Monday, 25 June 2012

Vienna West Railway Station
Grand Arrivals and Departures


Empress Elisabeth
The West Railways were called Empress-Elisabeth-Railways
when the West Railway Station opened in 1858
This marble sculpture by Austrian sculptor Hans Gasser
was placed in front of the station in 1860

Looking East
One of the clerestory windows
of the main passenger hall



McDonald's at Westbahnhof
McDonald's and McCafé
in prime locations -
great to have them, but there
are also branches of local bakeries
and stores that cater to a traveler's needs,
from Treschnievsky's open-faced sandwiches
to Vapiano's pizza
and international dailies and magazines


"In April 1945 the station was hit by bombs and burnt down in the course of battles attending the end of World War II; the roof of the gallery collapsed. After the end of the war, the buildings were by necessity adapted for the needs of rail travel, but a complete reconstruction was decided upon, so the station was torn down in 1949.
A statue from the original facade of the station of the namesake of the original railway Empress Elisabeth still recalls the old station in the lower hall of the new Westbahnhof."
"The rebuilt Westbahnhof designed by Architects Hartiger & Wöhnhart opened in 1952."
Quoted from Wikipedia

Links:
-> Wikipedia's Westbahnhof entry, including information about the recent major renovation and new construction
-> Stores and Facilities at BahnhofCity Vienna West
-> VAPIANO at Westbahnhof
-> McCafé in Vienna (trust me, their Viennese Coffee Melange is excellent!)
Photographed Sunday Morning
Images and Text © by Merisi

13 comments:

  1. I guess McCaffe would not survive in Vienna if they did not serve a decent cup of coffee.
    Love the red VAPIANO font and the woman's red head scarf.

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    1. McCafe is a life saver when I am driving on the Autobahn and need a coffee break (I have had my share of gross coffee before I discovered McC).
      The woman in the read scarf, sheer serendipity! ;-)

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    2. Note to myself: lifesaver! ;-)

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  2. I always thought of taking a picture through the clerestory, now you´re first ;-)

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    1. I have taken pictures there at all hours of the day. So beautiful!

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  3. That tower through the window is very cool.

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  4. Love the statue!
    And the clerestory window too
    Interesting historic info today!
    merci
    as for the red head scarf shot...there are no accidents!

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    1. There are clerestory windows the whole length of the passenger hall!
      ;-)

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  5. Anonymous25 June, 2012

    I WANT MY S T R E D E L back!!!

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    1. Anonymous25 June, 2012

      Affel Danke

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    2. Anonymous25 June, 2012

      APFEL! ooopsie

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    3. A p f e l s t r u d e l !

      ;-)

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