National Park Donau Auen

It already has been a very long wish for me to visit a national park in Austria and thanks to Igersvienna (an instagram group) I finally had the chance to visit one.

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The national park Donau Auen is the nearest to Vienna and definitely worth a visit even though there are no impressive mountain tops, you get to see (nearly) untouched nature by boat and do some work-out with your arms while paddling along the river ;)

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We got there with a rented van and it is definitely easier to go there by car than take the public transport (which I am not even sure is an option..)

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The park rangers told us lots of interesting information about the park and its inhabitants.I won’t get too much into detail here because you should hear it for yourself when you are there :)

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We got to see lots of (water)birds and even a turtle could not be disturbed by us and seemed to enjoy two boats full of people snapping picture after picture.

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I loved the view, especially when you glide by Hainburgh an der Donau which is really photogenic and such a cute town.

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The tour is definitely something many people would enjoy, especially kids so for summer, this is definitely an activity for the whole family.
My smile is not lying! :D

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Magical Theme for March: shapes and figures

Since it is spring and sunshine makes me go adventuring outside, I decided to search for shapes and figures in nature.

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We spend a lot of time in front of a screen nowadays. Not just on a pc/laptop but also on the mobile phone.

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I started to read more novels again, especially while enjoying the warm rays of sun outside and wanted to give you a book recommendation.

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The book is written by Dave Eggers and is called “The Circle”.
It is about a world similar to ours and the protagonist, Mae and how she changes due to technology. In this dystopian novel, the internet has undergone a change and all those individual profiles on different pages we know, have melted into one single profile for a person on the internet and how transfixed people become on their online presence and by connecting online, that they forget to live in the actual world. It made me enjoy nature even more!
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The only thing that I did not like is how flat the characters seem but the book definitely made me more wary of the internet, the data we leave behind and the time we spend or waste.
Have you heard of the novel? I always love to read dystopian novels so suggestions are very welcome :)

Last Autumn days

The weather was surprisingly warm for Autumn and I can’t recall this season to have been that dry and filled with blue skies. Perfect for enjoying those last sun rays and splashes of colour before boring old winter is coming back ;)

Here are some impressions in that order of :Volksgarten in the inner district of Vienna, Donaupark and the vineyards in Stammersdorf, on the outskirts of Vienna.

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I love the orange colour of the Buddhist monks and how it matches the trees :)

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Most of the cellars at Stammersdorf seemed really old and abandoned.  Guess it is too much work for most of the families.

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The meteorologists have stated the end for those sunny days and  I guess we have to go back to heating our flat again.
At least we have the money to heat and a roof on top of our heads compared to other people so I don’t really want to complain here.

Lainzer Tiergarten

The 26th of October is the National holiday of Austria and it celebrates Austria becoming a neutral country after the second world war.

The Monday started already great with lots of sunshine so I decided to fill up my nature-seeking tank and ventured to the outskirts of Vienna to stroll around Lainzer Tiergarten.

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Or should I say hike? I underestimated the terraine, 7 km in total are a lot more exhausting if you go uphill most of the time!

It was worth the view though, I ended up at Wienerblick and had a wonderful view over Vienna.

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When you descend from there you can either chose to exit via St.Veiter Tor or go on for around 3km and exit at Hermesvilla.

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I opted for the latter because I am really seldom in the area and I can’t resist not going to the wild animal park.

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Autumn walk in Belvedere and the Botanical Garden

The air gradually changed from warm October breeze to cold November chills and the leaves are wearing their last colourful coat.

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The popular spots to witness the season change is naturally at the Gardens of Schönbrunn, Stadtpark or Setagaya Park, so to keep things fresh I ventured to the botanical gardens.

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I enjoy short walks in the several parks and gardens that are in Vienna, to avoid being sick.
It seems to work, I also have to give some credit to my lemon and ginger tea :)

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The flat I moved in with the Mister is an old building which we call in Austria “Altbau”. The ceilings are mostly very high with huge and not very good insulated windows. It looks pretty and allows a lot of light inside but I bet it will be a pain to see the heating bill at the end of Winter. shooting_vienna_belvedere
I did order some “special” thermal curtains that supposedly will keep out the cold so let’s see about those.

