I write that this was not a terribly interesting walkabout.
Meidling is Vienna’s 12th district. Nothing in particular stands out about the district, but the district, like all others, has Kunst am Bau. My only other visit to Meidling was on a snowy day, to tour the more-interesting-than-you-might-think, Museum of Heating Culture.
With an agenda-free day on the calendar I thought to revisit my version of treasure hunting, seeking out the Kunst am Bau that decorates some of the city’s public housing construction. Until I actually tallied the blog posts I thought I was nearly finished with this little project, but, no, there are two districts still in draft and a half dozen or so waiting to be explored. Well, then.
This post is really more like the second half of my walk through Währing, Vienna’s 18th district. In the spring of 2015 I paid a visit to Kutschkermarkt, Währing’s farmer’s market, with a little wandering about for good measure. Little did I know at the time that Währing would become our new home!
A couple of weeks ago, inspired by an article I had read about Vienna’s “Best Knacker” at Fleischerei Bauer near our house, Anna Grace and I decided to combine a Gemeindebau walk with a “Best Knacker” lunch.
At Tempelgasse, a mosaic depicting Vienna’s largest synagogue, Leopoldstadter Tempel, destroyed on Kristallnacht 1938.
On this site in Vienna a very famous German circus took place for over 100 years. The mosaic was restored in 2002 and sparkled even on our gray day.
A tile mosaic of the walled city of Vienna in 1699, with Stephansdom rising prominently.
We walked down “Braunhirshengasse,” the Brown Deer Passage. Makes perfect sense.
We also walked down Grimmgasse, so named for the Brothers Grimm, who never spent any time in Vienna. Makes no sense whatsoever.
Near the parish church was this plaque to John Adam, a Prince of Liechtenstein.
The parish church.
A complementary pair of marketgoers.
At Thury-Hof I found pretty arcades and a “conceptualization of National Socialistic Art” that calls one to remember the expelled Jewish persons who resided in this community housing.
Following WWII, efforts were made to transport approximately 35.000 war-traumatized Austrian children to Switzerland for recreation and relaxation. The Palais Lichetenstein was used as a coordination point for the Swiss Red Cross to prepare children for travel. In 2005 many of the “Swiss Children,” or “Östricherli,” were on hand to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII with the plaque at the entrance to the grounds.