One of the things I enjoy most is getting lost with my camera in the streets of Vienna. I like to walk off the beaten path, down the streets that are less crowded with tourists. It's those streets that are most rich in history and charm. Are you ready to join me on a photo walk in the streets of Vienna?
The Vienna State Opera is perhaps one of the most photographed buildings in Vienna. It was built from 1861 to 1869 following plans by August Sicard von Sicardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll, designs came from Josef Hlávka. The visitor terrace of the Albertina museum is the best spot to appreciate the impressive architecture of the building in all its glory.
The Michaeler Square (German: Michaelerplatz) was named after the parish church St. Michael located at the square. Today's layout is the result of a redesign dating back to the year 1725. The most prominent feature of the square is the gate of the Imperial Palace. In the center of the square archeology enthusiasts will find Roman and medieval excavations.
The Café Central is perhaps one of the most famous Viennese coffee houses. The café is located in the ground floor of the former Bank and Stockmarket Building, today called the Palais Ferstel (named after its architect Heinrich von Ferstel). The café was opened in 1876, and in the late 19th century it became a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectual scene. These days you have to wait in line for quite some time if you want to enjoy your coffee like Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Adolf Loos did. Personally, I have to admit I have never been inside the café as waiting in line for a cup of coffee doesn't sound all that appealing to me.
Am Hof is historically one of the most significant squares in the Vienna city center. The square is lined with buildings of interest, from townhouses that hosted a young Mozart to former civil armouries and churches dating back to the 14th century. The pictured building reminiscent of a castle from a fairy tale (though technically not with an Am Hof address) is one of the most controversial buildings. Some hate it, others love it. Personally, I absolutely adore it.
The Kurrentgasse is one of the many charming alleys in downtown Vienna that will make you feel like you have just traveled back in time. Until 1421 it was part of the Jewish quarter of the city. It is named after the tax collectors of the emperor.
Perhaps my favorite alley in downtown Vienna is the Domgasse. Paved with cobblestone and lined with historic building left and right its easy to forget we are in fact living in the 21st century. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart used to live in the street (in house No. 5) between 1784 and 1787.
The Franciscan Church (German: Franziskanerkirche) is a Roman Catholic parish church dedicatedto Saint Jerome. It is the church of the Franciscan Order of Vienna. It was built in 1603 with the outside facade designed in the Renaissance style, while the interior is Baroque. The church is home to the oldest organ in Vienna dating back to 1642.
Another one of my favorite alleys in downtown Vienna is the Weihburggasse. The alley was named after a fortification including a tower of the Vienna city walls. The lovely buildings with the intricate balconies give of a Parisian vibe, don't you think?
If you enjoyed this little photo walk, stay tuned for the art prints of the streets of the Vienna old town which will become available soon!