Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
That's what you see if you stand in front of the Upper Belvedere, with the palace in your back: straight ahead is the Lower Belvedere, the spire on the left side is the one of St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
It's not the first time that I show you the Upper Belvedere (for more photos please click here, here, here and here). Today here is finally a closer look at the garden façade of Prince Eugene's summer residence that now houses a part of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
That's the place the students at the Max Reinhardt Seminar dream of: The Burgtheater is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. The theatre was created by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, it opened on 14 March 1741. In 1888 the theatre was moved to a new building (in this photo) designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Max Reinhardt Seminar is the School of Drama at the University of Music and Performing Arts. A "Lehrgang für Declamation und Mimik" (Course in Declamation and Mimics) had been in existence in Vienna since 1852. In 1929 Max Reinhardt received a call to the University of Music and Performing Arts to create a drama seminar. Initially, this Seminar was taught at the imperial theatre in the Schönbrunn Palace, in 1940 it moved to the nearby Palais Cumberland. The Seminar offers a four-year course taught by some 40 professors, many of whom are themselves notable actors and directors.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A beautiful Art Nouveau doorway in the 7th district. By the way, according to the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living Rankings, Vienna has been ranked as the city with the world’s best quality of living for the 5th year in a row. For more information please click here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Vienna's smallest house is located in the 7th district. It was built in 1872 and designed by the architect Josef Durst. Its layout spreads on not more than 14 square meters. From the time it was built until today, the house’s name changed three times: first, it was called “By the white grapes”, then “By the golden lamb” and finally “By the golden deer”.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I have known this cute shop, located close to Schönbrunn Palace, from passing by for several years, but only last week I finally had the opportunity to go there during the opening hours. It's a very girly place, perfect if you are looking for a "special" gift.
Monday, February 17, 2014
After I had read about the association "Stadtschrift" that collects, preserves and documents historical storefront signs, I started to pay more attention to old signs and recently fell in love with the signs (characters) of the 1950s and 1960s. This café in the 7th district has been rehabbed some years ago and now looks inside pretty much as it must have looked originally - at least that's what I read.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
In the early 20th century, most cities in Europe had gaslit streets. In Vienna 45.000 gas lamps were registered in 1913. Gas lighting for streets soon gave way to electric lighting, although the transition took decades to complete. In Vienna the last gas lamp was extinguished in the 13th district on 27 November 1962 by Mayor Franz Jonas. Now it is located in front of the Hietzing local museum.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Today is Valentine's Day! Did you know that it began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus? February 14th was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England it finally evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending greeting cards. According to a recent survey Valentine's Day matters to only one out of three Austrians. Anyway, I think these sweet hearts would be an acceptable gift ;-)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
These chairs in front of a Spanish restaurant in the city center seem to wait eagerly for better days. They have to be patient until March 1st when the gastronomes are allowed by law to open their outdoor ares.
Monday, February 10, 2014
The Broken Fingaz Crew is an Israeli graffiti crew consisting of four members. The crew was formed in 2001 in Haifa in Northern Israel. Some days ago I discovered one of their scary works in the 7th district. During my research on this piece of street art, I found out that the crew did also this one.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
The City Hall currently forms the backdrop for the "Vienna Ice World": The square in front of the building was transformed into a 7.000 sqm ice rink, an ice path snakes through the City Hall Park, and there are also six curling rinks. Hungry sportsmen and spectators can fortify themselves at various outdoor stalls with culinary delicacies and warming drinks. The Vienna Ice World will close on March 9.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The façade of the recently mentioned UNIQA Tower was designed as media façade. A matrix of 160.000 individually controllable LED video pixels is attached to profiles in between the double layered glass façade and brings the building to life at night. Please click here to get a better idea of the light installations.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." - Lydia M. Child
Saturday, February 1, 2014
That's the entry to a "special" hotel: It was first documented as a tavern in the 17th century. At that time it was located next to a river connected to the Danube, allowing the dinghies of large ships to unload goods fresh from the Orient. Thus the tavern was quickly coined “The Orient”, a name it retained when it became a hostel in 1896. According to time’s aesthetic, the hotel was furnished in purest fin de siècle. The film "The Third Man" was in part shot here; Orson Welles was reputedly often a guest and enjoyed spending post-filming hours here as well. Rooms are mostly rented out by the hour, the Orient is known to be the most exclusive hot-sheet hotel in town.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.