Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bicycle shop

I like the entrance of this bicycle shop on Praterstrasse because the old decorations really stick out on the otherwise perfectly plastered facade.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Life is a like box of chocolates...

... you never know what you´re gonna get (from the movie "Forrest Gump"). At SchokoLadenWerkstatt, a nice little chocolate shop in Ballgasse, you´re gonna get delicious home made chocolates, pralines and chocolate truffles. Personally, I would love to buy the whole range of items... Yes, I´m a chocoholic ;-)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Eternal Beauty

I discovered this beautiful lady on a building on the corner Tuchlauben and Bognergasse in the city center.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Come sail away

Today is the third day of the 27th Donauinselfest ("Danube Island Festival"), Europe´s biggest open air festival with free entry. The festival area extends over 4,5km with 13 stages, 21 "islands", more than 300 music bands, theatre and cabaret groups. This year the organizers of the festival are expecting 3 million attendants. As I don´t like the crowd, I have never even thought of visiting the festival in all these years. I prefer to enjoy the quiet spots of Donauinsel, like this small harbour for sailboats.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Herbs

Herbs in front of a flower shop in Wollzeile in the city center. I especially like the baskets in which the herbs are placed.

View of Kahlenbergerdorf

Kahlenbergerdorf was an indepdendent municipality until 1892, now it is a part of Döbling, the 19th district of Vienna.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Apricots

As I told you in the previous post, "Haas & Haas" also sells specialities. At the moment they are offering various products made of Wachauer apricots (The Wachau is a beautiful valley in Lower Austria): nectar, jam, sauce, spread, sparkling wine, liqueur.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tea Shop

I showed you already one of the windows of "Haas & Haas" tea shop right behind St. Stephen´s Cathedral. Now here´s a photo of the interior, more precisely the array of the teas. As you can see in the center of the photo, they are currently promoting ice teas (btw I like the colours of the wrappings). The shop doesn´t only sell teas and tea accessoires, but also coffee, jams, honey, chocolate, confiserie, specialities, room perfumes and dishes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial (also known as the "Nameless Library"), the central memorial for the 65.000 Austrian victims of the Holocaust, is located on Judenplatz and was unveiled in October 2000. The outside surfaces of the memorial, designed by British artist Rachel Whiteread, are cast library shelves turned inside out. The spines of the books are facing inwards and are not visible, therefore the titles of the volumes are unknown and the content of the books remains unrevealed. The shelves appear to hold endless copies of the same edition, which stand for the vast number of the victims, as well as the concept of Jews as "People of the Book". As a work of art, the memorial was not intendend to be beautiful and forms a contrast to the beautiful architecture nearby.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Waiting for guests

This is how the outdoor areas of Vienna´s restaurants look most of the time this summer: deserted due to bad weather. So far, we had only one week of sunny and hot weather... This photo was taken on Judenplatz which was the center of Jewish life in the Middle Ages.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Modern Tourists

Modern tourists don´t walk all day long, but they take a Segway Personal Transporter (maximum speed: 12,5 mph/20kmh). I saw this group yesterday in front of the Old Town Hall which provided the magistrate of Vienna with administrative space until 1885 when it finally moved to the current Town Hall. The baroque building still houses administrative offices as well as the "Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance".

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reichsbrücke

Reichsbrücke lies on an important axis leading from the city center to the north-east of Vienna. This bridge across the Danube river carries six lanes of traffic, used by 50.000 vehicles daily, subway tracks, two foothpaths and two cylcepaths. This is already the third bridge on this very spot, opened in November 1980, after the previous bridge had collapsed four years before.
The bridge is not beautiful at all, but it´s near my place and during summer I´m using one of the cyclepaths regularly on my way to Donauinsel, so I thought I might share this view with you - besides, I like the sunset light in this photo.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Floral Headdress

I spotted this headdress in the window of a fashion store on Praterstrasse, where you can find collections of young international designers. Personally, I would never wear such a creation, but I like the old-fashioned head of the mannequin.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More public screening

