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Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

Stuwerviertel: Creating Campus Life

It’s a tricky business to reinvent a city district. The resurrection of the Gasometer – with a shopping mall and apartment buildings – more than a decade ago aimed to revitalise the 11th District. But somehow, the project never quite took off, leaving a mediocre shopping mall and plenty of empty apartments. The prospects for […]

Campusviertel: Student Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

Campusviertel: Student  Life Meets the Bourgeoisie

The 8th District is (after the inner city) the smallest, richest and oldest of all the Vienna Bezirke – and that’s referring to the people not the buildings.  But the northern Grätzl is academics’ country – bounded by Alser Straße, Landesgerichtsstraße (a.k.a. Zweierlinie, the former route of the Nr. 2 tram, torn up more than […]

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

The vibe makes it hard to resist dubbing the 7th District’s Schottenfeld Viertel a “Little SoHo”. Like the New York original, this edgy neighbourhood once housed factories and warehouses, and the repurposed buildings are striking. Above all, this tiny Grätzl orbiting Westbahnstraße is dedicated to all things photographic, spanning from Kaiserstraße to Bandgasse, with outliers […]

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

Stubenviertel: Time-Honoured Temptation

In the middle ages, the hilly streets of the northeast quarter of Vienna’s 1st District – the neighbourhood now encompassed by Rotenturmstrasse, Stubenring and Singerstrasse – were where the gentry would go to the Badestube to bathe. This had nothing to do with Viennese cleanliness. Not only would men and women “bathe” together in the […]

Small-Town Schlossquadrat

Small-Town Schlossquadrat

It may be the cobblestones, or just the fact that houses here are narrower than in the city centre, but at Margaretenplatz in the 5th District, Vienna suddenly feels like a small town. Here it is not unusual for a shop owner to leave her store to ask suspicious passers-by – i.e., journalists taking notes […]

Dreaming up Döbling: Of Ancient Hills and Heuriger

Dreaming up Döbling: Of Ancient Hills and Heuriger

People walk more slowly here. In town they may rush, but at home in Döbling, the journey is its own reward. The 10 communities within the district are green and residential, at points almost bordering on rural. It’s a gateway to the Vienna Woods, skirting the sprawling Alpine foothills, where the city’s close, turn-of-the-century buildings subside […]

Pratercottage – Secret Suburb Downtown

On a thin strip of land, sandwiched between the Prater greenery and the Danube Canal, is a unique neighbourhood, unknown, even to many Viennese. In the late 19th century, well-heeled citizens built free-standing English-style “Cottages” (Kottedsch, in Wienerisch), in contrast to the hefty Gründerzeit apartment buildings in the rest of town. To this day the […]

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

In early 20th-century Vienna, Secession artists met in the coffeehouses like Sperl or Café Museum near Karlsplatz; in the early 21st century, Vienna’s artistic set can be found in the coffeehouses of the Siebensternviertel. The neighbourhood had me seriously (for about five minutes) considering chopping my long hair to a face-framing bob like the ones […]

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Favoriten: Migrants and More

Since last Dec., Vienna’s 10th District of Favoriten has once again been connected to the wider world, as the new Hauptbahnhof at Wiedner Gürtel opened its first section, and thousands of commuters and visitors flooded through the new station, easily recognisable from a distance by its dramatic, diamond-shaped roof. Ever since construction began in 2010, […]

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