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Vienna off the beaten track

Today we would like to introduce a special guidebook to you, which includes more than 80 fascinating and unusual historical sights in Vienna. Hidden courtyards, mysterious cellars, little-known museums and forgotten cemeteries. The Holy lance, the Fools' Tower, Klimt's last studio and the secret of dreams. James Bond, Montezuma, Harry Lime and the Tattooed Lady. Recommended for visitors to Vienna wishing to discover something a little different!
 
"The streets of Vienna are paved with culture,
the streets of other cities with asphalt."
Karl Kraus (1874-1936)

Only in Vienna: A Guide to Hidden Corners, Little-known Places and Unusual Objects

 
Only in Vienna Vienna is surely one of the grandest, and at the same time most compact, capital cities in Europe. It is also one of the most fascinating. The plethora of available tourist guidebooks offers the undemanding visitor a fabulous (and effortlessly accessible) array of museums, churches, palaces and eateries, reflecting the history of the city from Roman times, via the Habsburg Empire, up to the present day. However, for those with a little more time on their hands, and for those who want to discover something of the place for themselves, this new guide has been expressly written.
It only takes a few minutes of planning, and a glance at a decent street map, to escape the crowds and the orchestrated tours and discover a different Vienna. Based on personal experience, and footslogging all twenty-three of the city´s districts, author and photographer Duncan J. D. Smith points the explorer in a new and unusual direction.
Zwölfapostelkeller This is the Vienna of Roman ruins, medieval cellars and catacombs; tranquil courtyards and romantic fountains; unfrequented museums brimming with fascinating objects; secret gardens and astronomical observatories; Art Nouveau swimming baths and ornate public conveniences (!); film locations from James Bond and The Third Man; not to mention artist Gustav Klimt´s recently discovered last studio. It is also a city with a dark and sinister past, its forgotten Jewish cemeteries and Third Reich anti-aircraft towers still bearing grim witness to terrible times.
Burggarten Fountain Using Vienna´s exemplary transport network the explorer can quite quickly reach all the places described within the book and that´s without detracting whatsoever from the sense of personal discovery that each of these places has to offer. Indeed, directions have been kept to a minimum so as to leave the visitor free to find their own particular path.
Whether walking on the slopes of the Vienna woods where Sigmund Freud pondered the meaning of dreams, relaxing in a tranquil Japanese garden in a quiet suburb, or gazing at what was once thought to be Montezuma´s headdress in the very heart of the city, it is hoped that the visitor will experience a sense of having made the discovery for his or her self.


special thanks for text and pictures go to Duncan J. D. Smith, author of the ground breaking series of the "Only in..." guidebooks. 


We hope you enjoy the visit on this site and your time in Vienna!