Vienna - Scintillating, Crazy Super Trams, Great Churches, Beaut Museums

Vienna is a clean, functional and beautiful city with its spectacular buildings and grand museums, palaces and art galleries. Vienna has a nice buzz and the people mostly seem happy, busy and contented.

The bike paths are poorly defined and hazardous for visitors and I witnessed one nasty accident involving a cyclist that needed and ambulance. Very few bike-helmets are worn. Small scooters appear to be more popular with adults than in the rest of Europe.

There is excellent public transport via trains, trams and buses. There are many different types of trams ion display, with the latest model resembling a 'pop-up' toaster.

The hop-on hop-off tours were very comprehensive. The one I used had five routes plus a boat trip included in the price.

The centre of the city inside the Srubertring is quite small so that most of the major museums and public buildings are easily accessible by walking, if the weather is good.

Below is a summary of a three day visit to Vienna in late summer 2014. My focus was on Applied Arts, Graphics and Design, Modern Art and other attractions that suited my taste.

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The retro-tram model
The retro-tram model | Source
The retro-tram model
The retro-tram model | Source
This tram style looks like a pop-up toaster
This tram style looks like a pop-up toaster | Source
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Another mode of transport in Vienna
Another mode of transport in Vienna | Source
A stylish was to get around Vienna
A stylish was to get around Vienna | Source
Coffee is an art form in Vienna
Coffee is an art form in Vienna | Source
In Vienna the restaurants and cafes cater for the cold weather. As well as overhead gas heaters they provide rugs and cushions for outdoor diners
In Vienna the restaurants and cafes cater for the cold weather. As well as overhead gas heaters they provide rugs and cushions for outdoor diners | Source

Winery Villages near Vienna

Taking one of the hop-on hop-off bus trips to the mountain villages was a real eye-opener.

The commentary was good and provided an insight into the history of the villages and the church run by Polish priests on top of the hill with spectacular views over Vienna.

There is even a private university based on the mountain.

The bus trip took two hours but it was very worthwhile.

I would loved to have spent time in the villages, but this was not possible during my short stay.

Maybe next time.

The Winery Villages in the Hills above Vienna

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More Images of Inner City Vienna

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Museums Art and Design

The images below are my collection from visiting the following:

  • The Museum Quarter - Two main modern art museums and many studios, plus the Design Forum
  • Applied Arts Museum
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum - overwhelming diverse collection
  • Natural History Museum

There were many other museums that I did not have time to visit, and similarly the churches were secondary for my agenda.

Art and Design Images

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Sigmund Freud Museum

The Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna is very interesting and a little spooky because it is located in the actual rooms where he worked in Berggasse 19, Vienna.

His hat, pen, glasses and some of his furniture ( or close reproductions) as there on display. His unique chair which he had specially made to suit his unusual style of reading is also there with sketches used for the design. There is a huge collection of photographs and many of the memorabilia, from frequent overseas trips he had displayed in his rooms.

There are large prints showing his couch, office furniture, room layout and his vast collection of momentoes from his travels. There is also a hugh collection of exerpts from postcards he sent back to his family and friends. Entry to the Museum requires you to ring a bell for the flat the museum occupies. The other flats are occupied by other tenants. This recalls what his patients who have had to do to meet an appointment with Freud.

The audio system with recordings for each of the rooms is very good and there is the inevitable shop.

There is a video running showing excerpts from Freud's photo album. As shown opposite, Freud was into 'selfies' with two photos of him at Niargra Falls.

Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna

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The unique reading chair that Freud had specially design and made to suit his unusual posture when reading.
The unique reading chair that Freud had specially design and made to suit his unusual posture when reading. | Source
The design sketch for Freud's unique chair.
The design sketch for Freud's unique chair. | Source
Freud's pen and glasses.
Freud's pen and glasses. | Source
The name plate on the door of his chambers
The name plate on the door of his chambers | Source
Name plate on the door
Name plate on the door | Source
'Selfie' of Freud at Niagara Falls
'Selfie' of Freud at Niagara Falls | Source
Second Selfie' of Freud at Niagara Falls
Second Selfie' of Freud at Niagara Falls | Source
Inside Freud's original office
Inside Freud's original office | Source
Memorabilia collected by Freud on his frequent trips and displayed in his roooms
Memorabilia collected by Freud on his frequent trips and displayed in his roooms | Source
Feud's Famous couch covered by a unique Qashqa'i shekarlu rug.
Feud's Famous couch covered by a unique Qashqa'i shekarlu rug. | Source
Interior of Freud's rooms
Interior of Freud's rooms | Source
More memorabilia
More memorabilia | Source
Inside the rooms
Inside the rooms | Source
Recreation of the waiting room for Freud's rooms
Recreation of the waiting room for Freud's rooms | Source
Inside the rooms
Inside the rooms | Source
Inside the rooms
Inside the rooms | Source
The address during the war. Freud was exciled to Britain by the Nazis
The address during the war. Freud was exciled to Britain by the Nazis | Source
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Inside the original rooms
Inside the original rooms | Source
The waiting room furniture
The waiting room furniture | Source
waiting room furniture
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The door to Freud's Rooms as it appears today.
The door to Freud's Rooms as it appears today. | Source
Pages from Freud's Photo Album
Pages from Freud's Photo Album
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Pages from Freud's Photo Album
Pages from Freud's Photo Album
Postcard Translation
Postcard Translation
Postcard Translation
Postcard Translation
Postcard Translation
Postcard Translation

© 2014 Dr. John Anderson

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stereomike83 2 years ago from UK

Would love to visit Vienna. Closest I have come is transiting through the airport on the way to/from Romania a couple of years ago. It was quite a nice airport mind!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is now on my list of places I must go. I have to see Freud's museum. Thank you for this hub!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I have wanted to visit Vienna for a long time. Thank you for sharing your experiences and all the photos.

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