Friday, August 22, 2014

"Green" House

I love this house in Gersthoferstraße in the 18th district not only because it's beautifully overgrown with ivy, but also because of the wooden veranda.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Old Pavilion

We continue our stroll through the Kagran School Gardens: This pavilion was originally set up for the 1873 World Exhibition in Vienna. It combines original parts and newly made wooden elements, giving an impression of what the pavilion must have looked like when it was first on display.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Idyllic Place

There are several theme gardens at the Kagran School Gardens. I have already shown you the Asian, and the Greek garden and here's now the Claude Monet garden, inspired by the painter's beautiful garden in Giverny, France.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flora & Vertumnus

We are back to the Kagran School Gardens where you can also find this mosaic of Flora, the goddess of flowers, and Vertumnus, the god of gardens, executed in 1960 by Austrian artist Maître Leherb (1933-1997).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mozart And Tourists

The monument to Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) in Burggarten is one of Vienna's most photographed sights. It was accomplished by Austrian sculptor Viktor Tilgner and erected in 1896, originally on Albertinaplatz, but transferred to Burggarten in 1953. As you can see there are currently a lot of tourists in Vienna.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Flowers #124

"A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance,
so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect." - Terri Guillemets

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Looks Like in Greece

We started this week with the Asian garden at the Kagran School Gardens and we end it with a view of the Greek garden.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunset Obsession #6

The sunset over the Danube Island last Sunday. From where I was standing I could see on the one side the sun setting and on the other side the full moon rising.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mediterranean Feeling

I guess I have already told you (probably even repeatedly) that I love bright colours. No wonder that this shop window caught my eyes immediately. It even causes me a mediterranean feeling...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Face on The Wall

Another week, another piece of street art: This time I discovered it in the 6th district. It's by Mexican born graffiti artist Stinkfish, whose works you have already seen here and here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Hats

Summer is not over yet, there will surely (hopefully) be some days when we could use a summer hat. At the hat manufacturer Mühlbauer they are all hand crafted and currently on sale. By the way, in 2014 this manufacturer - a family business, now in the fourth generation - celebrates his 111th anniversary. Too bad that I don't have a "hat face"...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Looks Like in Asia

This small garden with Asian elements is a part of the Kagran School Gardens. They are located around the Vocational School for Horticulture and Floristry and serve as a training facility for the students. Usually the gardens are open to the public only once a month, but in July and August they can be visited from Monday to Wednesday. It's really nice to take a walk in this peaceful place.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday Flowers #123

"The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him." - Auguste Rodin

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lovely Colours

A sunny Saturday - the perfect day for dining or having an afternoon coffee in this café in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace. Look at all those beautifully coloured chairs!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sweet Love

My most recent street art discovery: a cute mural in the 7th district.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cool Message

A fashion store in the city center has a strong message for potential customers...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Police Officers

A friend of mine loves men in uniform. So when I'm on vacation I always try to photograph as many of them as possible to please her. Some days ago I saw these police officers in the city center and couldn't help but taking a picture...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sunset Obsession #5

The modern Donau City at sunset, seen from the banks of the Old Danube.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Boat in The City

This past weekend three oversized paper boats were set up at several places in Vienna by Hamburg’s tourism department to promote the second largest city in Germany. One of the boats "anchored" in front of the Vienna State Opera.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sunday Flowers #122

"If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds." - Pam Stewart

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Having a Break

These dogs (and their owners) seemed to need some rest on a Friday afternoon of shopping... 

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Theme Day: Take Away Store

A Würstelstand (literally "sausage stand") is the Austrian version of a hot dog stand. These stands were initially created during the period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to provide a source of income for incapacitated former soldiers. Not until the 1960s were the stands allowed to become stationary. The Bitzinger sausage stand next to the Albertina museum is held to be on of the best in Vienna. Currently it also catches the eye because of the green replica of Albrecht Dürer's "Young Hare" on top it.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Street Musicians

In Vienna musicians and other artists are not allowed to perform whenever and wherever they want to, but need to reserve a location and if it's in the city center they even have to pay a charge. The Viennese usually ignore the artists except if they are really good. These four lucky musicians were surrounded by a lot of people... Too bad that I arrived only at the last sounds of their last song!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Piber Meets Vienna

Currently the famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School enjoy their summer break, but until 2 August the brood mares and their young foals of the Federal Stud Piber are in town and present their summer programme "Piber Meets Vienna". Five times a week the horses enjoy their green nursery located in Burggarten and can be visited free of charge.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Haas Haus

"Haas Haus", located in the very city center, right across St. Stephen's Cathedral, was designed by Austrian star architect Hans Hollein and opened in 1990. The building is in strong contrast to the adjacent historic buildings,it houses a hotel, a restaurant/bar and a multi-level store of an international fashion chain.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Beer Van

There's one last large brewery in Vienna: "Ottakringer" was founded in 1837. Until recently I have seen only "normal" Ottakringer delivery vans, but then I discovered this small Ape van. Isn't it cute?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Flowers #121

"Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed." - Walt Whitman

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Palais Dietrichstein-Ulfeld

In 1753 Count Ulfeld bought two adjacent buildings and had them furnish with a unitary baroque facade with classicist elements, the floor plan of the two edifices however was not changed and they were used separately for a considerable time. Since 1908 the palais has housed the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another obsession

I'm not only obsessed with sunsets, but also with bright couloured tables and chairs...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Work in Progress

The American street artists Cycle and Gaia are currently covering the façade of a car park in the 15th district with a huge mural.