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Seen from Reichsbrücke today.
The Danube Tower
Cute blue flowers
Clear-ish water in the Danube canal 🙂
The trees are in bloom all along the canal and in the parks. I love it! This is Rossauer Kaserne, hidden behind flowering trees. 🙂
Man I’m sick of this weather. It’s not even real weather, it’s just waiting to become weather. So what does one do? Screw it, go for a walk anyway!
So here are two pictures from a walk to Kahlenberg and down again today. Actually enjoyable, considering the company and the exercise. And the views. Which would have been better in any other weather. I correct myself: which would have been improved with the presence of weather.
Oh March…. You’re so much better in the southern hemisphere…
I was out for a walk on the Danube island today with my date, and he suggested that I take a photo for you guys of the VIC at Kaiserműhlen. I think he was right, it does look nice. 🙂
The weather is turning, and everywhere there are signs of spring. I love it!
Man, another heat wave and I am desperate for cooler temperatures. How do people survive living in the tropics! This week brings promises of temperatures over 35 degrees every day… And we’re going camping on the weekend!! Ugh…. I sure hope we won’t overheat in the tent.
The only sane thing to do is to go swimming.
Some day I’ll try out one of the city cruises. I quite like the look of this one, which was renovated and painted by Hundertwasser himself.
I love this open air food court that opens every summer. To me it’s as close as you get in Europe to my beloved food courts and bustling streets of Singapore, that seem to be open 24/7 all year.
This was a long train. I somehow made it home with the bicycle even though I am sick. No time for being sick now…
Vienna doesn’t sleep early on the weekend. 😉
Last night I went for a stroll along the canal with my sweetheart. The weather is turning, so people are coming out of the woodwork, eyes blinking at the bright light. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures this weekend. 🙂
This restaurant is one of the most impressive looking ones in Vienna, in my opinion. It’s located out by Alte Donau.
There is so much detail put into it, all the way down to the roof tiles and interior decor. But really the most impressive sight is the garden. Which is where we spent yesterday evening.
The centrepiece of the garden is the mossy fountain in the middle of the fish pond. I really really like it!
There is also a quite impressive gazebo in the garden, which we didn’t inspect more closely as we were too busy eating, drinking and celebrating my friend’s birthday.
The food was also really great. I had sweet and sour pork, which was the best I’ve had in Vienna so far. Not quite as awesome as the one in NZ, but really I was satisfied and I enjoyed it immensely.
As the light drained out of the sky giving way to a very bright moon, we made our way back home, very full, content, and sleepy from the food. 🙂
I think this mural is trying to tell us something about the world. It’s one of the more interesting pieces down by the canal, imho.
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.
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:
It seriously took me a long time to realise what this was. I thought it was some woman with golden hair, or something, but one day I had a second look at it and realised that it’s actually an octopus. And it’s even quite well done. It’s been there for as long as I can remember, probably because it’s in such an awkward location that no one really wants to go to the effort of tagging over it. 🙂
Today and for the rest of the weekend, the canal is full of people drifting from one venue to the next at the Danube Canal festival. There are loads of live acts, people, performance art and so on. Definitely worth checking out if your itinerary is looking a bit bleak!
Wanna go to the Canaries but can’t afford it? Here’s a tip: take a trip to Sunken City. It’s between Donauinsel and Kaisermühlen on the U1 line, and you’ll feel like you’re in a resort holiday place. It’s not all bad though, I’ll vouch for that. Sitting by the river sipping a drink… could be much worse!!
The days are just so warm and beautiful this week! This piece of graffiti caught my eye as I was cycling home past Schwedenplatz yesterday afternoon. It’s a picture of the Danube Canal monster… one of the nice pieces on the canal I think. There is so much shit being sprayed on the sides there nowadays… almost as if the people have lost their will to produce nice stuff.
Spending the bank holiday on the canal, chillin with friends. It’s warm, the beer is cold… a perfect day in Vienna!
On the walkway up to Spittelau it looked really grey yesterday afternoon… luckily I escaped the rain! 🙂
The Wien is a river that flows through the city of Vienna. It gave the city its name. It is 34 kilometres long (21 miles), of which 15 km are within the city. Its drainage basin covers an area of 230 km² (89 mi²), both in the city and in the neighbouring Wienerwald. In German, the river is colloquially called the “Wienfluss”. Since English uses the name “Vienna” for what in German is called “Wien”, in English the river is sometimes called the “Vienna River”.
The Wien has its source in the western Wienerwald near Rekawinkel and its mouth at the eastern end of the city centre of Vienna, next to the Urania, where it flows into the Donaukanal (“Danube canal”), a branch of the Danube. That is what you can see on today’s picture, the bridge is going over the river before it runs out in the canal behind it. This is also the bridge that was featured in the film ‘Before Sunrise.’ 😉
Within the city limits, the river bed consists almost entirely of concrete, which was installed between 1895 and 1899 in order to stop the devastating floods, sometimes accompanied by cholera, which the river had regularly caused before that time. At the same time, the Stadtbahn (“city railway”) was built, which makes use of the concrete river bed and is only separated from the river by a wall. It is now part of the Vienna U-Bahn system. The river runs along the U4.
Source: Wikipedia and stuff Tina has heard throughout the years.
Or, about as close as you get to that on the canal. A lot of people are enjoying being able to lounge outside by the water, and all the waterside cafes and pubs have opened now. It’s lovely! I have opened the cycling season, and am now cycling to and from Heiligenstadt as often as I can. 🙂
Looking north on Alte Donau you can see just how dreary and grey the city has been in the last couple of weeks. At least we’ve survived January, only two more months left of winter! The birds are making the most of the sheet of ice that’s covering part of the water, I suppose we should take a leaf out of their book.
Nice little walk down by the canal, just by Kunsthaus Wien. With cool columns and stuff, made by Hundertwasser.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.