2017-06-24 09:00:00 CET
The weird and wonderful
Vienna, being one of the most historical cities in Europe (which means it’s really quite old), has had the time advantage over other cities, on gathering together a mix of weird, wonderful and unique sights.
Apart from being home to Mozart and Beethoven to being the most liveable place in the world (for the eighth year in a row), the Austrian capital has a lot more going for it, like a plethora of unusual sights. Here is the next instalment of Insider Tips which gives you a list of just some of Vienna’s unusual sights.
1. Church of the Most Holy Trinity
Fans of architecture, sculpting and art in general – eat your hearts out. This structure, also known as Wotruba Church, is based at the edge of the Vienna Woods. The grand concrete structure was the result of famous sculptor, Fritz Wotruba, dabbling into architecture and is it just up our street.
We are all suckers for royal love stories about emperors who commission the construction of lavish palaces for their wives, especially since chivalry is dying if not dead already. Hermesvilla is a relic from a time before speed-dating and Las Vegas weddings, where men wore their wives scarves underneath their suits of armour before war for good luck. History aside, it’s just stunning to look at. Also, you walk through nature.
When discussing unusual sights in Vienna you cannot neglect to mention Herr Hundertwasser and his projects around the city. His highly acclaimed work always receives mixed reviews but ones things for certain, once you've seen one of his architectural pieces, you will never forget it. The color, oh the color. Here are two prime examples, Hunderwasser Haus and Fernwärme Wien.
4. St. Stephens Cathedral Catacombs
Nothing quite hits the unusual sights spot like old churches with hundreds of skeletons below the surface. Into horror much? Not many know that this famous cathedral has a dark and boney bottom - so just by telling you this, we are actually imparting local secret cred. The cathedral is a must-see, and if you dare, the catacombs, just don’t forget your handy-cam and your Blair Witch voice.
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5. Minoriten Church
This gothic church is home to the life-sized original copy of Da Vinci’s Last Supper by Italian artist Giacomo Raffaelli – what’s more, it was commissioned by Napoleon – the Napoleon. Tick that one off your bucket list pronto!
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6. Maze at Schönbrunn Palace
Want to pass the time like a royal? Is getting lost your thing? Back in the day before social media superstars and any kind of digital entertainment, royals spent their days reading, learning other languages, feasting, commissioning fine clothes and of course, literally, getting lost in mazes for hours. Vienna’s Schönbrunn palace is fitted with one of these grand mazes, and, you can you know, try to make your way through it as quickly as possible… it’s no small feat.
7. Austrian National Library
Bookworms listen up, this library is like something out of a Harry Potter movie. Located at Hofburg (another palace), the Austrian National Library is home to more than 2.5 million books and looks as though it was created by angels and unicorns. Books have never looked so appealing.
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8. Gasometer Town
Apartments built up entirely out of old (but refurbished) gas storage tanks – count me in. Who wouldn’t want to see that? Take my money and let me live there. Oh hey Europe and your good and unusual conservation ideas.
9. Museum of Art Fakes
A museum dedicated to art fakes! Wow. Did we mention that one of the best games ever is spot the difference? Art buffs – can you tell what sets these bad boy fakes a part from their famous originals? Don’t forget every holiday needs its fair bit of culture – this is culture with a twist.
That about rounds it off – these are some of the most unusual spots in and around Vienna. Go fourth and get your weird on.
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