Brigittenau, Vienna’s 20th district, lies to the northeast of the Inner Stadt, on the old island between the Danube Canal and River. As city districts go, I found my walkabout here to contain a higher concrete-green space ratio than other districts (rebuilds following WWII destruction); that, combined with the overcast skies, made the district seem a bit forlorn. I should perhaps return on a cheerier weather day.
Alighting from the tram I spotted my first mosaic. Graffiti is so disappointing.
Hannovermarkt is the local market, and I always have time for a market stop. The district is home to a large Serbian and Turkish population, reflected in the groceries and home goods available. An unexpected sight was an area where vendors had collected slightly-wilted but still perfectly usable produce–I’ve not seen that at any other market in Vienna!
I liked this nod to both the diversity and the cultural similarity of the neighborhood at one of the restaurants near the market.
Continuing, my next mosaic was a cosmic series placed throughout the green space of a large community housing complex.
Engerthstraße offered a bumper crop of Kunst am Bau! An sgraffito mosaic commands an intersection space.
Further down the street, a lovely tropical flower colored-glass relief to greet commuters at a Straßenbahn terminus.
Two more mosaics were also discovered, both decorating Eigentumswohnungen, or private condominium buildings.
Donau-Haus, rather self-explanatory from the tiles.
In general I do not specifically seek out Stolpersteine, the stones placed on the homes and in front of businesses of Jewish people who were deported. From something else I had read, however, I learned that Brigittenau was home to one of Vienna’s first “concentration camps,” a school that been converted to a Gestapo prison, and now houses (in addition to remaining a school), an exhibit on the lives of some of the students-turned-prisoners that I thought might be interesting.
Making my way to the school.
The school is (obviously) renovated and sits unassumingly along a residential street. At the entrance there are Stolpersteine and a small announcement of the exhibit. Unfortunately, the exhibit is only accessible during the school year. Some other time, perhaps.