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Prater

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  • Day25

    Gratitude

    September 6, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    It's 1AM, and I'm in a friend's Vienna apartment, feeling gratitude for their friendship, and for the way things unfolded and led me here safely.

    The last bike spot on my train. A wild 30-minute ride through city traffic. An Austrian dinner of meat and young wine. The rain held off all day. Now I get to fall asleep listening to it through an open window.Read more

  • Day25

    Get around the Prater

    January 6 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Following our jaunt through Augarten to look at Nazi relics, we headed toward the Prater park with the hope of winter markets and possibly an amusement park ride or two (assumed it was mostly closed in the winter).

    Sweet Jeebers it was a winner. Roller coasters with no lines. Crazy high chair swings. Bonkers swinging pendulum things, and all the other theme park trimmings.

    We could walk up to any ride we wanted and jump straight on. There was a decent little rollercoaster to start, then the mammoth chair swing. It's 117m high, in a chain secured with some small chains with your feet dangling around in the wind, and I was petrified. I couldn't look around, up, or down - just dead straight the whole time. Lex enjoyed that a lot.

    To help calm down from this we moved straight on to the giant pendulum thing. Almost as high at its peak, but travelling a lot faster than the chairs-on-chains, with the added perk of tumbling you upside down. Loved the rush of it apart from the bit where it slows down and stops with us right up the top. Panicked a bit.

    That was it for heights based rides for me. Had a play with a couple of the go-kart tracks, and then gave a house of horrors/rollercoaster a crack. Being the big horror fans we are (not) this did seem a logical decision. The photo presented to us at the end of the ride proves otherwise (pictured).

    Grabbed one more indoor rollercoaster/laser show on the way out of the rides area and headed to the Christmas market for a glühwein weiß (mulled white wine). Great success for a non-planned afternoon.
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  • Day1

    Das Konzert

    August 23, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Angekommen um 18:45,was für ein Gewusel von Rammsteinfans,tolle Stimmung,null Gedrängel,Plätze eingenommen und um 20:30 ging es mit einem Donnerschlag los,wir hatten eine super Sicht von oben,Rammstein hat in jeder Beziehung ordentlich eingeheizt,es war einfach irre,besser geht nicht,noch nie so eine Show gesehen,es hat sich gelohnt,wir sind immer noch hin und weg👍😊🎶🎵Read more

  • Day50

    Wiener Prater

    June 28, 2015 in Austria ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Tonight we went to Wiener Prater where we had schnitzel for dinner! I couldn't help but have a couple beers as well. We went on our two free rides that were included in our package after we had to pay for our rides.
    I paid for a ride called 'Extasy' and I immediately regretted it, it instantly made me want to vomit. I had my eyes closed and was fighting the urge not to vomit the whole time, it felt like the longest ride ever! I got off the ride and walked straight to the bathroom, normally I whinge about having to pay 50c to use public toilets but not this time, I vomited my guts up and they deserved the 50c haha. Apart from getting sick on that one ride, it was a great night!
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  • Day20

    Vienna

    July 4, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    What a beautiful city! Statues, churches, parks and old buildings with beautiful facades are dotted all around the city. Some of the attractions we visited today ...

    St Stephen's Cathedral is the most important religious building in Vienna. The Cathedral has 23 bells. The largest hangs in the north tower and is officially named for St. Mary, but is usually called Pummerin (Boomer) and weighs 20,130 kilo's. It is said that Beethoven only realised his deafness when he saw the birds fly out of the bell tower while they were ringing, but he could not hear them.

    Hofburg Imperial Palace. The Palace remains the centre of government for Austria. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.

    The Spanish Riding school, is located between Michaelerplatz and Josefsplatz near the Hofburg. The school was named for the Spanish horses that formed one of the bases of the Lipizzan breed. They are used exclusively at the school. It is the traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School.

    The Museums Quartier is a 60,000 m² area in the city, containing Baroque buildings as well as Modern architecture.

    St. Peter's is thought to occupy the oldest Christian sacred site in Vienna, as a church has stood here since the second half of the 4th century.

    The Vienna State Opera was hit during an air raid in 1945 during WWII, when an allied bomber allegedly mistook it for a train station. The interior was completely destroyed by fire, but was rebuilt in 1955 following the original design.

    The famous Johann Strauss monument is situated in the City Park. During the demolition of the city walls and the creation of the Vienna Ringstraße, the mayor promoted the creation of a public park in it's place.

    The Pestsäule (The Plague Column) is a Holy Trinity column in the inner city. It was erected after the Great Plague epidemic in 1679, and is one of the most well-known and prominent sculptural pieces of art in the city. In 1679, Vienna was visited by one of the last big plague epidemics. Fleeing the city, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I vowed to erect a mercy column should the epidemic end.
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  • Day21

    Vienna Day 2

    July 5, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We spent the day bumbling around the city. Mostly going from one coffee stop to the next. Needless to say, I managed to find more churches to visit 😊

    Vienna's drinking water originates in the Lower Austrian-Styrian Alps. “Vienna has the world’s best drinking water” and free water dispenser's are dotted all around the city. Doggy water bowls are seen all over the city as many locals take their dogs everywhere with them. There many are public water fountains, where you can fill up your water bottle for free. The German term for drinkable water is “Trinkwasser“ Because water should not be a luxury item”, Vienna is the first city in the world to place its' water under constitutional protection. Since December 2001, the city of Vienna has protected its' water for future generations in the Vienna Water Charter.

