The countryside has the calm as the City has the vibrant.
What, if you´re looking for the Slow and the Quiet in the heart of the City?
Vienna has both.
Enclosed by the gorgeous Ringstrasse the center hosts the business and the admin, but you´ll find some oases of ease even there.
Enjoy the relax.
Surrounded by the Government building, the majestic Burgtheater, the neoclassic Townhall and the Parliament, not to forget the former Emperor´s pompous home Hofburg – and suddenly in the midst: a quiet garden with the most beautiful Rose Collection you might have seen. Strictly only one example of each breed, all colours, all kinds of scents – close your eyes and just smell. To one side the 1820 reproduction of an original Greek Temple once used to host a Theseus statue, now an exhibition site.
And if the silence is too loud, slowly head to Café Meierei Volksgarten for a coffee.
Imagine being able to completely stepping out of the busy Inner City in two seconds.
Just pass an impressive gate and meet the contemplative atmosphere of a medieval compound, where traffic, stress and hectic business have no say.
A monastery from 12./13. Century with all the surrounding buildings meant to be a praying and trading facility in those times. It is said that there are the first multi-storey dwellings of Vienna. One of them is home to a violin maker. It would be too kitschy if you would hear them practicing just now.
Pour down the impression with a glass of wine in Hollmann´s Salon, a typical bistro within the yard (They also run a nice boutique hotel nearby).
It sort of sounds like a fairy tale: Grimm. But different to the famous brothers, this is a bakery, established in 1536. From the stylish Tuchlauben street you bend off to the smaller Kleeblattgasse and following the signs “Grimm”, enter a passage way and there you are. At a place where time is counted by the centuries not minutes and where the art of bakery still delivers the finest Semmeln (rolls), Weckerln or sourdough bread. Have a “Melange” coffee there and try one of the pastries before returning to this world.
On Top of Mölker Bastei
Imagine a medieval city with her huge surrounding walls protecting the inhabitants from hostile visits. With artillery advancing all those walls had lost their purpose and were torn down and gave room to early real estate development projects, later called Gründerzeit. But there are minor remains of those fortifications, one of them the so called Mölkerbastei. Walk up the ramp-like Schreyvogelgasse and out of a sudden be somewhere else but not within traffic noise and people rushing by. Within the tranquillity you´ll find the Pasqualati house, the place where Beethoven was composing most of his outstanding works. Today it comes as an irony the deaf master lived in an area nowadays so calm you can hear your footsteps walking the cobblestone street.
The French garden architecture style of the Burggarten is not as common in a city with an attitude for baroque pomp. Nestled to the National Library this oasis pays a visit. In warmer seasons people like to rest in the grass or along the calming pond. Close to the famous Mozart Monument you will find rows of green-painted garden chairs where it is appropriate to let your mind flow or read some pages in your book (never miss having one with you!). When you feel hungry, take a few steps to the marvellous Palmenhaus and get yourself a snack in the Cafeteria.
Postsparkasse Kassenhalle (Main Hall)
They say banking has become a very fast business. Trading online is done in Milliseconds. In this bank business has almost come to a standstill. Impressed by a modernist early 1900s marble façade you enter a traditional bank main hall, designed to fulfil the needs of many customers. In the second you feel transformed to what could be a scenery in a “Metropolis” movie: glass, marble and polished steel.
Walk around and explore the many details the architect Otto Wagner got famous for.
Best of all: you´ll be probably the only one, as there is almost no banking business there anymore. When feeling lonesome try Italian bistro “Expedit” at the other side of the street.
Rokitansky im Detail
Café Meierei Volksgarten:
Beethoven Museum in the Pasqualati House:
Italian Bistro „Expedit“: