Labyrinth at Schwarzenbergplatz
© Lisa Rastl

Labyrinth in the center of Vienna

The labyrinth at Schwarzenbergplatz in the center of Vienna consists of 400 local decorative and cultivated plants and has a diameter of 33 meters. The 310-meter path leads to a ceramic sculpture by the artist Maria Jannsen with the title “Nutshell” at the labyrinth’s center. The occasion for this freely accessible outdoor installation is the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018: labyrinths are one of the ancient cultural treasures of mankind. This symbol for the human journey of life is over 5,000 years old.

Different labyrinths in European cultural history are presented on banners on the outside of this installation. An octagonal pavilion shows different labyrinths from Viennese collections: e.g. the Roman Theseus Mosaics at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, the labyrinth illustration in the Gospel book of Otfrid von Weißenburg at the Austrian National Library and a sketch of a garden labyrinth from the workshop of Bernhard Fischer von Erlach from the Albertina.

Sharing Heritage: Labyrinths in Europe

April 14 - June 3, 2018
Daily 9:00 - 19:00 pm, free admission
Guided tours: We 18:00 and Su 11:00


Schwarzenbergplatz, 1030 Wien
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