Ever fancied being up as high as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square and taking a pigeon’s eye view of all the tourists below? Well, you could have last month. Icons of Vienna were literally turned on their side for two days in October when the Vienna Tourist Board descended on Central London’s iconic landmark and built the biggest structure ever erected in Trafalgar Square for their Vienna Now or Never series of events. The Austrians have The Alps, so I guess they just wanted to make it feel like home!

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The 21m high wall was erected to create a spectacular vertical extravaganza and public challenge over two days, a gravity defining acrobatics show played on the wall right in front of Nelson’s Column four times a day, celebrating traditional and modern Viennese culture while suspended in the air and doing actions that only Britain’s Olympic gymnastics team could have matched.

Mixing art, music, lights and adventurous aerial displays, the show took inspiration from the Austrian capital’s modern music scene that has become a must-go destination for all those in the who like their electronic beats, dark and heavy. All of the imperial heritage, iconic artist Gustav Klimt, its indulgent food and wine scene, as well as, of course the Viennese waltz, were also showcased for visitors to take a virtual trip to Austria.

 

For those not scared of heights or put off by the recent movie 127 Hours, there was also a chance to take a spine-tingling horizontal stroll down the wall – face first! You would have been in safe hands though, as all the action occurred under the careful guidance of Jochen Schweizer, a record-breaking daredevil who still holds the record for the world’s highest bungee jump.

Find out more information about this and more to come from those crazy cats in Vienna or to see it first hand visit:

www.wien.info
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www.youtube.com/ViennaTB