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Vienna: 2-Hour Secrets of Vienna Walking Tour

Discover Red Vienna, the 1920s and 30s Art Deco socialist housing estates built to creatively tackle public housing needs in the city after the bombing of WWI. Enjoy a guided walk through Vienna’s 2 largest projects: Karl Marx-Hof and the Reumannhof.

Encounter the architecture of an era that is truly off the beaten track in Vienna, and one that visitors seldom discover on their own.

The end of World War I saw the collapse of the Austro-¬Hungarian Empire and 600 years of Hapsburg rule. In 1919 the socialists won an absolute majority in Vienna city government, a position of power they maintained until 1934. This 15-year period was known as Red Vienna.

To lead Vienna out of the rubble of defeat and into a new era, the government introduced numerous legislative initiatives, tackling labors rights and public housing.

On a 3-hour guided walk you’ll experience the fascinating and gargantuan Art Deco public housing estates that were built in the 1920s and 30s on the outskirts of the city. A total of 60,000 new apartment units were constructed between 1925 and 1934.

These estates are striking to explore and learn about, as they were built to be ideal worlds with small but practical housing units, common baths, public squares, and communal green areas. Spaces were allotted for shops, libraries, theaters, kindergartens, medical clinics, laundromats, and political clubs.

Visit 2 such council estates on this tour. The most famous and largest is Karl Marx-Hof, dubbed the Ringstrasse of the Proletariot. It was built by urban planner Karl Ehn, a follower of the city’s famous Art Nouveau architect, Otto Wagner. Just a short metro ride from Karl Marx Hof is the second estate on the tour, the Reumannhof.

With a historian as your guide you’ll learn about the political vision behind the civic functions incorporated into these housing complexes, as well as the sophisticated aesthetic philosophies that were introduced. The overriding goal was to create humble but charming structures in an Art Deco vernacular that would provide lower middle class and working class Viennese with a new sense of community and social uplift.

You’ll also learn about the clumsy propaganda of the socialist politicians and the naïve failings of their attempts to produce a utopian solution for the massive post¬war social problems in the city. In the end, insurmountable economic devastation led both to the defeat of Vienna’s socialist experiment and to the takeover of Austria in 1938 by the Nazis.

Details

Confirmation
48 Hours
Duration
3 Hours
Transport
Not Included
Voucher Type
E-Voucher
Amendment
No Amendments Allowed
Refund
No Refunds Allowed

Operating Hours

Tour departs at 9.30am. 

Meeting Point:

In front of Anker Bakery, Heiligenstadt Bahnhof, 1190 Vienna. Please exit the station first, the Bakery is outside.

What You Get

Includes

  • Guided walk through the architecture of Red Vienna with a historian guide

Excludes

  • Public transport costs

How to Use

  • Kindly present a printed or mobile copy of your voucher at the location

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damage caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with your digital pass within two days. Passes are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Adult
$282.00
Age 13 and Above

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