"The Votivkirche" Altes Rathaus - City Hall Tip by tiabunna

Altes Rathaus - City Hall, Vienna: 58 reviews and 102 photos

  The Votivkirche and its current scaffolding
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  • The Votivkirche and its current scaffolding - Vienna
      The Votivkirche and its current scaffolding
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  • Votivkirche and rain on the camera lens - Vienna
      Votivkirche and rain on the camera lens
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  • Cleaned and uncleaned stonework - Vienna
      Cleaned and uncleaned stonework
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  • Yep, all the expected Gothic trimmings! - Vienna
      Yep, all the expected Gothic trimmings!
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  • A Gargoyle awaiting cleaning - Vienna
      A Gargoyle awaiting cleaning
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Continuing around the Ringstrasse just a little further from the Rathaus, you?ll find another impressive Gothic building. It looks the part of something from the 1300s, with its gargoyles, flying buttresses, arches, stained glass windows and all ? but it?s actually from the late 1800s and was designed by the same Heinrich Von Ferstel who designed the Palais Ferstel (separate tip).

Going by the number of assassinations attempts, successful and unsuccessful, over the years, it seems that being a member of Habsburg royalty was a risky business! The failure of an attempted assassination of Franz Josef 1 in 1853 led to the construction of this superb cathedral, as an act of thanksgiving.

We visited on a rainy weekend day and the interior appeared to be closed for maintenance ? certainly cleaning and maintenance was very much in evidence, going by the scaffolding and by the contrast in cleaned/uncleaned sections of stonework (as may be seen in the photos). As a personal opinion, the exterior appealed to me more than St Stephan?s, mainly because of the uniform styling ? though my guidebook suggests the interior is vast and empty, so that may have been a disappointment.

Address: the buildings of the famous boulevard
Directions: Continuing from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, past the Rathaus, and there it is!
Phone: +43 1 5352663
Website: http://www.wien.gv.at/english

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  • Written Oct 16, 2007
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