24 May, 2017
Until the First World War the city of Vienna was one of the five largest metropolitan cities worldwide. After that Vienna became the metropolitan hydrocephalus of a smaller European country. The population size slipped clearly below the mark of two million inhabitants. The past glory, however, has remained perceptible for everyone up to the present date, in part due to the construction and property portfolio. Yet since the fall of the Iron Curtain the city has been experiencing a renaissance once again. The metropolis is increasingly assuming its former capacity again as a link between Central and Eastern Europe. Today the growing city is once more the second largest municipality in the German-speaking region after Berlin and ahead of Hamburg.
After two days of meetings with customers we had the opportunity to explore the city first hand and on foot from west to east on a one-day 12-kilometre hike.
We set off on our hike in the western part of the city at Schönbrunn Palace and end our trip in Donaucity located in the east.
The baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its vast 160-hectar park is today a world heritage site and a tourist highlight in the centre of Europe. Through an underground station the estate is linked to the rapid transit railway system of the city.
The outer Mariahilfer Straße runs eastwards approximately from the castle to Wiener Gu?rtel, one of the outer ring roads, past Westbahnhof. A heterogeneous peripheral development with historic investment properties of varying dimensions can be experienced
The historic terminus station spontaneously presents itself as a modern architectural ensemble. The railway station was only comprehensively renovated in 2010. A shopping centre is also integrated in the compound. However, in recent years the railway stat
The renovated station concourse as an architectural testimony to the 1950s.
The inner Maria Hilfer Straße from Westbahnhof presents itself as an urban space that is bordered with upper-class investment properties. The tram has disappeared from the cityscape here. An efficient underground railway line runs below the pedestrian zon
A few metres away from the well-frequented shopping street, a quiet, freshly renovated inner courtyard.
Away from the restaurant chains represented everywhere worldwide, Trzesniewski also presents itself as a local Viennese institution with its canapés on the almost endless Mariahilfer Straße.
Just like in Munich in Kaufinger Straße, a baroque church from 1716 also offers a welcome diversion here in the cityscape.
The ring road has already been crossed upon reaching Albertinaplatz. The ring road became the urban milestone in the second half of the 19th century. A sought-after place for the development of projects by property investors. The established Albertina art
Der gotische Dom im Zentrum der alten Stadt. Heute ein Sakralbau, der auch stark vom touristischen Kommerz geprägt ist.
After crossing the Danube Canal, by no means crossing the Danube yet, we have left the tourist highlight of the old town again. A cityscape with clearly plainer investment properties shows itself. There are noticeably fewer pedestrians walking around, als
An inner city traffic hub of the underground and suburban railway station Praterstern. A gateway to undoubtedly the most famous historical amusement park in the world beside Copenhagen’s Tivoli.
Vienna is not only characterised by stately buildings but in large parts of the city also by impressive municipal apartment blocks that were built in vast numbers in the urban area after the end of the monarchy. With approximately 270,000 units it is to b
It is somewhat surprising, actually located between the association buildings is the largest hemp shop in Europe on the wide avenue-like Lasallestraße; comparisons with Berlin’s Karl-Marx-Allee are not necessarily misplaced. It is said to be a transgressi
In Lasallestraße an impressive, opulent municipal residential ensemble
Passed Handelskai over the Reichsbrücke and across Danube Island we reach the rather seemingly futuristic Vienna in the shape of Donaucity. The large-scale investment properties of the institutional investors are located here.
Donau City is a great contrast to Mariahilfer Straße, steeped in tradition, and to the district of Mariahilf. It all seems somewhat cold and empty here – however, it is still the colder half of the year now.