Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blue Tables & Chairs

You know that I have this thing for tables and chairs... So you will certainly understand that I just couldn't ignore these in the Kagran School Gardens ;-)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Water Tower

This water tower is located on the terrain of the former North Railway Station. It is a listed building, so it will not be destroyed despite the imminent construction activity in this area. As far as I know, it is still unclear how it will be used in the future.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday Flowers #241

"True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time." - Marie Williams Johnstone

Friday, August 18, 2017

Overgrown Fallow Land - Soon to be Gone

The area of the former North Railway Station is currently one of the major intra-urban development areas. From 2009 to 2013 a first part has already been covered with buildings, soon the second construction phase will start. The overgrown fallow land (in Austrian German we call it "Gstettn") and the railway tracks in this photo will disappear...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Orange Pillars

The modern apartment building that I showed you on Tuesday is located next to the 31.000 square meter large Rudolf Bednar Park created in 2008. In the center of the park there is a canopy with eye-catching orange pillars.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Modern Housing #2

This apartment building is located in the area of the former North Railway Station in the 2nd district. It is a collective housing project: The building is owned by an association of the tenants who were involved in the planning of the structure and now share its management. The building consists of 40 individual units and 800 m2 community spaces (communal kitchen, roof terrace, library, sauna, guest apartments, rentable multipurpose space, workshop).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Eyecatching Letters

The "Salon am Park" is a grocery in the 2nd district where you can also have breakfast, snacks or light meals at noontime. I like the eyecatching letters in different fonts and colours.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday Flowers #240

"I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - 
three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain." - John Keats

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Josefsplatz

Josefsplatz is located in the very city center and named after Emperor Joseph II who is depicted as a Roman conqueror in the monument in the center of the square. Josefsplatz is enclosed on three sides by parts of the Imperial Palace. So it's not really a bad place ;-)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Looks (nearly) like chez Monet

The other day I was at the Kagran School Gardens. They serve as training facility for the students of the Vocational School for Horticulture and Floristry. Usually the gardens are open to the public only once a month, but in July and August they can be visited from Monday to Wednesday. They are a very quiet place and a real insider tip, I love to go there once every summer. There are several theme gardens, my favourite one is the one inspired by Claude Monet's garden in Giverny

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Semperdepot #1

Last Friday I had the opportunity to visit the Semperdepot. The building was designed by Gottfried von Semper and Karl von Hasenauer and constructed from 1874 to 1877. Originally it served as a depot for the stage sets of the Austrian Federal Theatres. Today it houses studios of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, other parts (like the Prospect Court in this photo) can be rented for events. It was the first time that I was inside the Semperdepot without attending an event... Please click here and here for older photos taken during events.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Street Art on Garage Doors

I love street art and the fact that it slowly but surely gets some recognition in Austria. Recently I walked again past these garage doors in the 6th district with works by Austrian urban artist Golif. Please click here for an older photo of one of these doors.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Courtyard as Passage

Usually this courtyard in the city center is open during the week and allows you to pass from Bäckerstraße to Wollzeile.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fillgraderstiege

The Fillgraderstiege in the 6th district was built from 1905 to 1907 and designed by Max Hegele in an Art Nouveau style. The stairs connect the two streets Fillgradergasse and Theobaldgasse. In 2004 the Fillgraderstiege was named the fourth most beautiful steps in Europe in a poll of European art professors.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sunday Flowers #238

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quiet Square

The name of the quiet little Schulhof square in the city center derives either from a school run by the Jesuits or a synagogue (jiddisch: shul) which were located here in the past.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Park Hyatt Vienna

The Park Hyatt Vienna hotel was opened in June 2014. The building was constructed between 1913 and 1915 and originally housed the Lower Austrian Escompte Bank. The hotel is located at Am Hof, the largest and oldest square in the inner city of Vienna, and part of the luxury shopping area "Golden Quarter".

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

La Mercerie

Now we are inside the French café where I had breakfast last Saturday. Originally this place was a haberdashery (in French: mercerie), the old, beautiful shelves with the respective signs are still there. The café has no telephone number, no e-mail, address no website, no facebook account - you have to go there and hope that there's a free table. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

French Breakfast

On Saturday I had breakfast with a friend in my favourite French café. I just love everything there!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Flowers #237

"Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?" - Maurice Meterlinck

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ice Cream Booth

It has been rather hot in Vienna lately. I guess the ice cream sellers are pleased about that fact, at least I saw a lot of people eating ice cream... Even the window display of a confectionary in the city center shows an ice cream booth.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #3

The architects designed the ÖAMTC headquarters as a sign of mobility. #The circular and star-shaped form of the building conveys that everything revolves arount the mobility and the associated means.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #2

Five former ÖAMTC locations have been centralized at the ÖAMTC headquarters which is now the workplace of 800 employees.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #1

Last Friday I took part in an instawalk at the new headquarters of the ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcyle and Touring Club) in the 3rd district. The building was designed by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten and inaugurated in November 2016. The construction costs amounted to 76 million euro. If you want to check out my instagram account please click here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet Hell Ice Cream

Yesterday I tested a new ice cream parlor in the second district. I opted for pistachio and lemon-sage. The black cone refers to the name of the parlor: "Sweet Hell". I will definitely go back and test some other flavours. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Flowers #236

"To an optimist every weed is a flower; to a pessimist every flower is a weed." - Finnish Proverb

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Modern Housing #1

This modern apartment building is located right next to the Gasometers. It is one of five similar looking structures of the residential area "Ville Verdi".

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gasometers

The Gasometers, former gas tanks, were built from 1896 to 1899. In 1978 they were designated as protected historic landmarks. The Gasometers were retired in 1984 due to Vienna'as conversion from coal gas to natural gas. In 1995 the City of Vienna called for ideas for a new use of the structures. Six years later the remodelling and revitalization was completed: The gasometers now house 600 apartments, a student dormitory, offices, shops, a music hall and the JAM Music Lab University, a private university for jazz and popular music.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Millennium Tower at Sunset

The Millennium Tower, a commercial and residential building on the banks of the Danube, was opened in 1999 for the coming of the third Millennium. It is the fourth tallest building in Austria.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Flowers #235

"Only a certain amount of flowers and jewels are beautiful." - Tibetan Proverb

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Moored in the Harbour

There's a small harbour for sailing boats at the New Danube. I love to pass by this quiet place wth my bicylce.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sunset Obsession #41

Yesterday's sunset over the Danube. The clouds look dramatic...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The White Angel Pharmacy

The "White Angel Pharmacy" existed as early as 1587, albeit in a different location. The pharmacy relocated a couple of times before it arrived to its current site. The building was designed and built by Austrian painter and architect Oskar Laske in 1901/02. The Art Nouveau mosaic decoration on the facade is very eye-catching.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wish You Were...

I discovered this sign in front of a burger restaurant in the 6th disctrict.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Flowers #234

"Yesterday's flowers are today's dreams." - Japanese Proverb

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Golden Bucephalus #2

Here's another view of Andje Pietrzyk's sculpture "The Golden Bucephalus" in Michaelerplatz. Click here to see the first photo once again.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bicycle Basket

This bicycle basket, richly decorated with flowers, is a real eye-catcher.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful Corner

A beautiful corner in the Heiligenkreuzerhof in the city center. For older photos please click here and here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Flowers #233

"A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true." - Ray Evans

Saturday, June 24, 2017