Inside view of St.Stepehen's cathedral at the central Viennas square. No matter from where you coming from, by walking through Vienna bigger or smaller streets ("gasse") you'll come to the central square. Its really worth seeing the cathedral inside, also go up to the tower, using elevator of course! :-)
3rd district - Landstrasse
The Hundertwasserhaus was designed by the famous Austrian artist/architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It is actually a residential building, but since it attracted so much attention the whole ground floor has become a tourist area.
The Landstrasse (that's how the 3rd district is called) also has Vienna's main judicial office and the CAT (City Airport Train) connects it directly with Vienna airport in just 16 minutes non-stop.
How clean is the city
For such a busy and big city like Wien, you can pretty much expect that it can't be perfectly clean, but...
But rally, Wien it's impressive, so clean, no paper on the floor, no cigarettes, nothing, it seems that people are working all day in every part of the city to keep it as clean as possible, and probably it's really like that.
Trash cans and ash trays are everywhere, so you have no excuse not to use them, keep the city clean as it is.
The building dates from the late Romanesque period - parts of the former Court and Barnabite Church St. Michael date from as far back as the first half of the thirteenth century. Experts believe that the altar room was built between 1327 and 1340, the lower parts of the tower later. In the ensuing centuries, the church was rebuilt and added to several times, it has stood in its present form since 1792.
New Year's in Vienna - part II: private party
So you decided to avoid all the hustle and bustle around town and stay in. Here's the scenario you typically get if you celebrate New Year's in a Viennese home:
You find yourself in a big party, or a smaller circle of friends; either way, first things first - dinner. There is no special New Year's dinner, food ranges anywhere from fondue, steak, duck,... anything the heart desires. Needless to say that with the food you get wine or beer. After dinner, which takes its good time, you'll very likely receive a glass of brandy or schnaps for digestion. Then it's just good old "hanging out" till midnight: chit-chat, dance, laugh, rest, watch some TV, play games, have fun, relax. Near midnight the action picks up again: TV or radio on so that we won't miss the New Year's countdown; bring out the champaign glasses, open the bottles, pour, and then when midnight strikes to the sounds of the Pummerin, raise your glasses to a bright and happy new year. Everybody hugs and expresses their wishes, and then quickly out of the house: FIREWORKS EVERYWHERE. It is customary for everybody to shoot up some fireworks, so the display in the sky is simply amazing - fireworks as far as you look, from every house and apartment. Radios sounding out of all houses are playing the "Donauwaltzer", and you can find people waltzing on the streets.
After about 1/2 hours the fireworks wear off and everybody returns inside, but the fun isn't over yet. Now it's time to exchange "Glücksbringer" (Good luck charms), do the "Bleigiessen" (lead pouring), eat New Year's herring, and finish up the champaigne till the early morning hours. In the morning (or more likelely early afternoon) when you get up, you'll get spicy Hungarian Goulasch-soup as a cure for an upset stomach and hangover.