Vienna is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. We need new housing, and so several current developments are converting former railway spaces into contemporary flats. The North Rail Station is in the process of being re-developed. Half of the site is completed, and residents have moved in. The second half of the building will begin in Autumn. But until then, this fascinating part of the city is open for all Viennese to explore.
Join Eugene Quinn to get to know a new part of the city, full of ghosts of the city past.
Stations have a romance of their own, and here we can stand on both the platforms and tracks of the former station. And walk through the ticket hall and storage area. There is a wilderness feeling to much of this large area, since it was closed to the public for decades.
However there is also architectural beauty, in the form of a water tower and large abandoned warehouse. And there is lots of sky to enjoy, in this wide open space. The Architekturzentrum Wien have staged an exhibition exploring the past, present and future of the site, inside the warehouse, and open each Thursday.
This was the railway station which transported Viennese Jews – and other persecuted groups – to the concentration camps, mostly in Belarus.
Date and Time: Wed 9 August, 17:00-19:00
Meet: U/S Bahn Praterstern, exit: Lassalle Strasse, 1020
Problems and Enquiries: 0680 1254354
No reservation is possible – just be there on time.