The Week in Vienna #02 Summer Edition
It`s been a busy offline Spring, and I collected a few recommendations for you in the meantime. Summer found it’s way to Vienna, and we are all happy to spend some time outdoors.
4 pictures for 4 categories each
Where to EAT?
- The minute the temperatures get higher you find people, who just want to sit inside. A Oldie but Goldie is Theatercafé (Linke Wienzeile 6) for this needs with very reasonable priced lunch offers (8-9 Euros) and a good selection of austrian wines for an after work chat.
- I find myself wondering around Viennese Markets lately. One of my favorited spots at the moment: Meidlinger Markt in the 12th district with 2 new Cafés. ANNA is a little french Bistro with a small selection fine regional dishes and if you are lucky she offers you a french Gâteau Chocolat with Fleur de Sel. And just a few steps away you will find
- MILCHBART, which is quite the Hot Spot on the little market (Tue-Sat from 9 AM).
- And then there opened a small sensation in the City of white wine and Heurige. The first Heuriger, who only serves organic food and wine: Zum gschupft’n Ferdl (Windmühlgasse 20) in the charming Raimundhof, right next to my favorite Austrian avant-garde designer of all times: Kayiko which brings me right to
the Shops where I liked to BUY some little Extras for daily pleasures lately.
- I first recognized Stenders in Salzburg some years ago and was pleasantly surprised that there is a shop on Tuchlauben in the first district, because I can’t get enough of the heavenly smelling natural products from Latvia.
- Karin van Vliet is not only one of the most booked Make-Up Artists, but has a girls dream shop with many little unique gifts for your BBF.
- Pop Shop (6, Stiegengasse 16) offers a fine little selection of danish household products in-between textile ropes and Vintage dresses.
- Right around the corner of Meidlinger Markt I found a lovely little shop, where you can book a workshop to make your own custom-made Etagere from old plates. I brought my own dishes from Spain and am so happy with my unique Tapas Etagere for summery evenings on the terrace made by Die Wohngestalterei (Reschgasse 6).
Where to GO?
My favorite spot in summer has always been Schönbrunn, which has much more to offer than the palace itself, like
- the 28-metre high Palm House from 1881, which was the last of its type to be constructed in continental Europe,
- or the World’s Oldest Zoo, which became one of the most modern educational centers for many nature and species conservation projects and the Best European Zoo in 2012. Unfortunately I didn’t see the newest attraction, the 1.700 qm large Ice bear World, yet. But this will definitley be my next stop on a free day soon.
- What I really love to do on hot summer days, is to drive to Laxenburg Castle in the south (easily reached from Wien Hauptbahnhof with Bus 566 in 30 min.) for a ride with a pedal boat on the lake.
- Another nice trip is the old town of Reichenau and the Rax Ropeway, where you can inhale some new energy in 1600 meters hight.
What to SEE next?
In summer I always recommend to take a casual walk around the City with a good ice-cream. Vienna’s architecture is so beautiful and you will find so many details on every corner.
- House in Fleischmarkt/Griechengasse
- view over the city from St.Stephens Cathedral
- And, if the weather is not to your expectations choose one of the air-conditioned museums. I visited the 22.000m² large Technical Museum (14, Mariahilfer Straße 212) a few weeks ago with a nice group of viennese Instagramers (#igersvienna), and had an amazing guided tour organized by Energieleben and have to share a separate post about this event soon with you, because this museum is so special and something for every age and interest.
VIENNAforFREE Recommendation: After extensive renovation and restauration works, the opulent Art Nouveau Imperial Court Pavillion at Hietzing station from 1899 has been reopened to visitors, that Emperor Franz Joseph and his entourage used only twice for a trip on the former Stadtbahn (now U6 and parts of U4). A must see for Otto Wagner Fans and FREE entrance this weekend!
NEW in town: Probably one of the biggest tourist highlights in town, when it comes to international (fast) food: Hard Rock Café is opening a 700qm restaurant in Vienna, after a 10 year search for the right location in Rotenturmstrasse 25 (about 2 min. walk from Schwedenplatz), including a concert stage for austrian bands and a small garden area. I will sure visit the Café now and then for their amazing Caesars Salad.
Find a small glimpse in the video, how the Café will welcome their guests:
Wishing you lots of fun at the Midsummer Partys!
