Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Admiring Schiele

I love to watch people who look at works of art. Here´s a visitor admiring the painting "Krumau on the Moldova (The Small Town III)" by Austrian painter Egon Schiele at the Leopold Museum which houses the most substantial and most important collection of Schiele worldwide.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Museum Shop

In the museum shop at the Lower Belvedere you can buy catalogues, books, postcards and many other beautiful things things related to the current exhibtions but also enjoy the beautiful hall itself.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Flowers #72

"The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure." - D. H. Lawrence

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I´m so Bananas

At first this shop window caught my eyes because of the soft colours of the garments, but taking a closer look I also loved the slogan - sometimes I´m feeling a little bananas myself...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wien Mitte The Mall

Yesterday opened the largest shopping center in downtown Vienna, measuring 30.000 m² of retail space - "Wien Mitte The Mall". It´s one part of the Wien Mitte complex which houses also public transportation (Wien Mitte is the most important central transport hub) and office space. I haven´t been inside yet, but some weeks ago I passed by this new building and took this picture. It was somewhat weird to finally see this huge modern building after having passed by its ugly predecessor and then the construction site for years on my way home from my old job.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tables & Chairs in Nussdorf

I still don't know why I'm so attracted to deserted tables and chairs but I just can't help it, they always catch my eyes. I have already passed by this outdoor area of a café in the 19th district several times, but last Sunday I finally took a picture.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spring Has Finally Sprung #2

Here´s another photo of the beautiful Setagaya Park. In the background you can see the Japanese tea house which is vacant every time I´m in the park.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Has Finally Sprung #1

After the long winter it seems as if nature is now "exploding" - blossoms wherever you look as you can see in this photo taken last Sunday in the Setagaya Park, a park created in the traditional japanese style (several ponds and streams, densely-planted garden elements). The name of the park derives from the Setagaya district in Tokyo, a sister district of Vienna´s 19th district.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Art & Cake

The project "Art and Cake" brings together art students as well as established artists and the best Austrian confectioners: Several artworks have been transformed into cakes. This photo shows the painting "Smurfnobs" by Robert Wilhelm aka "Trus" and the cake of the same title by two confectioners of the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Flowers #71

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." - Lydia M. Child

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Café Dommayer

Café Dommayer is one of Vienna's classic and historic coffeehouses. Originally it was founded in 1787 in a nearby location as a café and dance place. Both Johann Strauss I and his son Johann Strauss II played here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

All Mad Here

"We are all mad here" - this slogan welcomes the guests of the recently opened "25hours Hotel". Originally this building was a hall of residence, two years ago the transformation into a hotel started at the top floors (with a very popular bar in the attic), now the whole building is operated as hotel. The furniture of the rooms is very special: it has been inspired by the traditions of the circus institution. Sounds good to me. If I was a tourist I would love to check in here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Façade Detail #23

Don´t forget to look up, you could miss beautiful details.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

An Afternoon in the Park

It seems as if spring has finally sprung: the last few days were warm and sunny and the trees were budding. On Sunday afternoon I walked across the Volksgarten where a lot of people were enjoying the beautiful weather. By the way, the white building in the background is the Theseus Temple.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mozarthaus Vienna

Domgasse 5 is the only one of Mozart’s apartments in Vienna that still exists today. The composer lived in Mozarthaus Vienna from 1784 to 1787 in grand style. The life and works of this musical genius are presented in and around this apartment on four exhibition levels. In addition to the historical Mozart apartment visitors can find out about the times in which Mozart lived and his most important works. The exhibition focuses on his years in Vienna, which marked a high point in his creativity. Mozarthaus Vienna also houses a shop, a concert hall and a learning center.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Vienna City Marathon

Yesterday the 30th Vienna City Marathon took place. The winners are Henry Sugut (2:08:19) and Flomena Cheyech (2:24:34), both from Kenia. Shortly after the start the participants passed by my place - this is what I saw from the window of my living room.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Walking And Sitting In The Sun

Last Monday was the first slightly warmer and sunny day after a very long winter, everybody who had the chance was out to enjoy the "unusual" weather.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thieving Magpies

Thieving magpies in the window of a jewelry store in the city center.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lemure

This "Lemure" sculpture by Austrian artist Franz West (1947-2012) is currently located in front of the MUMOK which hosts an exhibition (until May 26) dedicated to the work of the artist. Click here for a photo of another "Lemure Head", located on Stubenbrücke.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First Picnics

The beautiful weather on Monday enticed some people to have a first picnic in the Burggarten. In the background you can see the Jugendstil greenhouse which houses the restaurant "Palmenhaus" and the "Butterfly House".

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Here Comes The Sun

Yesterday we were spoiled with sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures, and the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants finally came to life. A lot of people opted for the "Palmenhaus" (located in a Jugendstil greenhouse) in the Burggarten.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Still Rather Winterly

Due to the cold and cloudy weather the Stadtpark looks still rather winterly.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good Idea

What is to be done if a scaffolding hides your restaurant and you don´t wont people to miss the place? You wrap colourful fabric around the poles! I think that´s a very good idea.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Silver Clouds

The kinetic space installation "Silver Clouds" by Andy Warhol is part of the current exhibition "Clouds. Fleeting Worlds" at the Leopold Museum. The clouds, filled with helium and oxygen, float through a room on air currents, bumping into each other and into the visitors. The clouds may be touched, and last Sunday some adolescents started a short "cloud fight". The exhibition runs through July 1.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Too Wet to Sit Outside

Let´s continue the series of "too .... to sit outside" photographs. Yesterday it was snowing again the whole day long, the snow melted immediately and so it was definitely too wet to sit outside. For the "too cold" photo please click here, for "too snowy" here. According to the forecasters there won't be any improvement in the near future. If I will be able to take a "too hot to sit outside" photo this year?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yellow Tulips

It´s currently difficult to find signs of spring in Vienna. On Easter Sunday only these yellow tulips of the advertisement of a jewelry store added a springlike touch to the city.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Umbrellas

In case you were wondering how the weather was in Vienna on Easter Sunday: cold and sleeting. At least some umbrellas brightened this cloudy day...

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Theme Day: Pedestrians Crossing

At the intersection Maysedergasse - Tegetthoffstraße in the city center.
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