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.