1. Bezirk / 1st District, Vienna
We spent much of our sunny weekend in the city simply strolling around with friends or on our own, rather than focusing on seeing specific sights. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t see a lot, and in particular (as is so often the case) I enjoyed spotting and photographing a myriad of beautiful and/or interesting architectural details. The city offers Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and modern in abundance, although it is probably the Baroque for which it is best known. Not being an expert I am not always able to be sure of the period from which a building dates, especially when so many of them have been reconstructed or redeveloped over the years, but in Vienna it is the flourishes of Baroque and the more recent flamboyance of much of Art Nouveau that continually catches my eye.
Quite a lot of the photos I took on this visit were grabbed as we walked around with friends, so I can’t be completely certain of the location of some of these, but all were taken in the inner city. The first and second are on a building on Tuchlauben near the junction with the Graben, an elegant street that leads north west from Stephansplatz. Photo three was I think taken on or around Johannesgasse, southeast of Stephansdom. About photo four I have frankly no idea, except that it was somewhere in the streets between Stubentor U-Bahn station and the Schwedenplatz! But I found it very cute. These little animals in the past served as addresses for a population who might not all be literate. And the final photo is of a building on Lugeck near the Figlmüller Passage.
But you will no doubt find your own favourites.
Next tip: St Michael’s Church
Altes Rathaus (The Old City Hall), situated in Wipplingerstrasse 6 - 8, stands opposite to the Bohemian Chancery. It was the first City Hall of Vienna, dating from the year 1316, and was built by the order of Herzog Friedrich dem Shonen. Its present appearance, however, displays the 18th century Baroque motifs on the front facade after the renovation works executed by the great Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fisher von Erlach.
The building of Altes Rathaus is somehow hidden in between the other houses in Wilppingerstrasse and I have noticed it only by chance, approaching from the street which is overlooking it.
"Graben" is one of the most exclusive shopping streets of Vienna.
When you click on the pic you will see the former artelier of Friedensreich Hunderwasser on top of a house on the left (it is green and looks a bit like a glass-house with 2 columns)
The monument in the middle is to commemorate the end of the plague of about 17th century
Graben is situated between St.Stephens Chatedral and Kohlmarkt / Hofburg
The Innere Stadt is the first Viennese Municipality District. The Innere Stadt is the old town of Vienna. Until the city boundaries were expanded in 1850, the Innere Stadt was congruent with the city of Vienna. Traditionally it was divided into four quarters, which were designated after important town gates: Stubenviertel (northeast), Kärntner Viertel (southeast), Widmerviertel (southwest), Schottenviertel (northwest).
Fondest memory: The Ringstraße circles the Innere Stadt along the route of the former city walls.
Due to a limited time, and bad weather conditions, I have explore the central part of the town only. Actually, I was in Vienna couple of times before but have never snaped any picture. What you see on this page is half a day of strolling around without visiting any of museums, the banks of Danube and the outskirts of the town.
Fondest memory: I was limited in time which have spend in Vieanna and therefore this is the best I could do.
You don't have to worry about the Euro 2008 in Vienna because the football fans are not very crazy or dangerous, as long as you stay out of the FanZone in the evenings during the main games. Vienna is generally safe and there are many security people and police all around the city to make sure visitors and fans have an enjoyable stay. Just make sure you keep your wallet and belongings close to you because there might be unscrupulous and damning petty thieves taking advantage of the festive atmosphere and joyous celebrations. There might be some over-jubilant fans - who may have too much beer from the beginning! - walking around and shouting happily, but they are generally harmless and fun to watch.
Fondest memory: During this historic event, I was happy to see the lively, colorful and festive atmosphere in the usually cool and calm Vienna city. I enjoy seeing the many nationalities and cultures coming together to celebrate the "beautiful game" of soccer.
One day is not nearly enough to visit Vienna. However, for those who cannot stay more than one day, here are my suggestion to make the most of it.
