"Anchor Clock - Ankeruhr" 1.Bezirk / 1st district Tip by BLewJay

1.Bezirk / 1st district, Vienna: 25 reviews and 48 photos

  History and a typical Art Nouveau design
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  • History and a typical Art Nouveau design - Vienna
      History and a typical Art Nouveau design
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  • Mosaic ornaments which move across the bridge - Vienna
      Mosaic ornaments which move across the bridge
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While waiting for my first taste of Viennese ice cream, I was amazed by the huge clock directly in front of me. It was the Anchor Clock (or Ankeruhr)...built between 1911 and 1917 and is situated on the oldest square of Vienna 'Hoher Markt." The clock represents a typical Art Nouveau design and forms a bridge between two parts of the Anker Insurance Company's building. It's adorned with mosaic ornaments and in the course of 12 hours, twelve historical figures or pairs of figures move across the bridge (among them Joseph Haydn, medieval lyricist Walther von der Vogelweide, Empress Maria Theresa and Prince Eugen of Savoya). Every day at noon, all figures parade accompanied by music from the various time periods.

Address: The old part of Vienna inside the Ringstrasse
Website: http://www.aboutvienna.org/sights/ankeruhr.htm

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  • Written Sep 20, 2005
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