On one of the hottest days of the year, we call our tour Hietzewelle.
Part of Whoosh's project is to show that every street is interesting,
if you meet the locals and hear the stories. And so Eugene has made
tours starting in 22 different districts. The missing one? Hietzing.
And so we finally complete the collection by exploring this rich,
green, fancy part of Wien West. And Euge has an
emotional connection here, because his
son Josef was born on the Hauptstrasse, in Austria's only
Geburtshaus. And since this was no hospital birth, he was able to DJ
at the birth, in 2012, to inspire his wife to push harder and hurt
less. The song playing as his son popped out: Sigur Ros' Saeglopur.
Following on from the launch of this tour as part of Vienna Walking Week, the Bezirk liked the idea so much, they have commissioned us to repeat it twice, for free, in September. And because we want the insider perspective, Eugene will be joined by colleague, friend and local resident Dominik Nostitz, who is a musician, curator, lawyer, dreamer, poet.
So what makes Hietzing special? It has hills - which are so important
for views and light, but also forests, a zoo, ORF, beautiful villas,
fine cafes, lively village-style life, and of course Schönbrunn (the most-visited tourist site in Austria).
What can we value from the Habsburgs, in terms of their legacy for
Vienna? We will look at Kaiser Franz-Josef's own railway station
(used only twice, since he was not so keen on travelling by train),
why FM4 recently moved here to Küniglberg, how the district votes
(not always as you would expect), and who lives in Vienna's third
largest district. It
is the least densely-populated Bezirk,
the oldest, and the most female. Part
of the reason the population is so old is because of how few migrants
live here. This is also the most Catholic
part of our city.
This is one of the key playgrounds of Wiener Modern, and we will
explore some of their experiments and elegance. We will visit the
graveyard where Otto Wagner, Klimt, Kolo Moser and Dollfuss are
buried. We will look at Klimt's Villa, but Hietzing
is also the home district of Andre Heller, one of the key restless
characters of Vienna, active on so many fronts, from art to music,
history to literature, politics to performance. Other famous
Brezina, Heinz Fischer, Elias Canetti and Hans Moser.
Eugene will explain why eight Gemeindezirken end with the letters
-ing, from Ottakring to Doebling. Some people do not like the
number 13, finding it unlucky, and so this is another reason the
Viennese should use the names of their Districts, instead of all
these boring numbers. Hietzing, statt Dreizehnte!
Until the Nazis got involved in city-planning, Penzing and Hietzing
were one District. The boundaries of this district are now the
Wiental, where the Vienna Woods meet Niederoesterreich, Liesing and Meidling.
It is dominated by green, with 71% of its space nature.
old high street in Hietzing is romantic and atmospheric. Few bombs
fell here, because there was so little industry or railways/bridges.
This was part of the British occupation of Vienna. How many of you
know that singer Marianne Faithfull is the daughter of a British Army
officer and a Viennese woman he met here and took back to Hampstead
This tour is the second half of the tour we made in August, and features plenty of Loos villas, Otto Wagner, Bezirksamt (where we talk politics), Klimt Villa, and the majestic and experimental Werkbundsiedlung, to explore how modern Vienna was in 1932.
Join us for a beautiful summer journey in the leafy west.
To conclude the stroll, we will collect in a Heurige for a glass of wine.
No need to register - just show up on time.