The „Kirche am Steinhof“  church is located off the beaten tourist path in the 14th district in the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital (yes, you heard it right). The interior of the church is beautiful and designed to the tiniest detail by the famous Jugendstil architect Otto Wagner. He used new construction techniques and combined them with the necessities of the patients. For example the seating was designed so that there were no sharp edges.  The bus 48A takes you there directly.
Kirche am Steinhof, Baumgartner Höhe 1, Vienna, Austria
Current city: Vienna
Maria Prieto Barea is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Vienna, Austria. Alongside her artistic and commercial work, Maria also co-owns three of Vienna’s best bars and recently started an illustrated cake blog ( When she needs a break from work and nightlife, she travels the world with a surf board.

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