First of all buy a 24-hours travelcard, then:
1) Start with a complete tour of the Ring by tram (list of the sights in my Vienna page). Start at any point of the Ring, but get off the tram at Burgtor;
2) Walk under the Burgtor, see the Heldenplatz and the "new" wing of the royal palace (Hofburg), walk across the other courtyards of the palace and under the dome of the Michaelertor;
3) Have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at the cafe on your left-hand side when you get out of the Michaelertor in the Michaelerplatz;
4) When you get out of the cafe, take the street named Kohlmarkt up to the Graben;
5) Walk the Graben, admire the elegant shops but be careful not to miss the historic and artistic beauties of the place;
6) At the end of the Graben you will see Stephansdom, the cathedral;
7) After taking an adequate number of pictures of the Cathedral, walk southward along the Kartnerstrasse, the trendiest street in town;
8) At the end of the street you will see the Opera;
9) If you wish to have lunch, the informal Augustinerkeller is nearby (details in my Vienna page);
10) Take the D tram in front of the Opera (other side of the avenue, so use the underground crossing) and go to the Schloss Belvedere, one of the most beautiful palaces in Vienna;
11) Visit the exhibition of paintings (Klimt, Schiele etc) inside the Schloss Belvedere;
12) Take the tram D again (opposite direction) to get back, but get down at Schwarzenbergplatz;
13) A short walk will take you to the Karlskirche. Admire, take pictures and then walk to the underground station Karlsplatz;
14) Take the line U1 to Praterstern. When you get out you will see the big ferris wheel of the Prater;
15) Get into one of the wagons and have a view of Vienna from this vantage point. You will be able to see the Danube from there;
16) Give your tired feet a rest;
17) For a nice evening out, take the tram 38 from Schottentor to Grinzig and have dinner in one of the many typical Heuriger (wineries cum restaurant).
Favorite thing: Do not forget to look up, every now and then. You will notice how varied the top parts of these palaces are: turrets, gables, spires and statues. When you walk in narrow streets you risk to miss them, especially if you are distracted by the beautiful shops, so don't forget that the interesting things to see are not all at street level.
When I first came to Vienna, I was told that Austrians tend to be quite strict on "trinkgeld" (tips). This is because the workers get low basic salaries and they depend on tips for their survival.
Most Austrians would round up the amount. Hence, Euro 2.25 would become Euro 2.50; or Euro 64.50 will become Euro 70. One will not offend if one simply "rounds-up." I do think that excessive tipping seems rather frowned upon. I doubt the receiver of the tips will complain but I think it is seen as a bit showy if you give a big fat tip. So, you will just have to play it by ear.
I would usually give @10% tips, unless the service was horrible.
Fondest memory: In restaurants and bars, the service fee is not included in the total bill. The waiters/waitress will expect around 10% tips.
For others - in general - you can give 10% - 15% to taxi drivers and hair-dressers. Porters may expect about Euro 1 or Euro 2.
Vienna is divided into districts, politically, and there are 23 of them. Bizirk means district, and if you want to know in which district you are it's simple: look for a street sign: the number before the street name refers to its district. So If you read "1, Albertinaplatz " it means that you are in the first district, not at building number 1.
Fondest memory: District 1 is the innermost district, the most historical one and where most sites of interest are located. Stephen's cathedral would be at the very heart of this district.
This district had just under 20000inhabitants but the people who work there are many more: about 100000. The Ringstraße (the road that runs around the city centre) circles the Innere Stadt and more or less follows the area where the former city walls were located.
City Park is a spa, a green oasis in the middle of the city, but also, an open-air collection of precious artworks, that reminds at important celebrities of the music lives and the history of Vienna.
There, are placed monuments that were realized from famous sculptors, for famous musicians.
The monument of Franz Schubert, for example, was realized from the sculptors C. Kundmann and T. Hansen, in the year 1872, and is a donation of the M?nnergesang-Verein (male choir) of Vienna, to the city park.
The monuments of Hans Makart, Robert Stolz, Schindler, or Andreas-Zelinka are placed on the avenues of the park.
This photo was taken by Joe at the Train Station, minutes before I took my train to Salzburg !
It was a 3 hour journey & I was so happy in being there !
Also, meeting another friend Bruno.You can see all the photos that I took there if you go to my SALZBURG page ![Click on Salzburg].
While I was with Joe, he treated me at this fine place called Cafe Sacher on the 2nd day was in Vienna.
I didn't eat much during breakfast but Joe insisted me to have a breakfast there because it's his favourite !
It's an expensive he told me & also a hotel; Hotel Sacher.So....What did me & Joe have for our breakfast in Cafe Sacher ?
Click HERE to see our bill !The address of Cafe Sacher is :
This was the bald one !
Couldn't really remember his name now...
After the dinner, us 4 went to the disco ! Didn't exactly dance the night away...
Matthias left & us 3 went to a cellar, well rather a bar in the cellar...
Nice ambience but it smelled KINKY to me !
NOPE ! Nothing that I want to share with you guys on here...
This is Matthias.
Matthias was busy all the times because at that time he was doing his study on becoming a doctor ! Now he's a doctor I think !
Matthias also showed me around Vienna, I think we passed this gallery...