We’re happy here in the n.1 city in the world! 😀
According to Wikipedia it was originally a psychiatric hospital and center for pulmonology. The hospital was built according to the plans of architect Otto Wagner and opened in 1907. The building is made up of 60 pavilions that were designed by Carlo von Boog. The Kirche am Steinhof is located at the center of the compound. An art nouveau theater is found further in.
In 2000, five health facilities were consolidated under the label Sozialmedizinisches Zentrum Baumgartner Höhe – Baumgartner Höhe Social Medicine Center – Otto Wagner Hospital and Care Center. The five facilities are Advancing care, Neurological Hospital Maria-Theresien-Schlössl, Nursing care, Psychiatric Hospital Baumgartner Höhe, and Pulmological Centre Baumgartner Höhe. The center also hosts the Gedenkstätte zur Geschichte der NS-Medizin in Wien (Memorial to the History of Nazi-Medicine in Vienna) memorial and exhibition.
Kirche am Steinhof, also called the Church of St. Leopold, is the Roman Catholic oratory of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital. The building designed by Otto Wagner is considered one of the most important Art Nouveau churches in the world. I found this today after I had been on an errand far out in the 14th district. It’s truly one of the prettiest churches I’ve ever seen… unfortunately it’s only open on Saturday and Sunday between 15:00 and 17:00, and I missed that as I was way early. According to Wikpedia, The church, situated 310 metres (1,020 ft) above sea level, dominates and forms part of the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital; previous official title was Niederösterreichische Landes-Heil- und Pflegeanstalt für Nerven- und Geisteskranke ‘Am Steinhof’ (Lower Austrian State Healing and Care Institution for the Neurologically and Mentally Sick, ‘Am Steinhof’). It is located on a hillside (the Baumgartnerhöhe) below the Galitzinberg in the 14th Vienna district, Penzing. The magnificent windows at the sides of the Kirche am Steinhof portray seven saints (named underneath each frame) fulfilling Christ’s commands both temporal (feed the hungry, clothe the naked, etc.) and spiritual; with above them a pair of flying angels and a quotation from the Beatitudes. The windows were made by Koloman Moser.
Seeing as I’ve been around to some British/Irish/American foodstores lately, I thought I may as well chuck this one in there. Prosi is an awesome place, and fellow blogger on the blog Loisland posted this one yesterday. At Prosi you find the things that are harder to come by… especially from more exotic parts of the world. They have African foods… Rare and funny vegetables… a lot of frozen foods and a LOT of sauces, oils, pastes, you name it. If you are desperate for that one funny ingredient that seems impossible to find, THIS is your best bet. If not I’d recommend internet. 😉 Located just by Burggasse Ubahn station.
I often hear and read complaints from expats that they are not able to buy groceries in Vienna, which they need in order to feel comfortable. I do understand that a quest to find an everyday item can cause serious frustration. In my experience, however, the difficulty does not lie in the fact that things are not available, but rather in figuring out where to look. It can be part of the adventure of getting to know the country, of learning how a society is organized.
During my years abroad, I got used to some foods that I don’t want to do without, so I had to embark on the quest of finding these items in Vienna, very much like other new arrivals to the city. I am amazed at all the things that are, in fact, available (outside of Naschmarkt, which can be a rip-off). A fellow blogger recently…
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Reblog from my favourite ‘old Viennese shops blog’ here on WP. I have also noticed this place! I suppose my relationship to guns makes me notice anything with a whole bunch of guns in it… but yeah. 😀
So the Mercer Quality of Life Survey was just released today, and we’re in the top spot again! Hurra! This makes me happy 🙂
Just passing Weingut Wailand on my walk up to work this morning. Was awesome to see the sun, for a change!
Originally built in 1705 by a rich banker called Gundaker Thomas Starhemberg, today this baroque palace is possible to rent for fancy events. It’s sometimes weird walking through the neighbourhood and just accidentally stumbling upon gorgeous buildings like this…
This is a pub in the 3rd district that I’ve been wanting to go to for AGES. It looks quite inconspicuous, but they have a really kickass selection of beers on tap and bottled, just check out their drinks menu. Some day soon I WILL CHECK IT OUT!!!
As some of you may have noticed, an icon popped up in the side-bar a couple of days ago with a link to InterNations. I found out that they have a blogroll there, recommending blogs from expats to people considering moving to a city. After a very smooth process, I have now been featured in the Vienna-section! Yay, supercool! 😀 If you would like to read my interview, you can click on this link.
Hopefully my blog is now of use to people wondering what Vienna is really like. There is definitely more to the place than all the spectacular tourist views, but that just makes it even more exciting to come here. Once you’ve checked off all the 'must see' things on your list, there is another layer of events and attractions to be found behind the tourist scenes.
