Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Botanical Garden 2

Gentian in the "Alpinum" (montane, subalpine and alpine plants of the Alps and other mountains of Europe and Asia)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Botanical Garden 1

The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna dates back to 1754 and was founded by Empress Maria Theresia. It covers 8 hectares, currently more than 9.000 species of plants are cultivated. The garden is open to the public and a popular recreation area, the admission is free.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Extended Showroom

The interior designer whose showroom I presented to you yesterday resides at Palais Harrach and uses also the courtyard of the baroque palace to present some pieces of outdoor furniture.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Interior Design Showroom

I don´t know how many times I have already pressed my nose against the windows of this showroom of an interior designer in the city center. You can find there always pieces of furniture with a certain "je ne sais quoi" (this table, for instance, is made of an old oil tank), unfortunately the prices are exorbitant.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Constitutional Court of Austria

This building on Judenplatz was originally designed by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and erected from 1709 to 1714. Since then there have been several rebuildings, e.g. this facade was originally the back of the building. Since 1946 it houses the Constitutional Court of Austria, the highest state body in Austria when considering consitutional law.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Every time I pass by this millinery in the center of Vienna and gaze at the shop-window, it seems to me that here time stands still.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Upper Belvedere - Detail and Austrian Flag

According to legend, the flag was invented by Duke Leopold V of Austria as a consequence of his fighting during the Crusades: After a fierce battle, his white battle dress was completely drenched in blood. When he removed his belt, the cloth underneath was untouched by the blood, revealing the combination of red-white-red. He was so taken by this sight that he adopted the colors and scheme as his banner.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Upper Belvedere

The Upper Belvedere was designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and constructed between 1721 and 1722. On May 15, 1955 the Austrian State Treaty which re-established Austria as a sovereign state after the Second World War, has been signed in the Marble Hall. Today the Upper Belvedere houses the "Österreichische Galerie Belvedere" museum where you can see the world´s largest Klimt collection.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vienna City Marathon

Yesterday the 27th Vienna City Marathon took place. 32.940 runners registered for the marathon, due to the currently restricted airspace 1.500 were not able to arrive to Vienna. The winners are Henry Sugut (2:08:40) and Hellen Kimutai (2:31:08), both from Kenia. Shortly after the start the participants passed by my place - this is what I saw from my living room.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Reflections on Haas Haus

The "Haas Haus" was designed by Austrian architect Hans Hollein and completed in 1990. It houses a clothal shop, a hotel, a bar and a restaurant. For a long time the building was considered controversial because of its contrast with the adjacent St. Stephen´s Cathedral.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bath pralines

I found these appealing "bath pralines" in my favourite paraphernalia shop - "Die Vermischte Warenhandlung"- in the city center.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

At the florist

This florist resides in the basement of the Vienna Stock Exchange, the "roman market hall". It´s always worth a detour, apart from beautiful flowers you can find there also books, accessories and garden furniture.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

St. Charles Church

St. Charles´ Church was built as a result of a vow taken by Emperor Charles VI during a plague epidemic. It is consecrated to the patron saint of the Habsburg emperor, Saint Charles Borromeo. The church is the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The construction began in 1716 and was finished - after J.B. Fischer von Erlach´s death - by his son Joseph Emmanuel in 1737 who sligthly changed the plans of his father.

Friday, April 9, 2010


In the park of Schönbrunn Palace you can see a lot of squirrels running around. If you bring hazelnuts there might be a chance that a squirrel approaches and takes a nut out of your hand.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Schönbrunn Palm House

This is the 28m high central pavilion of the Palm House in the park of Schönbrunn Palace. The Palm House was erected in 1881/2 (being the last of its type to be constructed on continental Europe) and consists of three pavilions which contain different climatic zones.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Soaking up the sun

I took this picture on Easter Sunday in the park of Schönbrunn Palace when the weather was fine and nearly everybody went for a walk. The broad alleys were crowded, but fortunately there are also quiet places.

Thursday, April 1, 2010