If you happen to stay on Leopoldsgasse, in Leopoldstadt, on your way to the closest underground station, Taborstraße, you may consider making a detour to Karmeliterplatz. Here, apart from the beautiful Baroque church and the waves of pigeons landing in front of it, you will be impressed by the many stylish street lights and weather vanes that decorate the houses located on the streets that lead into the Karmeliterplatz. 

Another detour from your journey to Taborstraße would involve having a look through the Augarten park where you will find the Porcelain Museum. Hosted since 1923 by a former imperial residence located in the Augarten park, the current Porcelain Museum was a China manufactory that, at the moment of its foundation, in the times when the Wiener Werkstätte ideals were in full blossom, could look back to a rich tradition of craftsmanship that bridged geographical distances in the attempt of adopting Chinese influences, and followed the artistic trends of the day (e.g. neo-classic, Rococo, Baroque, Biedermeier or… Bauhaus). By 1718, the craft of porcelain making started to be protected by the Austrian imperial family (e.g. in 1744, Maria Theresa took over the existing at that time manufactory). Together with MAK (Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts), The Museum of Porcelain in Augarten have on display important names of the applied art of the early twentieth century: Josef Hoffmann, Vally Wieselthier, Franz Barwig, Otto Prutscher, Mathilde Jaksc, Michael Powolny (e.g.   Powolny`s Woman with a Mask, whose photo you will find in this material is hosted by the Vienna City Museum), Franz von Zülow, Friedrich von Berzeviczy-Pallavicini  or Ena Rottenberg. In one of the park`s corners, your attention will be drawn by a scale. Colourful scales, those of the kind that you use for weighing goods can be found in Vienna near the major attractions. For a fee of 20 cents, you can step on a blue, green, red, or silvery one. These are Berkel scales and they have quite a story back. The first scales were introduced on Vienna`s streets as early as 1887, marking the 40th anniversary of Emperor`s Franz Joseph ascent to the throne. At that time,  to show the technical achievements of the Monarchy, people could weigh themselves in Prater, on a scale made by the company C. Schember & Söhne. The real boom of scales on Viennese streets happened in post World War II years, and they stayed there, even though, since the 1970s, people have got sophisticated scales and the `business` of checking the weight have mostly become an indoor activity. 

When you finally find yourself in Taborstraße, in the underground, you may come across people carrying huge IKEA bags of books, which have most probably been collected from the streets nearby. Everyone who cleaned up and had some books to give away, put them in front of their shop or flat, to be taken by the willing ones.    Once you arrived at Karlsplatz station, the destination of your underground journey, since you want to visit the few Otto Wagner creations that populate the area nearby, as well as the exhibition of Vienna City Museum dedicated to the life and work of the architect who died 100 years ago (e.g. still on till the end of October 2018), you may bump into the building that hosts the Library of the Technical University of Vienna. It is decorated with life-size owl sculptures created in 1987 by the Swiss artist Bruno Weber.

After checking out the multitude of details of the Otto Wagner pavilion in Karlsplatz, and, possibly, visiting the nearby exhibition in Vienna City Museum, you can go to eat at HaferPoint, located just around the corner of the majestic Saint Charles Cathedral. The design pays off, even if the place is not necessarily for the gourmet. 

Afterwards, on your way to Linke Wienzeile, the boulevard where, at numbers 38 and 40 you can see two residential buildings designed by Otto Wagner  (the one at no. 38 has facade decorations conceived by Koloman Moser, founding father of the Wiener Werkstätte, great artist of Secession movement, whereas the one at no. 40 is the famous Majolikahaus), you can get lost in the Naschmarkt. The huge market, spread on kilometres (i.e. it connects the 4th and the 6th district of Vienna), has been a Viennese attraction since the late eighteenth century. It used to be a milk and dairy market, then a fruit and vegetable market, until slowly adopted the cosmopolitan outlook and content of today (e.g. it is called Naschmarkt since 1910).  

If, for a second, you are able to take your eyes off Wagner`s imposing, refined, but at the same time cosy and joyful buildings, on the left side, at the end of Naschmarkt, you will see the Ketten Brücken Gasse train stop, another creation of Otto Wagner, dated 1899. 

All these wanderings and wonders help grow in you the dire need to taste Viennese coffee accompanied by apple strudel swimming in vanilla sauce. Cafe Drechsler,  established in 1919 by Engelbert Drechsler to offer `coffee to go` to the merchants of Naschmarkt, just over the road, is the place to taste these goodies. It recently reopened (e.g. 2007), and its modern design reminds the original coffee house as seen in the newspapers of the time. 

If the apple strudel does not make you too sleepy or eager to get rid of the hot summer day outside and seek refuge in your hotel room where you can continue the journey of Otto Wagner `s creations by surfing through the cheap catalogues you found at Vienna City Museum, you may consider taking the underground until Stephansplatz where you can visit nearby the Teddy Bear Museum. On your way to the museum, whose windows you cannot miss, as packed as they are with all sorts of teddy bears in all possible outfit and shapes and colours, you may bump into a  Kermit that seems to be yawning at a sight of a woman having a Freud book in her hand. 

If the apple strudel did make you lazy, you go home, but, as you exit the underground station at Taborstraße, you will be rewarded by the sight of the hills surrounding Vienna. They seem dusty in the sunset but a giant golden globe in the distance sets them on fire. The giant gold globe is nothing but a part of the interesting building that belongs to the waste incinerator facility of Spittelau.     

Further reading resources (accessed 9th of August 2018): 

The Augarten Porcelain Museum: https://www.augarten.com/en/augarten-world/augarten-porcelain-museum/#

The Berkel Scales: https://secretvienna.org/street-scales-and-the-nature-of-shame/ 

The Owls Building: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TU_Wien

The HaferPoint Restaurant: https://www.haferpoint.com

The Residential Buildings of Otto Wagner: https://www.vienna-unwrapped.com/otto-wagner-vienna/

The Ketten Brucken Gasse Station description: http://art.nouveau.world/kettenbruckengasse-u-bahn-station

Naschmarkt: http://www.naschmarkt-vienna.com/location.html

Cafe Drechsler: http://www.cafedrechsler.at/en/home.php

The Teddy Bear Museum: http://www.teddybear.org

Doblinger Music Store : https://www.doblinger.at/en/Home.htm

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