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’ve taken it upon myself to check out all the supermarkets that are open on Sundays in Vienna (see https://tinasrabbithole.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/the-supermarkets-that-are-open-on-sunday/) . Since Hauptbahnhof opened last weekend we have a small Spar that’s open on Sundays now. Today we ventured out to have a look. It’s a far cry from the Billa at Franz Josef Bahnhof or Prater, which are the biggest shops open on Sundays, but we were quite satisfied with the selection. It’s definitely good enough to keep you alive if your fridge and pantry are empty. The vegetable selection is decent, you can get meats (though no Sunday roast, sorry), drinks, snacks, baking etc… etc. It looks as though all the bakeries at Hauptbahnhof are open too on Sunday, so no need to get your bread at Spar.
…is open again. People were enjoying a nice semi-sunny afternoon around Schwedenplatz. The bar is still quite empty, but give it another couple of weeks and it will be bustling with life 🙂
This guy was also completing the wall on the backside. I bet it’ll look great! It already does 🙂
…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. 🙂
Quite empty! Which I’m sure is not the case on a weekday… This is a huge international centre, with the workplace of many a suit surrounding it.
Something that can be really frustrating for someone moving to Vienna/Austria from a somewhat ‘normal’ country where shops are open on Sunday, is just that: Shops are not open on Sunday. Not even supermarkets. Nix. Nada. Even though I grew up in a country where the situation is similar, I had become accustomed to do my grocery shopping on Sunday in New Zealand, when I finally could find the time to do so. Stress free, no fuss. So, I often ended up without food on Sundays when I first got here, and it took a while before I found the shops that are open on Sunday. There are five supermarkets that I know of: Billa Franz Josef Bahnhof (in the picture above), Westbahnhof supermarket (really small), Spar Pronto at Landstrasse (small), Spar Pronto at Hauptbahnhof (small to medium but pretty good), and Billa Praterstern (Quite decent even on a Sunday but crazy full of people). Perhaps you can detect a pattern there… (Train stations!). There are also Turkish supermarkets around the place that are open on Sundays, so you’re lucky if you end up living next to one of those.
The experience of Billa Franz Josef Bhof though is one that always fascinates me. The place is always full of bogans, with a lot of dogs. The proliferation of people with bright coloured hair, piercings and collections of dogs don’t always go well with the streams of people pouring into the supermarket on Sundays. I’ve never felt threatened or unconfortable, but I have seen those who have got into arguments with the bogans when they’re asking for money. Some people just don’t want to look at things that aren’t “pretty” when going shopping, I suppose. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me here was that someone asked me for 10 cents. Can’t say that that’s scared me off! 🙂