The Quirky Side Of Vienna: Hundertwasserhaus
Vienna has one of the best collections of royal palaces including the Hapsburg, Belvedere, and Schonnobraun. After your getting your fill of opulent palaces and grand church’s, you can head out to Hundertwasserhaus for a colorful change of pace.
The Hundertwasserhaus is a quirky apartment complex in the city of Vienna. The apartment was the creation of patienter Friedensreich Hundertwasser and architect Josef Krawina. The two began their collaboration in 1979. Construction occurred between 1983 and 1985. The complex contains 53 apartments, 16 private terraces, and 3 communal terraces.
The apartment house features a bold color pallet patched together like a quilt. Mosaics are scattered about. Trees and bushes shoot out from the roof and the walls. Nothing is a straight line and even the pedestrian walkway next to the house is uneven.
Although it was built as and is still an actual apartment complex with people living here, it quickly became a tourist attraction. In a city full of elegance, Hundertwasserhaus is some refreshing counter programming from the rest of Vienna. While this type of building may not draw a lot of attention in a city with eclectic architecture, in Vienna it is a novelty and a popular one.
Being in a residential area, there is not much to do other than take a few pictures and enjoy the scenery. There is a small shop next to the house called Hundertwasserhaus Village with tourist trinkets and place to eat. Overall Hundertwasserhaus is best seen as a fun diversion to the typical Vienna experience.
Hundertwasserhaus is located in the Landstraße district which is in the southeastern part of the city. The nearest metro station is Wein-Mitte which is on the U3 and U4 lines. From there it is about a 10 minute walk and located on the corner of Kegelgasse and Löwengasse. You can also take tram number 1 from Schwedenplatz station to Hetzgasse and the House is located down the street.