Monday, February 29, 2016

Tiled Ceiling

Over 80 years ago, the Schwadron brothers were the leading ceramic dealers in Vienna. Their magnificently tiled stairways have been preserved in many of Vienna's apartment blocks and public buildings. Today the former company's offices and showroom houses a gallery space currently used by the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In one room there's still the original tiled ceiling.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday Flowers #179

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

New University of Economics #10

These façades of three buildings of the  University of Economics and Business show the architectural mix of the campus. You either love it or hate it...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New University of Economics #9

Well, here is a considerable change in style compared to the last two photos... The new campus of the University of Economics and Business was inaugurated in 2013 and consists of six groups of buildings, each of them was designed by another architect of international repute. The two-part complex in the photo was designed by CRABstudio, London, and strikes the eyes with its yellow-orange-red façade faced with wooden planks.
Yellow-orange-red façade faced with wooden planks
Yellow-orange-red façade faced with wooden planks
Yellow-orange-red façade faced with wooden planks

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


I love the storefront sign of the café refurbished in the style of the 1950s that I mentioned yesterday.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Back in Time

Being obsessed with chairs I just couldn't help taking this picture. I discovered these chairs in front of a café that some years ago was remodeled (almost) back to its old original 1950s outfit. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Colourful Portrait

The Colombian street artist Stinkfish takes pictures of random people, who are not always aware he is taking a picture. In his murals he then combines the portraits with psychedelic themes and elements. I have already discovered several of his works in Vienna: here, here and here.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Flowers #178

"What an enthusiastic devotion is that which sends a man from the attractions of home,
the ties of neighbourhood, the bonds of country, to range plains, valleys, hills, mountains,
for a new flower." -
Dorothea Dix

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday Afternoon Walk

Last Saturday I had to run some errands, but then I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather by taking a short walk along the Old Danube.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Red & Blue

Look what I discovered last weekend on a very clouded day: red and blue chairs! They are a rare sight in winter as the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants are currently supposed to be closed.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cold Beer

An interesting way of advertising ;-) I would love to know how many people enter the pub because of this promise...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sitting by the Water

Here's another picture from my Saturday afternoon walk along the Old Danube. For whatever reason I love to photograph people sitting by the water...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Another Walk by the Water

Last Saturday was a sunny day, so I decided to take a short walk along the Old Danube in between running errands.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

During one of my recent Sunday afternoon walks I discovered this painting by Greek street artist Sonke in the window of a gallery in the 4th district. I think it's a good Illustration of today's Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Jubiläumswarte at Sunset

The observation tower on top of Wilhelminenberg was erected in 1956,  replacing an older steel construction that had been erected in 1899 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of emperor Franz Joseph I's ascendancy to the Austrian throne. Therefore, the present tower is still colloquially known as "Jubiläumswarte" (jubilee tower).

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Mansion at the Edge of the Forest

Last Sunday I took a walk on Wilhelminenberg (or Gallitzinberg), a  449m "high "forested hill in the 16th district. When I got out of the forest at the foot of the hill, there was this beautiful mansion.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Montléart Mausoleum

This neo-Gothic mausoleaum, located on Wilhelminenberg in the 16th district , was built in 1887 for the owners of Wilhelminenberg Palace, Prince Moritz Montléart and his wife Wilhelmine, founder of the Wilhelminenspital, one of Vienna's major hospitals.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kuffner Observatory

The Kuffner observatory is a telescope-equipped public astronomical observatory located in the 16th district. The observatory was constructed from 1884-1886 and financed by Moriz von Kuffner, who made a fortune in the brewery business and was a significant sponsor of Vienna's social and cultural life as well as a mentor of astronomy. During the years leading up to World War I the observatory became one of the most important astronomy sites in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and established a considerable international reputation. After World War II it was converted into an educational astronomy facility. Today the main task of the observatory consists in public education on astronomy, operating and preserving the historical equipment, and minor projects in scientific astronomy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Colourful Street Art

A colourful piece of street art for today's Shrove Tueday, the last day of the carnival. Author of this mural in the 4th district is the Spanish street artist Pez.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Everybody waltz!

Another window display inspired by the current ball season. I love how the petit fours are decorated and arranged as ball visitors and debutantes. At the Vienna Opera Ball, the highlight of the Viennese carnival season, the last dance of the debutantes is always the "Blue Danube" Viennese waltz by Johann Strauss II, after which the floor is opened to all guests with the words "Everybody waltz!". Please click here for a video of the debutantes' inaugural waltz at the Vienna Opera Ball.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Flowers #177

"If every plant and flower were found in all places, the charm of locality would not exist.
Everything varies, and that gives the interest." - Richard Jefferies

Saturday, February 6, 2016

When the Evening Falls...

It's time for a photo of the Old Danube again, don't you think so? I took this picture on the first day of 2016, when it was rather chilly. The swans didn't seem to be bothered by the low temperature.

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Closer Look

Here's a closer look of one of the mansions that I showed you yesterday. I wouldn't have any problem to move in if somebody asked me (and paid my rent)...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Three Mansions

These three mansions are located right accross from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. During my walks in the high-priced areas of Vienna, I often wonder how my life would be if I was born into a family living in one of those edifices...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences is located in the 19th district. It was founded in 1872 and is "a teaching and research center for renewable resources, which are necessary for human life" with currently around 12.000 students. The main building which you can see in this photo, was erected in 1896.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shall we Dance?

The current window decoration of the K. und K. (Imperial and Royal) Court Confectionary Bakery "Demel" was inspired by the ongoing ball season during which you can attend more than 450 balls. The sugarfigures and flowers in the window are all handcrafted, and they are rotating around their axis.

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Theme Day: Scene From a Coffee House

Since October 2011 the "Viennese Coffee House Culture" is listed as "Intangible Cultural Heritage" in the Austrian inventory of the "National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage", a part of UNESCO. The Viennese coffee house is described in this inventory as a place "where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill." Austrian writer Stefan Zweig described the Viennese Coffee House as a "sort of democratic club, open to everyone for the price of a cheap cup of coffee, where every guest can sit for hours with this little offering, to talk, write, play cards, receive post, and above all consume an unlimited number of newspapers and journals." Though this gentleman opted for tea, he was completely absorbed in his magazine for quite a while and nobody - not even the waiter - bothered him.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.