The historic center of Vienna is listed as UNESCO world cultural heritage – contemporary architecture meets the challenge with surprising new inserts, in gaps and interiors, in basements and on rooftops. The walk crosses the center, passing by some of the most suggestive squares and streets, while the emphasize of the visits is on new buildings respectively interiors. Modernism is also present with landmarks of architectonic renewal, such as the postal savings bank by Otto Wagner or the Haus am Michaelerplatz by Adolf Loos.

Start of the tour at the hotel or at a meeting point suitable for the group.

Short outline of the urbanistic development from the roman origins till today

On the banks of the canal
– the river as waterway and leisure area; new buildings on the „waterfront“

Simultanuous city: medieval lanes, baroque churches and modern buildings side by side

coffee break

From St. Stephen‘s Cathedral to Hofburg
– central pedestrian area with buildings from Wagner to Chipperfield

The great axis: Imperial Forum and the Ring
– urban growth and representation at the end of 19th century

MuseumsQuartier: over 60 cultural institutions in the former imperial stables and 3 new buildings

End of tour at MuseumsQuartier

Duration: 3 h (shorter version on demand)

Transport: walking