Few locals spend time here. I walked up Graben and then Kohlmarkt on my way to the Wiener Tourismuskonferenz. 🙂
It was an interesting night, seeing what the Vienna Tourist Board is up to, and what challenges that face Tourism in Vienna in the years to come. I also really enjoyed the Zeremoniesaal at Hofburg!! This was the old ‘Tronsaal’ or where the Hapsburgs had their thrones. (Not made of iron I’m sure).
It’s the very last of the days when you can sit outside and lounge on a chair in this funky little street in the 6th by Haus des Meeres. I really enjoy the vibe here in summer. It’s also got one of the very few Vegan restaurants that I know of in Vienna. I’ll miss outdoor seating… Use it while you still can!!
In fact, it’s just getting started. I went to Hauptbahnhof this weekend to donate the stuff I had that might be useful in the coming season, as the refugees are not really dressed for colder days. The picture shows some of the storage of clothes and all at the far end of the train station. There is an acute need for clothes and supplies all things warm, especially men’s clothing. If you want to check out what is needed at the train stations in Austria at any time, go to http://www.refugees.at.
The interest in the media might be fading, but the situation has not changed. There are still thousands of refugees arriving every day, and supplies are needed. It was really strange going to Hauptbahnhof… It gives you an almost apocalyptic feeling. There are people everywhere, on the ground, tents have been put up all over, people are sleeping on the ground… And it smells like the spoils of a music festival. Hygiene articles are sought after as well, but then, there are no showers at the train station. I feel very sorry for those going through this. I saw a lot of children today too. I’m sure that they are the reason why people are fleeing for a better future. I would probably do the same!
Don’t forget about this crisis. If you have men’s clothing to donate, bring it to a train station. They also need food items. Like I wrote earlier, check out train of hope to see what is needed now at a train station near you.
Translation: Ah Vienna, without us foreigners, migrants, immigrants, you would have neither past nor future.
It’s here. This year I’m not so well prepared for it, since summer has lasted for about half a year already. We’ve had an unusually hot spring and summer, and the thought of winter is still foreign to me. Today it’s still 22 degrees, but I saw someone putting out Christmas stuff in a shop today……. Crazy!
There wasn’t much to signal the oncoming of Christmas in Stadtpark today though. Just sun, warmth, and the last of the summer tourists enjoying the scenery.
I was up in one of the large building complexes next to Westbahnhof and couldn’t resist taking this picture.
Trying to manage the flow, I suppose. The refugees still keep to the areas around the train stations. A friend of mine says it’s because they are afraid of being arrested. She travels on trains a fair bit and was able to shed light on the situation from their point of view, which I found interesting.
The situation is so far not improving.