines of Westminster Abbey are barely visible and gulls flash in white light in the sun. I remember this picture very well with my mood. In Albertina, I was very surprised to see a few more next to this picture, written from the same place only at different times under different lighting. These paintings were brought from various museums from Paris to Boston. It was in this vein that the exhibition was composed - different pictures of one author about the same thing. In one of the halls hung a picture of his wife Monet. She was depicted passing by the windows of the hall of their house. Immediately I remembered the plot from the film Parfenov, which said that this house was able to acquire Monet for the purchase of one of his paintings by Schukin. Translated with Google Translate

The modern building around Albertina is a lightweight concrete addition to the classic building. It does not interfere or conflict with the historical appearance of Albertina. The crowns are proud of this museum, and for American guests they like to remind that the foundation of the museum was on July 4, 1776 - the day the United States declared independence. Translated with Google Translate


The Albert Staircase is a vibrant painting in motion. From afar, it seems that people walk in the picture. Upon closer inspection, it is clear that this is a “cut” picture into steps. Each new exhibition is exactly as advertised in Albertina. Translated with Google Translate

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The Church of the Holy Virgin Mary is the Roman Catholic church of the Capuchin monastery, in which a special crypt served for centuries for the burial of the ruling Hapsburg dynasty. In contrast to the simple design of the church, the imperial chapel, which is extremely luxuriously furnished, contains a number of life-size statues of the rulers of the Habsburg family. The chapel received repeated donations from the imperial house. Over time, the tomb became a place of pilgrimage for the Viennese. Under the imperial chapel is the so-called crypt of the Founder, the oldest part of the Capuchin Chapel, which exhibits the most famous sarcophagi - Emperor Matthew and Empress Anna. The last Austro-Hungarian heir to Otto von Habsburg, who died in July 2011, and his wife, Regina von Sachsen-Meiningen, were buried in Kapuzinergruft in Kaiserkapelle. Translated with Google Translate

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The south side of the new market square is closed by the Ambasador Hotel. Thanks to the support of the US Embassy, a memorial plaque was installed on the facade of the hotel on April 21, 2010. It says that Mark Twain stayed at this hotel from October 1898 to May 1899. He also stayed at the Metropole Hotel on Morzinplatz from September 1897 to May 1898 and spent the summer in the Villa Paulhof in Kaltenleuthene, where his wife and daughter Jane were treated at the spa. Mark Twain himself and his daughter Clara did not like water procedures. Twain spent a lot of time working, despite the dissatisfaction of his girls. In his defense, Twain, with his inherent humor, said: "As soon as I went out for a walk through the hills, the fog immediately enveloped me with his thick blanket. I am afraid that my view of things will be clouded." Just a few years before the beginning of the fateful 20th century, in 1897 from Austria, Mark Twain wrote the famous article Steering times in Austria. (Time of Troubles in Austria - free translation) In addition to Mark Twain, this hotel stayed in: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford III, Thornton Wilder, Marlene Dietrich, Romy Schneider, Josephine Baker, Svyatoslav Richter, Robert Schumann, Louis Trenker, Prime Minister Jawaharlall Nehru Princess Elena from Greece and Princess Maria Alexandria Victoria from Edinburgh. Well, we have to be noted at the fountain in the center of the square and find out the fate of his sculptures and tomorrow we are waiting for the Vienna Woods and Baden. Translated with Google Translate

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The Thunder Fountain in the center of the New Market was conceived and named the Providentia Fountain, but it was easier and clearer for city residents to call it by the name of its creator - George Rafael Donner. So, the name Donnerbrunnen was fixed. Similarly, the name New Market did not immediately catch on. This area was called the flour market. Under the power of Maria Theresa, the nudity of the characters was considered offensive. At the initiative of the Commission of Chastity, they were removed in 1773, and the sculptor Johann Martin Fisher was authorized to melt them. However, the sculptures survived in 1801, recognizing their high artistic value, the sculptures were returned to their former place. But already in 1873, the originals were replaced with bronze copies, and the real sculptures adorn the center of the baroque department of the Belvedere gallery. Translated with Google Translate

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