This house on Burggasse/Breite Gasse is the smallest house in Vienna. It’s only 14 metres squared in total. Which is kind of incredible! It was built in 1872 by Josef Durst. The family Schmollgruber has inhabited (or at least had a shop there) the house since it was built. It’s a clock shop/goldsmith, but today the shop also has part of the neighbouring building floor, so it’s not THAT tiny anymore.
Apparently the house’s name has changed three times: first, it was called “To the green grape” (Zur grünen Weintraube), then “To the golden lamb” (Zum goldenen Lamm), and finally “To the golden stag” (Zum goldenen Hirschen). I always find it funny how houses and pubs have the prefix “To the” in front, perhaps some day I’ll find out exactly why that is. Although it does almost sound like a toast…. “To the golden stag!”
This house on Favoritenstrasse was comissioned by the Zentralsparkasse (a bank) in the middle to late 1970s, for their use as a bank and also as a community centre. The house was designed by Günther Domenig, and he considered this as his final work of art. The house seems to be wedget too tightly between the buildings next to it, and many details were not planned but were put in on the spot, as they were building the house (Source: Wikipedia)
I like it, it’s a cool edition to the feel of Favoritenstrasse. You can find it between Keplerplatz and Reumannplatz on the U1.
Prater has some rather weird things in it. Like this lazer-dome.
I also came across this last time I was there:
Like, what is this?!
Clearly it’s time to go home.
I could take this as proof that I live in a house of retards. And at the same time a little voice is telling me that I should just join them… if I have to pay for their rubbish, it might just be better to join the stupidity, so that I’m not paying for nothing, right? Tricky situation.
Can be found on Kahlenbergerstrasse. About nr 140 I think. I find it hilarious, but then what do I know. I heard it belonged to a sheikh. And someone I met at a bar who owns a house further up told me that it used to belong to an African king. In any case it seems totally excessive in the quiet vineyards of Grinzing, to have cameras, light columns and several fences with barbed wire to keep out the occasional jogger or mountain biker that comes up here.
It’s getting greener and slowly, but surely, it’s going towards the opening of this place again. I’ve never been there, but some say it’s nice. MOST I know however say it’s where the rich kids and wannabe celebs go to be seen, and seeing as I am on the bus all summer observing the people who get on the bus after being here, I can say that it seems to be true. But then that’s extremely subjective! 🙂
Albert Einstein apparently lived in this house from 1927 to 1931, as a guest of Professor Felix .. um…Ehrenkaft? could be. Wow… I’m fairly certain that if I were to stay anywhere for 4 years as a guest, the host would get really sick of me. Maybe Einstein was a more lovable creature? could be.