Thursday, March 22, 2018

Vienna, the Most Livable City in the World

For the ninth consecutive year Vienna tops the Mercer Quality of Living ranking! Since 20 years Mercer has been carrying out an annual study in order to assess the quality of life in 231 cities around the world. The survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education and infrastructural conditions such as public transportation, power and water supply. It also takes into consideration recreational offers such a restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports facilities etc. The results of the study gave Vienna top marks and made it the most livable city in the world for the ninth time in a row. Please click here to see the whole ranking.
I was born here and never lived anywhere else, but I've travelled to several cities and I can confirm that Vienna is a really good place to live in, even if not all our buildings look like Schönbrunn Palace ;-)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Schönbrunn Palm House

The Schönbrunn Palm House was constructed in 1882. With a length of 113m, a 28m high central pavilion and two lateral pavilions, it is the largest Palm House in Europe.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watching out for Spring?

Today is the first day of spring, but it still feels a lot like winter - and I'm really sick of it. If this Naiad of one of the fountains in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace is watching out for the new season?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Another Cold Spell

For some days it seemed that spring was around the corner, but then it got chilly again. Yesterday the view from Schönbrunn Palace towards the Gloriette was rather winterly.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday Flowers #262

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them." - Henri Matisse

Saturday, March 17, 2018

8th Blogiversary!

Today this blog turns 8!!! When I published the first photo I never would have thought to keep the blog up for such a long time. Sometimes blogging is fun, but sometimes it's also stressful and I don't always manage to publish the photos in due time. But I love how I started to see my hometown in a different, more attentive way thanks to this blog. Thank you for your support by visiting my blog and commenting on the photos!! I'm looking forward to sharing more photos of Vienna with you! How about starting the new blogyear with a coffee party? (Unfortunately the sweets and coffee in this photo are not "real", but only the decoration in the window of the confectionary Demel in the city center.)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Dining Outside

On March 1st the gastronomers were allowed by law to open their outdoor areas. It was a very chilly day, but that didn't prevent several gastronomers in the city center to put the tables and chairs outside. In the evening, when I left the office, they were covered with snow... On Saturday it was finally possible to sit outside, and the outdoor area of the "Strandcafé" on the banks of the Old Danube was filled with people.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Outside Training

If you can't train in your rowboat because the Old Danube is still frozen over, but the weather is fine, you and your friends put your rowing devices outside...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Girl Talk

What's better than to interrupt your bike ride for a girl talk on the banks of the Old Danube and enjoy the springlike temperature?

Monday, March 12, 2018

No Swimming Yet

After the recent cold spell it now feels like spring is on her way. On Saturday the Old Danube was still frozen over, but only ducks and swans could walk on the ice.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Flowers #261

"Each leaf, each blade of grass vies for attention.
Even weeds carry tiny blossoms to astonish us." - Marianne Poloskey

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sunset Obsession #46

For me seeing the sun set has something magical... So here's another photo of the sunset last Sunday. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Sunset Obsession #45

I still love sunsets.... Here's the sunset over the Old Danube last Sunday.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sitting Outside in the Cold

A tavern on the banks of the Old Danube opened its terrace last weekend to provide the walkers, ice skater and ice hockey players with hot drinks and cakes.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ice Surfing

I've already seen people cycling on the ice, but I can't remember to have seen an ice surfer ever before. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sunday Afternoon on the Ice #2

Another photo from my Sunday afternoon walk along the frozen over Old Danube. I'm a coward, I didn't dare to step on the ice...

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sunday Afternoon on the Ice #1

Due to last week's cold spell the Old Danube is currently frozen over. Last year this was the case at the end of January, the first time in 30 years - and now it happened again... In Vienna the natural waters aren't officially authorizied, but that doesn't prevent people from walking, skating and playing ice hockey. I even saw a couple on a tandem and one guy on a moped...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday Flowers #260

"To an optimist every weed is a flower; to a pessimist every flower is a weed." - Finnish proverb

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The White Mansion

When I see mansions like this one I always wonder how it must be to live there...

Friday, March 2, 2018

Déja vu

Do you recognize this bench? You have already seen it in October 2017 and in January this year. I pass it eyery time I climb Kahlenberg and always think it's a good subject for a photo. Which version do you prefer?

March Theme Day: Play

This photo is obviously from my archive as we still have sub-zero temperatures... I can still remember how fun it was to watch the children running after the soap bubbles and trying to catch them. 
Click here to view the thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hand in Hand

I love to photograph couples walking hand in hand... Please click here and here for similar photos.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Real Sports Enthusiast

Sunday was the first day of the current cold spell. We had -5°C (-41°F), and I met hardly anybody while climbing the Kahlenberg, BUT I saw two or three cyclists. I love cycling, but not during winter. I admire all sportspeople who don't let themselves stop from the chilliness!

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Walk by the Water

On Saturday afternoon I took another walk along the Old Danube before running errands. While in the inner districts there are no more signs of last week's snowfall, the grasslands in the outskirts are still covered with snow.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The View From the Upper Belvedere

The view from the second floor of the Upper Belvedere towards the city center is much nicer in summer when nature is in full bloom...

Friday, February 23, 2018

Art Lover

This visitor of the Upper Belvedere didn't look like a typical art lover, but he admired the painting of "Napoleon at the Great St. Bernhard Pass" (1801) by Jacques-Louis David for quite a while...

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Upper Belvedere - The Marble Hall

The grand staircase leads to the Marble Hall, the Upper Belvedere's most magnificient room. The hall occupies two storeys and once served as an antechamber. On 15 May 1955 the Austrian State Treaty, that re-established a free, sovereign and democratic Austria after the end of World War II, was signed here by the Allied occupying powers (France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union) and Austrian foreign minister Leopold Figl.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No Bad View

That's what you see when you stand in front of the Upper Belvedere and look towards the city center. I love the expression of the sphinx's face...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Upper Belvedere

We had another dreary weekend... As it was also rather cold, my Sunday afternoon walk ended at the Upper Belvedere. The palace was built as summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy who used it primarily for purposes of prestige and display. In the second half of the 1770s the "Imperial Picture Gallery" was transferred from the Imperial Palace to the Upper Belvedere. Today the palace houses the permanent collection of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere.