Currently there are several Easter Markets in Vienna. The Old Vienna Easter Market at the Freyung is famous for its huge amount (ca. 40.000) of painted Easter eggs piled up in the center of the market. You can get there also other Easter decorations and snacks from the Austrian provinces. This year the market takes place for the 25th time.
Leopoldsberg (425 m) is part of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) and a popular destination for a sunday afternoon walk. The construction of the church on top of Leopoldsberg started in 1679 and was finished in 1730.
Yesterday the 31st Vienna City Marathon took place. This year 42.078 runners from 127 nations participated in this huge sports event. Shortly after the start the participants passed by my place - this is what I saw from the window of my living room. Believe it or not, this year I managed to spot two friends of mine and we waved to each other. The marathon was won by Getu Feleke (Ethiopia, 2:05:41) and Anna Hahner (Germany, 2:28:59).
The first building of the Donau City area in the 22nd district, on the northern bank of the Danuberiver, was erected in 1995. Currently about 8.500 people are living and working in this new "city within a city'".
How to make the covers of a construction area more beautiful? By asking street artists to spray their works onto the temporary walls as did the Austrian Federal Railways. The project is called "Central Art Station". The work in this photo was created by Mexican born graffiti artist Stinkfish and graces the foyer of the new central railway station until the end of May.
I think this is Vienna's biggest construction area at the moment: On 109 hectares of land a whole new city district is arising. Besides the hyper-modern central railway station, 5.000 apartments for 13.000 people as well as office buildings and workplaces for 20.000 people are being built. The new central station entered into partial operation at the beginning of December 2012 and by 2015 full operations will begin.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is currently showcasing the seminal work of the foremost Russian jeweller and goldsmith at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé. Four Imperial Easter eggs form the centre of the show. The K.u.K. ("Imperial and Royal") Court Confectionery Bakery Demel created an oversized sugar mass version of "The Memory of Azov Egg" and displays it in one of its windows.
Yesterday was the last day of the "Art Austria" art fair at the Leopold Museum: Around 50 exhibitors (galleries) presented exclusively Austrian art. Works from the Art Nouveau, Biedermeier and Classicism periods stood alongside contemporary works.
The modern buildings of Donau City, an area in the 22nd district, tower above the older parts of Vienna. From this viewpoint the height of the newly constructed DC Tower, Austria's tallest skycraper, is clearly visible.
I love to sneak into courtyards, curious about the "treasures" I might find there. Recently I discovered this simple, but beautiful arrangement of a table, a chair and some plants in a courtyard in the 6th distict. I love the combination of yellow and green and the splash of blue.
Reflections in the windows of the Kunsthalle Wien building at the MuseumsQuartier complex. The decorations on top of the windows indicate the original use of the building: in the 18th century it housed the imperial stables.
On Saturday it was sunny and abnormally hot for this season and I enjoyed a chat with a friend of mine sitting on one of these chairs... Over the night we had a sudden change of weather. It's not easy to keep up with this year's changes in temperature...
An exclusive shopping district is currently being created in the heart of the city center. The "Golden Quarter" promises luxury shopping pleasure in a historic ambience on around 11.500 sqm. In such an ambiance even the covers of the building lot are rather elegant as you can see in this photo.