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Vienna in Season

Photographed in Vienna, Austria in October 2019.

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Austria in Fall

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.

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Fortress of the Working Class: Karl-Marx-Hof

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.

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