Yeah.. I HAVE been up in this thing. And it was MY DAD that insisted!! I have a pretty cool dad. It basically pulls you up about 20 metres or so (feel like a LOT more) and then releases you down to the twists and turns of the boomerang, before doing the same thing in reverse. I almost screamed my lungs out. Afterwards I felt really dizzy with whatever it is that the brain releases to make you cope with fear… wasn’t really that unpleasant. After. 🙂
This is one of the tourist attractions in Vienna that are a bit disappointing. The view is ok, but there are better views to be had, and to be honest there is not much infrastructure around it. I have been up there once just to check it out, so that’s how I know. For those who are adventurous, there is a bungee platform (you can see it to the right sticking out), and there are also some food options..
Just 50 minutes north of Vienna, you can find the medieval city Eggenburg, which is host to one of the biggest medieval fairs. The city itself is absolutely stunning, with much of the original town wall still intact. Well worth a visit even outside of fair-time.
Here you can see a skilled smith at work. 🙂 Shiiiiny armour….
Just a quick picture of a flamingo today, from Vienna Zoo. My annual pass is expired.. so as soon as I get back home, I’ll get a new one. Because I love the animals! I hope they’re all ok in the Zoo… but then, many of them would be worse off in their ‘natural habitat’ – that’s fast disappearing.
These cars are about mayhem. I really like them, but I’ve realised that I’ve slowly outgrown them, and now they hurt my knees considerably when I hit someone.. hmmm! In any case. 5 Euro for a spin around in these cars. 🙂
I’m still rocking around a hazy Malaysia, missing home a bit I must admit! But I passed 10000 views in the last few days, so that’s worth a mention! Thank you all for following me and liking my posts!! 🙂
I came up here for the first time ever just over a month ago, and was super surprised to find this old fortress. I honestly thought there was nothing up here! But the scenery is really nice, and this here thing too of course. If you’re ever up on kahlenberg check it out, it’s just a five minute walk. 🙂
The area around Vienna, and the city itself is host to a whole bunch of medieval fairs throughout the summer months. I was quite baffled at the shere amount of them when I first arrived here, but then maybe that was the crowd that I was hanging out with too… in any case. These are really fun, and there is a lot of interesting stuff to see and do at these fairs. So here is the start of the mini-series on medieval fairs!
This picture is from the Arsenal in Vienna, which is the museum of weaponry and so on. Music is an important part of the atmosphere!!
Donauinselfest is a weekend full of bands, partying, family fun and everything nice, in the middle of the Danube in Vienna. On the Danube Island, of course. I’ve sadly missed the last three, but the one I did manage to go to was awesome. We found this place, which served punch from massive funny-looking glasses. That made the day. 🙂
Today I’m on a plane to Malaysia! So I’ve had to pre-record posts for you, I’ll check in every now and then but I’m going to be away for five whole weeks (!) so I’m not too sure how often that will be… If you are interested, you can follow my travels in Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam on my Instagram account, normally it is private but because I really like you guys I’ve opened it for the time of my travels. 🙂
So, I’ll be doing a few short series while I’m away, starting with PRATER! Prater is awesome. So there are many great pictures to be shared from it. 🙂
This is the Riesenrad – an icon of Vienna.
According to Wikipedia:
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.
There is so much to do before going away for five weeks that it’s just crazy. One of the things include opening my old cellphone up from the sim-lock. I got really shocked when I was told that Drei would charge 99 Euros to do that. Are you nuts??! So, I ended up at this here place, where the dude promised to do it for 30 Euro. I though well why the heck not. So, now I’m a bit more ready to go. 🙂
Another building for you – another concert venue! For those who like blues, this is the place to go in Vienna. It’s in the 14th district, close to Schönbrunn. They put on quite a lot of shows throughout the year. If you’re interested in seeing their programme, you can check out the web site: Reigen programme. They do have more than blues there too. I’m hopefully going to a blues festival at home in August.. It’ll be awesome!
Today was the day of the pride parade. And where was Tina? Off stressing, preparing for the big trip, having lunch.. working.. in short: Everywhere but the parade which I wanted to take a picture of!! So, I happened to pass the gay and lesbian house today, and I thought maybe that’s a good replacement. After all, the gay and lesbian house is there all year long, whereas the parade is there only today… so … ahem. WELL anyway. I present to you: The lesbian and gay house on Pilgramgasse. Enjoy, 😀
Alright Lois, here is another one! I wanted to post this one but I remembered the situation differently than the photo actually looked… it’s not that much green in it. ANYWAY! This bad boy is called Hirschkäfer (deer beetle) and looks a lot nastier than it actually is. It’s big, true. But those massive antlers are just that: Antlers. They are for show, and of course also for battles with other Hirschkäfer (beetles). So they can’t bite you with them… I like them a lot, but don’t often see them around. What a Beauty!! (in memory of Steve Irwin).
I find it really hard to take good photos of things that I’m not really supposed to take photos of. When there is a ticket control on the subway, basically the controllers block all exits from the subway, so that you have no way of telling them that you are not taking the subway. I always like the controls (unless if I am in an extreme hurry), as otherwise I’d feel cheated somehow. I really hate buying tickets for trains and such if no one checks it. But that’s me!
Donaukanaltreiben is a small festival that runs along the Danube, mostly free. 🙂 These guys were listening to a concert by Bernhard Eder at Adria yesterday. Really groovey!
So, you can see here that the water is pretty high in the canal.. This is a picture of Sofitel just across from Schwedenplatz. To compare, you can look at THIS post, where you can see how far down the water normally is in the canal at Schwedenplatz (it helps if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it)… You can only see the topmost largest bricks today! Luckily, Vienna has escaped the massive floods that have ravaged much of Austria in the last days. However, much of the Danube Island is flooded, and it will not open for swimming for a long while after the water has gone down, because of the dirty water/pollution.
If you go on the facebook site for A picture a day from Vienna, you’ll see more impressions from the canal. –>
Right now I am longing for these days, where you run after the ice cream van on Donauinsel. At the moment, this space right here is totally flooded… The water is so high that it’s flooded villages around Vienna, and the water in the canal is really high… On my way home today I’ll snap a photo to let you see just how crazy it is at the moment! Where did summer go…..
According to the website, Beethoven Wohnung in the Vienna suburb of Heiligenstadt is dedicated to a crucial and devastating event in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. It recalls the “Heiligenstädter Testament” he wrote in 1802 – the letter to his two brothers which he never sent and in which he expressed his despair over his advancing deafness.
The exhibits document the background to this intimate testament, to the compositions of the summer of 1802, and to the summer resort of Heiligenstadt at that time. A second room takes a look at the last months in the life of the composer, and his death in the Schwarzspanierhaus, which no longer exists.
Well… it doesn’t look that strikingly extraordinary on a normal afternoon… 😉
Catching a concert in the Konzerthaus, is totally amazing. I went there with a friend who just happened to get a ticket that she had to ‘get rid of’ and I Jumped at it. The sound in the house is really great, however one cannot exactly praise the airconditioning… built in 1911-1913, it’s a really gorgeous venue. Having just watched The Amazing Gatsby in at the cinema I was brought back to the visual splendour and fantasies of the early 1900s… accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker – amazing. We caught a piece by mendelsson, Piano Concerto nr 482 in Ess-Dur by Mozart, and Beethoven’s 8th Symphony. Yep. Vienna is magical sometimes.
I used the panorama function on my phone to try get the whole splendour. It’s not too bad, but the stitching is not 100% perfect.
For some reason though the pictures are getting really blurry on WordPress…. it’s super weird. If you click on them, they appear normal.