I like some of the playgrounds around Vienna. They are being kept in good shape! I remember growing up, visiting many ill kept playgrounds… in smaller towns they often get trashed by bored youth. It’s cool to think that here kids (of all ages) have enough leisure time offers. Good for the little ones and the teens!
Cycle ways are actually quite good in Vienna. And as the city is relatively flat, it’s also an ideal way of getting around which doesn’t take much time compared to the subway and other public transport. I see many that can’t be bothered wearing a helmet in traffic though, which always makes me wonder whether people care at all about what’s inside their skulls. Even companies don’t seem to care here. In Norway everyone cycling for a courier service would most definitely wear helmets… And in NZ it is illegal to cycle without a helmet.
Lately the weather has been quite shifty. Today it is really beautiful though, with cotton clouds and nice sunshine. 🙂 Perfect cycle weather.
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!