This is a little oasis in the middle of the town, wedged in between the 3rd and the 1st district. I can’t say I’ve spend much time here, even though I used to live fairly close. Yesterday I went to the other side of the park than I normally go to, and was amazed at the life, the views, and the fish in the pond. (Fish! In pond!)
The games for the world cup are being shown all over town. I don’t think there is a single pub which doesn’t have a tv going. If you’re after a bigger venue though, Flex at Schottenring is a good alternative. You can watch the sun go down on the canal, and then shortly afterwards at 9pm a game will start.
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. 🙂
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.
Ok…. so it might not be that easy to see, but this is the part of town that holds Chinatown. Basically it’s just because there is a high concentration of Asian supermarkets, restaurants and shops, and some of them have chinese letters on their signs. Just up ahead is Naschmarkt. So, not quite as happening as other Chinatowns around the world, but there you have it!
Palmenhaus in Burggarten is an interesting place to go to have a coffee and some cake, or a small meal. It might be a little more expensive than elsewhere, but it’s still not so expensive that it’ll totally rip you off.
According to the web site the history of the cafe and surrounding space is:
In 1822 a 128 meter long greenhouse was erected, in the Hofburg palace gardens, incorporating part of the old city wall. In 1901 the architect Friedrich Ohman was comissioned to build the splendid Jugendstil palmhouse which stands on the site today, which replaced the original structure. It took five years to build Ohmans creation, which is now a major tourist attraction in its own right. It is perhaps the most beautiful Jugendstil greenhouse ever built. By 1988 the building had fallen into disrepair and was closed to the public. Ten years and $17m later the refurbished building was reopened to the public.The 2050 sqm. building houses plants used to decorate official functions, one of Viennas most popular restaurants and of course the tropical butterfly house.
It’ still a little bit cold to sit outside, but it’s getting there! 🙂
A really good place for some refreshments this arvo. Having visitors is great for getting out and about in the city, and today we found ourselves in need of feeding and watering when we were close to the Museumsquartier. Rather than trying to find a reasonable place around Hofburg, we decided to head to MQ. This cafe is nice, fairly ok priced (though not budget), and had nice teas and other beverages. I was also fascinated by the little dollhouse displays on the wall – super cute!
Today my better half decided he wanted to check out a games shop in town, seeing as finally he had a day off when shops were open. So, we stumbled across the doorstep of Damage Unlimited just off Mariahilferstrasse. And boy, did they have a lot of cool stuff!!
For people with a limited budget like myself, they had a huge selection of used games. This room bends and continues for a couple of metres… so many awesome games.. we ended up getting Village and an extension for out Thurn and Taxis from this selection.
So there was our nerdy adventure for the day. They also had a variety of mead, other liquors, merchandise etc… A very scary place to go if you don’t want to spend any money!!
today was the day of the 4th annual RadparRADe around the Ring in Vienna, held at the weekend of the Bike festival in front of Rathaus. This was however my first time participating. I took a fair few photos of fun cycles, so today is a bit of a picture special… 😉
My bike, pimped out with a MU flag, and the free flowers we got to put on our handlebars.
Someone advertising for Critical Mass
As someone who aspires to live sustainably (though failing because of my addiction to travel), I was fascinated when someone told me that there was a bicycle transport company in Vienna. Heavy Pedals is a company which specialises in transporting goods around the city, up to 250kgs. 250kgs! These guys are not afraid of some serious work. I almost want to apply for a summer job there… lol. 😀 They’re also located across the street from Caritas, which means you can get your furniture pre-loved, and then have them cycled to your home, completely carbon-free!
…is the German and Austrian tradition to meet up at a pub or inn in the late morning (usually on Sundays). The specific customs vary from region to region. Frühschoppen is often a kind of brunch, i.e. a combined breakfast and lunch, but does not necessarily involve food (Wikipedia). I can’t say I do it often, but at Fischerbräu they have Jazz-Frühshoppen, which goes through to April. They often have other bands as well. In this gorgeous weather that we’ve been having, it’s really a great thing to do. Go out, go for a walk, go Frühshoppen. 🙂
This is a pub in the 3rd district that I’ve been wanting to go to for AGES. It looks quite inconspicuous, but they have a really kickass selection of beers on tap and bottled, just check out their drinks menu. Some day soon I WILL CHECK IT OUT!!!
As some of you may have noticed, an icon popped up in the side-bar a couple of days ago with a link to InterNations. I found out that they have a blogroll there, recommending blogs from expats to people considering moving to a city. After a very smooth process, I have now been featured in the Vienna-section! Yay, supercool! 😀 If you would like to read my interview, you can click on this link.
Hopefully my blog is now of use to people wondering what Vienna is really like. There is definitely more to the place than all the spectacular tourist views, but that just makes it even more exciting to come here. Once you’ve checked off all the 'must see' things on your list, there is another layer of events and attractions to be found behind the tourist scenes.
I've been registered with InterNations for about three years now… probably a bit more than that. I haven't fully capitalised on all that they offer though. They have a lot of events, and there are so many great people there. Here in Vienna they have two get-togethers every month, usually one clubbing and one 'drinks', or sometimes two clubbing events. I’d hugely recommend InterNations to people who are new somewhere, and who want to find some like-minded people. Not just for people in Vienna, but all over the world! You can go to http://www.internations.org and check out if they have a chapter in the city where you live. The sign-up process also prevents the site from being run over by creeps. Big plus! 🙂
Seems that every morning, someone is feeding the pigeons between the tramlines at Schwarzenbergerplatz. Every time I’ve been past here in the morning they are having a feast. Good I suppose, that someone is taking care of these creatures… I know though that birds are not supposed to be eating processed food in the same way that we are. Eating bread for example is part of the reason why their poop is runny; their bodies have not adapted to this type of diet. Feeding them raw grains would therefore be much kinder, I always feel. But then, better bread than nothing!
Ok, so today is totally dedicated to offline activities, namely cleaning out the new flat. The previous tenants must have been some real pigs… but here is a shot of my new street – my hood! ya! Just an average street, looking towards the Belvedere garden. I’ll miss having trees on my street. That I will.
He’s always looked somewhat ok, I reckon. Definitely mayoral. But one thing that is common for all the shots of him that end up on billboards, is that he looks like he’s been made to smile for hours, and he’s always wearing a lot of foundation. Well, that’s what it looks like. Herr Dr. Häupl has been the mayor pretty much since I moved to Vienna.