POINTS OF INTEREST
One of the largest of its kind in the world, the MuseumsQuartier—or MQ, as many call it—is a sprawling collection of galleries housed in what was once the Imperial Court Stables, the 260-year-old baroque complex designed by Fischer von Erlach. Between the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Spittelberg neighborhood, it's in one of Vienna's hippest enclaves. Where once 900 cavalry horses were housed, now thousands of masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries are exhibited, all in a complex that is architecturally an expert and subtle blending of historic and cutting-edge: the original structure (adorned with pastry-white stuccoed ceilings and rococo flourishes) was retained, while ultramodern wings were added to house five museums, most of which showcase modern art at its best.
The Architekturzentrum, Kunsthalle, Leopold Museum, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, and the ZOOM Kinder Museum are all part of the MuseumsQuartier complex. In addition, the Quartier21 showcases up-and-coming artists and musicians in the huge Fischer von Erlach wing facing the Museumsplatz. Lovers of modern art will find it easy to spend at least an entire day at MuseumsQuartier, and with several cafés, restaurants, gift shops, and bookstores, won't even need to venture outside.