Wednesday, December 31, 2014
On December 23 I happened to be in the street at the time of the sunset and the sky really put on a show. Later on I heard on the radio that these gorgeous sunsets are a December phenomenon. So this is already the last photo for 2014. This year really flew by... I hope you have nice plans for New Year's Eve and wish you a very happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Can you see the prevailing cold in this photo? The daily maximum temperature currently is -5°C (41° F) and you have to wrap up warmly if you want to leave your apartment. Yesterday I braved the cold and took a short walk along the Old Danube. As you can see in this photo of the DC Tower and the Donaucity, Vienna is even covered with a thin layer of snow.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Normally the 73m high Ringturm is a rather unspectacular (one could even say ugly) office building, but during Christmas time it is decorated with lights in the form of a Christmas tree.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
In Vienna the merchant associations of the shopping streets have to coordinate and pay the Christmas illuminations in large part by themselves - that's why the illuminations show great variety. In this photo you can see the Christmas lights at the "Golden Quarter", the new luxury shopping area in the ciy center.
Friday, December 26, 2014
It's a tradition of mine to visit the Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace on Christmas day. While all the other Christmas markets close on December 23 or 24, this one is open until December 26. The palace is a very beautiful backdrop as you can see here! At the market you can find traditional handicrafts, Christmas decorations, unusual gifts as well as food and drinks. One of the stands offers bees wax products.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
In Austria we are celebrating Christmas this very night: The tree is set up and lit for the very first time, the presents are placed beneath the tree, the family gathers around the tree and usually sings Christmas carols. The Christmas dinner traditionally consists of baked carp. I wish you all a very merry Christmas!! Frohe Weihnachten!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
The Christmas Market in front of the city hall with its 150 sales stands is Vienna's biggest Christmas market. Yesterday I passed by at 4 p.m., and as you can see, it was well attended.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
If you need a change from the traditional Christmas Markets that dominate the city-scape elsewhere, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is the perfect address: During "Winter in the MQ" (until December 23) the MQ restaurateurs serve up unusual punch varieties and delicious treats in so-called "ice pavilions", DJs provide a diverse mix of music, there's an ice curling rink and a race track for remote-controlled cars, and video projections on the facades bathe the MuseumsQuartier in a very special light.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Usually I'm still in the office when the sun sets in winter, but yesterday I called it a day early to do some Christmas shopping. When I saw the beautiful sky above the shopping street, I quickly went to a park nearby to take some photographs. I wasn't the only one to do this, the social media were flooded with photos of the spectacular sky.
Friday, December 12, 2014
After a visit at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) you currently can have a walk around the Christmas Village at Maria Theresien Platz. With the Kunsthistorisches Museum on one side, the Natural History Museum on the other side and a statue depicting Empress Maria Theresa in the center of the square this is an impressive location.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Last Sunday I went to see the excellent Velázquez exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts). On my way out I passed the corridor that leads to the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Vanillekipferl are small, crescent shaped biscuits, usually made with ground almonds or hazelnuts, flavoured with vanilla and dusted with powdered sugar. They are traditionally made at Christmas. In the window of the K. und K. (Imperial and Royal) Court Confectionary Bakery "Demel" they are presented in a very special way.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
During the Advent season Vienna is a very popular destination for day trips and holidays because of the numerous Christmas markets all over town. In December 2013 Vienna registered 1.153.000 overnight stays. The hotel in this photo is located in a narrow street in the city center, and of course it is festively decorated.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a public holiday with much arguing: Since 1995 the retail stores have been allowed to open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Christmas shopping (In Austria normally stores are closed on Sundays and holidays. For more information about opening hours, please click here) and usually it is one of the best selling days during this time of the year. Many people will carry home a pile of Christmas presents...
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
In Austria today is Saint Nicholas Day. During the night Saint Nicholas filled the children's boots with gifts and sweets, and at the same time checked up on the children if they were good, polite and helpful last year. Saint Nicholas is usually accompanied by Krampus, a demon-like creature warning and punishing bad children. If the children were not good, he puts a tree branch in their boots. I remember to have been rather shocked when I got a tree branch once... No Krampus in this photo...
Friday, December 5, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Viennese Chocolate Factory "Wiener Schokoladen Manufaktur Leschanz" is located in one of the oldest shops in the city (since 1844) and is specialized in high-quality-products. Almost the whole assortment is handmade in the oldest Viennese industrial park, built in the era of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
In Austria we don't only have Advent wreaths for the countdown to Christmas, but also special calendars: The Advent Calendars have 24 "windows", each of them reveals an image, a poem or a small gift such as a toy or a chocolate item. The first "window" was opened yesterday (December 1), the last will be opened on December 24 (Christmas Eve).
Monday, December 1, 2014
When the days are getting colder (usually in September) chestnut stalls pop up all over Vienna. These small one- or two-man stands don't only sell roasted chestnuts, but usually also roast potato slices, potato wedges and potato pancakes. Yesterday afternoon this lady had her hands full to serve the hungry walkers in Kärntnerstraße.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Today is the first day of the Advent season, the "countdown" for Christmas. It is a tradition to buy (or create personally) an Advent wreath and to light the candles on every Sunday - on the first Sunday one candle, on the second two candles and so on, until on the last Sunday before Christmas all four candles are lit.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral was largely initiated by Duke Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches. Currently it is surrounded by one of Vienna's many Christmas markets.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Some weeks ago I told you that the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants have to be closed on November 15. Well, I was wrong... November 30 is the last possibility to enjoy your drink or meal outside. A lot of terraces have already been dismantled, but last Sunday some people still braved the autumnal temperature.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
"The Three Hussars" was a glamorous restaurant in the city center. It was founded after World War I by Count Paul Pälffy and two other hussar officers and quickly became an important meeting place for the Viennese society. In 2010 the restaurant went bankrupt, but the sign is still there...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
As I told you yesterday, I visited Vienna's first skyscraper, the Hochhaus Herrengasse, during the "Open House Weekend" in September. I walked all the stairs up to the top floor and at one point I noticed all these lines and thought they would look good in a photo.
Friday, November 21, 2014
In September Vienna held its first "Open House Weekend", giving people the chance to explore the city’s amazing architecture and peek into 70 buildings normally not available to the public. I made it only to one building, the Hochhaus Herrengasse in the city center, Vienna's very first skyscraper (50m tall, erected in 1931/32) and enjoyed a beautiful view of the town.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Saturday, November 15, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Last Sunday I took another bicycle ride along the Danube Canal to take advantage of the nice weather. By the way, I recently became aware of the fact that I'm always taking bicycle rides by the water...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Donauturm and the Old Danube at sunset some weeks ago. I really miss my bicycle tours at dusk... During wintertime (standard daylight time) I'm still at work when the sun sets...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I don't like autumn because the trees are losing theirs leaves, the days are getting shorter and the temperature declines, but yesterday I really enjoyed the autumnal sun and the leaves turning yellow and orange. If only the whole season could be like this...