So, we did finally get some snow. I would have loved to enjoy it fully today, but I was caught between packing up the old flat and resting as I am pretty sick. So I very quickly took this very ordinary photo at Schwedenplatz on my last trip home. Now, rest, sleep, more antibiotics and then more packing to do tomorrow!
The Ring Tram is a tourist train which follows the Ring, which goes around the first district in Vienna. The D line is just as good for seeing most of the Ring, but that’s another matter. You can see from the sign on the top of the tram that 2015 is a special year for the Ringstrasse.
According to the WienTourismus website, “Emperor Franz Joseph opened the Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, initiating the greatest municipal building project of the age. In the years to follow, magnificent buildings arose that shape the Vienna Ring to this day. Imperial commissions led, for example, to the construction of the Vienna State Opera, the Burgtheater, the Neue Burg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History. The Parliament, the University and City Hall were a reflection of the new democratic trends. The wealthy haute bourgeoisie built their prestigious palaces in the spaces in between. All of these buildings are now among the sights on the Ringstrasse.
The street, which is 5.3 kilometers long and 57 meters wide, was an elegant promenade for the upper classes. Today it is open to everyone, as is evident from such annual events as the Vienna City Marathon or the Rainbow Parade. Along the Danube Canal the Vienna Ring is also a hot spot for the youthful urban scene as well as modern architecture.”
Leading up to Christmas I’m sure that there are many who wish that they could take care of their errands to the post office during the weekend. And it just so happens that there is a place for us to go here in Vienna if we need a post office late on Saturday or on Sunday!
The opening hours at the post office on Fleischmarkt are much more customer friendly than we are used to from our local post office. It’s just up from the subway on Schwedenplatz. 🙂
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.