The Forward Building and Vienna’s Working Class


Along the Rechte Wienzeile, you may have noticed a rather stark and austere building crowned by an eye-catching clock sandwiched between a male and female statue. It is known as the Vorwärts-Gebäude and was built between 1907 and 1909 by the brothers Franz and Hubert Gessner, both of whom were architects. The statues that keep…

Take a stroll at the Reumannhof


Gazing out the window on an afternoon ride on the #6 tram, depending on which side you are sitting on, you may slowly roll past a large and impressive social housing building on the Margaretengürtel. It looks much like other social housing buildings, though the size and style of it captures the attention more than…

The Vorwärts House


Vienna’s Wienzeile is not only dominated by the famous Otto Wagner but also by one of his pupils, Hubert Gessner, who was considered as the architect of trust of the Social Democratic Party during the time of Red Vienna. He built not only many buildings during that period, but also important ones. Especially the building…

The Story of the Schönbrunner Hof

Vienna Tours

Although the Schönbrunn Palace gets most of the attention, there is another building in Vienna with a remarkably similar name that might also deserve a second glance when you’re walking by: the Schönbrunner Hof in the 5th district. It was built in 1904 according to designs by the architect Heinrich Kestel, in which he mixed…

The story of the Margaretner Schloss

City Tour of Vienna

The Margaretner Schloss in Vienna’s fifth district is quite famous as it has a nice and old architecture and part of it is known as the Schlossquadrat, where some restaurants are located. At some point before the 16th century the building complex located here was known as the Margaretner Schloss, but the complex that stands…