Boulevard of Hopes and Dreams

A Viennese museum offers insight views on the development of Austria’s most famous avenue.ring

The Ringstraße, a spectacular boulevard in the heart of Vienna, was created 150 years ago. Expecting nothing less but an urban sensation, the Habsburg family appealed on the city’s most renowned engineers and architects to participate.

“Der Ring. Pionierjahre einer Prachtstraße” (Vienna’s Ringstraße. The Making of a grand Boulevard), now on display at the Wien Museum, does not just feature drafts which led to the buildings that are visited by thousands of tourists each year today like parliament, city hall and State Opera.

The exhibit also presents sketches which were eventually rejected. The exhibit curators created showrooms resembling an architect’s office, ensuring that any nostalgia is avoided.


::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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