Looook what Beatrice found!!! Wow!
I finally tried out this place, having cycled past it a lot of times. It is located on the Donaukanal, just next to Badeschiff. It’s an American style BBQ restaurant. Something I really enjoyed was their selection of IPAs!! Hello, and YUM!! Indian Pale Ale is hard to come by in Vienna in general, and they had a cool selection. Not that cheap though, with the Sierra Nevada on the bottom end of the price scale at 4,90€. But worth it. Unfortunately I didn’t whip up my phone to take a picture of the food.. But I can assure you it was yummy! I had the pulled pork sandwich with kimchi, and a side of rocket and tomato salad. To die for. Portions are not huge, but they fill you up. And I guess that’s the most important thing about eating. This is the view when you’re leaning back satisfied, sipping your beer after a nice meal. I can recommend this place, yes.
It’s still months away from opening, but some of the platforms already have traffic. Here is a view towards Arsenal, Which is right on the edge of the new station. This place is massive. But then, it is going to be the main international train station in Vienna, which is smack in the middle of Europe, so I guess the size is justified. In September they are opening the shopping mall in the station, and the station itself will be fully operational in December. Go trains!
I like this little gem too 🙂
The listed fountain is located on the Karl-Borromäus-Platz in the 3rd district of Vienna. It is regarded as one of the few examples of free-standing Art nouveau sculptures. Due to the very limited space sculptor Josef Engelhart asked architect Jože Plečnik for help. Subsequently, Eduard Hauser (stone work) and A. Frömmel (casting work) were involved. The marble and bronze fountain was unveiled on 25 May 1909.
You can see these on the canal, below where WU used to be at Spittelau.
This little one quite resembles one that is painted on the wall close to Haus des Meeres in the 6th district. I suspect it’s the same artist 🙂
And next to it there are some strange looking bull-men. All in all though, a nice little collection!
I saw this place a while ago, and always wanted to try it. Yesterday we finally had a chance to! It’s located right next to the Altes AKH, on Spitalgasse. And boy do they make good pies. And they’re cute too!
I quite like this place. It’s not overly expensive, and the interior is just awesome!
It is very steam-punk meets nature.
I love the old-looking factory lighting, I want to have some of those myself! I had something like a pizza, that wasn’t quite a pizza.. I can’t quite remember what it was called (oops). Well, it tasted nice, it was huge (albeit flat), and I didn’t get totally ripped off.
It even had something special for the memorable toilets-series! This bathroom sink is just too cool. Really.
In rural Austria you’ll find these stands along the roads. In the northwestern region of Upper Austria it’s often potatoes, but I’ve also seen stands for onions and other produce. You grab a bag of potatoes, leave two Euros (or whatever the farmer asks for), and that’s it. The fact that these things are still around suggests that the honor system works. And that’s wonderful. Happy Sunday, everyone!
This house on Favoritenstrasse was comissioned by the Zentralsparkasse (a bank) in the middle to late 1970s, for their use as a bank and also as a community centre. The house was designed by Günther Domenig, and he considered this as his final work of art. The house seems to be wedget too tightly between the buildings next to it, and many details were not planned but were put in on the spot, as they were building the house (Source: Wikipedia)
I like it, it’s a cool edition to the feel of Favoritenstrasse. You can find it between Keplerplatz and Reumannplatz on the U1.
This porcelain factory in Augarten, established in 1923, revived the traditions of the old Vienna porcelain manufactory. According to Wikipedia:
The Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur (“Vienna Porcelain Manufactory”) was a porcelain manufactory located in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Porcelain Manufactory was the second porcelain manufactory to be established in Europe.
Dating back to a privilege given by the emperor to Claudius Innocentius du Paquier in 1718, it is, after Meissen porcelain, Europe’s second oldest producer of hard-paste porcelain. Since 1744, Augarten pieces bear the shield from the coat of arms of the Dukes of Austria as a trademark.
In 1784, Conrad von Sorgenthal became director. Sorgenthal led the factory to dramatic changes in styles and techniques. Some of these new features included an identifiable influence of Greek art forms.
The manufactory went out of business in 1864. After that, the main porcelain factory of the Austrian empire (and thereafter the Austro-Hungarian empire) was the Herend Porcelain Manufactory which was competing with the Vienna manufactory as purveyors to the Imperial Court. The porcelain of the Vienna manufactory are often referred to as “Alt Wien” (Old Vienna) porcelain, to distinguish it from the products of the new Augarten manufactory.
I find this house has some sort of charisma which points to something quite interesting. As I see it quite often, I decided to dig a bit deeper into its story. Thanks to an article in Falter, I found out much more about the history of the theatre. The story starts in 1910, when the royal architect Ferdinand Böhm wanted to fulfil a childhood dream. He erected this building as a 5 story building with a fantastic theatre in the basement, which he hoped would impress his aristocrat friends. It ended in ruin however when Böhm was forced to sell the building in to cover debts at the end of the 1920s, to the newly established Republic, which ran the theatre as a cinema from then on.
During the war, it was used as a brothel for the allied, but after the end of the war it was again returned to its previous use as a cinema, albeit a very poorly visited one. In the 1970s the current theatre manager, Mr. Robert Jungbluht was tired of the poor yield that the cinema brought, and decided to make the place into the ‘Athletic Center’ where the then renowned boxer Hans Orsolic could train and have matches against opponents. It was a successful gym, which ran well under the lead of Otto Fodrek. After 19 years here, Fodrek was so successful that he was offered to move his fitness centre to the Ernst-Happel Stadium. And so, he moved, leaving the Mala Strana behind.
And this was then just about the end of its success story. In 1993 the building was again made into a theatre by the young theatre manager Markus Kupferblum, who got a loan and attempted to renovate and revive the theatre. It ran really well, until the Austrian Bureaucracy caught up with him, and made sure that the success story ended there and then. And, since then, the building has been empty. In 2012 there were rumours of a supermarket opening, however this was not a popular idea.
It seems almost a shame that it’s not being put into use for some worthy cause. A few pictures from the inside can be found in this article from the BerzirksZeitung.
On Donauinsel there are many areas where barbecuing is allowed (link with map). We got ourselves a disposable BBQ and made our way there this weekend. We normally go to the area that’s just by the wakeboard lift, just because of habit I suppose, but it’s also nice and chilled out. And has a public toilet.
Our trusty bbq:
This is the Mekka for foodies. I went there because I wanted to get some good IPA, and boy I found a good selection! They’ve got quite a good import selection, as well as stuff from other Austrian regions.
I was laughing at myself taking these photos, as all the tourists were looking at the Ankeruhr that’s right next to it. They were looking at me with a confused frown. 🙂
This is a little oasis in the middle of the town, wedged in between the 3rd and the 1st district. I can’t say I’ve spend much time here, even though I used to live fairly close. Yesterday I went to the other side of the park than I normally go to, and was amazed at the life, the views, and the fish in the pond. (Fish! In pond!)