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Wild Animals at Zentralfriedhof

A huge point on my to-do list was to see deer at Zentralfriedhof (a huge cemetery in Vienna) and to take pictures of them, if possible.
I don’t go to cemetery’s that often but it is mostly in autumn when I am feeling melancholic, the leaves are turning brown and I need a walk in nature without other people. It is just the perfect place to dwell in the here and now, being aware of your own evanescence.

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Anyway, Austria has a pretty neat documentary series which is called Universum, and since I watched an episode which resolved around wild animals living at the cemetery, I wanted to witness them by myself.

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When I actually saw them by chance I was so happy and giddy!
Unlike me, they did not seem that happy about me being there ;)

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I think the two main factors that helped me achieve to see the wild animals in person were:

  • me being alone and making a lot of noise (no talking, etc.)
  • being there around dawn, when the deer are more active

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Do you have any tips to take pictures of wild animals? :)

Poppy fields forever

Summer in all its glory has arrived in Vienna with beautiful sunny and hot days. And most importantly the stunning poppy fields!

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You can click on the picture to see it in full-size.

I just love the red dots of colour in the mass of green and concrete.

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That lovely field can be found in the 21st district of Vienna if you get off at the tram station, Fultonstraße and go a short distance by foot, you stand in the middle of some farmland.

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I heard that these farms will vanish soon and will be replaced by new apartment buildings, so let’s see how long those fields will be here!

Setagaya Park

Spring, how I love you when the sun shines bright!
One of my all-time favourite parks is the Setagaya park in the 18th district, as some of you know. Last year I posted about that beautiful Japanese garden here.

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A tip, if you go there you should do so before lunch because the light in the afternoon can be a bit harsh for pictures.

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My sister asked me to take pictures of her cosplay she did by herself and if you are interested in cosplay or sewing, you can check out her blog here.

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The sky is blue, the sun was shining (a bit too bright for taking pictures but they didn’t turn out that bad) and lots of people enjoyed being in the park, glancing curiously over to us. I can’t blame them :)

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It seems that I am lately only blogging about parks in Vienna. Something new will be up next week, no worries ;)

Donaupark

There are any childhood memories I link with Donaupark since I spend a lot of time there with my parents when I was little.

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It is a great place for young families and small kids, as there are many different playgrounds making playtime exciting and fun!

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If you are low on energy and want to explore Donaupark more comfortably, you could take a ride in the Lilliputbahn.

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Teenagers and Adults have a wide space to do all sorts of sports. Playing Frisbee and soccer is quite popular in the summer.
There is even a school for bee-keepers here!

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Oh and of course the Donauturm is located here, where adventur-seeker can throw themselves off the 150m tower and bungee jump.
I would be so up for that if it would not be that pricey for some seconds of adrenaline ;)

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The Korean-house recently was added and I have yet to try out their dishes, especially looking forward to their bibimbap.
When it is warmer, one can enjoy the dishes outside near the lake and enjoy the view.

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When I went there on Monday snapping away I was surprised my a short snow fall. I am really looking forward now to this warm week-end!

 

Lobau – Nationalpark Donauauen

Did you know that Vienna has a national park?

The whole area of the National Park is called Donau-Auen and is 9300 hectare big and a green belt between Vienna and Bratislava. Home to 800 species of plants, more than 30 different species of mammals, 100 different birds, 8 reptiles, 13 amphibians and 60 fish species can be found there.

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I haven’t been to the Lobau for ages but I will be here more often this year to take pictures and relax from the big city life ;)

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A beaver recently had a nibble on that tree, I sadly did not encounter any.

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That lake is a popular place for families with small children and photographers alike.

I actually don’t really mind the people in my pictures. They often help to show the size of objects and here bring a pop of colour into the otherwise just brown and greyish forest.

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Some do’s and dont’s: (if you are interested in more you can check them out here in German).

  • Dogs should always be kept on a leash, which makes a lot of sense to not scare the wild animals but most dog owners I saw did not care about this rule. I hope for them that the dogs are so well trained that they won’t go after rabbits and other wild animals.
  • You can pick flowers (except the ones that are under conservation), berries, mushrooms, nuts and even pebbles for your own needs but they do prefer it, if you refrain from taking anything with you.

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On our way back we took the wrong exit and I saw that girl leading her horse at the Mühlwasser. I just love reflections in the water if you haven’t noticed from this post :)

I can’t wait for spring to arrive so I can see everything in bloom with fresh and young leaves.