Impressions from a journey trough the alpine country of Austria in October 2018.
When travelling Austria in October there is a certain mood setting over the country. The heat of summer is over and nature is beginning to prepare for a more harsh season of the year. Still the weather can be pretty nice with blue skies and a more milder, gentler sun. The leaves begin to fall and brown and yellow colours are laying over the landscape. Autumn is here and it is the perfect time for a walk in the hills.
About a year ago I published a series about famous Viennese communal apartment blocks called “Gemeindebau”. The last time around I photographed the “Rabenhof”, i.e. raven court, in the 3rd district. Today I want to introduce to you one of the most famous “Gemeindebauten”; the Karl-Marx-Hof in the north of Vienna, named after the father of communism himself. The large building complex was constructed in the 1930s when Vienna was known as a red city, due to the leftwing government in the town hall. The Karl-Marx-Hof was designed and built by a student of the famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner, Karl Ehn, and stretches over a length of more than 1 km. Along the way there are four tramway stations. The building has a kindergarten, parks and community centres. In the short civil war in 1934 many socialists barricaded themselves in the large fortress-like building and fought against the right wing troops. Luckily there were no deaths. Today life is rather quite here and the Karl-Marx-Hof is a peaceful fortress of the working class.
Winters are not anymore what they used to be in Austria, the climate change doesn’t stop at the Alps unfortunately. As a kid I remember a lot of snow in Vienna, nowadays we don’t see barely any white in the cold season. But of course Austria is more than just Vienna and the conditions largely depend on altitude and location. The following pictures were shot largely in Western Austria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg in the month of December.
The scenery of Innsbruck in the western part of Austria is simply stunning. The capital of the historic region of Tyrol is situated in the Inn river valley between two mountain ranges in the north and in the south. No wonder Innsbruck is known as the capital of the Alps as well in Austria, there is just no place in the streets of the city where you don’t constantly see them. Innsbruck itself is beautiful as well, a quite colorful medieval and gothic town with beautiful sacral and civic buildings and the “Golden Roof”, the cities most famous symbol with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Take a look!
Snippets of my life a few years ago, edited. Shot in Vienna.