An architectural tour of Vienna

Magnificent historical buildings, Jugendstil gems and modern glass façades: a walk through Vienna reveals a huge variety of architectural highlights.

Otto Wagner's art nouveau church at Steinhof

The Historicism on the Ringstrasse and the buildings by Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner are prominent architectural styles of the city. The Kirche am Steinhof (St. Leopold Church) and the Post Office Savings Bank building are key turn-of-the-century structures. Wagner’s contemporary Adolf Loos, also a pioneer of Modernist architecture, shocked the Viennese public with the bare facade of his building on Michaelerplatz and is also responsible for the interior design of the charming American Bar.

Modern architecture

The revolutionary designs of the Austrian star architect Hans Hollein caused a furore in the 1960s. They can be seen in the former Retti candle shop on Kohlmarkt, now the jewellers Yana Gadner. And since 1990 St. Stephan’s Cathedral has been reflected in the glass façade of the Haas House on Stephansplatz, also planned by Hollein. The building boom continued with the Wienerberg City and its Twin Towers by Massimiliano Fuksas. Architect Zaha Hadid designed an apartment block on stilts on Spittelauer Lände. And in 2001 Jean Nouvel, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Manfred Wehdorn and Wilhelm Holzbauer transformed the distinctive gasometers, huge 19th century gas holders that can be seen on the way to and from the airport, into an extravagant housing, event and office location.


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