Just a normal day, a normal ride on the tram, during the less busy hours of the day.
Yesterday we went exploring in the 10th district, and our destination was Böhmische Prater. I had been there once about four years ago, and wanted to check it out more properly this time. With my camera! I know it’s not often I drag it out with me, as it’s quite heavy, but this time I wanted to do things ‘properly.’ Bohemian Prater is located on the edge of the Laaer Wald, which is a popular leisure destination for many Viennese.
According to Wikipedia, it dates to the second half of the 19th century, and some of the rides are more than 100 years old. The name is derived from the larger Wiener (Viennese) Prater.
Because it’s so far away from … everything, it’s very free of tourists. It’s a long shot away from being as large and impressive as the larger Prater where they have the wiener riesenrad, but it still looks like a very cool place to come when you’re a kid.
A lot of the rides look quite simple, and because we were there quite early they mostly only had one kid on them or were waiting for someone to show interest. This kid looked like he was having a great time though. Unline the operator texting and looking a bit bored :P.
They also had a mechanic bull there, which I thought was funny as it’s not like Vienna or Austria has any affiliation to bull riding, or cowboys, other than what’s on TV. That doesn’t stop me from thinking this could potentially be a prime activity for a hen party, or just for a party in general.
Böhmishe Prater also has a riesenrad, dating back to 1988: Wilfert’s Riesenrad. according to Wikipedia again, it is a 21.5-metre (71 ft) tall cantilever design with 14 passenger cars, and is operated by Reinhardt. I suppose that’s him there, waiting for customers.
In the end we also found something really nice. A heurigen. After the long walk I felt quite spent, and having a radler there really picked me up even though my legs had had enough for sure. We also decided that we’d have a Stelze for lunch. And it was SOOOOOOOO yum!
Home again! And woke up to the noise of this fella. I actually think it’s a really cool recycling truck, with the world going round. ^_^
Ok, this is a snow machine that’s preparing a slope for the kids in Prater. We were out walking today before the snow started falling, and then the city of Vienna were the ones in charge of the snow. The temperature has dropped over the weekend, so I guess they grabbed the opportunity to prepare the slope. 🙂
This is a common sight for anyone in Vienna. The VOR ticket machines. I’ve been checked THREE times in the last two weeks, which means that Wienerlinien are really stepping up their ticket controls now before Christmas.. I can go a month or two without being checked normally. Vienna is actually a REALLY affordable city in terms of public transport, or Öffis as the Austrians call it. To get an annual ticket will cost you about 32 Euro per month, which gives you access to buses, trams, s-bahn (regional trains, but only within the borders of Vienna city), and of course subways. I’ve never lived in a city this affordable and reliable. Yes it can be a bit shit if it snows a lot, but you’ll still make it! Which is pretty good in itself. On a normal day you can rely on the Öffis to get you to work within 20 minutes of your plan if you’re just winging it, and if you plan it to perfection you normally make it to your destination within 5 minutes of your plan. So yes… I may be annoyed with them sometimes (like when bus drivers smoke out the window of the buses on a cold day), but on the whole, I’m quite happy to be in a city where it’s this easy to not have a car. 🙂
If you want to see the main sites in Vienna, but don’t feel like forking out for a tourist bus, you can get a day-pass (unless you already have one with Wienerlinien, then you don’t need to do anything more) and take the the D-line from one end to the next. It passes most of the important things in Vienna, and goes at a leisurely pace. You’ll pass the important theaters, the parliament, most of the museums, the opera house, Belvedere castle, Fernwärme Wien (a building designed by Hundertwasser)… Really, if you want a hop-on hop-off line that doesn’t have an extra price tag, and that is also not full of tourists – it’s the perfect choice. 😉
This one has given me much joy since I got back from my long holiday. I got a city bike because doing all kinds of commuting on my racer is just not very convenient… especially when tackling cobblestone and tram lines on a daily basis. Which you have to if you want to get around. Gotta say though, cycling is still my favourite way to get through the city. Nooot looking forward to the wet season coming now…
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).
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 annual transport fee in Vienna is really low compared with other capitals in Europe. Without any reduction it’s 32 Euro per month, which is an absolute bargain when you consider that a single journey costs 2 Euro. It’s issued by Wienerlinien, and is valid on all trams, buses, subways and ‘schnellbahn,’ which are regional trains that pass through Vienna. Threre is a boundary, but you can travel quite far away already with it, as far as Liesing when you go southwards! And, they don’t care what kind of picture you use.. lol. This picture was taken at a party. 😉
This dude was sitting on Mariahilfer today, reading and probably waiting for someone to hail a ride. Pretty cool concept, and I’m also really amazed that they are out and about when the snow is thick like it has been this week! The company is called Faxi, and they’re the more sustainable option if you need a ride from door to door.