Alsergrund is a diverse, lively, but often villagey central district. It still votes red, and is dominated by the University of Vienna and the AKH. But we will of course go beyond the familiar to new spaces around Spittelau and the Alte WU, Summer Stage on Donaukanal (in the hottest week of the year) and VinziRast, to Sigmund Freud and Hundertwasser, Votivkirche and new U2/U5 build, Otto Wagner (stations, palace, church and theatre) and Servitenviertel, beautiful Sobieskiplatz and Bertha-Löwi-Weg, to Palais Liechtenstein and the Quartier Francais, WUK and Volksoper, some traditional and hip cafes, Altes AKH and Med Uni, Franz-Josefs Bahnhof and American embassy, Gürtel bars and Rossauerkaserne, Narrenturm and Strudelhofstiege. Why is it called Alsergrund?, why Rendi Wagner's first challenger came from SPÖ here?, and of course some lost places, like on all our tours. It is a lively, spicy mix, and makes this a colourful, pretty walk.
This walk is one of 16 tours in 8 days, collectively known as Vienna Walking Week, which is Whoosh's attempt to keep more Viennese from travelling far away in Summer, and instead exploring their own places more deeply, with humour, politics, community and stories.