One day during my stay in Vienna, I felt bored of the so much history, geometrically correct buildings, nice paintings and monuments. I needed a change and also, I wanted to something of a newer history of this beautiful city.
First I went here:
Donauturm. Tower is placed on the "other" bank of Danube, a place that most of natural born Vienners don`t consider as a part of Vienna 😛 While I was trying to recalculate a height of a tower acording to the speed of the elevator – we were on the first platform. Wow!!! A sight was excellent…
The blue water is Danube river while the other, dirty one, is from a canal. A canal was made to help citizens in fight against the occasional floods – last time it saved the city 2 years ago (in Belgrade Danube was 4 meters higher than its usual level).
There is also a bungee jumping platform (152m):
But only one look down helped me make a decision: I will never jump from here :yikes:
Instead, I could just enjoy the view
or take a peek into a neighbour`s swimming pools 😛
I went to one level up, ordered a tea in restaurant and almost choked when I saw buildings in a distance were moving – no one told me that reastaurant is moving, making a full 360 degrees turn in about 26 minutes. And I thought… :insane:
In the afternoon I have been in another interesting place. I suppose some of you have already heard about Friedensreich Hundertwasser, famous and controversial Austrian artist. This was one of his projects, in 3rd district (Kegelgasse 34-38 / Löwengasse 41-43):
His concept of this building was that straight geometrical structures are not natural. So, instead of an "ugly", not interesting building, he made something that, in time, became one of the most visited places in Vienna and part of city`s cultural heritage.
At the end I went to Gasometer city. Made at the end of 19th century, it served as container for town gas (flammable gaseous fuel made from coal), during 1899 – 1984, when it was closed because of change in technology and turning from coal to natural gas. It became protected historic landmarks.
Between 1999 and 2001. each gasometer was divided into several zones for living (apartments in the top), working (offices in the middle floors) and entertainment and shopping (shopping malls in the ground floors). The shopping mall levels in each gasometer are connected to the others by skybridges. The historic exterior wall was conserved.
On my way out, I have discovered that nothing I have seen that day was not by chance.
Though written incorrectly, it couldn`t fool me. Big brother is watching. Always.
More photographs here.
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