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Friday, January 19, 2018
mountain biking
Trail blazers have made biking in the Wienerwald more accessible. In the freshness of spring, the Vienna Woods are a paradise for mountain biking. There’s luminosity in the young leaves and between the trees, the pungent wild garlic is like a rich carpet of emerald. If you pedal your way over to  the forest above the village of Weidlingbach near Klosterneuburg,...
Open to the public for 250 years, the Prater is the city’s ever-evolving leisure centerIf play is an integral part of a well-lived life, then every community needs its playground, a place to blow off steam where normal societal rules don’t quite apply. New York has Coney Island, San Francisco Fishermen’s Wharf, Tokyo Yoyogi Park, and Vienna has its Prater....
Silvesterpfad
Ringing in the New Year takes you through the many-sided Viennese soulThis article has been updated to reflect the 2017/2018 times and dates. Beneath the majesty of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, two slinky Goths in thick eyeshadow and black nail polish are dancing in a loving embrace to the strains of the Blue Danube Waltz, the music provided by what seems...
Vienna’s pools are more than just a place to cool off, they are an arena for the city’s social lifeVienna’s history of public bathing is about nudity, penitentiaries and Freibadpommes (poolside french fries). Want to get to the bottom of the Viennese soul? Dive no deeper than into their favorite pool.Of the more than 30 public baths and pools...
Ball season is back and we asked how the tradition has endured so long and what changes will keep the debutantes coming.Ball season is like a microcosm of Viennese life. Well, a certain kind of life. The pillars of each community – confectioners, coffee brewers, musicians or doctors – meet with the 18-year-olds “entering” society, whatever that means nowadays....
The Bosnian war brought a wave of fleeing migrants to Vienna. We somehow muddled through. How did we manage?When the first shots were fired in a town a few hundred kilometers away, Kemal Smajic’s parents thought it might pass. A few days later, Serbian militiamen marched through their hometown of Zvornik in eastern Bosnia and told all the Muslims...
Ringstraße
15 things you didn’t know about the Ringstraβe project As envisioned by Emperor Franz Joseph, then a mere twenty-seven, Vienna’s Ringstraße encircles the city’s historical heart. It’s much more than a grand avenue, whose tree-lined allées set the stage for a parade of imposing architecture. It was the catalyst of a radical transformation of the city that started in 1858...
FRANCOIS “ ’Austrian’ is not a very important word. It refers to someone from the land of Austria, which is a pretty tiny country. We can live without the word. For example, can anyone name a famous Austrian?”   (Not one hand is raised.)  BOUBACAR “Mozart.”  FRANCOIS “Mozart was Austrian, yes, but do you know any other famous Austrians? So, basically, Austria could vanish from the...
city life shaking gratzl
Gracious old Vienna can be set in its ways. But a few entrepreneurs and activists are trying to do things differentlyBy Alexander Fanta & Christoph SchlemmerHalf a century ago, Vienna was a very conservative place. To prove just how conservative, artist Günter Brus set out one day in July 1965.  He decked himself out entirely in white paint, adding...
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