Pathologisch-anatomische Sammlung im Narrenturm
Housed in the Narrenturm (Fool’s Tower), which served as an insane asylum from 1784 to 1866, the Pathological Anatomy collection is not...
The prime exhibits of the Museum of Medical History on the 1st floor of the building are ceroplastic and wax specimen models of the...
In 1853 Franz Josef I survived an assassination attempt when a knife-wielding Hungarian failed to find the emperor’s neck through his...
Also during the summer months, party-goers congregate at Copa Kagrana and Sunken City, an area around the U1 Donauinsel U-Bahn station....
09, Spitalgasse 2 · interesting places nearby
This tiny Jewish prayer house, replete with an atrium roof, is a moving aspect of the Altes AKH university campus. It was built in 1903 for Jewish patients of the hospital and in 1938 the Nazis unleashed their terror upon it. The building was completely revamped in the 1970s, and today it has been resurrected as art and a memorial.
The transparent floor chronicles the fate of the prayer house; one level depicts Max Fleischer’s original design from 1903; above that is a text from the Gestapo about the pogroms of 1938 against Vienna’s Jews; the third layer is a plan of the transformer station. The atrium roof is a glass version of Fleischer’s original roof. Bulgarian-born artist Minna Antova was responsible for these artistic features, which successfully capture a mood of vulnerability. Mostly it’s locked, but you can see inside.