I’ve never posted pictures related to human excretion before, but Adolf Loos’s public toilets in Vienna, located near the cathedral, are what all public toilets should be—works of art. Loos (1870-1933) was an important Art Nouveau (in German, “Jugendstil”) architect in Vienna, and my guidebook called attention to his remarkable toilets. (It’s hard to find those toilets on the Internet, for you can imagine what you get when you Google “Loos toilets”.)
It took me a while to find the facilities (they’re not well marked), and even longer—several visits, in fact—to be able to photograph all the important parts when nobody was using them. So, for better or worse, here they are.
The sign above ground (“Herren” means “men”; there’s one for “Damen” as well):
Art Nouveau urinals!:
. . . and toilet stalls (“besetzt” means “occupied”):
. . . and sinks:
And just to show how punctilious the Viennese are about the cleanliness of their city (it is remarkably neat and free of litter), the horses that pull tourists around the inner city have leather bags to catch their droppings: