Everyone knows Vienna is beautiful. But we want to take you to the dark side, and explore some very ugly mistakes, on a walking journey.
We’d like to get locals exploring their own city from an innovative perspective. A walk of beautiful palaces would not interest many of them, but this will. There is a fascination with death, failure and melancholy in Vienna, and this walk connects with that Ulrich Seidl mood.
We want to start a useful debate. People on the walk will be asked to vote, so we can produce a top 10 countdown of the ugliest buildings in the city. Through humour, we want to make some serious points about the role of the media, city-planners, fashion, gentrification, postmodernism, UNESCO and greedy developers.
This is one of the cities with the biggest gap between its fantasy and reality. We want to explore that gap, and maybe close it a little. Vienna is a lot more interesting than its reputation. In the spirit of Conchita, we want to transgress, and surprise people. To show another Vienna, beyond the tired cliches of Sissi and Schnitzel, a city which is more creative, contemporary and adventurous.
You have to come on the walk to find out which buildings we consider ugly! It will include old and new architecture. Some structures are both beautiful and ugly. Only through ugliness can we discover true beauty, and the two have an interesting relationship in Vienna.
Current tours of Vienna focus on the old city. We need new stories to tell.
Beauty can be boring – but ugly never is. And we love the cinematic qualities of the city at night, so some of our walks will start at midnight.
All walks are in English, led by Eugene Quinn. This walk can also be arranged for private groups and school students, to practice their English.
14 May, 10:30 (€5 cost contribution)
4 June, 10:30 (€5 cost contribution)
2 July, 10:30 (€5 cost contribution)
6 August, 10:30 (€5 cost contribution)
Meeting Point: Augarten park entrance, opposite Obere Augartenstrasse 40, 1020
Public Transport: U2, Taborstrasse
No registration is possible. Just pay on the day. Any questions: Eugene Quinn +43 680 1254 354 firstname.lastname@example.org