Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
The dome of interwoven golden laurel branches of the Secession building is composed of 2.500 leaves and more than 300 berries. It was constructed in 1897/98 based on designs by Austrian architect Joseph Maria Olbrich. Currently the building and the dome are undergoing renovations. By paying € 100,- you can contribute to preserving the dome, an important Viennese landmark, and your name will be listed on an electronic roll of honor (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). For further information please click here.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Café Central, opened in 1876, was a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectual scene in the late 19th century. Adolf Loos, Theodor Herzl and Sigmund Freud were amongst the regulars. Today there are often lines of tourists who want to soak up the historic surroundings at the entrance of the café.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Today is Saint Nicholas Day: During the night Saint Nicholas filled the boots of the children who were good, polite and helpful during the last year with gifts and sweets. He is accompanied by Krampus, a demon-like creature who warns and punishes bad children by putting a tree branch in their boots.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
We use to say that Advent is the quietest time of the year, but in actual fact it is a rather stressful period: you have to buy Christmas presents, the public transport and the shops are crowded, you have to finish all your work before the holidays, you have to go to Christmas markets, there are Christmas parties and Christmas appointments with friends... I'm trying to avoid all this pre-Christmas "madness" as much as possible and enjoy a real wounderful time... We'll see how I do...
Monday, December 4, 2017
We don't only have Advent wreaths for the "countdown" for Christmas, but also Advent Calendars. These calendars have 24 "windows", each of them reveals an image or a small gift (a toy, a chocolate item...). The first "window" was opened on December 1st, the last will be opened on December 24th. I discovered this sweet Advent Calendar in the window of a confectionary in the city center.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time is flying! Today is already the first day of Advent, casually speaking the countdown for Christmas. In Austria we traditionally buy an Advent wreath and light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second and so on, until the last Sunday before Christmas all four candles are lit. When I was a child, I was always very excited when the next candle was lit. Today I'm no longer excited, but I still like this tradition.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Liechtenstein Garden Palace houses the collection of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein which contains masterpieces of art from the early Renaissance to the High Baroque era. The palace can be rented for events and visited in a guided tour on certain days. For more photo of the palace please click here, here and here.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
The outdoor staircase "Strudhofstiege" was opened in November 1910. It is is an important Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) work and is named after the sculptor and painter Peter Strudel who owned property on the street above the staircase. The Austrian author Heimito von Doderer wrote a famous novel named after the staircase: "Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre" (The Strudlhof Steps or Melzer and the Depth of the Years).
Monday, November 27, 2017
Some years ago a friend of mine who lives in Southern Italy and to whom I regularly send photos from Vienna asked me why the buildings and monuments here were so clean, why there weren't any scribblings or graffiti. The answer is easy: because I usually don't photograph them. This photo of a subway station proves that not all our buildings are clean...
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The small stellated dodecahedron is a Kepler-Poinsot polyhedron. It is one of for nonconvex regular polyhedra and composed of 12 pentagrammic faces, with five pentagrams meeting at each vertex. The sculpture of the small stellated dodecahedron in front of the building that houses the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics of the University of Vienna was designed by Austrian mathematician Herwig Hauser.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
This pavillion, the Emperor's Pavillion, is located in the Vienna Zoo - which is by the way the oldest zoo in the Western world (it was founded in 1752). The zoo was constructed next to Schönnbrun Palace, and in 1759 Francis I ordered the construction of this breakfast pavillion in the center of the zoo. Today it houses a restaurant.
Friday, November 17, 2017
The instagramers Austria community organises a lot of instawalks in many different and interesting places. It is fun to watch the instagramers run around with their cameras and mobile phones looking for good subjects for their photos. By the way, have you already checked out my instgram account?
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Since 1996 the Unversity of Music and Performing Arts is located in the buildings of the former University of Veterinary Medicine that moved to the 21th district. The former dissecting room was transformed into a reading room.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Some weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the library of the University of Music and Performing Arts. It was opened in 2016 in its current location on the campus of the University.