My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Friday, July 31, 2009

Vienna Again I

I'm in Vienna again. This time we, that means I and a former track and field training partner which is now a doctor in medicine, went by train, the night train that leaves Zurich at 10:40 PM and arrives at Vienna Westbahnhof at 8AM. After a short walk we got to Chwallagasse next to the metro station Neubaugasse where our hotel was located. The location could actually not have been better, as we had the shopping street Mariahilferstrasse just around the corner. The Gumpendorferstrasse with the Café Sperl, Ra’mien, Shanghai Tan and the Naschmarkt were also in short walking distance. Even the sizzling museumsquartier was not far away. Thus, a great starting point for our trip.

In the morning we had breakfast and coffee and then walked to the museumsquartier where we could have gone to the MUMOK, the museum of modern art or to the Leopold Museum, where Gustav Kilmt’s paintings are presented to the public. However, as the weather was so good (actually, the weather was good all days long and hot, really hot. Summer. As it should be) we walked on to the Maria-Theresien Platz, the Hofburg with the Heldenplatz and then went to the Burggarten, next to the Palmenhaus.

In the meantime Ulli called and we decided to meet for a coffee in the afternoon. So we had enough time to go to see the Stephan’s cathedral and do some shopping at Kärntnerstrasse. Then we went to Figlmüller (Bäckerstrasse 6) to eat the famous Wiener Schnitzel. It was quite big and pretty tasty but the location was just a bit too touristy. For coffee we met at the station Kettenbrückengasse next to the Naschmarkt, where Ulli already waited for us. We found a cozy place where she gave us some very helpful recommendations for good bars and clubs. She came with us then and we went shopping again in stores such as American Apparel, Diesel and others. As we were pretty tired we went home and relaxed a bit, wrote some messages on facebook, and then decided to go to the Naschmark for dinner. We found a comfy place called NENI (Naschmarkt 510), where I had a delicious tuna steak with wasabi puree. It was pure summer feeling, as the NENI was mad just like a beach bar. Then we joined Ulli and her friends for a drink before we went to the Tanzcafé Jenseits, which was funny to see. Not much later we went to the Camera Club that the waiter at NENI recommended, as it hosted some electro and minimal acts that night.


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