Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

I recently read in the newspaper that every second Austrian under 30 celebrates Halloween. So this festivity has gained ground since my childhood when it was completely ignored... I discovered these two pumpkins last Sunday in front of a house in the 19th district, obviously the home of some youngsters. How about you? Are you celebrating Halloween?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Japanese Autumn

Beautiful autumnal colours in the Setagaya Park, a Japanese garden in the 19th district. For a similar photo in spring please click here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Entrance of a Courtyard

I don't like crowds (see yesterday's photo), I prefer the city's quiet corners, especially courtyards. Here is the entrance of the courtyard of the Teutonic Order. For photos of the courtyard itself please click here, here, here and here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunny Holiday

Last Saturday was Austrian National Holiday and we were spoiled with sunshine and (for this time of the year) unusual temperatures of around 20°C. Everybody was out and about and a lot of people had a break at the café/restaurant "Palmenhaus" in the Burggarten.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Flowers #95

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November." - Rose G. Kingsley

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Vienna River

The Wien (Vienna River) has its source in the western Wienerwald and flows into the Danube canal. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) long, of which 15 km are within the city of Vienna. In this photo you see the river running through the autumnal Stadtpark.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Breaking The Rules: Bratislava #4

The Old Town Hall is a complex of buildings from the 14th century. It is the oldest city hall in Slovakia and one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava, with the tower being built approximately in 1370. It houses the city's oldest museum, the Bratislava City Museum.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Breaking The Rules: Bratislava #2

Kapitulská ulica, constructed in the 13th century, is one of the oldest streets in Bratislava. It is lined with beautiful old and landmarked but also with ruinous palaces.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Breaking The Rules: Bratislava #1

Sunday before last I made an excursion to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, only 1 hour by train away from Vienna. Slovakia's president resides at the Grassalkovich Palace, a Rococo/late Baroque summer palace with a French garden. It was built in 1760 for Count Antal Grassalkovich and soon became a center of Baroque musical life in Bratislava: Joseph Haydn premiered some of his works here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Friendly Face

I recently discovered this friendly face in the Viertel Zwei area. It makes me smile every time I look at it. I hope you feel the same and have a good start into the new week!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Autumnal Leaves

Autumnal Viriginia creeper in a courtyard in the city center. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Prince Eugene's Summer Residence

Prince Eugene of Savoy, famed military leader and art connoisseur was born 350 years ago (18 October 1663 - 21 April 1736). He had the two Belvedere palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere) built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his summer residence. The construction work took place between 1717 and 1723. This photo shows the Upper Belvedere which primarily had a representative function at the time of the Prince and later served as an Imperial painting gallery. Today it houses the permanent collection of the "Österreichische Galerie Belvedere" museum: Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hidden Flower Shop

This beautiful flower shop is hidden in a courtyard in the city center. You have to pass another courtyard to get there. I guess it doesn't have a lot of occasional customers and I'm wondering how long it will survive financially...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New University of Economics #5

Somehow I'm attracted to the new campus of the University of Economics and Business with its interesting and (still) fresh looking buildings. The campus was officially inaugurated on October 4 and now starts to "come to life".

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Parallel Vienna

Here's an impression of the "Parallel Vienna", a very contemporary art fair held at the former K&K Telegrafenamt (Imperial and Royal telegraph office).

Monday, October 14, 2013

Beautiful Staircase

Besides the art fair "Viennafair" (mentioned here and here), last weekend another art event was going on: the "Parallel Vienna", a platform for innovative forms of presentation of contemporary art. It took place at the former K&K Telegrafenamt (Imperial and Royal telegraph office), a city palais from the 19th century. The building is very much run down, but the staircse is still beautiful.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tony Soprano

This huge (5,5m) sculpture of Tony Soprano by the Lithuanian artist Donatas Jankauskas is located in the center of the stands at the Viennafair.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wooden Art

The other evening I attended the opening of the art fair "VIENNAFAIR" where more than 100 galleries from Eastern and Southeastern Europe are showing contemporary works of visual art, painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, installations and performances. I love these kind of events, not only for all works of art, but also for the extravagantly dressed art people ;-) The works in this photo are by the Austrian artist Alfred Haberpointner.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Autumnal Tree

An autumnal tree in the modern Viertel Zwei area. Although I don't like autumn I have to admit that at this time of the year the colours of the foliage are great...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New University of Economics #3

Last Friday the new campus of the University of Economics and Business was officially inaugurated. Each of the six groups of buildings was designed by another architect of international repute. The one in the photo was designed by Sir Peter Cook and CRABstudio, London, and strikes the eyes not only because of the colours but also the horizontally and vertically mounted planks on the façades.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sad Sunflowers

These sunflowers seem to be sad that summer is over. I'm feeling exactly the same way...

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sunday Flowers #92

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as  from August to November."-  Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Looks (And Feels) Like Autumn

I took this photo one week ago when the temperature was still agreeable and I enjoyed a sunny afternoon walk, in the meantime we had to dig out warmer coats (a lot of people are already wearing their padded jackets).

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Urban Gardening #9

First I thought this is another community garden, but then I did some research and found out that this pop-up garden, located in the courtyard of a former school  in the 4th district, is part of an art festival. "Paraflows" is dedicated to open gardens, cultures and data. The festival was opened some weeks ago with a culinary performance, the produce came only from this garden.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Vienna Design Week

Currently the Vienna Design Week is turning the city into a showroom for design. In cooperation with the Vienna museums, manufacturing enterprises and designers from around the world, the festival offers different options for becoming familiar with the subject of design - exhibitions, installations, parties. At the festival headquarter (located in a former polytechnic) the British designer Oscar Wanless presents - in cooperation with the Austrian company Riess - unconventional forms of enamelware.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Theme Day: Details

Given the current temperature it seems that autumn has finally found its way to Vienna. The outdoor areas of the restaurants and cafés will soon be closed. On Sunday I passed by the piled up chairs in front of a restaurant and thought they would make a good motif for this month's theme day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants.