If you take an early-morning stroll along Vienna’s Danube Canal, you not only enjoy the first rays of sun; you also gain a strong sense of the unique coexistence of nature, youthful creativity and the legacy of Vienna’s most important architect. On the left the waters of the canal murmur softly on their way to the Black Sea, while on the right the colourful graffiti on the stone retaining walls glows in the morning sun. And along this path you also make your first acquaintance with the legacy of the famous Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner: the Rossauer Lände and Friedensbrücke underground stations were built at the beginning of the twentieth century according to designs by this famous city planner. They also ensure quick access to the city centre.
In Vienna tradition and modernity exist side-by-side
Vienna’s historic downtown is remarkable for its harmonious coexistence of traditional and modern architecture: here historic buildings and contemporary structures blend together to create an impressive, inimitable cityscape. A good example of this is the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which directly faces the modern, glass-and-steel Haas Haus building. Then there is the Hofburg Palace, the splendid former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire: right across the square is the Looshaus, completed in 1911 and a landmark of modern Viennese architecture. Not far from here is also the world-famous Vienna State Opera, whose neighbouring buildings include the Albertina. This museum not only boasts one of the world’s largest collection of graphic art; it is also striking for its Soravia Wing, a remarkable glass-and-steel structure that serves as a fly roof.