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.

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Autumnal Augarten

The Augarten is located in the second district in Vienna and is home to the famous Augarten Porcelain.

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The famous Wiener Sängerknaben have their concert hall right next to the park.

It was not really one of the parks I would visit often, to me it is not that spectacular or impressiv.
Well, besides the big Flakturm, the big and massive grey building in the background is still here from the second world war.

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In this picture you can even see the tip of the Fernwärme, which provides heat and warm water to many households in Vienna.

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Mostly the people are jogging or walking their dog, but in summer you can come here with friends to have a good time.

I do love the autumn look it has at the moment and the cute vegetable garden I saw while going to the 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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Japanese Garden and Autumn festival

The leaves on the trees are slowly changing colours already and I can’t wait to visit Setagaya Park in full Autumn gear!

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I actually never visited this park in Summer and was surprised by how green and relaxing it was, compared to the hot and sticky public transport.

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Lots of turtles were chilling in the water, in Autumn you mostly spot only a few. I wonder if those are being taken care of in Winter.

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In the 15th of September, a Japanese Autumn festival will take place at the Japanese Garden in Schönbrunn from 2pm till 5 pm.
Maybe we will see each other there! :)

PDF Version of the Invitation

Rosegarden in Volksgarten

The summer temperatures can be very hot in Vienna and one of my favourite diversions is to walk amongst the fragrant roses and enjoy their pure scent in the shade while relaxing from the stinging heat.

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It is very central, located opposite from the parliament building and near the Rathaus, perfect for a sight-seeing break!
Keep in mind though that dogs are not allowed in the gardens.

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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!

 

Blumengärten Hirschstetten

I think I have found my favourite park in Vienna!
Probably not my fav on the week-ends when families with little kids occupy it but the fact that there are lots of different themes and best of all: animals!
I just have a thing for animals and already as a small child would chase cats down to pet them or just play with earthworms after rain and even frogs.
Ehem but now back to the park, it is located in the 22nd district and easily reachable with public transport since the 26 tram stops right in front of it (Station: Spargelfeldstraße).
With the garden they want show the indigenous animal species in their natural habitat and thus get people more closer to nature which I think is a lovely idea.
They also have special workshops (even for kids) to animate them to protect their environment.
More information and helpful maps about the gardens can be found on wien.at.
Enough talk I have a huge picture spam waiting for you :)

At the entrance you are already greeted by cute little goats.

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Glad you goat here! Yes and besides loving animals I love bad puns.

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After spending some time with those cute little fellows we headed left and ended in the vineyard with sweet-smelling elder flowers.

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No sign of the European hamster but I was not surprised since they are most active at night.
There are a lot of them on the cemetaries, I encountered them twice already at Zentralfriedhof.

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Next up we went to Mexico ;)

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Next up was the highlight for me. May I present you the Ziesel or the English term European ground squirrels.
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They are so cute! At first the enclosure seemed empty but out of the corner of my eye I saw a movement and stayed still. Then the heads slowly popped up and they continued munching the grass with me happily snapping away. Definitely have to return with my telephoto lens so I can have better close-ups but I am pretty satisfied with this result as well!

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They have a quite extensive turtle part with lots of different turtle species.

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Since they have a wedding pavilion it is of no surprise that you may see happy couples posing for their photographers.
I quite like the weird combination of the wedding couple, the beach and the house in the background.

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The style reminds me of the Palmenhaus at Schönbrunn. It looks typical Viennese but I have no clue if there is a specific name for that type of architecture.

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They had a maze which we tested out and got a bit lost of course. In the middle you can get up to the platform and have a great view over most parts of the garden. Here you can see the wedding pavilion.

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And finally the last picture. This farmhouse is recreated after one from the 19th Century with other animals beside the goats next to it like hens, roosters and sheep :)

Hope my blog post this time wasn’t too long and that you may come by sometime!

 

Wasserpark

A lot of childhood memories surround this park. I can recall various walks with my parents when I was still a kid on Sundays to feed the swans and ducks.

I went there recently again and loved the sight of all those grey herons nesting here.
Such beautiful animals!

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Next time I’ll remember to bring my telephoto lens so I can zoom in on them :)

Fun Fact: The park is a natural winter habitat to lots of birds due to warm water preventing in the area to freeze the water completely.

Have a nice week everyone!

Erster Mai – Stadtpark

The first of May is a holiday in Austria, celebrating the labour movement and is an important day for the social democratic party.
Entertainment and cheaper entries to rides lure lots of people to the Viennese Prater which I always avoid since I am not a fan of huge crowds of people and I hate queuing.
I rather enjoy this sunny and lovely day in a park with my best friend, relaxing and catching up on each others lives.

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We strolled around Stadtpark which was well visited and watched ducks happily floating on the water and best of all, I had the opportunity to snap a grey heron in action while it was catching and gulping down a red gleaming fish in just a few seconds. Those birds are so elegant and it did not seem bothered at all about the spectators watching it.

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plenty of fish in the pond

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I actually wanted to stalk some baby ducks I saw a week ago but they hid quite well but the grey heron definitely made up for it :)

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Later Erwin and me dropped by Joseph Brot Bistro but details will be in the next post, so stay tuned!
PS: I had a French vanilla cream slice with puff pastry and it was soooo good!