Wien, part III – unusual

One day during my stay in Vienna, I felt bored of the so much history, geometrically correct buildings, nice paintings and monuments. I needed a change and also, I wanted to something of a newer history of this beautiful city.
First I went here:


Donauturm. Tower is placed on the "other" bank of Danube, a place that most of natural born Vienners don`t consider as a part of Vienna πŸ˜› While I was trying to recalculate a height of a tower acording to the speed of the elevator – we were on the first platform. Wow!!! A sight was excellent…

The blue water is Danube river while the other, dirty one, is from a canal. A canal was made to help citizens in fight against the occasional floods – last time it saved the city 2 years ago (in Belgrade Danube was 4 meters higher than its usual level).
There is also a bungee jumping platform (152m):

But only one look down helped me make a decision: I will never jump from here :yikes:

Instead, I could just enjoy the view

or take a peek into a neighbour`s swimming pools πŸ˜›

I went to one level up, ordered a tea in restaurant and almost choked when I saw buildings in a distance were moving – no one told me that reastaurant is moving, making a full 360 degrees turn in about 26 minutes. And I thought… :insane:
In the afternoon I have been in another interesting place. I suppose some of you have already heard about Friedensreich Hundertwasser, famous and controversial Austrian artist. This was one of his projects, in 3rd district (Kegelgasse 34-38 / LΓΆwengasse 41-43):

His concept of this building was that straight geometrical structures are not natural. So, instead of an "ugly", not interesting building, he made something that, in time, became one of the most visited places in Vienna and part of city`s cultural heritage.

At the end I went to Gasometer city. Made at the end of 19th century, it served as container for town gas (flammable gaseous fuel made from coal), during 1899 – 1984, when it was closed because of change in technology and turning from coal to natural gas. It became protected historic landmarks.

Between 1999 and 2001. each gasometer was divided into several zones for living (apartments in the top), working (offices in the middle floors) and entertainment and shopping (shopping malls in the ground floors). The shopping mall levels in each gasometer are connected to the others by skybridges. The historic exterior wall was conserved.
On my way out, I have discovered that nothing I have seen that day was not by chance.


Though written incorrectly, it couldn`t fool me. Big brother is watching. Always.
More photographs here.

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43 Responses to Wien, part III – unusual

  1. Dacotah says:

    Interesting post Darko, great photos. πŸ™‚

  2. Spaggyj says:

    Wow, you're braver than I am! I can't even go two steps up a ladder, (I'm not exaggerating either, LOL) i think there is somewhere else with a moving tower restaurant, America, perhaps? Despite the vertigo I get just from looking at the pictures, the view is beautiful. Thank you for sharing :happy:

  3. Spaggyj says:

    Mmm, I forgot to comment on the buildings. I think we briefly looked at Hundertwasser in school – unusual architecture is fascinating, don't you agree? I've never had much of a chance to see such things outside of pictures, although I went into a small pub in France where the restrooms were based upon Alice in Wonderland – the corridor toward the toilet shrank as you went down it, and twisted. It was pretty cool.

  4. SittingFox says:

    Wow, that looks like the CN Tower in Toronto! :eyes: What a surprise to see such a tower in Vienna! Great pictures, all round, and those, er, un-straight buildings are interesting. I have often thought that sharp straight lines and perfect circles are a thing of humanity, not of nature, although nature comes close to straight structures sometimes! Still, I'm not sure I'd want to live in a house like that :confused:

  5. gdare says:

    I think there is another one in Berlin. And probably in USA, yes. Maybe Carol would know.

  6. gdare says:

    It says: within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. Some of them growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows :eyes:Thanks all for commenting :happy:

  7. Cois says:

    You fraidy cat.. πŸ˜† should've gone and taken a jump.. πŸ˜€ its free if you don't use a bungee cord.. :p.those buildings certainly are cool and something different..:cool:

  8. gdare says:

    I couldn`t. They have told me that, even though the season of jumping is opened, it is alowed to jump only when there is no wind. And that day was very windy.Another interesting thing. Vienna has gotten its name after old Roman name Vindobona – Good Wind πŸ™‚ Because of Alps in neighbourhood, there is always a west wind blowing. It makes a lot of trouble to airport and even though the airport officials say there are no landing aproaches over the city, they are forced to do that sometimes, because of wind.I think jumping from that tower are pretty rare πŸ˜€

  9. attilasoul says:

    So, let me get this right… You refused to bungeejump, and instead you looked at girls in bikinis? Tsk tsk, men! πŸ™„

    (…) instead of an "ugly", not interesting building(…)

    And instead he decided to make an ugly, interesting building?! :yikes: πŸ˜‰ Seriously, it's not a pretty house, but ok, it's different.And yes, there is such a tower in Berlin. I didn't went up there because the queue was sooooooo long, I could have spent half a day waiting to get up there.

