Austria, the country for writers, cake lovers, and mountains. That being said, its architecture does not disappoint. Charming villages with timber-framed houses and old churches against a mountain backdrop are what is synonymous with Austria, but that is not all.
Austria was not always as glorious as it is today, in the early 20th century, Austria was racked by economic difficulties due to Nazi Germany, finally ending with the end of the Cold War in 1995.
The Habsburg dynasty once controlled one of the most spectacular empires the world has ever known. From Habsburg architecture to the modern pieces set in the Alpes, architectural masterpieces are everywhere. Seeing old and new buildings existing side by side in harmony has become part of Austria’s distinctive identity.
Modern Austrian Architecture
Modern Austria boasts some of Europe’s most varied museums and contemporary architecture not to mention attractive and sophisticated cities whose bars, cafés and clubs combine contemporary cool with elegant tradition.
Vienna does not disappoint with its Modern architecture. Friedensreich Hundertwasser, known for his curved lines and lack of colour. Hans Hollein’s glass and concrete Haas House’ at the very centre of the first district just opposite of St. Stephen’s.
Austrian Architecture and the Landscape
Set in within the vast landscape of Austria, amongst the majestic lakes, rows of trees and fairytale-like image, are modern stand outbuildings. Small, villages and farmlands are slowly becoming the place for modern architecture such as the Sölden Ski Resort, recently seen in the Bond film.
These buildings have a lot of thought put into them and as a result fit into the landscape, striving for timeless beauty. Often made of wood and glass, these simple, lightweight structures demonstrate clean lines and sophisticated simplicity. Vorarlberg is the best place to see modern architecture at its best in Austria.
Cities to Visit in Austria
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