Thursday, September 18, 2014

Breaking The Rules: Schloss Hof #2

The sala terrena is the “ground floor” of Schloss Hof palace, it connects the interior of the palace with the garden terrace. This kind of room is a characteristic of Baroque palaces. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Breaking The Rules: Schloss Hof #1

Some weeks ago a friend of mine and me made an excursion to Schloss Hof in Lower Austria. The grounds of Schloss Hof extend over more than 50 hectares of land. The magnificent ensemble with its lordly palace, beautiful terraced garden and idyllic manor farm was laid out in the late 1720s as an impressive country home and hunting lodge for Prince Eugene of Savoy. In 1755 Empress Maria Theresia acquired the complex from Prince Eugene’s heir and presented it as a gift to her husband, Emperor Francis StephenThe generations of Habsburg emperors and archdukes that followed showed little interest in their Marchfeld summer residence and increasingly allowed nature to do its destructive work. In the late 19th century Emperor Francis Joseph I turned the complex into a military training ground, and the already heavily damaged imperial splendour almost entirely disappeared.
During and after the two world wars Schloss Hof was exposed to more disinterest and inappropriate use. Only in 2002 a society founded solely for the revitalization, undertook the needed measurements for the restoration of this precious monument of Austrian cultural heritage. In May 2005 the ensemble was opened to the public.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Karlsgarten

The Karlsgarten is a very special urban garden. It's located in Karlsplatz, a busy square in the very center of Vienna, and was opened in May 2014. It is not only a public garden, but also an urban laboratory. More than 50 sorts of organic fruits, vegetables and cereals are cultivated, supplemented by bees, snails and insects. The association that runs the garden wants to enhance the awareness for urban food production with an extensive program of events, workshops and guided tours. Furthermore, they analyse in a co-operation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences which growing methods and which plants are suitable for exposed urban sites.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stadtlesen 2014

The past weekend the MuseumsQuartierWien hosted the project "Stadtlesen": an annual "reading pleasure tour" travelling through the country and turning popular locations into outdoor reading rooms where bookworms can choose from 3.000 books from a variety of genres and enjoy a good read free of charge.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Flowers #127

"What a pity flowers can utter no sound! - A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle ...  oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!" - Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Commemorative Sculpture

Austria's Anschluss to Nazi Germany in 1938 had grave consequences for the country. A while ago the University of Economics has started a commemorative project that hopes to bring a measure of closure to this chapter in its history by researching and documenting the names and fates of those victims of the Nazi regime who were affiliated with the institution. Visible reminders are the online virtual Memorial Book and a commemorative sculpture by Alexander Felch, erected on the campus in May 2014. The sculpture is composed entirely of the names of the students, faculty and staff members forced to leave the university by the Nazi regime. The opening on one side is symbolic of the gaping wound left behind by the regime, both at the university and throughout society.

Friday, September 12, 2014

StadtBiotop #2

At StadtBiotop there are 3 container bars/cafés and also a bio community garden, made up of several wooden plant boxes available for rent.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

StadtBiotop #1

StadtBiotop is a shipping container village in the 2nd district that houses pop-up shops and cafés. Stacked in an empty field across from the new campus of the University of Economics and next to the "Viertel Zwei" area, the shopping mall/pop-up party location is comprised of about 15 shipping containers. The grungy industrial junkyard aesthetic has a very special atmosphere.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Citybike Wien

The Citybike Wien public bike rental system was launched in 2003. You can hire a bike at currently 110 stations across Vienna and return it at any other station. The first hour of every ride is free of charge. Before hiring a citybike you need to register on the internet or directly at one of the terminals either with a credit card or an Austrian cash card. To my shame I have to admit that, although I love cycling, it wasn't until two weeks ago that I hired a citybike for the very first time. It was such a good experience that I have repeatedly rented a bicycle since then. It's perfect if you have lost the last subway...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Bubble Fairy

Last weekend the "Buskers Festival" took place on Karlsplatz for the 4th time. Artists from across Europe presented their wide-ranging repertoires at the open-air spectacle: musicians and drummers, fire artists, acrobats, pantomimes, jugglers, magicians, break-dancers... The Bubble Fairy enchanted young and old with her huge soap bubbles.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Flowers #126

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." - Anton Chekhov

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Interesting Installation

An interesting t-shirt installation, recently discovered on a building in the 18th district. Unfortunately I couldn't find any information about it. What are your thoughts?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Caution! Waiters Crossing!

I guess this is a sign that you don't see everywhere. It's located in front of this tavern, alongside the Eastern banks of the Old Danube. The waiters have to cross an alley to serve the guests on the terrace by the water.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lazy Summer Evening

This is one of the last photos taken during my summer holidays when I cycled along the Old Danube and then explored the Floridsdorfer Wasserpark (Waterpark Floridsdorf). The park was installed in 1929, is located at the nothern end of the Old Danube and one-third of its size of 143.000 m² consists of water. I immediately fell in love with the colourful waved loungers, a perfect place to spend a lazy summer evening. Unfortunately it currently seems that this year's summer is already over...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Orange Scooter

This orange scooter caught my eyes not only because of its color, but also because of the "J'aime Paris" sticker - me too, I love Paris...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School

Yesterday was the first day of the new school year. In Austria it is a tradition to present children who start elementary school with a big cardboard cone ("Schultüte"), prettily decorated and filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies, and various other goodies. At the K.u.K. Court Confectionery Bakery Demel you could have bought a school cone at the "bargain price" of € 51,- ($ 66,96).

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Theme Day: Rust And Ruins

Well, that's not really a ruin, but it has rusty elements... This run down building in the 7th district is all I could find for today's theme day. It has been in this condition for years now, I'm wondering how long it will take until it will finally be restored or torn down.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Park Entrance

Through this door you enter the Pötzleinsdorfer Schlosspark, a public park in the 18th district. The park was designed in the 18th district in the style of an English landscape garden and has a size of 354.000 m².

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vintage Signs #2

Here's another vintage sign for dog owners, recently discovered in the Pötzleinsdorfer Schloßpark in the 18th district. It says "no dogs allowed."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vintage Signs #1

I love vintage signs like this one in the Kagran School Gardens. It reminds dog owners to put a leash on their dog.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old Danube: Swans & Boats

The Old Danube is not far away from my place, and although I have been living there for twenty years, I "discovered" this dead end of a former river branch of the Danube with its calm atmosphere only this summer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Old Danube: Sailboats

The Old Danube is popular for sailing. There are several sailing schools and boat rentals. From May to September the boat rentals extend their opening hours during full moon so that romantics can float along the Old Danube in the moonlight...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Dining by The Water

Some days ago I cycled alongside the Old Danube and discovered this tavern with a nice terrace by the water. I hope to manage to have dinner here this very summer.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Sky is The Limit

The past two weeks the weather wasn't very nice, but I hope to see a similar sky (this photo was taken at the beginning of August) very soon. My holidays are drawing to a close and, back to work, I will first and foremost see the ceiling of the office if I look up...

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Green" House

I love this house in Gersthoferstraße in the 18th district not only because it's beautifully overgrown with ivy, but also because of the wooden veranda.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Old Pavilion

We continue our stroll through the Kagran School Gardens: This pavilion was originally set up for the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna. It combines original parts and newly made wooden elements, giving an impression of what the pavilion must have looked like when it was first on display.