Thursday, April 30, 2020
On April 22, 2020, World Earth Day, "Resonance Consultancy", a consultancy group for real estate, tourism and economic development based in Vancouver and New York, published its list of the world's greenest cities and ranked Vienna in the first place because the city has "a bounty of fresh ideas about mobility and public parks. (...) The commitment comes from a history of methodical city planning that has given the world everything from the English garden-inspired City Park (opened in 1862) to an actual national park just outside of town (Nationalpark Donau Auen). Vienna is also the European benchmark for public transit, with almost half of the city’s population holding an annual transit pass (...)". Please click here for more information.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
After nearly seven weeks exit restrictions will end on April 30 at midnight and on May 2 all shops, hairdressers and beauticians will be open again (May 1 is a national holiday), on May 4 the graduating classes will be the first back to school. So slowly but surely we are back to what our politicians call "the new normality" as there are still a lot of rules to be observed. I guess there will soon be cars and people in this street...
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
It's not the first time that I show you the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, but it's always nice to take a walk in the small park that surrounds it. With the still valid exit restrictions it was rather quiet there.
Monday, April 27, 2020
The administration building of the Municipal Department "Water Management" was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner. It was erected in 1899 and is located next to the Nussdorf weir and lock, at the point where the Danube Canal leaves the Danube. The building's roof features a platform that served as an observation post.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Spring is definitely my favourite season. I love it when nature awakens, the days are getting longer, the sun is shining more often and it's getting warmer. This year I love spring even more because watching all the blossoms and bright colours distracts me from the current restrictions and the uncertain future.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
When the weather is fine, the benches in the inner courtyard of MuseumsQuartier Wien usually are crowded. This was not the case some weeks ago... It's really strange to see places that are usually frequented by a lot of people so empty... The day before yesterday the government announced that at the end of April new exit restrictions will be announced... Let's see...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
As a matter of course currently all cultural venues are closed and one summer festival after the other is cancelled. It is not yet clear which requirements the theatres will have to fulfill when they will get the permission to reopen.
On Sunday I passed by the theatre Schauspielhaus Wien in the 9th district. The venue started as a cabaret theatre at the beginning of the 20th century, later it was converted into one of Vienna's first cinemas, and in May 1978 it was opened as a theatre. One of its directors (1987-1990) was the Hungarian writer George Tabori. The focus of the theatre is on contemporary writing with a great variety of diverse accesses to authorship and a politically involved programming.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Well, the "current situation"- as it is often paraphrased - is hard for many people in many different ways. It takes a lot of perseverance and it's really not easy to stay positive. I try to find at least one little thing per day that makes me smile or brings some joy into my life. Sometimes I have to be very attentive to find something, but then it's suddenly at my feet...
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Museums are allowed to open their door to visitors again from mid-May. The Austrian Federal Museums (Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Belvedere, MAK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Museum of Natural History Vienna, Museum of Technology, Austrian National Library) have already communicated that for economic reasons they will reopen only at the end of June. Let's see when the Clock Museum (in this photo) will be open again...
Friday, April 17, 2020
Yesterday I had to get something done in the city center. There were more people than the last time I was there, but in most of the reopened shops I saw only the employees and the atmosphere on Graben, a normally busy street, was still very quiet.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Yesterday Austria started to reopen public life: small shops and garden centres opened again, in Vienna the Federal gardens reopened and the resctricitons for the use of public transport were lifted. But there are new rules: only a limited number of clients are allowed to enter the shops, they have to use a trolley and most importantly nose and mouth have to be covered by a mask or a scarf, even in the public means of transport. If everything goes well further reopenings will be possible at the beginning of May.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
I took this photo in the first week of the exit restrictions when the situation was still very new and felt strange. This girl was listening to some music with her earphones and dancing alone on the banks of the Old Danube, lost to the world... A good symbol for today: it's my birthday and I guess this time it will be a very special day...
Friday, April 10, 2020
The anti-corona virus restrictions have been prolonged until the end of April. Since Monday, April 6, wearing a "nose mouth protection" in supermarkets and drugstores is compulsory. It doesn't have to be a face mask, we can also use a scarf, but the nose and the mouth have to be covered. I used my face mask yesterday for the first time and I have to say that I found it rather uncomfortable, especially as I'm currently having a pollen allergy... As of April 13 this protection will also be compulsory in public transport. Restaurants, bars, cafés etc. are still closed until further notice, but food pick-ups are now permitted. Earlier this week a step-by-step reopening of economic life was announced: As a first step individual shops (max. 400 m² shop area and garden centres) will be reopened (of course masks will be compulsory) on April 14. If there is a steep rise in COV-19 cases, the reopening of public life will be stopped or even reversed immediately. Let's hope for the best...
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Today Mölker Bastei is an address in the city center, but from 1531 until 1861 it was a bastion of the city wall. With the demolition of the city wall, the bastion was also destroyed. A small part of the area was not inclined, and in 1871 a supporting wall was erected.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
"Big Mutter", a sculpture by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm is currently located in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral. There are more of his sculptures inside the cathedral (which is temporarily closed because of the pandemia), and Wurm even created the lenten cloth.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. The current Romanesque and Gothic form of the cathedral was largely initiated by Duke Rudolf IV and stands on the ruins of two earlier churches. Usually the square in front of the cathedral is terribly crowded, but with the current exit restrictions it was deserted when I passed by.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Spring has sprung... also on this bicycle. I recently saw it twice in my neighbourhood - in different locations. So it's not only there for decoration, but also used for getting around. I would love to know who is its owner.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
The office building Florido Tower in the 21st district is one of Vienna's tallest buildings. It's located next to the Floridsdorfer Wasserpark (Waterpark Floridsdorf) where I currently pass on a regular basis during my afternoon walks. Yesterday the atmosphere seemed to me special and I also liked the reflection of the building in the water.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
When I step on my balcony and look to the left, I see this green building. It's part of a school campus that is to be opened in September this year. It will be named after Christine Nöstlinger, an Austrian writer best known for children's books. Speaking of schools: currently of course all schools are closed and so far it is not clear if they will be opened again before the end of the school year in June. Only the A Levels are planned to take place in the second half of May (two weeks later than primarily scheduled).
Click here to view the photos of all participants in the theme day.
Click here to view the photos of all participants in the theme day.