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.
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 ViennaClick thumbnail to view full-size
More Images of Inner City ViennaClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 ImagesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
© 2014 Dr. John Anderson