    The Hotel Sacher is a five-star hotel located in the Innere Stadt first district of Vienna, Austria, vis-à-vis to the Vienna State Opera. It is famous for the specialty of the house, the Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot filling. As neither of us are fans of the Sachertorte, we only walked past the hotel and didn't come in.

    Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. It boasts 1441 rooms and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The name Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), has its roots in an artesian well from which water was consumed by the court.

    Trams in Vienna are a vital part of the public transport system in Vienna. They have been in operation since 1865.

    Tomorrow we leave for Munich, where we'll spend a few days with Elke and Dieter.
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  • Day2

    New travelbuddy

    October 3, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Der liebe Ulf hat einen großen Bruder bekommen 🤩 Während mich schon Ulf in Italien begleitet hat, wird sein Bruder diesen Part für America übernehmen. Dooooch...wie soll der liebe Wilde denn heißen?? Namensvorschläge erwünscht...Read more

  • Day36

    Rammstein 2019

    August 22, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Die Erwartungshaltung war enorm. Nach den Rammstein Alben meiner Jugend und den Konzerten der letzten Monate muss ich ehrlich sagen. Määääh!

    Ich verstehe natürlich, dass das Einkommen der Bands gesunken ist u d man was tun muss. Dank Streamingdiensten und Downloads machen ja die Live Konzerte ca. 75% des Haupteinkommens für die Kapellen aus.

    Dann erwarte ich mir aber auch um €100,- eine anständige Bühnenshow. Da ich nunmal nicht der größte bin müssen um so einen Preis zwingend ein paar Videowalls da sein. Eine kleine Hochkantwall ist ehlich gesagt eine Frechheit!

    Verdammt Rammstein, es ist 2019 und man merkt echt, dass ihr die Tour nicht deswegen macht, weil es euch Spass macht.

    Da ist noch sehr sehr viel Luft nach oben. Nur Pyrotechnik und das Stadion mit blendern auszuleuchten ist halt zu wenig. "Es is hoit a weng dünn..." würd der Leo Lanz sagen.

    Nichts desto trotz hatten wir wiedereinmal eine fetzen Gaude!

    Metallica die Woche vorher um die selbe Knete war mit Lasershow und mega fetter Videowall mehr ald gerechtfertigt. Hätte sogar mehr kosten dürfen.

    Rammstein ist für mich maximal €70,- wert.

    ...was wohl die heilige Greta dazu sagen würde?!

    Next Stop: Metallica im Kino FMZ Imst
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  • Day30

    Metallica?! ...yes please!

    August 16, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Am Mittwoch den 14. August läutet mein Telefon. "Manuel was machst übermorgen am Freitag? Ich hätte Metallica Karten und würde dich mitnehmen!" Als größter Metallica Fan aller Zeiten fällt mir die Entscheidung nicht schwer. Erst recht, weil ich mir die S&M² Karten fürs Kino genau schon am Dienstag gekauft habe.

    Dann fahren wir halt nach Salzburg und steigen von dort in die Westbahn ein, die uns genau zur Station Praterstern in der Nähe vom Stadion bringt. Ganz ehrlich, die ÖBB sollte sich was schämen! Westbahn ist supercool und nett gemacht.

    Als wir dann im Happel Stadion waren hieß es wiedereinmal der Vorband zu lauschen. Gespielt hat Ghost. Recht cool, kannte ich aber schon aus Radio Bob. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGUwV0yS-L4

    Bühne und Sound wie immer top! Metallica kenn ich jetzt schon seit fast 15 Jahren Live auf der Bühne. Nach wievor legen die Burschen immer wieder einen drauf!

    Aber mit einer geschätzten 2500m² großen Videowall kann man schon was machen. Was mir halt sehr gut gefallen hat, war die Licht und Laser Show, Feuereinlagen und vor allem, dass sich Metallica die Mühe gemacht hat ein einheimisches Lied zu lernen.

    Mit Schifoan vom Wolfgang Ambros hätte, wahrscheinlich nicht einmal der Wolferl selbst gerechnet.

    Nachm Konzert gings dann mit der Ubahn gleich wieder zum Hauptbahnhof, wo wir dann in einen Zug der ÖBB eingestiegen sind und retour nach Salzburg gefahren sind. Kein Vergleich zur Westbahn! Nicht mal einen Schluck wasser könnte man kaufen, wenn man wollte. Deswegen gings dann um ca. 2.00 Uhr zur legendären Heißen Kiste in Salzburg.

    Danke Peter!
    Next Stop: RAMMSTEIN!
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Prater, Wiener Prater, Prater de Vienne

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