Site plan of the Vienna World Exhibition, 1873

Source: Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Die Quellenvielfalt des Archivs
Maps and Plans
1850 - 1899
At the moment this object is not published in the museum.
After London and Paris, Vienna was the location of the fifth World Exhibition. At 233 hectares (575 acres), its site in the Prater was larger than all of the previous World Exhibition areas combined. 

53,000 exhibitors from 35 countries took part in this huge international event in Vienna from May 1, 1873 to October 31, 1873. On the occasion of the World Exhibition, a wealth of maps and travel guides to Vienna were published to provide visitors with an overview of this monumental exhibition.

At the centre of the World Exhibition site was the Rotunda, the symbol of the exhibition. The architect Karl von Hasenauer designed a ‘herringbone system’ for this palace of industry, with longitudinal halls and transepts. Countries were arranged geographically. The four halls for industry, machines, agriculture and art were gigantic, and presented the central subjects of the exhibition. Numerous pavilions, groups of architectural buildings and gardens were spread out around the halls.

The Vienna World Exhibition was an impressive mix of technical innovation, culture, productions and entertainment. The machine hall was very popular with visitors: The most modern machines in the world were shown in operation in a 40,000 m2 exhibition area. In the ‘Ethnographic Village’, another magnet for the public, European farmhouses were inhabited by natives. Other special features were the Oriental quarter and the Japanese garden. In the bazaars, guests could stock up on exotic products and, after touring the exhibition, find refreshment in innumerable restaurants and cafés.

In the archive holdings of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum), there is a unique collection of around 250 historical photographs in addition to the map material. These were taken on the occasion of the World Exhibition by the ‘Viennese Photographic Association’, an association of the photographers Michael Frankenstein, Oskar Kramer, György Klösz and Josef Löwy.

Inv.Nr. BPA-007324

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