Please add any of your Vienna ideas beyond the really nice ones offered on this site to our 1/26/14 Vienna post. We are searching for things you enjoyed outside of the museum & opera circle. Next Monday we plan to schedule our return flights to the US. We are working out an itinerary and the number of days to stay in Vienna following Rick Steves Germany, Switzerland and Austria tour. Thank you.
If you are interested in the Art Nouveau movement in fin de siècle Vienna , there is a lesser known building that is somewhat off the beaten path ( but not too much ) . Along the Naschmarkt , as Emily pointed out , is the Secession House , designed in 1896 by Josef Olbrich , and further up Linke Wienzeile at the end of Naschmarkt , two of Otto Wagner's great works ; the Majolika Haus ,and joined to it the Muse Haus . Both are a real eyeful . But to really blast off into what may well be heaven on earth , go out to see Steinhof Church ( Kirche am Steinhof ) on the grounds of the Otto Wagner Hospital on Baumgartner Hohe on the western edge of town . To get there , take the U3 to the end of the line at Ottakring . Leave the front of the station , turn left , walk one block and turn left again onto Huttengasse . Walk up two or three blocks and find the stop ( clearly marked ) for the 48A bus which will take you to the front of the hospital complex . From there , about a ten minute walk through the campus up to the church which ,as I recall is open Saturday and Sunday at about three PM to visitors . Double check the hours and directions , and do some homework to learn about the hospital itself , The church is one of the most stunning Art Nouveau works I have ever seen !!
Steven, perfect! Thank you. Anne & Andy