Pet Friendly Walking Tour of Vienna – Part 2
Look at that! You are back for more after our first suggestion! Well alright then!. Let’s tackle our second pet friendly walking tour of Vienna! On the map below, the tour I’ll get into today loosely follows the pink line. So shall we? Let’s start where our subway would always drop us off and at one of Vienna’s most recognizable monuments mentioned in the last post – St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Your confused right now aren’t you? I know … I was too. I had no idea but this is the nickname given to an area in the old town near the Ruprechtkirche (church) that is the most popular place to go out. If you are into clubs, dancing, bars and restaurants then this will be the spot to delight you.
It’s not really our jam so we just strolled through enjoying the pleasant vibe and gorgeous architecture. This area has what I would call a split personality. A historically interesting “day time” face and a very different “drunk” persona at night! I just loved the many many many patios to enjoy. Nearly ALL pet friendly.
You’ll want to stop here for the famous Anker Clock. Try to come for noon each day when the figurines parade across. The Art Nouveaum, clock was designed in 1911 by the painter and sculptor Franz von Matsch, and acts as a sort of visual bridge between two buildings in what is thought to be Vienna’s oldest Square, Hoher Markt.
The clock shows the time with historical figures that move across the clock face. Every hour a different historical figure passes by. Each of the twelve figures have a roman number on their head indicating the hour, while the minutes are shown by an arrow above the figures that point to the minutes on the clock face. In a two words… soooooo cool!
This is a somber spot with a memorial to holocaust victims. translating to “Jewish Square” there is the memorial itself and also the excavations of an old synagogue and museum on Jewish life in the middle ages.
I had a blast meeting a little local dog who was guarding the front door to her owner’s boutique. We ran like crazy around the pedestrian area and had a wonderful time.
Some may say it was a little disrespectful for us to run around; but as the shop keeper pointed out “We remember so we celebrate life. And dogs… they LIVE!”.
This spot is not as recognizable but strangely enough is actually the most architecturally significant site in the whole of the old town. All of that because of a … parking garage. In the 1960s the city decided it needed to invest in some underground parking, but everything came to a screeching halt when the remains of a significant Roman settlement were found during excavation.
The striking Kirche Zu den neun Choren der Engel (If my German isn’t too off that means Church to the new angel’s choir!) a beautiful Gothic church with baroque façade certainly adds flair to the square.
Come in the winter and THIS is where the Christmas market is set up. I am told it’s something to see! Mom remembers from when she lived here as a child. AT the time of our visit there was a small carnival set up!
Walk along Freyung, at one time home of street entertainers and brash market traders. Until you see the small Church.
Now this place is totally awesome. On the outside it’s a pretty simple looking church. I was happy to see St. Francis the patron of animals there. But what is really amazing lies inside. AND … I was allowed in covertly!
Let your eyes adjust to the dim light and then find the GIANT mosaic copy of the last super by Da Vinci. Commissioned by – of all people – Napoleon Bonaparte!
We didn’t pop in but I was told it’s one of THE leading German speaking theatres of the world! I liked the fact that this area was full of fountains, statues and green park spaces. It’s nice to give the paws a break from all that stone! And DO take time to look at this façade it’s … it’s… SO much to look at!!
The Burgtheater (constructed between 1874 and 1888) was the final “magnificent” building to be built along the famous Ring Street (more about that in the blog post on our bike tour). Designed by the two architects Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer, the structure with its ornate façade features busts of playwrights and famous figures from world literature (I found Shakespeare!), complemented by paired figures that symbolize human emotions in opposition: love and hatred, humility and self-importance, heroism and selfishness. At the top, dominating all the others, the God Apollo holds court with on his right, the Muse of Tragedy Melpomene and on his left the Muse of Comedy Thalia.
City hall is the most flowery building of them all in Vienna! Seriously! This stunning building was just covered in red geraniums. I really loved that. It made it so … cheerful! I can’t even imagine what it must be in terms of maintenance but OH so worth it. Mom took way too many pictures!
Designed by Friedrich Schmidt (1825-1891), it was erected between 1872 and 1883 it’s built as a sort of “Gothic Revival” in a way. It’s not a museum only (although you can tour); today this stunning City Hall is still in use as intended as the head office of Vienna’s municipal administration. More than 2000 people work in the building!
You can’t miss this enormous Greek revival/Neo-classical building. Seriously for a moment I thought I was back in Athens. It comes complete with an enormous statue of Athena. It’s worth going up the steps to see the beautiful fresco over the front doors.
Plus Yay!! Stairs! My favourite! this building too is in use as intended. Politicians come in and out. Debates can be watched from within. I think ti’s wonderful that these magnificent structures are not “just” museums but places of work for every day people!
By now we were absolutely pooped. We decided to head back towards the Am Hof area to find a famous coffee shop said to be one of the most beautiful and oldest in the city. A well-deserved treat for all!
…And that reminds me … I need to tell you about the Viennese Coffee houses next week!