Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Park Hyatt Vienna

The Park Hyatt Vienna hotel was opened in June 2014. The building was constructed between 1913 and 1915 and originally housed the Lower Austrian Escompte Bank. The hotel is located at Am Hof, the largest and oldest square in the inner city of Vienna, and part of the luxury shopping area "Golden Quarter".

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

La Mercerie

Now we are inside the French café where I had breakfast last Saturday. Originally this place was a haberdashery (in French: mercerie), the old, beautiful shelves with the respective signs are still there. The café has no telephone number, no e-mail, address no website, no facebook account - you have to go there and hope that there's a free table. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

French Breakfast

On Saturday I had breakfast with a friend in my favourite French café. I just love everything there!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Flowers #237

"Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?" - Maurice Meterlinck

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ice Cream Booth

It has been rather hot in Vienna lately. I guess the ice cream sellers are pleased about that fact, at least I saw a lot of people eating ice cream... Even the window display of a confectionary in the city center shows an ice cream booth.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #3

The architects designed the ÖAMTC headquarters as a sign of mobility. #The circular and star-shaped form of the building conveys that everything revolves arount the mobility and the associated means.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #2

Five former ÖAMTC locations have been centralized at the ÖAMTC headquarters which is now the workplace of 800 employees.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ÖAMTC Headquarters #1

Last Friday I took part in an instawalk at the new headquarters of the ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcyle and Touring Club) in the 3rd district. The building was designed by Pichler & Traupmann Architekten and inaugurated in November 2016. The construction costs amounted to 76 million euro. If you want to check out my instagram account please click here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet Heall Ice Cream

Yesterday I tested a new ice cream parlor in the second district. I opted for pistachio and lemon-sage. The black cone refers to the name of the parlor: "Sweet Hell". I will definitely go back and test some other flavours. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Flowers #236

"To an optimist every weed is a flower; to a pessimist every flower is a weed." - Finnish Proverb

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Modern Housing

This modern apartment building is located right next to the Gasometers. It is one of five similar looking structures of the residential area "Ville Verdi".

Friday, July 14, 2017


The Gasometers, former gas tanks, were built from 1896 to 1899. In 1978 they were designated as protected historic landmarks. The Gasometers were retired in 1984 due to Vienna'as conversion from coal gas to natural gas. In 1995 the City of Vienna called for ideas for a new use of the structures. Six years later the remodelling and revitalization was completed: The gasometers now house 600 apartments, a student dormitory, offices, shops, a music hall and the JAM Music Lab University, a private university for jazz and popular music.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Millennium Tower at Sunset

The Millennium Tower, a commercial and residential building on the banks of the Danube, was opened in 1999 for the coming of the third Millennium. It is the fourth tallest building in Austria.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Flowers #235

"Only a certain amount of flowers and jewels are beautiful." - Tibetan Proverb

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Moored in the Harbour

There's a small harbour for sailing boats at the New Danube. I love to pass by this quiet place wth my bicylce.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sunset Obsession #41

Yesterday's sunset over the Danube. The clouds look dramatic...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The White Angel Pharmacy

The "White Angel Pharmacy" existed as early as 1587, albeit in a different location. The pharmacy relocated a couple of times before it arrived to its current site. The building was designed and built by Austrian painter and architect Oskar Laske in 1901/02. The Art Nouveau mosaic decoration on the facade is very eye-catching.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wish You Were...

I discovered this sign in front of a burger restaurant in the 6th disctrict.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Flowers #234

"Yesterday's flowers are today's dreams." - Japanese Proverb

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Golden Bucephalus #2

Here's another view of Andje Pietrzyk's sculpture "The Golden Bucephalus" in Michaelerplatz. Click here to see the first photo once again.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bicycle Basket

This bicycle basket, richly decorated with flowers, is a real eye-catcher.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beautiful Corner

A beautiful corner in the Heiligenkreuzerhof in the city center. For older photos please click here and here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Flowers #233

"A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true." - Ray Evans

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #4

To conclude our visit of the exhibition "The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined" here are three dresses created by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen for her autumn/winter 2016/2017 collection, exhibited in the magnificent Gold Cabinet of Prince Eugene of Savoy's Winter Palace.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #3

This insteresting ensemble was created by Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck for his autumn/winter collection 2010/2011, the hat is a design by British milliner Stephen Jones.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #2

