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Vienna’s architecture has provided some impressive designs whatever the era. But in recent years, the focus has increasingly turned to the mid-20th century, a period that reveals a great deal about the city. The 1950s and 1960s were an era of new beginnings. A whole new language emerged in architecture, too – one which now triggers a deluge of nostalgic feelings. The Viennese are enamored with the buildings and interiors from this era. As shown in a new book on the subject that set graphic designer Tom Koch and photographer Stephan Doleschal sleuthing at the start of the first lockdown. Entitled “Mid-Century Vienna”, it was also made possible thanks to the support of the city’s residents.

As part of a crowdsourcing project they reached out to the people who call the capital home, inviting them to share their mid-century architectural gems. Their appeal yielded more than 600 responses. And the outcome was a fantastic collection that delves deep into the 20th century to shed light on a previously little-explored side to the city. Whether it’s a coffeehouse, cinema or church. Or rollercoaster, ice cream parlor or crypt for that matter: places steeped in an incredible ambience which have lost nothing of their modern edge await.

Book Tip:
Tom Koch & Stephan Doleschal: Mid-Century Vienna, Falter Verlag, 240 pages, EUR 29.90.
Texts in German and English.


Text: Johannes Luxner

Filmcasino

Margaretenstraße 78
1050 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Entrance to cinema: no steps. Wheelchair seats available, inductive hearing aid system.

Vienna Stadthalle

Roland-Rainer-Platz 1
1150 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Sorbaitgasse and in the main car park of the Stadthalle
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Special wheelchair seats in halls D and F. Inductive hearing system in Hall F.

    • Comments

      Halls D and F are wheelchair-accessible.

Café Prückel

Stubenring 24
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Su, 08:30 - 22:00
    • Piano music Mo, We, Fr 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Volksgarten Pavillon

Burgring/Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • the beginning of April to middle of September
    • Tu, 11:00 - 04:00
    • We - Th, 11:00 - 02:00
    • Fr - Sa, 11:00 - 04:00
    • Su, 11:00 - 19:00

Café Espresso

Burggasse 57
1070 Wien

Capuchin Crypt (Kapuzinergruft) Imperial Crypt

Tegetthoffstraße 2
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -18%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 8,50 €
      reduced ticket price: 7 €

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • 1 and 2 November: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm, 24 and 31 December: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.

  • Guided tours

    • Wednesday - Saturday

      • 2 pm (German)
      • 3.30 pm (English)
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors 142 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
      • Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms: no steps, except 3 steps to the tomb of emperor Franz Joseph and to the burial vault chapel.

      The touching of objects is not permitted due to reasons of preservation.

Wiener Hochschaubahn "Zwergerlbahn"

Prater 113
1020 Wien

Katholische Kirche Neuerdberg

Hagenmüllergasse 33
1030 Wien
  • Opening times

      • 29.05.2024 07:00 - 18:00
      • 30.05.2024 07:00 - 18:00
      • 31.05.2024 07:00 - 18:00
      • 01.06.2024 07:00 - 18:00
      • 02.06.2024 07:00 - 18:00
      • 03.06.2024 07:00 - 18:00

Ice cream parlor Bortolotti

Baumgasse 1
1030 Vienna
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