{"center":{"lat":"48.202526","lng":"16.361574"},"id":35145,"visited":false,"current_place":{"icon":"https:\/\/theplacesihavebeen.com\/wordpress\/wp-content\/themes\/tpihb\/markers\/marker.site_ao.2.off.png","name":"Vienna’s Diversity-Themed Traffic Lights"}}

Atlas Obscura Vienna’s Diversity-Themed Traffic Lights

Walk around Vienna’s city center, and you’ll likely spot traffic lights that celebrate diversity guiding you across the streets. These fixtures were inspired by Europe’s most politically charged and sequin-strewn annual popular culture event: The Eurovision Song Contest.

Debuting in Switzerland in 1956 as an idea for post-World War II reconciliation, the Eurovision Song Contest has both entertained and perplexed in equal measure. Held annually, the contest sees overs 50 countries battling in front of a live television audience of over 180 million to have their song proclaimed the Eurovsion winner. In return, the winning country gains the rather dubious honor of staging the next year’s contest, though the cost of this would, in actuality, bankrupt many of the tiny micro-nations that compete.

Keep track of the places you have been, log in.
Audio Guide
0.57km
Audio Guide
[order:1]Beethoven Walk
de en
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.48km
Vienna Sewer System

Discover Vienna Sewer System in Vienna, Austria: Vienna's underworld of tunnels and subterranean rivers made an iconic appearance in a 1949 Orson Welles film.

World Heritage Site 2001
2.25km
Historic Centre of Vienna

Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the …

Place
1.1km
Vienna
Audio Guide
5.24km
Audio Guide
[order:5]Red Vienna Guide
de en
Atlas Obscura 2017
2.6km
Supersense

Discover Supersense in Vienna, Austria: A neo-Gothic mansion now houses a wunderkammer of analog tech that hits on all the senses.

Audio Guide 2013
0.69km
Audio Guide
Vienna – walking at the heart of the Austrian Empire with Tim Richards
en
Audio Guide
1.69km
Audio Guide
[order:2]Ringstrasse Walk
de en
Atlas Obscura 2021
0.58km
Vollpension

Discover Vollpension in Vienna, Austria: Visiting this café is like visiting the Austrian grandma you wish you had.

World Heritage Site 1996
3.99km
Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn

From the 18th century to 1918, Schönbrunn was the residence of the Habsburg emperors. It was designed by the architects Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and Nicolaus Pacassi and is full of outstanding examples of decorative art. Together with its…

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.31km
Hofjagd und Rüstkammer

Discover Hofjagd und Rüstkammer in Vienna, Austria: A magnificent collection of imperial armor and weaponry.

Audio Guide
0.34km
Audio Guide
[order:7]Modern Architecture Guide
de en
Audio Guide
0.89km
Audio Guide
Christmas markets Guide
de en
Atlas Obscura 2020
1.23km
Römermuseum

Discover Römermuseum in Vienna, Austria: This museum is dedicated to the little known ancient Roman history of Vienna.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.29km
Medieval Mural of a Wolf and Cow Playing Backgammon

A silly historic wall painting preserved on the side of a Viennese house.

Audio Guide 2013
1.08km
Audio Guide
Vienna – from medieval to modern with Tim Richards
en
Atlas Obscura 2021
1.17km
Neidhart Frescoes

Discover Neidhart Frescoes in Vienna, Austria: A glimpse into the festive and private lives of medieval Europe.

Brutalism
4.78km
St. Johann Kapistran
Atlas Obscura 2019
3.95km
Austrian State Archives

Discover Austrian State Archives in Vienna, Austria: More than a millennium's worth of municipal records preserve the political history of Austria.

Atlas Obscura 2019
3.6km
Flohmarkt Lager

Discover Flohmarkt Lager in Vienna, Austria: Inside the corridors of this flea market, visitors are sure to find some obscure and odd treasures.

Audio Guide
1.76km
Audio Guide
Getting around Landstraßer Haubtstraße
en
Audio Guide
1.36km
Audio Guide
[order:8]Picnic Guide
de en
Atlas Obscura 2019
7.3km
Gugumuck Wiener Schneckenmanufaktur

Discover Gugumuck Wiener Schneckenmanufaktur in Vienna, Austria: An IT-specialist-turned-farmer reintroduces an Austrian food tradition while promoting snails as a sustainable "future food" option.

Atlas Obscura 2018
0.49km
Palmenhaus

Dine amidst exotic plants at this former royal greenhouse.

Audio Guide
0.4km
Audio Guide
[order:3]Viennese Modernism Guide
de en
Brutalism 1962
5.32km
Glaubenskirche
Audio Guide
1.87km
Audio Guide
[order:6]Curious Museums Guide
de en
Brutalism 1969
5.5km
Maria Annunciation (Maria Verkündigung) Glanzing
Audio Guide
1.7km
Audio Guide
[order:4]Tour of Sounds
de en
Audio Guide
0.58km
Audio Guide
Tour trough Vienna
en
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.55km
Justizcafe

Discover Justizcafe in Vienna, Austria: A rooftop restaurant hides in plain sight atop Vienna's Palace of Justice.

Brutalism 1959
1.7km
German Embassy Vienna