A shot of the slightly strange orange and yellow building at WU. From this angle I quite like it. 🙂
This weekend I took Friday night off to check out this event that’s been on at the Rathaus. It’s pretty nice, it’s free and you get to hang out in a seriously pretty building.
Just stunning. There were a bit too many kids for us to be tempted to go back on Saturday or Sunday, but I bet it was fun for all the kids that got to run around the big halls and stairs!
What do you do when it’s a national holiday and everything is closed? You go to a museum. Today I really felt like going to see some rocks and fossils and animals, so I ended up here.
The buildings themselves are just amazing. This is the dome in the middle.
A fish with the best ever name
So many fish
And bugs… I love beetles. I spent a long time staring at the beetle collection.
Just amazing. This isof course just a tiny sample.
I got myself an annual pass, so that I can come back to explore more. It only cost 27 Euro. Really good value!
This house on Burggasse/Breite Gasse is the smallest house in Vienna. It’s only 14 metres squared in total. Which is kind of incredible! It was built in 1872 by Josef Durst. The family Schmollgruber has inhabited (or at least had a shop there) the house since it was built. It’s a clock shop/goldsmith, but today the shop also has part of the neighbouring building floor, so it’s not THAT tiny anymore.
Apparently the house’s name has changed three times: first, it was called “To the green grape” (Zur grünen Weintraube), then “To the golden lamb” (Zum goldenen Lamm), and finally “To the golden stag” (Zum goldenen Hirschen). I always find it funny how houses and pubs have the prefix “To the” in front, perhaps some day I’ll find out exactly why that is. Although it does almost sound like a toast…. “To the golden stag!”
Austria is extreme for squeezing in things here and there. Titles, for example, where they lay them on thick and pretty much add every qualification they’ve achieve since kindergarten in front of their name (I wrote about it in this post earlier). But, this also extends to FLOORS. My friend lives in one of these buildings, which are old and graceful and have some extra floors squeezed in between the ground floor and the first floor. Now, a Mezzanine (M) is perhaps not that unusual also in other countries. But this is the first place where I have encountered the Hochparterre (H) in ADDITION to the Mezzanine… It’s almost as if they could just keep adding floors between ground and first in different languages and still get away with it.
Word to the wise: If you’re visiting a friend, check the elevator buttons before deciding whether to jog up to the second floor to your friend’s place. 🙂
There is nothing much touristy about the 8th district. But I like it, probably most of all of the districts in Vienna. It’s got an amazing atmosphere, with a lot of nice places to eat and also some very cool shops. This is the Amtshaus (district office), which is a quite lovely building that is not on the tourist maps of Vienna. But then again, I think tourists want the extravaganza, the extremes of monuments and masterpieces, and may not be as attracted to this district which really only shows what Vienna is for the locals. Or am I wrong?
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.
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.
It’s getting greener and slowly, but surely, it’s going towards the opening of this place again. I’ve never been there, but some say it’s nice. MOST I know however say it’s where the rich kids and wannabe celebs go to be seen, and seeing as I am on the bus all summer observing the people who get on the bus after being here, I can say that it seems to be true. But then that’s extremely subjective! 🙂
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…
Walked past here on Saturday – boy this thing looks flash! And ready to open, to be honest… But it’s not scheduled to open until the end of the year. Already this autumn the shopping mall will open, which means I don’t have to go that far to go to a supermarket that’s open on Sundays. Sweet! Can’t wait. 🙂
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, 😀
This little building with the cafe sign I found in a backyard in rural Vienna… Not sure if it actually belongs to an old cafe or not but in any case I suppose its glory days are long since over! 🙂 I still like the scene. Should have managed to get a clearer shot… hmmmm. Still not totally mastering the S4 it seems…!
the house was built between 1983 and 1985 according to the ideas and concepts of Hundertwasser with architect Univ.-Prof. Joseph Krawina as a co-author and architect Peter Pelikan as a planner. It features undulating floors (“an uneven floor is a divine melody to the feet”), a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.
Within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and has become part of Austria’s cultural heritage.
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).
Walking past this place, I got mesmerised by it somehow… I had to cross the street to take a photo. It looks like it would have been magnificent in its day, albeit small. Like a boutique spa hotel. I’ve tried to find information about it online, but all I managed to find out was that it was possible at some point to get treatments without staying the night there. Past 2006 there are no records, there is no web site, there seems to be only the address to find. I would strongly assume that it is not open anymore.. you can see the empty locale on the ground floor, where the windows of a past cafe has been plastered time and time again with posters that now have been taken down. I felt like going in.
This is day 200! Which means there are 200 pictures of everyday life posted on this blog. 🙂