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Republik Donauinsel

Republik Donauinsel

According to its organisers, the Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival) from 22-25 June is the largest open air festival in the world, with an estimated 2.5 – 3 million visitors attending this year. And while it’s hard to appreciate the scope of such a mass event in its entirety, every large story is made up of […]

Hot in the City

Hot in the City

Vienna has no sandy beaches like Cannes or Genoa, no romantic river walks like Budapest or Paris, no central harbour like Hamburg, Trieste or Marseilles. But don’t be fooled! There is plenty of water in Vienna, and lots of ways to enjoy it – particularly (but not only) along the Old Danube, where shaded walks […]

Infiltrating Austro-American Football

Infiltrating Austro-American Football

The parking lot was nearly empty as we approached the Stadion Stadlau for a football game – American football, that is, between the local teams the Danube Dragons against their arch rivals, the Vienna Vikings. Were we in the right place? Where were the “tailgate” parties I had heard so much about, the lavish picnics, […]

A Licence to Torture

The police officer touched his index finger to his lips, signalling silence. With his other hand he shooed pedestrians away. The quiet gloom of a foggy November night had just been disrupted. At 1:00, 15 police cars with glaring lights had barricaded the residential street in the 2nd District, and dozens of troopers, including heavily […]

Mud, Sweat and Tires

It’s far too early on Sunday morning – the morning of my first cyclocross race – the RC Schnecke Wintercup Finale in Vienna. The rain, blown by a howling wind, is rattling against the bedroom windows as I wake up. I look out the window; it’s dark and gloomy and clumps of hardened snow are […]

Legal Graffiti

From Sept. 3 on, the first legal graffiti wall in Vienna’s 22nd District of Donaustadt will allow street artists to work without fear of breaking the law. The wall on Colerusgasse is the result of an initiative of two graffiti artists whose idea was taken up and supported by the “youth project Eßling-Aspern”. “It is […]

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