Monday, April 24, 2017

Vienna City Marathon 2017

Hi there! My vacation is over... I started the first morning back to Vienna watching the 42.766 participants in the 33rd Vienna City Marathon pass under my window.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Flowers #224

"Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet." - Jeremy Bentham

Friday, April 7, 2017

Amidst the Grapevines

A young couple amidst the grapevines on Kahlenberg last Sunday... 
Today afternoon I will go on a two-week vacation. This blog will take a break while I'm abroad as I didn't have the time to schedule photos and during my holidays I usually am busy with other things. I will post photos on instagram though... Hope to "see" you when I'm back to Vienna!

Thursday, April 6, 2017


The magnolia trees are currently in full bloom.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Summerday in April #2

Life at the Old Danube on an unusual hot April day: while one stretches, the other one relaxes after (or in between) a bicycle ride at the Old Danube (and another walks by and takes a photo)...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Summerday in April #1

April started with beautiful and hot weather. I took another walk along the Old Danube where I discovered several sunbathers. Unfortunately I couldn't join them because I had to run errands.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rainbow Skirt

The Indian fashion designer Manish Arora has created the current installation in the main window of the Swavorski store in Kärntner Straße. Unfortunately I could only take a photo of the mannequin in the center of the colourful display because of too much reflections.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday Flowers #223

"The tulip's petals shine in dew,
All beautiful, but none alike." -  James Montgomery

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Theme Day: Wet

These kind of tables always catch my eyes, especially on a rainy day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Down There...

Last Sunday I did an afternoon walk in the 19th district. When I turned back I had this view of the town.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Colourful Cardigan

I don't know if this is really a gentlemen's cardigan or if he just hastily threw over the next best piece of clothing before leaving for an afternoon walk, but I must say this cardigan is really eye-catching...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Spring has its blue ribbon
Fluttering through the winds
Sweet, well-known scents
Touch lightly and forbodingly the country.
The violets are already dreaming
Willing to come soon.
Listen, the faint sound of a harp from afar!
Springs, yes it's you!
It's you I heard! - Eduard Mörike

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


When I will be their age, I also want so sit on a bench in cosy togetherness...

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Boats Are Back

The boat rentals at the Old Danube have already put the boats to water.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Flowers #222

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month."- Henry Van Dyke

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Old & New

A modern and an old office building in the Viertel Zwei area. The modern building houses the headquarter of the Austrian mineral oil authority.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Deserted Campus

Another impression of my walk on the deserted campus of the University of Economics and Business last Sunday. The building in the background was designed by Estudio Carme Pinós S.L., based in Barcelona, Spain.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Outdoor Staircases

Last Sunday I did another walk on the campus of the University of Economics and Business where the outdoor staircases of the Teaching Center, designed by Vienna-based architects BUSarchitektur ZT GmbH, caught my eyes.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I'll Give You Three Guesses

Guess which of these very similar apartment buildings has recently been renovated... I love the French windows!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Advance Warning

If you want to know what to expect in the very near future, sometimes you just have to watch the ground: in this case there are stairs ahead in 15m. I have never seen a similar warning before...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Luxury Design And Furniture Fair

Yesterday I was at the luxury design and furniture fair H.O.M.E.D.E.P.O.T. at the Semperdepot. The building was constructed from 1874 to 1877 according to the plans of Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer and originally served as a depot for the stage sets of the Austrian Federal Theatres. Today one part of the building houses studios of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the other part can be rented for events.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Flowers #221

"I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, 
the sun was almost bright." - Millard Kaufman, Bowl of Cherries

Saturday, March 18, 2017


The 252m high Donauturm was opened in April 1964 on the occasion of the Vienna International Garden Show. Two high-speed elevators transport passengers to the observation deck and a rotating restaurant which offer a splendid view of the town and it environs.

Friday, March 17, 2017

7th Blogiversary

Today this blog turns 7!! I can't believe it! I created the blog seven years ago very late in the evening (or rather early in the morning) without really knowing what I was doing,and I had no idea how I should publish 365 photos a year thinking that there weren't so many interesting things to photograph. Throughout the years I didn't manage to publish a photo every day because I was on vacation, too busy, too tired... or I published photos one or two days late, but I'm still proud that I didn't give up blogging. It is fun, but also rather time-consuming. Anyway, looking for photo subjects I experienced my hometown more attentively and discovered things never seen before. Thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting on the photos! I appreciate your support and I am looking forward to sharing more photos of Vienna with you. And now let's cut the cake and celebrate!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Modern Living

