The history and contemporary importance of Vienna’s most famous road is now documented by a spectacular picture book. Edited by Alfred Fogarassy, half a dozen of experts contributed articles examining the creation of the city’s Ringstraße. Nora Schoeller took brilliant photos to demonstrate how the boulevard is looking today. However, the Hatje Cantz publication also features many photographs taken inside several palaces located at the Ringstraße – readers can brace for breathtaking ceiling frescoes, golden chandeliers and lavish decorations. “Die Wiener Ringstraße” contains around 200 photographs – old and new, black and white as well as colour shots. The book’s release is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Ringstraße construction kickoff. Franz Joseph I of Austria controversially decided to relocate all of the capital city’s significant institutions at the new boulevard. The result: an undisputed triumph. Now cultural centres and important buildings of bourgeoisie and aristocracy were situated door to door. Today, the Ringstraße is a popular running and cycling route – and it encircles most of the city’s touristic highlights: Burgtheater, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Kärntner Straße and Graben. The road is also a key route for Fiaker horse carriages as many beautiful parks, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), the parliament and the University of Vienna are located right there.
Die Wiener Ringstraße
By Alfred Fogarassy
Published by Hatje Cantz (www.hatjecantz.com)
The funny sides of several German football clubs and their players are now portrayed by a new series of books created by a bestseller author. Ben Redelings, who previously released various soccer anecdotes collections (“Tausche Schwester gegen Endspielkarte”, “Tausche Schwester gegen Endspielkarte”) has no focused on the most popular Bundesliga teams and their history. His 160-page “FC-Album” features hundreds of amusing statements by legendary players of 1. FC Köln such as Pierre Littbarski, Thomas Häßler and Toni Schumacher. Christoph Daum, who once coached the tradition-rich Cologne club, explains why working as a football manager sometimes feels like being an electrician. Ex-striker Toni Polster reveals who he would love to meet, while former Schalke 04 and 1. FC Köln manager Peter Neururer speaks about a drug he is addicted to: the Football Bundesliga. Many photographs and entertaining anecdotes turn this book into the perfect present for die-hard Kölle fans.
Ben Redelings’ FC-Album
By Ben Redelings
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (www.werkstatt-verlag.de)
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