Baedeker’s Austria, 1900, Train Stations and Tramways

18 Dec

[George has been working on this since we got to Vienna! He initially had the whole thing as one blog entry, but it was becoming quite unwieldy, so we broke it into parts. It is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it is relatively accurate.]

Has nothing in Vienna changed in the last century, really?

One of the few books we brought with us was, of course, a Baedeker’s Austria, 9th ed., 1900.  While I have not used it a great deal, I wondered how relevant its information was, so I checked its introductory categories for Vienna.  Spoiler alert — fine hotels and convenient trains, sure, they still are here and recognizable, but baths?  Why would baths persist?

The other posts, slightly out of order from Baedeker’s, are

Train Stations and Tramways

Hotels and Baths

Wines, Restaurants, and Confectioners

Theaters, Concerts, and Music in Churches

Natural History Museum


Train Stations

Baedeker’s:  “Arrival …  Vienna possesses 7 railway stations …”
There was no airport, but of the railway stations, they’re still here —

“Nordbahnhof … 11 Leopoldstadt … near Praterstern”.
Rebuilt in 2004 – 2008 at Nordbahnhofstrasse 5 and now called
Praterstern, a huge mall-like structure into which zillions of
trains seem to arrive and depart. If you’re going into town, your
direction on the U2 or U1 subway is toward Karlsplatz.  They
run frequently from just after 5:00 am to just after mid-night.


Nordbahnhof, 1900.


Praterstern, formerly Nordbahnhof, 2008


“Südbahnhof and Staatsbahnhof … both in X. Favoriten”.  Now called the Hauptbahnhof and in the Südtirolerplatz.  The Hauptbahnhof is now like a very glamorous airport terminal, with tons of shops. Again, if you’re going into town take the U1 toward Karlsplatz.


Suedbahnhof, ca. 1900



Hauptbahnhof, 2010.


“Westbahnhof … XV. Fünfhaus”.  Now very conveniently at
the top of Mariahilfestrasse, at Europaplatz 2, 1150 Wien. It, too, is now quite glamorous, and has shops that are open on Sunday, when other shops are closed. Into town, take the U3 toward Simmering or the U1 toward Leopoldau.


Westbahnhof, ca. 1900


Wien Westbahnhof Zentrum, 2008-2011


“Franz-Josef-Bahnhof … IX. Alsergrund, Althan-Platz”.  At
Alserbachstrasse and Althanstrasse.  One of the more neglected of the stations, it was renovated completely in the early 2000s, and is now a hub only for regional trains. Toward town, take the streetcar S40.


Franz-Josef-Bahnhof, ca. 1880.


Franz-Josef-Bahnhof, ca. 2012.

“Aspanger Bahnhof…III. Landstrasse Rennweg”. The only station that no longer exists, and for good reason: it was from here that the Jewish citizens of Vienna were put on trains to the concentration camps. Demolished in 1977, tucked behind the Belvedere, it is now the Platz der Opfer der Deportation–the Square for the Victims of Deportation.



Let me give it to you so: it is difficult to translate from Baedeker’s 1900 to current bus, tram, and underground lines, but at,  with a bit a patience, you can figure out how to get from anywhere to anywhere else in Vienna.

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