The 110m high "Mischek Tower" is an apartment building in the Donaucity area. It was erected from 1998 to 2000 and was the highest residential building in Austria until 2002, it is still the highest prefab house of the world. Definitely not the kind of building I want to live in...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sunset Obsession #37

The Light House on the Danube Island at sunset last Sunday.
By the way, the international consulting firm Mercer ranks Vienna highest for quality of living for the 8th year in a row! The annual survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education and infrastructural conditions such as public transportation, power and water supply. It also takes into consideration recreational offers, the availability of all kinds of consumer goods (from food to cars), as well as environmental conditions.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Training Day

I did so many walks along the Old Danube when it was frozen over in January and February that it seemed "strange" to me to see it in its "normal" condition on Sunday... Some people have already digged out their rowing boats. These group did some training in their dragon boat.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sitting, Watching...

Did you notice that I haven't been at the Old Danube for some weeks? Well, yesterday I relapsed... And I admired this girl sitting on the edge of one of the platforms... I always have an unpleasant feeling when I'm too close to the edge...

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Flowers #220

"That is one good thing about this world... there are always sure to be more springs." - L.M. Montgomery

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Girl With Flower in her Hair

Street art by an unknown artist on a shutter in the 4th district.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Restart Your Heart

There's not much to say about this photo... We all have to restart our heart one day, I guess... 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

First Spring Flowers

Nature is awakening... On Sunday I discovered some first shy spring flowers (crocuses and snowdrops) in the Botanical Garden.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Beautiful Sphinx

I'll never get tired of photographing the sphinxes in the garden between the Upper and the Lower Belvedere.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Flowers #219

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." - John Ruskin

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Interesting Style

I love art fairs not only for the art, but also because it's a perfect place for people watching. This couple had a really eye-catching style of clothing and got some funny looks... You can't see it in this photo: the girl's eyebrows were turquoise...

Friday, March 3, 2017

Art Vienna #2

Here's another work that caught my eyes at the art fair "Art Vienna": it combines an old papercollage with modern spraypaint and was realised on a vintage wood drawer by 3stepscrew, a German street art collective.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Art Vienna #1

Recently the first "Art Vienna" took place at the Leopold Museum. The art fair focused on Austrian and international contemporary art and classical modernism. This photos shows two eye-catching works by Spanish artist Samuel Salcedo.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Theme Day: Black and White in Color

I love bright colours, black and white subjects don't really catch my eyes, but this heart on the banks of the Danube Canal did (because underneath there was written in red "for my beloved")...
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Krapfen are traditional Austrian carnival sweets: doughnuts made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil. The "classical" version is filled with marmelade or jam with powdered sugar on top, but there are also Krapfen filled with vanilla cream (in this photo), plum butter, nougat... Today is the last day of carnival, the last possibility to indulge in these sweets.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Andromeda Fountain

The Andromeda fountain is hidden in the courtyard of the Old Town Hall in the city center. It was created by Austrian sculptor Georg Raphael Donner in 1741 and is one of his last works as he died in the same year. The relief in the center depicts how Perseus saves Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday Flowers #218

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." - Anne Bradstreet

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Only Way is up

These stairs are part of the Schützenhaus on the banks of the Danube Canal. The building was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner and erected from 1904 to 1908 as part of a never realised weir system. Today it houses a restaurant.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Was in the Air

Yesterday was the first day that felt like spring. I was in the office the whole day, but I guess a lot of people ate their first ice cream cone of the season and put on clothes in bright colours.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vienna Opera Ball Poster

The old tradition of carnival balls continues to thrive in Vienna. Each year more than 450 balls take place, the higlight of the ball season is the Vienna Opera Ball held at the Vienna State Opera this very night. In 30 hours the opera has been transformed by 350 skilled workers and 150 auxiliaries into a gorgeous ballroom where more than 5.100 guests will spend a glittering ball night. This year's poster of the Vienna Opera Ball is a collage of "quotations" of different operas and milestones in the history of the ball.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ice Bar

On the occasion of tomorrow's Vienna Opera Ball the Swiss born artist Daniel Spoerri created an ice bar located in front of a delicatessen store in the city center. Hundreds of heels of ladies's shoes are frozen into the ice blocks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


In the late Sunday afternoon the sun came through the clouds and I caught some first sunrays...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Having a Chat

Yesterday was a rather gray day, nevertheless a lot of people did an afternoon walk along the Old Danube. These friends (or couple?) took a break and had a chat. As you can see the water is still mostly frozen...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Flowers #217

"A flower doesn't love you or hate you, it just exists." - Mike White

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Goddes in the Garden

There are a lot of statues in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. This one shows Diana, the goddess of hunting.