From March 23 to September 17, 2017 you had the opportunity to take a bird's-eye view of Vienna and its origins at the Wien Museum, without climbing high. The Wien Museum is always worth a visit though.
UPDATE: The Wien Museum will be renovated and expanded in the coming years. It is closed since 14 February 2019 for the duration of the renovation phase.
"Bird's-eye Vienna" reveals amazing aspects of the city and illustrates it with miniature replicas, maps and historical documents. Particularly interesting is the emotional map of Vienna, where places of fear, anger, joy and places for kissing and flirting can be marked by visitors. Overall, the exhibition is very informative and fun.
The way to the Wien Museum leads via a ramp and two (non-automatic) doors into the foyer. Right there is the ticket counter. For € 7 you get tickets for a visitor with a wheelchair and a companion; not just for this exhibition, but for the whole museum. The first elevator that you find at first glance is not barrier-free. Therefore, this original elevator of the house opened 1959 became an exhibit behind glass itself. But a ramp leads to the spacious "real" elevator. The doors to the showroom can be an obstacle if you are traveling alone and an employee is not nearby. Overall, however, the staff is very courteous and you can feel their enthusiasm for what they exhibit and they like to back up with background information.
On the second floor is the permanent exhibition of paintings by Viennese artists such as Schiele, Moll and Waldmüller, as well as exhibits from the history of Vienna. The on-duty staff was a bit too watchful for our taste, but the exhibits distracted from the feeling of being shadowed.
On the ground floor, the exhibition "Protestant Vienna" is shown, which conveys religious conflict after Luther. The museum shop and the "barrier-free" toilet can also be found here. It is accessible via a narrow, rather jammed, aisle, has grab bars, but is extremely narrow. (You may have to go to a larger toilet at the nearby Technical University alternativly.)
The exhibitions, however, are very spacious and very well wheelchair accessible. The convinient heights and accessibility of most exhibits attracted particular attention. For that a big compliment goee to the Wien Museum, which is definitely worth a visit.
Wien Museum facts
If you really want to go high, we recommend a sunset at the DC Tower or a ride on the "Wiener Riesenrad" [Ferris Wheel] in the Vienna Prater.