The-4×4-edition 2014 #01 Spring
Last weekend I participated at a Craft Fair in Tulln, the “flower town” in Lower Austria. A small town around the corner of Vienna and a beautiful ride through meadows and fields along winding roads and a popular motorcycle route in summer and the birthplace of Egon Schiele.
The Craft Fair took place in the middle of the beautiful area of the regional Garden Show. Of course you will find a little gem on every market. Let me share mine from last weekend.
Besides labels from Vienna like Zoeca jewelry and the hand painted animal illustrations by Fuxherz, I met
Andreas and his lovely wife from Libertin. And am the proud owner of a custom made new belt. The real feature: an adjustable and hidden velcro fastener. The belts come in 4 colors and 3 widths; one for everyone. Already in love after 3 days of nonstop wearing.
Find more pictures on my FB-Page: here
and some culinary highlights: here (german)
DIE GARTEN TULLN
Am Wasserpark 1
Weekend is around the corner and Vienna has so many beautiful parks to offer for a walk, morning run, an extended breakfast or lunch. Picknicks get quite popular in Vienna too lately.
Augarten Castle Park is a lovely place, where you could easily stay all day. There is always an event like the “Chelsea Fringe Vienna, Shiatsu in the Park, concerts, …
Right at the big entrance you will find the small palace Augarten , where the company Augarten porcelain is located with production, shop and restaurant. There are better places to eat in Vienna, but sure worth a coffee break, because the view is just so romantic and it feels like a fairy tale. Who doesn’t need something like that once in a while?
The violets are my current favorite design from Augarten, but what could beat my little plates, which were handpainted by the little hands of my daughter, when she was in Kindergarden and primary school?
Enjoy some pictures from my recent walk through the Augarten park and a stop for a Weisser Spritzer (white wine with sparkling water) at the Bunkerei, a casual restaurant in the middle of the park-wall (5-8 min. walk from the main entrance)
(click on the pictures to enlarge)
Wishing you a wonderful spring Weekend!
AUGARTEN Park, Café, Shop and Bunkerei:
Obere Augartenstr 1a
The area around the station Landstrasse – Wien Mitte has been an unfriendly dark place for a long time, which was replaced by years of construction sites. I couldn’t imagine that this would change any time soon. But what a surprising sight that was, when I visited the place last week. A specious Mall in ultra modern architecture invites to stay a bit longer than the few minutes to walk through, from one subway to another.
Well done! And so badly need for Vienna Tourists as WIEN MITTE is an important central transport hub with 10 public transport lines intersect here. Not to forget the CAT (City Airport Train) which goes directly to and from the Airport in no time. Now passengers can have a casual drink or quick meal in one of the lovely places.
One highlight for sure is the world’s biggest Vapiano right on the corner of The Mall Wien Mitte.
Carefully designed by architect and Interior Designer Matteo Thun with the central role: the old Olivetree, which makes you feel like having a short holiday during your lunch break.
The opening hours allow to shop casually without any rush after work at the new shopping center in the middle of Vienna:
Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
And the Restaurants score with generous opening hours 7 days a week:
Monday to Wednesday: 9a.m. – 11p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 9a.m. – 12p.m.
Sunday: 9a.m. – 10p.m.
I think I will use that as an additional excuse in the future to stop for a break, when having to change from the U3 to the U4 or going to the airport.
The twenties anniversary of Vienna’s Ice Dream goes slightly but slowly to an end. Only one more week to enjoy the magical scenery with a 7,000 m2 area, which offers a fantastic icy landscape for skating fans.
I had a fantastic girls-night-out last Saturday, and just can highly recommend not to miss this opportunitiy in the middle of Vienna’s most beautiful history buildings on the Ring Street.
Don’t worry, if you don’t own a pair of ice-skates. There is a perfectly organized Skate rental, which offers a pair for 6,50 a day. Over 1,200 pairs of skating boots are pre-heated with warm air throughout the day.
Various booths and a great rustic mountain lodge spoil guests with culinary delights and make it very comfortable for the ones, who don’t like to skate.
January, 24th – March 9th, 2014
daily 09AM – 10PM
Subway: U2 Rathaus stop
Info-sheet and prices: here
Enjoy some snapshots from 2011 during the day with a snowy scenery:
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