View from the intersection
of Josefstädter Strasse and Piaristengasse,
with the venerable Theatre in the Josefstadt
(Josefstädter Theater) to the left,
and the scaffolded bell tower, the "Steffl",
of St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)
on the far horizon .
and Imperial Palace
This is the view from Rathausplatz,
with the Parliament building rising to the right,
and the cupola of the Imperial Palace's (Hofburg) St. Michael's Wing (Michaelertrakt)
beckoning on the horizon.
Walking downhill on Josefstädter Strasse,
at the intersection with Lenaugasse and Auersperstrasse,
the street becomes first Stadiongasse, then Rathausplatz.
At Rathausplatz, you can see the Austrian Parliament building to your right, and to your left extends a park with the City Hall building and, on the other side of the Ringstrassen Boulevard, the Burgtheater.
The Austrian Parliament
View from the Volksgarten's Rose Garden
in front of the Parliament building
The Rose Garden and,
in the background,
the cupola of the Museum of Natural History.
Vienna is a witch.
She sure knows how to pull me in!
I have never walked out of sheer lust
of enjoying the sights
as much as I do here.
Yesterday was one of those days
when I succumbed once again to her spell.
I was standing at a tram stop
way up in Hernals, the 17th District,
when it struck me.
Why take the tram on a day
with beautiful light like this?
I started pondering the possibilities.
Might as well walk,
and take a few pictures!
my boots started walking
and carried me
all the way downhill,
to the First District,
and not on the shortest route either.
Yesterday's and today's images
show but a few sights I encountered
along that walk.
Tabucchi probably would call it
because in Vienna
walking not only means communing
with one's surroundings,
but with people and events of the past.
You'd like to do more walking?
Just click on any of the images,
plenty of walks ahead, and even
a coffee stop or two
along the way!