I really like these old-school type machines 🙂
This one is one that gives you information about the national library and Heldenplatz, I assume. I didn’t put money on it to check though. The statue is of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Some confusion reigned there for a little while, but that should be cleared up now! 🙂 (probably because I didn’t use the infobox… then I would have known immediately which dude that was standing there).
You may be wondering why I’m putting up a picture of a seemingly messy and uninteresting backyard. BUT my friends, this is where Sand in the City is put up every year, and now they seem to be well underway with the preparations! You can see some flags, and sand is coming in by the truckload. Basically, it’s this whole backyard behind the Intercontinental near Stadtpark that’s being filled with sand, and little beach huts where you can get burgers and drinks and can chill out on hammocks and other beach furniture, on sand. Like the beach but minus the sea. It’s actually really nice, when you’re in a landlocked country and really miss the sea! 🙂
A lot of people use the garden here to jog and do other types of workout, but mostly, the space is preserved for tourists during the summer. At night the garden is closed. This was a very nice day, so a few tourists could be seen taking pictures, but still mostly locals hanging out and enjoying the little peace that there is before the main tourist season starts. 🙂
They’re currently building the new campus for Wirtschaftsuni behind Prater amusement park. Well… the colours are certainly STRIKING. Who was it that said that orange would drive you mad? Well. This is my new uni. I’m almost happy that I’ll be done with all classes before they adopt this one as the new campus. Although, I’m sure that the inside will be pretty cool, and new!
I have an annual pass at the Schönbrunn Zoo (costs 39 Euro) and today I wanted to see if I could find the new red panda enclosure. Last time I went, I couldn’t find it because of the building works that they are doing to expand the polarbear exhibition. And this time, I found it! Wuhuu! Who can have a bad day when they can go visit these little furry creatures of cuteness? 🙂 They have now been moved to be next to the large black and white pandas. totally makes more sense.
this is what you get if you order a ‘brettljause’ at a heurigen or when you go hiking in the mountains. Normally only cold food is served at heurigens, but I reckon this is a pretty awesome deal anyways. Oh and yes… there are two pieces of bread under all this! Normally they cost anywhere between 6 and 15 Euro, mostly around 9-10 though. So, now that the weather is awesome again, it’s time to go hiking, and eat! 🙂
I’m still SUPER busy, but managed a little evening walk today. Returning to one of the favourite spots (that’s also right around the corner) I forced my friend to take this photo for me, as I’d left my trusty phone at home… It’s spring. And we’re having such beautiful days in Vienna that I cannot even tell you. It feels like being in love.
Right now, and for a limited time only, there will be growing Bärlauch (bear’s garlic) all over the place. Which is this leafy very garlic-smelly ‘leek’ that tastes great in salads and spreads. I love it a lot, but I’m kinda scared to go pick it myself, as it is alledgedly very similar to a poisonous plant. I’m just being a bit silly… when the ground looks like this and it smells strongly of garlic, it is a great indicator of foresty fantasticness that’s growing on the ground! However… don’t take my word for it… (don’t want any deaths on my record!)
They had a really great day today for the Marathon. 40 000 runners signed up this year, up from 33 000 last year. Maybe one year I’ll join… maybe not. 😛 We met the crowd when we were going out for a cycle trip on Danube Island. Had to cross their path in Prater. Sporty people as far as the eye can see!
today I went to Naschmarkt to get a fresh load of MEAT and hummus. I’ve become a bit fed up with the semi-crappy hummus at Spar, and the one that you get from Neni at Spar is the most overrated hummus in Vienna. I prefer the one from Dr. Falafel at Naschmarkt; it’s cheap (€1.30 per 100g), always good, keeps for a long time and what more can you really want. Lots of variety too. And it’s a lot cheaper to get halal ground beef and lamb than it is to get it from the supermarket, so when I have time and can be bothered I go to the market. But mostly in the summer… it’s too cold and gross during winter time 😛
It’s also a really good place to go if you want some ingredients that are a bit special.
Because I am VERY busy studying today I am posting a photo from Haus des Meeres, which is close to Mariahilfer Strasse. The aquarium itself is located in an anti-aircraft tower which was put up to protect the city, and after WW2 it was considered too hard to get rid of. That’s the same with the other anti-aircraft towers around the city. But they have used it well! On the rooftop there is a superb view of the city, and there are also turtles around the place when it’s warm enough. Inside there are many tanks with various creatures, including normal sea creatures (like this seahorse) and also crocodiles, monkeys, various birds, turtles… It’s a really cool place. I had an annual pass for a little while, and liked visiting to get away from the stress. Sea creatures are really good for that.. gliding along…
I went out earlier today to catch a free bike checkup at the bike festival by the city hall. Was really cool – many discounted items, many cool bicycles, and the high air event by redbull. I know redbull is Austrian so I suppose I should feel some sort of confused patriotism towards them, but they sponsor so many things that are just devastating to the planet that I just hate them. BUT. The high air riders were awesome! And I think it’s one of the good things that redbull sponsor, so long as they don’t do it in deserts with fragile ecosystems where the tracks from their events will be visible for another hundred years. Fun for all, and really awe-inspiring tricks to behold!
I’m spending a lot of time on Donauinsel these days. It’s nice to see that spring is slowly coming, even if Winter is reluctant to let go of its hold. There is a field close to U6 on the island where a lot of kiters usually hang out. Some practise for kitesurfing, some just like to kite around on their rollerblades, and some just like to fly kites. Now slowly they are coming out of the woodworks, even if there have been some brave souls out there on cold winter days too!
It may come as no surprise that the river is quite a popular water-sport venue. There are quite a few rowing-clubs to the south of the city. Probably to the north too, but I haven’t noticed that many there… So today at sunset I was out cycling (whee) and I saw this guy rowing upstream. Couldn’t help but having a little race with him… but I think cycling is a lot easier….. 😉
Since the weather is only miserable and makes us all feel like crap today, I am posting a picture of my new ride. Having a bike in Vienna is really great, although one shouldn’t really get a brand new one and expect to keep it for long unless it’s only kept indoors. This is a used racing bike, but I’m super excited as it’s my very first one. I wish I could ride today too, but seeing as it’s got no screens I’d get absolutely showered from both above and below. It’s a Peugeot Izoard 21. Not sure how old it is, but it rides like a FISH IN WATER. Yummmmm.
Vienna also has this fantastic tool to find the best bicycle paths if you want to plan your journey: AnachB
If you feel cheated out of today’s picture of the life outside, here’s a picture of the view from my window (you can’t really see the snow and rain falling but it’s there, believe me!). It’s cold. and wet. And a bit windy. And miserable really.
The Wiener Riesenrad (German for “Viennese giant wheel”), or Riesenrad, is a 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria’s capital Vienna. It is now one of Vienna’s most popular tourist attractions, and symbolises the district as well as the city for many people.
It was built and erected in 1897 by the English engineer Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett (1864-1907), Royal Navy, son of Charles Bassett (1834-1908), MP, of Watermouth Castle, Devon. Its purpose was to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I. The Riesenrad was one of the earliest Ferris wheels ever built. Walter Bassett’s ferris wheel manufacturing business was not a commercial success, and he died in 1907 almost bankrupt.
A permit for its demolition was issued in 1916, but due to a lack of funds with which to carry out the destruction, it survived.
It originally had 30 gondolas, but was severely damaged in World War II and when subsequently rebuilt only 15 gondolas were replaced.
The wheel is driven by a circumferential cable which leaves the wheel and passes through the drive mechanism under the base, and its spokes are steel cables, in tension.