Vienna Ugly: Tour of the Worst Buildings
Explore the ugliest buildings in Vienna, including old and new architecture, through a guided walking tour. Some structures are both beautiful and ugly. Only ugliness can help us to discover true beauty, and these two have an interesting relationship in Vienna. We want to take you to the dark side, and explore some very ugly mistakes.
One of our TEAM members did the tour and here is was she has to say.
We’d like to get locals exploring their own city from an innovative perspective. A tour of beautiful palaces would not interest many of them, but this will. There is a fascination with death, failure and melancholy in Vienna, and this tour connects with that Ulrich Seidl mood.
We want to start a useful debate. People on the tour will be asked to vote, so we can produce a top 10 countdown of the ugliest buildings in the city. Through humour, we want to make some serious points about the role of the media, city-planners, fashion, gentrification, postmodernism, UNESCO and greedy developers. After the tour, we invite the group to join us in a bar, and continue the debate.
This is one of the cities with the biggest gap between its fantasy and reality. We want to explore that gap, and maybe close it a little. Vienna is a lot more interesting than its reputation. In the spirit of Conchita, we want to transgress, and surprise people. To show another Vienna, beyond the tired cliches of Sissi and Schnitzel, a city which is more creative, contemporary and adventurous.
Beauty can be boring – but ugly never is. And we love the cinematic qualities of the city at night, so some of our tours will start at midnight.
No registration is possible. Just pay on the day.
All tours are in English, led by Eugene Quinn.