  10. gdare says:

    :no: it was too windy for swimming outside, no girls in bikinis :awww:A lot of people like it (Hundertwasser building)There was no queue at all. I think maybe there were 20 of us. Nice :happy:

  11. attilasoul says:

    Ah, there are no viking girls in Vienna, huh!? πŸ˜€

  12. ricewood says:

    I am interested in the Hundertwasser building. I like it a lot – and I would gladly live in it.But I wonder what it's like maintenance-wise. Will water enter the building in a rainstorm. For how long will it last? That sort of thing. Do you know?

  13. gdare says:

    No.*sigh*

  14. gdare says:

    A building was made during 1983 – 1986 and as far as I know no one complained about living there. But I don`t know for sure. Knowing Austrian laws must be strict, I doubt it is not good for living, especially in that district where middle class is living. But I will ask my friends from Vienna next time I talk to them πŸ™‚

  15. ricewood says:

    That's nice of you, but you really don't need to. Instead I'll make a netsearch. I don't want to bother you πŸ™‚

  16. gdare says:

    OK, I think that building has its own web address. In German πŸ˜›

  17. gdare says:

    πŸ˜†

  18. CedarFox says:

    Nice post and pictures. The apartments reminds me of one of the art colleges around here. πŸ™‚

  19. gdare says:

    Thanks Eric. Maybe you could make a post about it?

  20. edwardpiercy says:

    Great view and photos from the tower. Is that the Nympho Countess Eszterhazy lying by one of those swimming pools in a bikini? It really does look like her. πŸ™‚

  21. CedarFox says:

    @Darko – Yes, I'll take some shots next time I'm near it

  22. gdare says:

    Edward – now you draw my attention πŸ˜† I will try to find some more information about her; who knows, maybe it was her :eyes:Eric – :up:

  23. MizzMartinez says:

    I have been in Vienna once…but I have not seen many of these buildings. My mother wants to travel to Vienna to do some shopping, and by that time I will definitely come back to your posts about Vienna to see what you saw! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  24. MizzMartinez says:

    I don't know when we'll go…but as soon as I do, you'll be the first one to know! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  25. gdare says:

    I can recommend you some places if you wish. Also, the best time for shopping in Vienna is definitely during August. I have bouth a pair of excellent hiking shoes for only 18,20 eur, they were on 70% discount :eyes: I could never find them in Belgrade that cheap :)Maybe Christmass time (or after it) is OK too πŸ˜€

  26. gdare says:

    Ok πŸ™‚

  27. AOTEAROAnz says:

    Hi Darko..Hunder thingy lived here in NZ And i think he died here, he produced a few things that everyone wants to save…find it hard to get enthusiastic. Here have a flyer…I'm calling in to invite you to celebrate O.W.C. Member of the week, our first of many to come, be great if you dropped in if you have the time. ta. Henry.Cheers :Darko. πŸ™‚

  28. gdare says:

    Thanks Henry, I have seen it in my news this morning. I will go right… now!!!:D

  29. AOTEAROAnz says:

    Thankyou for being ao good about me letting you know with my above comment. I should have known that if anyone had subscribed, it would have been you Darko. Sorry, i won't do this again, others have been quite annoyed about my harmless flyer. I live and learn.Thankyou for coming by, i appreciate it heaps.Your friend….

  30. gdare says:

    :happy: Thank you for inviting me πŸ˜€

  31. AOTEAROAnz says:

    Its true you are as cute as my cat :DThanks Darko.:up:

  32. gdare says:

    πŸ˜€

  33. rose-marie says:

    Very nice photos :up:I like the skyscraper in Gasometer city.I've been in Alex (Fernsehnsturm in Berlin). The view was fantastic! I usually like getting up a bit from the ground and get a bird perspective on cities :D.

  34. gdare says:

    Hi Rose, thank you :)So then you probably like flying by plane πŸ˜€

  35. gdare says:

    I will fly to Japan in November :happy: I will try to make some photos on my way back, it will be a day flight πŸ™‚

  36. rose-marie says:

    True! I love having a window seat and clear weather. The trip back from Italy now was so great! I saw lots of cities on the way. Even though we were 36 000 feet up in the air, it felt like much closer :happy:.

  37. gdare says:

    It was, two years ago. I could see the most of the river deltas in northern Siberia, covered in ice and snow :happy:

  38. rose-marie says:

    Cool! I hope you get clear weather :up:

  39. rose-marie says:

    Wow! Well, don't forget your camera! :pWhen will you be leaving?

  40. gdare says:

    In November 18th πŸ™‚

  41. rose-marie says:

    😎

  42. gdare says:

    :happy:

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