The many faces of Karlsplatz

Christmas market, bar mile, stage for buskers, open-air cinema – the area in front of St. Charles Church is sometimes quiet, sometimes an eccentric stage and sometimes a fairground for the whole city.


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    Wien Museum

    The Wien Museum is a "universal museum" dedicated entirely to the city of Vienna and its history. The exhibitions touch on everything from the history of the city, art and fashion to everyday culture from all ages, from the first settlement to the present day. The special exhibitions are devoted to topics such as "Sex in Vienna", the Viennese Modernism or the "politics of art under National Socialism". Even at the construction site for the museum's renovation there is something to see - street art on the construction fence!

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    The U4-Pavillon on Karlsplatz

    Also part of the Wien Museum's exhibition space is the Otto Wagner Pavilion on Karlsplatz. This Art Nouveau jewel originally functioned as a station building for the Vienna City Railway. From April to October, a documentation on the life and works of Otto Wagner and the creation of his famous designs such as the church at Steinhof, the K&K Postal Savings Bank and the revolutionary city railway project, can be seen.

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    Heuer am Karlsplatz

    Garden. Restaurant. Bar. This is the short summary of the Heuer am Karlsplatz, which not only has a lot to offer gastronomically. The restaurant focuses on organic, regional suppliers. The barman constantly thinks about what he could conjure up with his (almost countless) different spirits. And in the garden, the Verein KarlsGarten looks after an urban gardening showpiece that aims to create awareness and create a small oasis in the middle of the city centre.

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    The "brut" is not only named after the dry sparkling wine, but also after the Viennese term for "a group of people whose behaviour is perceived as outrageous". The open stage is located in the left wing of the Künstlerhaus and is thus also a direct neighbour of the Wiener Musikverein. The venerable walls - which have been under this name since 2006 - are a gathering place for new theatre, dance and performance. 

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