In cooperation with Wien Museum
On Otto Wagner’s birthday, and 100 years after he died, we celebrate the work of this radical Vienna architect, by exploring all his buildings in a single day. In previous years, we staged a Grosse Marsch through Vienna, visiting every Bezirk. This summer, we play with the format, by looking at all of Otto Wagner, and the way he influenced our home town. 35 buildings, 16 Bezirke!
We will have special access to several unusual buildings, a birthday fest, and various experts to give us more context.
Tour leader: Eugene Quinn
Reservations through Wien Museum website: https://www.wienmuseum.at/de/veranstaltung/stadtwanderung-alles-gute-otto-2018-07-13-5158.html
ALLES GUTE OTTO Tour Q&A
Will you visit all of Wagner’s buildings in Vienna?
No. We believe there are eight which we do not have time to see. But 36 examples is plenty of architecture for one day.
Isn’t it crazy to make a 12-hour tour?
So why are you organising this event?
More than Theophil Hansen or anyone else, Otto Wagner is responsible for how our city looks today. 100 years after his death, we want to get a sense of the range and ambition of his ideas. And to understand how adventurous and wild Vienna was in that period. And some of the features of the day we are organising will not be available anywhere else this year. We plan some surprises.
And we see this adventure as not just a look at this classic Vienna stylist, but also at the city itself in summer 2018, since we will be visiting so much of our town in a single day.
Is the tour by bus?
We will travel by Wiener Linien tram, metro and bus, but also on foot. There is no private bus, because we want to get closer to the city.
Will there be breaks?
Yes of course. We want the whole group to enjoy the tour, so we have stops planned in interesting and unusual locations.
Do I need to be physically fit to go on this day?
If you are not used to walking, then this tour will not be suitable for you. You will sleep well at the end of this day!
What if the weather is too hot or wet?
We will make the tour in any weather.
Will we go inside each building?
No, because we do not have time, and some of them are private family homes. But we will see the interior of several key buildings, some of them usually closed to the public.
How long will we spend in front of each piece of architecture?
Because we have a lot on our programme, in some cases we will only spend five minutes in front of some structures.
Who is the guide on this tour?
Eugene Quinn is a London-born, Vienna-based urbanist, who is interested in telling new stories about Vienna. He works for the Vienna non-profit group space and place, and organises unusual events across the city to build community, start debates and celebrate Vienna. He looks forward to hearing your opinions on the day.
Can I join the tour later, or leave early?
Yes of course. In case you want to find us later in the day, please call Eugene on 0680 1254354. But our focus is on a core group who really want to go deeper into the city, and stick with an intense and fascinating opportunity. This kind of tour rarely happens – in any city.
What should I bring on the day?
Camera, water, a sandwich, a Wiener Linien day pass, and lots of impressions of your experiences of Otto Wagner in Vienna.
Are you worried about it being Friday 13th?