Take a trip back in time with the following images of Vienna and for those that also have a more recent photo, compare them to the historical photographs. Not only do these amazing photographs depict how the Austrian capital has developed over the years, some of the more recent photos also illustrate how some areas have remained strikingly similar to the way they were decades—if not centuries—ago.
Karls Church c.1965
Erected in 1737, this iconic Baroque church has undergone various reconstructions in its lifetime. This photograph shows the area in the 1960s, before the addition of the Henry Moore sculpture in the fountain.
Karls Church today
Praterstrasse c. mid 20th century
This prominent street in the 2nd District is full of traffic and pedestrians today, in stark contrast how quiet it appears to have been many years ago.
Apollo Kino c.1950
This cinema opened its doors in the 1920s. One of the largest cinemas in all of Austria, it continues to be one of the most prominent landmarks on Gumpendorfer Straße.
Mariahilferstrasse c. early 20th century
One of Vienna’s busiest pedestrianised shopping strips, this photograph shows the area before World War II.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral c.1863
With countless architectural additions, St. Stephen’s Cathedral has changed dramatically over the years. Much of it was destroyed during World War II—including the iconic mosaic roof, which was later restored to its former glory.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral today
Palmenhaus in Schönbrunn c.1910
The Palmenhaus today
Donaupark c. mid 20th century
Belvedere Palace c.1875
As visible from these photographs from the past and present, this Imperial structure has remained largely unchanged since its construction.
Belvedere Palace today
The Vienna State Opera House c.1861
Now one of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks, these photographs show the mammoth construction site in 1861 and the magnificent building after its completion.
Vienna State Opera House today
A Bird’s Eye View of Vienna: then
A Bird’s Eye View of Vienna: today
Originally a hunting ground for the Viennese royals, the Emperor declared the park to be freely available to the public in 1766.
Prater Amusement Park today
Neubaugasse c. early 20th century
Now one of the city’s trendiest areas, this photo depicts the street of Neubaugasse in quainter times.
Haus Des Meeres c. mid 20th century
Constructed by Hitler during World War II, this Nazi Flak tower in the 6th District is now the city’s public aquarium.