There’s a handful of spots in Vienna enchant me every time I walk by them, let’s name one of them: Strudlhofstiege
Strudlhofstiege is situated right in between two main roads of Vienna’s 9th district Alsergrund, actually you might happen to just stumble upon this place by accident not being aware of its historical, architectural and literal background. So let me tell you!
Inspired by the, then yet young and fresh, surroundings of this town’s area Viennese painter and sculptor Peter Strudel founded the ‘Strudlhof’, a private painting school and later Imperial Painting Academy in 1690. Some years after his death Strudlhofstiege was built right next to the Academy’s spot.
I can’t help but love this place. Just think about it! Year after year, generation after generation, this staircase watched Vienna’s city life passing by. Within all this time this spot was lucky to share so many moments… Children running down these steps coming home from school, turtle doves falling in love in a leisure summer night, Grandfathers sitting beside the calm water sprout remembering the old days. So many stories to tell!
The wicked thing is, there’s actually a book picturing one or two of these memories: Heimito von Doderer’s “Strudlhofstiege”, so if you’re up for some classic Viennese literature this might be an idea for your travel’s reading matter.
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