Friday, January 31, 2014
The name of this square in the city center derives from the Franciscan Church (in this photo on the left) that was built here in the 17th century. In the center of the square lies the Moses Fountain. In summer you can enjoy the quiet square in the outdoor areas of a café and a restaurant.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Kursalon Hübner is located in Stadtpark and was intended to increase the recreational value of the park by offering curative waters to drink, but after its completion in 1867, it soon experienced a change of use: In 1868 the first concert featuring compositions by Johann Strauss took place. The Kursalon rapidly became the meeting place for Viennese society and celebrated the cult of the waltz and joie de vivre. Today it is an event location with two ballrooms, hosts Mozart and Strauss concerts and also houses a restaurant.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Until some days ago winter was rather mild, but now it's freezing cold, and on Sunday evening it started even to snow. Yesterday I had the day off and took a walk in Stadtpark where - as usual - some people were feeding the ducks.
Monday, January 27, 2014
In the course of the Diesel reboot campaign people were asked to submit their artwork to the Diesel Tumblr. Now the stores all over the world present selected artworks in their windows. In Vienna the featured artist is Nicolas Boillot.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
The Lower Belvedere was constructed from 1712 until 1716 for Prince Eugene of Savoy and designed by Austrian architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The edifice served as a residential palace and also held parts of the princes’ art collections. Today it houses special exhibtions of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. If you want to see the interior please click here and here.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The current installation in the main window of the Swarovski store on Kärntnerstrasse was inspired by Gaston Leroux’s famous novel, “The Phantom of the Opera” and its climax: the chandelier falls from the rafters. Costumes and jewelry are from the film adaptation of the novel by Joel Schumacher (2004).
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Last summer I developed a certain obsession for sunsets (see here, here, here and here). Recently I happened to a see the sun setting over the city center when I crossed the Danube Canal and couldn't help taking a photograph. Admittedly, the sky was much brighter in reality...
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
In the afternoon of Sunday before last young and old had a lot of fun chasing soap bubbles... I've seen several soap bubble makers during the past few years and I have to say that this lady did a very good job.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Yesterday I read in the newspaper that Vienna's 7th district is suffering from graffiti sprayers who excessively daub house walls, front doors and even the works of street artists. So far it has been an unwritten law that street art is not oversprayed. I stumbled upon this spoiled work of some street artist some months ago.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
The University of Vienna, a public university, was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and the third oldest university in Central Europe. Currently about 92.000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna, they can select from 187 degree programmes. The University of Vienna does not have one joint campus, the academic facilities occupy more than sixty locations throughout the city. The main building (in this photo) in Ringstrasse constitutes the university's centre. It was designed by Austrian architect Heinrich von Ferstel and opened in 1884.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
The monument to Andreas Zelinka (1802- 1868) is located in Stadtpark. He served as the mayor of Vienna from 1861 to 1868 and spent his whole salary for charity and donations.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
After extensive renovations the main rooms of Prince Eugene of Savoy's Winter Palace in the city center have become accessible to the public last November. I visited the palace on the open day, when there were so many people that I couldn't photograph the beautiful staircase. Some days ago I was lucky to find the staircase completely deserted and seized the opportunity.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The UNIQA Tower is located in the 2nd district, on the banks of the Danube Canal, and houses the offices of an insurance group. At night light installations bring the façade to life. For examples please click here and here.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The City of Vienna has established more than 500 Christmas collecting points all over the city where people can get rid of their de-decorated Christmas trees until 18 January. Nonethelesse you currently see here and there abandoned trees in the streets.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Two days ago I discovered this new graffito by the young "experimental painter" Manuel Morel on the banks of the Danube Canal. For another graffito of this artist (found exactly one year ago) please click here.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I love to explore the inner city in search of photo subjects, but sometimes I need a quieter ambience. Hence yesterday I took a walk at the foot of Kahlenberg. If you look closely, you can see the Hotel Kahlenberg, the Modul University Vienna and the church St. Joseph on top of the mountain.
Friday, January 3, 2014
The Deutschmeister Palais or Palais Erzherzog Wilhelm was designed in the years 1864-1868 by the Danish-Austrian architect Theophil von Hansen as a residence for Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria, who at that time was Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (Deutschmeister). From 1938 to 1945 it was the seat of the Viennese SS headquarters, from 1945 to 1974 it served as the Federal Police Department in Vienna, today it holds the offices of the OPEC Fund for International Development.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
In Austria pigs symbolize good luck. I hope these sweet pigs, discovered in the window of a confectionary in the city center, bring good luck to my dear readers. I'm very much looking forward to sharing with you my view of Vienna for another year!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
As I didn't take any spectacular photo last year, it was hard to choose the "photo of the year", but I finally opted for this sunset because it was one of the first of many sunset photos that I took last summer (I was literally obsessed with sunsets) and it reminds me of the bicycle tours that I use to take on summer evenings.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.