IMG_8512What a coincidence: One year after a splendid holiday in Rajasthan I was pleased to welcome a group from Assam, guests of the development cooperation agency of Katholische Jungschar – the Catholic Children’s Movement of Austria. Subject of the tour was Vienna’s transition from a city surrounded by a fortification to the city with the world famous representative Vienna Ringstrasse. The tour started with the visible relics of the city’s former fortifications at the Stubentor. Next station was the Palais Coburg, built on the so-called brown bastion. After a brief excursion to the Johann Strauss Monument, the presumably most photographed monument in all of Vienna we went by tram to the Vienna State Opera, the first major building to be built on the new built Ringstraße. Next stops were the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the Rathaus and the University. Major issue on this part of our tour were the characteristic features of the Ringstrassen-era. Our last stop was the Mölker Bastei, another remnant of the former city’s fortification.