Even an avowed hater of modern art can appreciate this. This is Hundertwasser's (born Friedrich Stowasser in 1928) major contribution to the Viennese art world. In a time when artists often try to shock the public or merely impress other members of the rarefied gallery subculture, Hundertwasser's KunstHausWien would be a bastion against the dictatorship of the straight line, the ruler and T-square, a bridgehead against the grid system and the chaos of the absurd. Starting with the façade of the building, adapted from its prior life as a furniture factory, there is a Gaudi-in-Barcelona feel to the place. Windows peek out like eyes from curvy, rounded plaster and colorful paint. It is a Disneyland for grownups.
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Vienna House of the Arts and Nearby Attractions on Map
Opera House(2 km)
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The Albertina is the largest Habsburg residential palace and a popular art gallery in Vienna, with over 50,000 drawings and one million prints dating from Late Gothic to contemporary.
Largest Baroque cathedral north of the Alps, designed by the famous architect Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.
The Danube Island(2.3 km)
Home to Europe's biggest Rock festival.
Has one of the most elaborate Baroque interiors in Europe.
Soviet War Memorial(1.7 km)
An imposing Soviet style monument near Karlsplatz commemorates the Soviet victory in Vienna over the Nazi army.
Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Pavilion(2.1 km)
A city tram stop, designed by Otto Wagner.
The Old Synagogue(1.8 km)
Underneath the Judenplatz (The Jewish Square), you will find this underground medieval synagogue excavation.
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