During my Vienna visit in late November, I noticed three changes that might interest past and future visitors. Two of the changes were positive and one is annoying.
|Front Entrance to the Vienna Main Train Station|
|Modernistic Design of the Main Train Station|
|Top Floor of the Main Train Station|
|Information Board on the Top Floor of the Main Train Station|
|Burger Brothers Restaurant on the Top Floor of the Main Train Station|
|Great Bakery on the Second Floor of the Main Train Station|
With the opening of the train station, Vienna is helping travelers avoid the need to travel between stations for their trips. For example, when I was living in Vienna in 1972-73, travelers who arrived from Budapest and wanted to continue to Italy would have to get out at the West Train Station and travel by tram or taxi to the South Train Station. No longer.
Vienna’s second change is that Herrengasse is now a pedestrian zone from Schottengasse to the Hofburg entrance, though taxis and fiaker can still drive on it. The road has been filled in to eliminate the curb. For people who do not drive, this change makes walking along the narrow road much safer and faster. It should be noted that the rest of Herrengasse from the Hofburg to the Albertina Museum is open to automobiles and buses.
The third change in Vienna is mostly an irritation. Two multi-story buildings are being constructed in the open space between the front to the main Hofburg building at Heldenplatz and the entrance to the Volkspark. These new, temporary buildings, behind the back of the statue of Archduke Charles, block views from the Hofburg toward the Parliament building and the Rathaus.
|Herrengasse near Palais Kinsky|
|Famous Cafe Central along Herrengasse|
|Statue of Archduke Charles on Heldenplatz, with Parliament (left) and the City Hall (right) in the distance; this|
view will be blocked by the temporary Parliament buildings being constructed behind the statute
|Construction on Heldenplatz near the end of November, 2016|