Saturday, April 19, 2014

Old Vienna Easter Market

Currently there are several Easter Markets in Vienna. The Old Vienna Easter Market at the Freyung is famous for its huge amount (ca. 40.000) of painted Easter eggs piled up in the center of the market. You can get there also other Easter decorations and snacks from the Austrian provinces. This year the market takes place for the 25th time.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Search Image

There's a hare hidden in this photo. Can you see it? Yesterday the giant pink replica of the “Young Hare”, a watercolour by the German painter Albrecht Dürer painted in 1502 and a highlight of the current exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens - The 100 Masterworks of the Albertina", was installed on a roof of the museum

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Sad Lion

During my last promenade in the northern outskirts I discovered this stony lion. He seems rather sad or desperate to me...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Leopoldsberg

Leopoldsberg (425 m) is part of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) and a popular destination for a sunday afternoon walk. The construction of the church on top of Leopoldsberg started in 1679 and was finished in 1730.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

View of The Town #7

I love the city center, but every now and then it's time to take a walk in the northern outskirts and to enjoy this view of Vienna.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Vienna City Marathon

Yesterday the 31st Vienna City Marathon took place. This year 42.078 runners from 127 nations participated in this huge sports event. Shortly after the start the participants passed by my place - this is what I saw from the window of my living room. Believe it or not, this year I managed to spot two friends of mine and we waved to each other. The marathon was won by Getu Feleke (Ethiopia, 2:05:41) and Anna Hahner (Germany, 2:28:59).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Flowers #111

"When words escape, flowers speak." - Bruce W. Currie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Donau City

The first building of the Donau City area in the 22nd district, on the northern bank of the Danube river, was erected in 1995. Currently about 8.500 people are living and working in this new "city within a city'".

Friday, April 11, 2014

Central Art Station

How to make the covers of a construction area more beautiful? By asking street artists to spray their works onto the temporary walls as did the Austrian Federal Railways. The project is called "Central Art Station". The work in this photo was created by Mexican born graffiti artist Stinkfish and graces the foyer of the new central railway station until the end of May.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Under Construction

I think this is Vienna's biggest construction area at the moment: On 109 hectares of land a whole new city district is arising. Besides the hyper-modern central railway station, 5.000 apartments for 13.000 people as well as office buildings and workplaces for 20.000 people are being built. The new central station entered into partial operation at the beginning of December 2012 and by 2015 full operations will begin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What's in a Name?

An interesting name of a new upscale burger restaurant in the city center.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sweet Farbergé Egg

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is currently showcasing the seminal work of the foremost Russian jeweller and goldsmith at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé. Four Imperial Easter eggs form the centre of the show. The K.u.K. ("Imperial and Royal") Court Confectionery Bakery Demel created an oversized sugar mass version of "The Memory of Azov Egg" and displays it in one of its windows.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Austrian Art

Yesterday was the last day of the "Art Austria" art fair at the Leopold Museum: Around 50 exhibitors (galleries) presented exclusively Austrian art. Works from the Art Nouveau, Biedermeier and Classicism periods stood alongside contemporary works.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Flowers #110

"Every flower about a house certifies to the refinement of somebody.                  
Every vine climbing and blossoming tells of love and joy." - Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Above The City Roofs

The modern buildings of Donau City, an area in the 22nd district, tower above the older parts of Vienna. From this viewpoint the height of the newly constructed DC Tower, Austria's tallest skycraper, is clearly visible.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flower Power Scooter

I guess this scooter belongs to a woman.... I would love to know how she dresses and which kind of life she lives...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reflections #27

Reflections at sunset in the "Viertel Zwei" area in the 2nd district.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

More Triangles

In case you were wondering where I took the photo of yesterday's theme day, here's another view of the roofing in Donau City with its triangles. Don't the shadows on the floor look great?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Theme Day: Triangles

I discovered these triangles in Donau City in the 22nd district. They are part of some modern architecture.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yellow & Green

I love to sneak into courtyards, curious about the "treasures" I might find there. Recently I discovered this simple, but beautiful arrangement of a table, a chair and some plants in a courtyard in the 6th distict. I love the combination of yellow and green and the splash of blue.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Flowers #109

"To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears." -
William Wordsworth

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunny Afternoon

The Botanical Garden is a popular recreation area, especially on a sunny spring day like yesterday.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Façade Detail #33

An Art Nouveau tree on the façade of an apartment building in the 7th district.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maritim

I love painted shutters like this one. It hides a combined design bureau/shop/café in the 6th district.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Reflections #26

Reflections in the windows of the Kunsthalle Wien building at the MuseumsQuartier complex. The decorations on top of the windows indicate the original use of the building: in the 18th century it housed the imperial stables.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rainy Sunday

On Saturday it was sunny and abnormally hot for this season and I enjoyed a chat with a friend of mine sitting on one of these chairs... Over the night we had a sudden change of weather. It's not easy to keep up with this year's changes in temperature...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Flowers #108

“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn’t have to. It is different." - Marianne Williamson

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Hide And Seek

An exclusive shopping district is currently being created in the heart of the city center. The "Golden Quarter" promises luxury shopping pleasure in a historic ambience on around 11.500 sqm. In such an ambiance even the covers of the building lot are rather elegant as you can see in this photo.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Young Street Musicians

In Vienna street performances in public spaces require a permit. Performances have to take place in exactly defined locations and at stated hours, the reservation of locations in the city center requires even a charge. In addition performers must have reached the age of 16. These young musicians hopefully met all demands...