Since it’s too hot here to think for myself, I turned to another guide book walking tour to help me explore Vienna. There’s no shame in that.
My starting point was a green and shady park in Alsergrund, Vienna’s 9th District and one of our neighboring districts to the south. The park, Sigmund Freud Park, was so named because the famous psychologist lived in the district and liked to visit here.
The city of Vienna has placed many of these lounge chairs in the park for general use. “Vienna is well?” What would Freud think?
The neo-Gothic style, it is said, confuses many tourists who think they are viewing Stephansdom. Silly tourists.
A peek inside, and the sheer absence of people would be the first clue that this church is not Stephansdom. But it is still splendid.
The main altar.
Like Stephansdom, Votivkirche is made with white sandstone and needs to be cleaned frequently. This worker appears to need some heavenly oversight, however.
The next stop on my tour of Alsergrund was the old Vienna general hospital grounds; in particular, the Narrenturm, or Fool’s Tower, now the Pathology Museum. Alas, it was closed.
The last stop on my walk was the Palais Lichtenstein, but just the gardens. Organized tours of the Prince of Lichtenstein’s home and his stately, imperial collection is by reservation only. En route, though, I had the delight of walking down the Strudlhofstieg, a beautiful Art Nouveau set of stairs connecting through to the palace.
Peeking through the fence at Palais Lichtenstein.
Scaffolding on the Arc de Triumphe-like entry. What a surprise.
The palace gardens make for a wonderful stroll.
Across the small pond is Palais Alserbach, an office building. I do not know if the building ever housed royalty.
On the very edge of the gardens is where haughty, or naughty statues go for a nap.