Love it or hate it, this brightly colored, off-centre, eco-minded transformation of a drab affordable housing block by ... More
Love it or hate it, this brightly colored, off-centre, eco-minded transformation of a drab affordable housing block by Austrian hippy artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Vienna's Third District is now as much a tourist attraction as the Hofburg or Stephansdom. By declaring war on the straight line and pledging to repay a debt to nature, Hundertwasser covered the facade in a chequerboard of primary colors, added onion domes and ceramic cladding, and planted lawns and trees on the rooftops. Inside, the 50 flats were given the disconcerting feature of undulating terracotta floors. Don't miss the nearby Kunsthaus Wien, another Hundertwasser transformation, housing a permanent collection of his art.
Sightseeing Vienna in one day, let alone several hours, is simply not done ... you need several days to see it all.
I had been in Vienna before, 1999 actually, and now I've been back in June 2007.
As the titel suggests, "Vienna is an experience of a lifetime".
I was actually looking forward to see the Viennese sights again, especially the Hundertwasserhaus.
How one man defied the world through his workds and state of mind is absolutely wonderful.
The northern part of Vienna, separated off from the main city by the Danube, is known locally as Trans Danubien.
Created by the rapid urban development, this once rather poor part of town has made a strong recovery. The ...
Fans of Hundertwasser may well be tempted to trek down the Gumpendorfer Strasse to see a similar transformation of a
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The Belvedere comprises two magnificent baroque mansions facing each other across a sloping formal garden. Prince Eugène of Savoy, whose
campaigns against the Turks enabled the Habsburg Empire to reclaim Hungary, purchased some land beyond the city walls in ...