Another beautiful ensemble designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior for the autum/winter collection 1998/1999. The painting by Johann Gottfried Auerbach in the background shows Prince Eugene of Savoy as Commander.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined #1

Last week I went to see the exhibiton "The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined" at the Belvedere's Winter Palace for the second time. The show deals with the controversial theme of taste in fashion. Creations by renowned designers inspire a discourse on the definition of "vulgar". The historical spectrum of exhibits spans from the Renaissance to the present. In this photo you can see two ensembles designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior in 2004 (left) and 2005 (right).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Deutschordenshaus - Sala Terrena

The Deutschordenshaus is the seat of the Teutonic Order, a German-based Roman Catholic religious order formed at the end of the 12th century. It is located in the very city center, and on the ground floor there's the beautiful sala terrena, currently used as concert hall. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gave here concerts for the Viennese aristocray, some of his concerts even premiered at this very place.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Flowers #232

"Flowers look different in different eyes." - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cloudy Sky

The sky over the New Danube last Saturday, seen during my evening bicyle ride.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #3

During the reign of Emperor Ferndinand I the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre was used during the summer months. At the beginning of the 20th century it was transformed into a furniture depot. After WWI the ensemble of the Burgtheater performed at the Palace Theatre during the summer season but the financial situation led to its closure in 1924. Five years later it was provided to the Max Reinhardt Seminar as an exercise stage. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #2

Joseph Haydn and Wolfang Amadeus Mozart conducted their works at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre, and the works of Christoph Willibald Gluck were premiered. When Napolean had his headquarters in Schönbrunn, the thatre was renovated and reopened in 1809 with Racine's "Phaedra". During the Congress of Vienna singers of the Kärntnertor Theatre performed at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre for the royal majesties then present in Vienna. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Schönbrunn Palace Theatre #1

In 1745 Empress Maria Theresia commissioned court architect Nikolaus Pacassi to construct the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in order to give the drama performances until then hold in the park of Schönbrunn a home. The theater opened in 1747 in the western side wing of the palace and served the Habsburgs as a home theatre: The Empress' children danced, played, posed tableaux vivants and demonstrated their artistic talents in numerous peformances in front of the noble courtiers... The photo shows the current state of the foyer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Golden Bucephalus #1

This bronze sculpture by Polish born Austrian artist Andje Pietrzyk is currently located in the very city center. It is a monument to Bucepahlos, the legendary war horse of Alexander the Great

Monday, June 12, 2017

Red Ribbon

Last Saturday the AIDS charity event Life Ball took place at the City Hall (as I told you here). As a sign of tolerance the Parliament was decorated with a huge red ribbon.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Flowers #231

"A beautiful flower is incomplete without its leaves." - Chinese Proverb

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Life Ball

Tonight the Life Ball, one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world, will be held at the City Hall for the 24th times. This flashy, colourful and loud party promotes public awareness of HIV and AIDS and generates donations for AIDS relief projects. The opening show will take place on City Hall Square with numerous performances by international stars. When I passed by the City Hall last Monday, the installation of the stage (set design by Amra Bergmann) was still going on.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Max Reinhardt Seminar #1

The Max Reinhardt Seminar is the School of Drama at the University of Music and Peforming Arts. It was founded by Austrian theatre and film director and theatrical producer Max Reinhardt in 1929. The Seminar offers a four-year course taught by some 40 professors, many of whom are themselves notable actors and directos. Since 1940 the Seminar is located in Cumberland Palace in the 14th district.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Scribblings on The Wall

Some years ago a friend of mine who lives in Southern Italy, asked me why the buildings and monuments in Vienna were so clean, why there were no scribblings... Well, of course not all our walls are beautiful, but usually I don't photograph the daubed ones. I prefer to take pictures of things that I like or that I think are interesting. Here's now an exception.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Domestic Landscape

The institution "KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum" (Public Art Vienna) is committed to breathing new life into Vienna's public space with permanent or temporary art projects. The newest project is located in the very city center: "Domestic Landscape 2.0" by Franco-Portuguese artist Didier Fiúza FaustinoThe installed urban furniture made of blue-painted steel invites those passing by to see this public space as open for their own personal use.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Flowers #230

"All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are,
that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star." - Francis Thompson

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Meeting Friends

That's a nice end of the week: meeting friends in a park... I took this photo last Friday evening in Augarten.