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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sweet Flip-Flops

Are you in the mood for some flip-flops (thongs) made of marzipan?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunset Obession #4

Here's another sunset photographed on my way home from a bicycle tour. Don't the clouds look great?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sun Lounger

On one bank of the Old Danube there are several lidos, the other bank is equipped with numerous platforms for sunbathers. On some of them you can even stretch out on sun loungers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Relax, Take it Easy

The "Alte Donau" (Old Danube) is a dead end of a former river branch of the Danube, separated from the main course of the river by a dam. It is popular for sailing and windsurfing, and alongside its banks there are a couple of lidos.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sweet Treat

Sometimes in summer you just have to treat yourself to some frozen yogurt...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shooting Marilyn

Last week, when I left the office for a meeting, I saw this man taking a photograph of a painting of Marilyn Monroe. Did he just buy  the artwork in the gallery that's in this street? Or is he the artist and tried to sell it? We'll never know...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Reform Dress

Emilie Flöge was not only Gustav Klimt's life companion (notwithstanding the artist's relationships with other women), but also one of Vienna's most successful fashion stylists and designers. She designed the "reform dress" - a powerful new statement of revolutionary modern values. Loose, flowing and bold, it was a fashion that rejected the tight-laced bolstered style of historicist Vienna. In the Klimt Villa you can see this reproduction of a reform dress. For a photo of Emilie Flöge in the original dress please click here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Klimt's Last Atelier

On the occasion of Gustav Klimt's birthday on 14 July 1862 last Sunday was open house at the Klimt Villa. Klimt had his studio in this building from 1911 until his death in 1918. Over the following years the edifice has been largely modified and finally was restored in 2011/12. So basically the building doesn't much look like as when Klimt worked there... This photo shows his reconstructed atelier.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vive la France!

As I'm very francophile and soon will be in Paris for one week, I can't ignore that today is the French National Day. It commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790. I was in Paris on this special day once and managed to neither see the military parade on the Champs Elysées nor the fireworks... I photographed this flag some weeks ago at the Palais Clam Gallas that houses the French Institute of Vienna.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Flowers #119

"How can one help shivering with delight when one's hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower,
cool from the shade and stiff with newborn vigor!" - Colette

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Before the Storm

Some weeks ago I wanted to make my usual bicycle tour in the evening, but then I saw a storm coming up and decided to better go back home.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New University of Economics #7

A sunny day on the campus of the University of Economics... The campus consists of six groups of buildings each of which was designed by another architect of international repute. The building in this photo (Department building D4) was designed by Estudio Carme Pinós S. L., based in Barcelona (Spain).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Past. Present And Future

"Ursula von Eschenfells: Past, Present and Future", the new installation in the window of the Swarovski store, designed by art director and set designer Simon Costin, is the portrayal of a fictitious feminine character from imperial Vienna: Ursula von Eschenfells was one of the first female graduates of the Imperial Academy of Sciences and professor with comprehensive education on everything from quantum physics to occultism. She disappeared in 1914 while on an expedition to the crystal caves of Mexico. Apparently she was hot on the trail to the secrets of time travel.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"New" Courtyard

As you may already know, I love courtyards. Here's one in the city center that I discovered last week.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Golden Carriage

Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein ordered this magnificient golden carriage in 1738 when he was appointed ambassador in Paris. The carriage is located in the Sala Terrena of the Liechtenstein Garden Palace.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Princely Summer Party

Last week I attended the summer party of a daily newspaper at the Liechtenstein Garden Palace and its beautiful garden. The palace is home to one of the world's largest and most important private art collections (masterpieces from the early Renaissance to the High Baroque), owned by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. For some years the palace has been open to the public as a museum, now the princely art collection may be viewed exclusively as part of an event or a booked guided tour on request. For more photos of the palace please click here and here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Flowers #119

"By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower." - Rabindranath Tagore

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Graffito Wall

A graffito by Australian based artist Numskull in the 7th district.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tree Pit Garden

In Vienna it is possible to become a "tree patron" which means that you are officially allowed to transform a tree pit in your own small garden - you just have to apply at the competent area renewal office. I think this is a very good idea, the city gets more green without spending money and hobby gardeners get a "playground". The only things I'm worried about are litter and dog poop... The tree pit garden in this photo is located in a quiet street close to my place, it is very well kept and seems to be (still?) very clean.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Balcony #11

Summer is not only the time of the summer cocktails, but also the time of the balconies. I'm envious of everybody who owns a balcony, even if it's a tiny one, and would love to put some flowers/plants on it that add a southern touch to my city life.