I've been registered with InterNations for about three years now… probably a bit more than that. I haven't fully capitalised on all that they offer though. They have a lot of events, and there are so many great people there. Here in Vienna they have two get-togethers every month, usually one clubbing and one 'drinks', or sometimes two clubbing events. I’d hugely recommend InterNations to people who are new somewhere, and who want to find some like-minded people. Not just for people in Vienna, but all over the world! You can go to http://www.internations.org and check out if they have a chapter in the city where you live. The sign-up process also prevents the site from being run over by creeps. Big plus! 🙂
Snack shop is on Liechtensteinstrasse close to Schottentor in the 9th district. It carries mostly American foods, of all varieties (ingredients as well as snacks). We sometimes go there for the Doritoes. And the Fanta Zero / Dr. Pepper. Please pay no attention to the weird-looking people.. I used the panorama function on my phone, and so they got a bit split up.
Another store that is dear to me is Bobby’s foodstore on Schleifmuehlgasse, in the 4th district. They are a little bit bigger, and apart from American stuff, they also have a lot of British and Irish stuff. They have an awesome range of beers, and a fair bit of frozen food as well. I went there just this weekend to get some Allsorts… I love that liquorish stuff. yummmm.
I rode past the skating course yesterday… calling it a rink would be a bit of an understatement, as they’ve made a nice track through the trees with lights and decorations. Looks nice eh? 🙂
Wikipedia had to teach me today what Theresianum is. I stumbled upon it on a walk through the 4th district. So, it (Theresian Academy, Öffentliche Stiftung der Theresianischen Akademie in Wien) is a private boarding school governed by the laws for public schools in Vienna, which was founded by Maria Theresa of Austria in 1746. Clever woman that. A brief history overview:
In 1614, the Habsburgs purchased Angerfeldhof, a farmstead located just outside Vienna, and renovated it; Favorita (oooh, that probably gave the name to the street that it’s on, Favoritenstrasse), as the Habsburgs would call the re-modeled farmstead, became their imperial summer residence and a well-known venue for performances in the second half of the 17th century. Though the residence was burned down in the course of the Battle of Vienna in 1683, a bigger and more glamorous New Favorita was rebuilt over the following decades. Three Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire – Leopold I, Joseph I and Charles VI – resided in the castle. When Emperor Charles VI died in 1740 in New Favorita, his eldest daughter Maria Theresa decided not to enter the building again. So there! Now what to do with the building?
In 1746, Maria Theresa sold the castle to the Jesuits for 30,000 guilders in order to transform it into an educational institution, preparing talented young men for civil service. As stipulated in two founding letters, the newly established “imperial academy” under the auspices of Maria Theresa was based on the principles of strict selection, highest pedagogic and scientific standards and instruction in “modern” foreign languages.
Fast forward until today: Theresianum operates as a Gymnasium (U.S. equivalent grades 5 through 12); as of 2010, 815 students attended 33 classes (i.e., 24.7 students per class) and were taught by 130 instructors (i.e., 6.3 students per instructor). To read more about it, if you really should be interested (you never know), follow this link to Wikipedia. 🙂
Ok… a bit philosophical today. Two weeks ago I contacted Internations Featured blogs to see if I could be on their blog roll. They’re happy to have me, so as soon as Vienna shows herself from her best side, I’ll go out there to get a photo snapped in a landscape setting (which is what they wanted for the heading, totally ok with me). I noticed thought that Kristen’s blog is on the top of their blog roll. I must admit that every now and then I still pop in to get inspiration about the cafe scene in Vienna when I want to go out, even if it is not as often as before. But it also brought back memories, and wondering how her husband is doing now, whether he is ok… etc. And it made me wonder what will happen to her blog, as the years pass without a new post. I suppose for me it is pretty straightforward… nothing needs to happen to this blog if I pass away. It would go quiet very fast of course, and some people might wonder, but all in all it wouldn’t be devastating for anyone (apart from those who are desperate to get a daily picture of just everyday stuff…not sure if these ppl exist). But.. it made me wonder whether anyone has a contingency plan for their blog? Do you have a ‘goodbye’ post programmed, that you remind yourselves to push backwards if you’re still alive? (would be a bit bad if you forgot, I suppose). Or do you not really think about it? Or, does anyone have your login? Or co-authorship? …
Kristen’s blog is there frozen in time. The posts get older as we do, and I suppose her stats are slowly going down. Would I have heard from her if she were alive still? Or would we both continue our busy lives with only a faint memory? Would we have resumed contact? Who knows.
Here’s a toast to all of us. May we all lead strong and happy lives, and terminate our blogs before we ourselves terminate.
It’s your dog, dude! It’s also your crap!! Get your shit together!
So, before it became really cold and yucky and slippery, we went for a walk around our new surroundings. I didn’t know that this pedestrian mall existed… it’s in the 10th district, just by the new Hauptbahnhof. And it’s fairly big… as far as pedestrian malls here in Vienna goes (they didn’t really exist until Mariahilfer was half-way converted. Although I think THIS place already existed then). Awesome. We are also close to the columbus mall, which has a decent Merkur. whoop whoop!
Looking north on Alte Donau you can see just how dreary and grey the city has been in the last couple of weeks. At least we’ve survived January, only two more months left of winter! The birds are making the most of the sheet of ice that’s covering part of the water, I suppose we should take a leaf out of their book.