Church of St. Leopold in Lego

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In real life, the famous Karl Marx Hof is more than a kilometer long. However, in the world of Harald Gach, a freelance artist from Vienna, the epitome of architecture for the Red Vienna of the 1920s measures just 45 centimeters in length and is 12 centimeters tall. "The model is made from exactly 890 pieces of Lego," says Gach, putting a number of his version of the monumental structure. But the Karl Marx Hof is far from being the only historic Viennese building that Gach has created out of Lego bricks. There are currently dozens of them.

From classic to modern

Gach has also replicated Parliament, the State Opera, the Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles) and Otto Wagner's Church of St. Leopold in colorful plastic bricks as well as lesser known historic buildings such as Palais Fraenkel in the 8th district and Theophil Hansen's Palais Erzherzog Wilhelm. He has also been inspired by classics of the 20th century. His collection of impressive Viennese architecture, which he presents at www.viennabricks.at, also includes the high-rise Hochhaus Herrengasse from the 1930s, the Wien Museum designed by Oswald Haerdtl in the 1950s, and Karl Schwanzer's Philips House on the Wienerberg from the 1960s.


Days of planning

It all started five years ago. The initial spark came from his passion for photography. Gach: "Playing with perspective, concentrating on structures and details, simply fascinates me." And Lego was always part of the equation. "My parents had hours of peace with me," says Gach laughing. How long does he need to complete his models? "The planning phase always takes up most of the time. That can often be several days. Building the model takes between 30 minutes and six hours." The exceptional circumstances of recent weeks were good for his creativity: "The quarantine made me particularly productive."



Run aground on the Burgtheater

In any case there's still a great deal more for him to do. Right at the top of the to-do list are Otto Wagner's Austrian Post Savings Bank and another structure from the Red Vienna era in the form of the Bundesrealgymnasium Erlgasse in Meidling. But failure is also part of the game: "I simply can't achieve the Burgtheater on a reasonable scale. Sometimes, however, it takes a few tries and some time out for it to suddenly come together," explains Gach. So the Burgtheater isn't entirely out of the race just yet. Is he sometimes met with amazement when he talks about his unusual building activity? "Strangely, no. And when people see some of the models, they are often speechless."

The models by Harald Gach are also available to buy. An overview of all the buildings can be found at www.viennabricks.at.

At these locations in Vienna you will find the originals to Gach's models:

Karl-Marx-Hof

Heiligenstädter Strasse 82-92
1190 Vienna

Otto Wagner's Church at Steinhof (Otto Wagner Kirche am Steinhof)

Baumgartner Höhe 1
1140 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • 15 March 2024 to 31 October 2024
    • Tu - Fr, 10:00 - 17:00
    • Sa, 14:00 - 17:00
    • Su, 11:00 - 17:00
    • The Otto Wagner Church is closed from 1 November, 2023 until 15 March, 2024.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 12 Steps
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Comments

      Interior: no steps. Access to the church is currently restricted and not possible for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties!

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Opernring 2
1010 Vienna
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • 2 Steps (Swinging doors 87 cm wide)
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Operngasse, Opernring intersection
    • Elevator available
      • Door 80 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 22 Wheelchair spaces available (4 in the stalls/orchestra, 18 seats in the gallery as needed)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tours in ten languages, prior notification for wheelchair users necessary (Tel. +43 1 514 44–2606). Language display.

    • Comments

      Portable ramps available for steps inside building.
      To reserve wheelchair and companion seats for performances, tel. +43 1 514 44-2653 (Mo-Fri, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm)

St. Charles' Church (Karlskirche)

Karlsplatz
1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -21%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Visit of the church including Church model, Panoramic terrace, Treasury and Organ /
      Regular price 9,50€ /
      Savings: 2€

  • Opening times

    • Mo - Sa, 09:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 14 Steps (Door 300 cm wide)
        Heavy wooden door
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Visitors with ID for persons with special needs: free entry.

    • Comments

      Barrier-free access possible via a ramp, door opens via sensor

      Interior: 11 steps. Ask staff for assistance.


High Rise Herrengasse

Herrengasse 6-8
1010 Vienna

Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz 8
1040 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -25%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Discount valid on special exhibitions
      Standard ticket price: 12€ or 8€ (depending on the exhibition) / reduced ticket price: 10€ or 6€

      Tickets available online and on site

      Please book here to get your Vienna City Card discount:

  • Prices

    • The permanent exhibition is accessible free of charge. Free admission to the special exhibitions on the upper floor for all under 19 and every first Sunday of the month.
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 09:00 - 18:00
    • We, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 09:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 09:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Closed on January 1; May, 1 and December, 25.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors 179 cm wide)
        via ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        directly behind the museum (Maderstrasse), access to the museum: no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair for rental, seats available. Permanent exhibition tours for visually impaired visitors by prior arrangement (Tel. +43 1 505 87 47-85 180). Overview map in large print available.

    • Comments

      The exhibition area is accessible via elevator (orientation with Braille) and deducible with the wheelchair.

Palais Ephrussi

Universitätsring 14
1010 Vienna

mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna

Museumsplatz 1
1070 Vienna
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 20:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Closed between 8.1. and 6.6.2024 due to renovation work.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors 120 cm wide)
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main and side entrance as well as restaurant/café: accessible via elevator.


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