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Schanigärten: The Sidewalk Takeover

Schanigärten: The Sidewalk Takeover

Impatient for outdoor socialising, Vienna tempts the spring season starting on 1 March – the day the city’s 1,800 Schanigärten are officially allowed to open. Whether or not winter has given up, the fresh-air freaks begin basking in the Saturday afternoon sun at outside tables on the Naschmarkt. “Oh look, they have blankets,” an American […]

Life is not Fair

Life is not Fair

Walking through the snowy Vienna streets so close to April, it’s hard to ignore the many complaints. That’s nothing new from the Viennese, but one comment made me smile: “It was so warm for a few days and I got used to it, this snow is just not fair.” Fair? Really? Since when is weather […]

April Fool’s Schmäh

April Fool’s Day is the day every practical joker looks forward to. Even Jack Frost, known as a mischievous spirit, has had his fun with us this year by sending yet another chill of winter, covering Vienna in a blanket of snow. But it was the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that pulled off one of the biggest hoaxes of […]

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