Friday, January 20, 2017

Majolikahaus

The Art Nouveau Majolikahaus (1898-1899) in the 6th district was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner. The ornate building is namend after the weather-proof, ceramic tiles painted in floral designs on its facade as in majolica pottery.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sunset Obsession #35

The sunset over the Old Danube last Sunday... The sun currently sets at 04:28 p.m. - I'm very much looking forward to the long days in summer...

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Walk on the Ice

Due to the cold weather, the Old Danube is currently frozen. Yesterday I saw a lot of people skating or walking on the ice... I preferred to stay on the "mainland"...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sweet Sunday #16

"Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness 
as one can possibly want and hold." - Judith Olney

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts - Bentwood Chairs

Bentwood furniture was not a Viennese invention, nonetheless outside Austria the bentwood chair is still frequently called "Viennese chair". The furniture manufactory Gebrüder Thonet developed the first industrial-scale production processes for bentwood furniture. These processes replaced previous individual craft skills with an investment in machinery that allowed any worker to produce accurate and repeatable bent components. The best known piece of the manufactury was the No. 14 chair, the iconic chair of Parisian cafés. The furniture collection of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts presents an overview of over 100 years of production by Gebrüder Thonet an competing firms, from the 1830s to the 1930s.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts - Have a Seat

This reading bench for museum visitors was created by American artist Jenny Holzer in 1993 and is an aluminium cast after an original bench from Danhauser Furniture Factory that existed from 1804 to 1838. During the Biedermeier period Danhauser was THE furniture manufactory in Vienna.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Austrian Museum of Applied Arts - Empire & Biedermeier

The various spaces of the permanent collection of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art are organized in a chronological fashion. This rooms shows objects from the Empire and the Biedermeier period.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Foyer of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts

Some weeks ago I spent an afternoon at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK). It was originally founded in 1863 as the "Imperial Royal Austrian Musuem of Art and Industry" and designed by famous Austrian architect Heinrich von Ferstel. Today it houses a collection of applied arts, design, architecture and contemporary art. The museum welcomes the visitors with this beautiful late-historicist entrance foyer.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hand in Hand

Sunday, a walk in a snowy park, hand in hand with your loved one - sounds like a good program to me...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Snowy Vienna

It is still very cold and the town is finally covered with snow. I decided to do my Sunday afternoon walk in the park of Schönbrunn Palace and took this photo from the outside staircase of the palace towards the Gloriette. The structure was originally built in 1775 as a "temple of renown", today it houses a coffeehouse.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sweet Sunday #16

"All people with healthy physical appetites have a sweet tooth somewhere in their heads." - Macmillan's Magazine, 1887

Photo taken at the K. u. K. (Imperial and Royal) Court Confectionary "Demel

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cold And Windy

Baby, it's cold outside... Yesterday we had -6° C  (-42,8° F), but with the strong wind it felt even colder. Nevetheless I did a 3,5 km walk along the Old Danube. There were only a few people out and about...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sleeping Girl

Today is a public holiday (Three Wise Men), so we can sleep in - like this girl created by the French-Austrian street art duo Jana & Js.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Reflections #32

As you may already know, I love chairs... - even if they are part of a window display. After having taken the photo I didn't like the reflection, but then it grew on me...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Red Caps

I was taking a picture when a man asked me, two ladies and a man to pose for him. We caught his eyes with our red caps/hats/hair. He also took a photo with my camera and I like it a lot.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Hookah Smoker

Smoking a hookah and watching at the Old Danube, he had his own little party on New Year's Eve...

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Force of Habit

Well, yes, I did my last walk in 2016 along the Old Danube... It was a very sunny, but rather cold day. The Old Danube was partially frozen, so the swans had to walk on the ice... It was fun to watch them...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year

As you already know, I love sunsets and the Old Danube. So I just had to choose a photo that combines these two "elements" in one. Furthermore I took the first and the last walk in 2016 along the Old Danube, so we've come full circle...
Click here to view the thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Beautiful Chandeliers

The chandeliers on Graben in the city center are Vienna's most gorgeous Christmas illumination. Tonight they light the "New Year's Eve Trail": from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m the next morning gastronomers serve punch and culinary treats, and there are entertainment areas with various show programs (operetta, rock, pop, DJ lines, hit music). On Graben you will find the "classical area". Whatever you do tonight, I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and wish you all the best for 2017!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Franziskanerplatz by Night

Franziskanerplatz is located in the very city center. Its name derives from the Franciscan Church and monastery, built in this square in the 17th century. Although there are some taverns it's usually a rather quiet square. Please click here for a photo by day.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

St. Peter's Church

The construction of the Baroque St. Peter's Church started in 1701. The design was inspired by the St. Peter's Basilica of the Vatican in Rome. The church was the first domed structure in baroque Vienna. In 1733 St. Peter's Church was consecrated to the Holy Trinity.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Christmas Illuminations #5

Eye-catching is the perfect adjective for the Christmas lights in Rotenturmstraße in the city center.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Second Day of Christmas

In Austria today is St. Stephen's Day, a public holiday. Saint Stephen was the first martyr of Christianity... The photo shows Christmas tree decorations at the Christmas market in Stephansplatz, adjacent to St.Stephen's Cathedral.   

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The History of the Christmas Tree

Christmas trees as we know them today first arrived in Vienna during the Biedermeier period from northern (Protestant) Germany: In 1814 reports compiled by the state police contain the first mention of a Christmas tree festivity held in the salon of the Arnsteins, a Jewish bankersfamily. Those attending were given lavish gifts, a custom that was not usual on Christmas Eve in Vienna at the time. However, it was via court circles that the Christmas tree spread rapidly to the living rooms of the middles classes. The wife of Archduke Karl, Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg brought the custom from her German (Protestant) home. Christmas 1816 saw the first Christmas tree, festively decked with candles in the Habsburg family. Emperor Franz I attended this celebration and was so taken with the magical aura of the Christmas tree that the ordered a tree to be put up in the Imperial Palace at Christmas from then on. Subsequently it became the norm in Catholic families to celebrate Christmas around the tree. Contemporary accounts record that while it was still almost impossible to procure a Christmas tree in 1821, by 1829 there were already street vendors.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

In Austria we celebrate Christmas this very night: We set up the Christmas tree and light it for the first time, gather around the tree, sing Christmas carols, unwrap the presents and have Christmas dinner and maybe go to the Midnight Mass. Merry Christmas from Vienna! Frohe Weihnachten!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Almost Last Minute

In Austria we usually set up the Christmas tree not until Christmas Eve, still it's high time to buy a tree. In Vienna you can do so in nearly 300 locations, even in the very city center (The photo was taken on Graben). I read that the Viennese prefer to buy a fir tree because of its rich colour and blunt needles...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snowy Christmas Tree

Yesterday we had the first snowfall of this winter. After touching the ground, the snow quickly melted. However, in the afternoon, when I had to run an errand for the office, the cars, the plants and trees were covered with a thin layer of snow. I would love to have a white Christmas, but according to the forecasters the odds are bad.