Since May selected performances at the Vienna State Opera are broadcasted live on a LED video screen which was set up in front of the Opera House. Informations about the opera, the performers, the Vienna State Opera and its works are provided 45 minutes before the event starts and during the intervals. The admission is free! As you can see, tonight´s opera is "Tannhäuser" by Richard Wagner.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Everything´s coming up roses

I saw these beautiful roses in a flower shop close to St. Stephen´s Cathedral. If I had to choose, I would go for the pink roses.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Public Screening

Austria didn´t qualify for the current FIFA World Cup in South Africa, nevertheless there are several public viewing areas all over the city. Yesterday I passed by this one, in front of a restaurant in the city center.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kahlenberg

This is still Vienna!! Kahlenberg (484m) is located in the 19th district and is part of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods), a low, wooded section of the Alps in eastern Lower Austria and Vienna. It is one of the city´s most popular destinations for a sunday afternoon walk. If the weather is fine, the mountain offers a beautiful view over the entire city.
On top of Kahlenberg you can see the Modul University Vienna (on the left side), the church St. Josef and the Suite Hotel Kahlenberg (on the right side).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 6

This is the second modern building at MuseumsQuartier, it houses the Leopold Museum which shows masterpieces of Austrian art of the first half of the 20th century. It contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, and it features also artists such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl.

Friday, June 11, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 5

The modern building on the left side, clad in anthracite grey basalt lava, is the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), the largest Austrian museum for international modern and contemporary art.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 4

This is the outdoor area of one of the restaurants at MuseumsQuartier (MQ). When the weather is fine it is practically impossible to find a free table.
If you look carefully, you will see horses and horsemen on top of the windows - they remind the original function of the historic buildings of MQ as imperial stables which housed 600 horses and 200 state coaches and gala coaches.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 3

These pieces of courtyard furniture are called "Enzis", after the comunications officer at the MQ who assigned an architect´s office to develop ideas for the winter season 2002. Originally the "Enzis" were used as glogg stands, but soon they became a fix part of the MQ. The special geometry enables a lot of different formation types. Especially in summer they are a big success - you can sit, lie, chill, chat, eat and relax on them. Since 2007 the visitors of MQ can vote the seasonal colour of the "Enzis" - this year they opted for "candy shop pink".

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 2

This is the courtyard of MuseumsQuartier Wien (MQ). When the weather is fine, it is always crowded by people soaking up the sun, chatting and enjoying the outdoor areas of the various restaurants.

Monday, June 7, 2010

MuseumsQuartier 1

Opened in 2001, the MuseumsQuartier Wien (MQ) is one of the ten largest cultural complexes in the world and offers space for modern and contemporary art and culture. The MQ combines independent new architecture and revitalized buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. This photo shows a part of the main facade, Vienna´s longest Baroque facade.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I want to ride my bicycle

Yesterday I finally could ride my bicycle for the first time in this season! As usually I took a trip on Donauinsel (Danube Island), a 21,1km long island between the Danube river and the parallel excavated channel Neue Donau (New Danube). The island is a recreational area with sport opportunities from rollerblading, cycling, swimming to canoeing, but you can find there also a lot of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Balcony #1

This balcony in the second district caught my eye because of the plants and the red ball. According to the forecast, after long weeks of very unseasonable weather this weekend it will be warm and mostly dry, so it should be finally possible to enjoy balconies and terraces.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Picture in picture

This is one of the windows of a tea shop and teahouse on Stephansplatz in the city center, right behind St. Stephen´s Cathedral. The photo in the window shows the Giant Ferris Wheel, a symbol of the Prater amusement park and a very popular tourist attraction.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Façade detail #1

Caryatids on the facade of an apartment house in Praterstrasse.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Front garden

The flower shop in the Vienna Stock Exchange that I mentioned already here, welcomes its clients with this appealing arrangement of plants and a hammock.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010