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Karlsplatz Station, Vienna, Austria

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Vienna: Karlsplatz Station

In 1898, Vienna was filled with new ideas from luminaries like Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, and Otto Wagner. It was the height of the Viennese Secession, and Wagner’s Jugendstil (“young style”) stations—made from steel and marble—caused quite a stir. Wagner’s Court Pavilion in Hietzing was intended as the royal family’s personal subway station, with royal trimmings to match (today it’s a popular wedding destination). Meanwhile, regular citizens were treated to works like the Karlsplatz station, a classic example of Wagner’s vision.

Don’t Miss: The station acts as a museum for the great architect’s work, displaying original blueprints, master plans, and precious details of stations now gone.

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