Hundertwasser House
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Green walls – Nature meets architecture

As early as the 1980s, the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser was creating a stir with his natural designs in Vienna. As an "architecture doctor", Hundertwasser's goal was to reshape austere buildings by introducing irregular structures and vegetation in a harmonious fashion. The 3rd District's Hundertwasserhaus, the greenest apartment complex in central Vienna, the Hundertwasser Village across the street with a shop and cafe, and the Kunst Haus Wien, the Hundertwasser Museum, are all famous. Both the rooftops and walls of these three buildings are greened with trees, shrubbery and flowers in surprising, bright colors.

Did you know that Vienna's green belt has tripled in size since 1905 to 19,000 hectares, and almost completely encircles the city?

At the Hotel SO/ Vienna, there's an excellent view of another "Green Wall" in Vienna: the interior courtyard of a building designed by architect Jean Nouvel, which contains a 600 m2 free-standing steel construction on which 20,000 different plants form a paradisiacal vertical urban garden. The wall explodes in colors that correspond to the seasons. This "Mur végétal" was designed by the French botanist Patrick Blanc, who unites architecture and nature in his vertical parks. His "green walls" can be admired worldwide in museums, hotels and shopping centers.

A truly green oasis is the Roman Market Hall in the former stock exchange on Schottenring. That's hardly surprising. After all, the Lederleitner flower shop, whose magnificent blooms and colors also adorn Restaurant Hansen in the Market Hall, is at home in the rooms located in the basement. Green fans will also feel good in the restaurant Palmenhaus im Burggarten, which is situated in a 15 meter-tall greenhouse built at the turn of the last century and filled with palms and other exotic plants.

Did you know that more than half of Vienna's municipal area is covered with greenery? This includes not only parks and gardens but countless green roofs and walls as well.

Even along the Wiener Gürtel, the main transit corridor around Vienna's central districts, more and more parks and green spaces are being integrated to contribute to the improvement of air quality. The first step was the greening of the facade of the Agency for Waste Prevention and Separation.

Hundertwasser Village

Kegelgasse 37-39, 1030 Wien
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Hundertwasser House

Kegelgasse 37-39, 1030 Wien
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Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 , 1030 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 30% off (bis zu 30%) / 3,30/3,60€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • 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
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors )
    • Elevator available
      • 250 cm wide and 120 cm low , Door 200 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance and access to the restaurant / café: no steps, , floors are uneven, elevator.

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Schottenring 16 , 1010 Wien
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Hansen Restaurant

Wipplingerstraße 34, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 09:00 - 23:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 17:00
    • closed Sun, hols/ different opening hours in summer - check website
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Brasserie Palmenhaus (Palm House)

Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Mo - Fr, 10:00 - 00:00
    • Sa, 09:00 - 00:00
    • Su, 09:00 - 23:00
    • on holidays, 09:00 - 22:00
    • See website for winter opening dates and times
  • Accessibility

    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
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