Hidden Architecture Gem near Vienna – Jungendstil Houses in Brunn am Gebirge
For architecture enthusiasts, the Jugendstil buildings of the Fin-de-Siècle are a must-see in Vienna. But did you know that in the small town of Brunn am Gebirge, just outside of Vienna, there is an entire street with Jugendstil buildings?
By accident, my mum discovered the street in an article. As we had never heard about this Jugendstil area, we decided to stop in Brunn on our way to Vienna on a sunny spring morning.
The beginning of the street looks like a typical Austrian country-side residential area of the late 19th century and early 20th century.
You might feel like walking through a scene of Ödön von Horvath’s “Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald”.
But when you reach number 22 of Franz-Keim-Gasse, the atmosphere changes drastically with a row of white Jugendstil houses. Even after more than 100 years, these buildings seem extremely modern.
From 1902 ownards, the architect Sepp Hubatsch constructed ten two-family homes on his own land which had been used as vineyards. Two of the houses remained his property.
All the houses are similar regarding the structure: they all have four-window-rows, floor plans and flat roofs. Even though the street moves downhill, they all seem to have a similar height due to the way they were constructed.
Almost all of the houses are kept white with gold ornaments. With the exception of number 18 and 8 – the tree ornaments are worked into a beige background.
One of the few details in the entire row of houses is the painting of angels on the top part of number 16.
Another exception in the white-and-gold colour scheme is number 6 with its beautiful door.
The row of houses was constructed in two phases: the first one from 1902-03 involved the building of numbers 4 to 8. All these houses have a clear religious component, such as the sculpture of a Madonna on number 8.
Also, the angel frieze on number 4 relates to the religious theme.
This angel frieze was also repeated on the front of number 14, which was built during the second construction phase. The sayings on number 4 and 8 also represent religious themes.
This religious component is also reflected in the sayings on number 4 and 8. Furthermore, the first houses can be distinguished from those from the later periods with their vegetal ornaments.
In addition to the above-mentioned angel frieze, the frieze of gold leaves is represented twice – on number 10 and 20 – as is the tree ornament – number 8 and 18.
The houses erected during the second construction phase after 1908 do not have a religious theme and look more geometric than the earlier ones.
The architect Sepp Hubatsch used to live in number 14, until his death in 1935, he lived in number 16. The houses of the second construction period also have balconies which are typical of the Wiener Jugendstil.
Brunn am Gebirge is only a stone throw away from Vienna’s city centre. And if you have time, I really recommend going there and visiting this true hidden gem.
How to Get There
You can take the train from Vienna Main Train Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof). Lines S2 (direction: Wiener Neustadt) and S3 (direction: Moedling) take you to Brunn am Gebirge in roughly 20 minutes. A return ticket is about EUR 8,20 (about USD 10).
By car, it will take you 20-25 minutes. There are plenty of parking spaces in Franz-Keim-Gasse and the surrounding area.
All information as of the date of publishing. Sources for background information of this text:
Oh my goodness, those details!! I’m in love with that door. So much inspo haha. I was actually researching less touristy things to do in Vienna as I’ve been there twice now and might be going again this summer. Thanks for the idea!!!
That’s cool, then this might be really interesting for you. I’m also working on more articles to go online this month about hidden gems and day trips. These two just went online recently:
Things to do in Vienna in spring:
and day trip to Laxenburg castle:
Ohh its just woow, love all those white buildings..SO many insta worthy architecture.Would love to visit when in vienna..its now in my wishlist
thank you for bringing such pretty post.
Thanks for your lovely comment. This street is such a hidden gem, even a lot of locals don’t know about it and I just love it!
Next time I am in Vienna I will check it out!
You absolutely should! It’s really interesting.
So fun to see the detail on each house to make them individualized. And the art deco details. There is a town on The Netherlands that is all white too. Thanks for sharing.
The details in this street are so great. What is the town in the Netherlands which is all white?
We’ve been to Vienna twice and we never knew about this. Sometimes reading other stories and experiences will help to discover more interesting places such as these. The architecture may look very simple from afar but if you examine the details it is very impressive.
A lot of people don’t know about this place because it’s 20 min outside of Vienna. My mum read about this place by chance and a lot of locals have never heard about it.
That’s so amazing! These houses look so modern despite being built some 100 years back, don’t they? The details are impressive and that door is simply the best thing I’ve seen on the internet today.
Oh, thank you so much for that lovely comment! Makes me blush! I totally agree, they still look so modern even though they are so old. I love this. It’s similar to original Bauhaus architecture which still looks really modern.
Oh that looks so lovely. Vienne is on top of my bucket list and I will definetely keep that in mind for my visit!
You really should, it’s a real hidden gem. I hope you can tick Vienna off your bucket list soon!
Oh wow, I am always so pumped about details and architecture. Those buildings are absolutely stunning. Great capture of this door! I have been in Vienna before, but next time I am there I need check out this spot!
Thank you so much! I really loved the door too! And the details and all the historic backgrounds about these buildings was just really interesting to experience.
These houses are spectacular, I especially like the patterns of trees and plants as decoration. The colors are so angelic too, the white and the golden! It must be very special to walk through that neighborhood 🙂
I really liked doing research about all the places – especially the fact that the earlier buildings had more religious themes and plant ornaments. It was a really nice walk through the neighbourhood indeed.
Such an interesting find! I am always overjoyed when I find hidden gems and then I go exploring them. I feel like a child who is excited to check out their surprise gift! Love this post.. keep ‘em coming!! ?
I’m the same! It’s so great to explore! Thanks a lot for you feedback! <3
This is architect eye candy for sure. I’m loving the ironwork on the doors, and colorful iron. It’s something that often stands out to me when I’m appreciating a new place/city. The ironwork. Vienna has long been a destination of mine. I’m hoping sooner rather than later, I could happily get lost there for days.
I totally agree about the intricate iron work. I hope you make it to Vienna soon, I’m sure you would love it!