Sunday, December 09, 2007

Vienna Christmas Market

The main Christmas Market in Vienna is held in front of Vienna’s City Hall at Rathausplatz, starting from November 17th to December 24th, from 9 am to 9 pm daily.
Photo credit: Vienna photo.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Cathedral of Saint Stephen

The Stephansdom (Cathedral of Saint Stephen), in Vienna, Austria, is the seat of a Roman Catholic Archbishop, a beloved symbol of Vienna and the site of many important events in Austria's national life. The Stephansdom photo

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Schonbrunn garden

In accordance with the principles of Baroque garden design, gardens were an expression of a ruler's status and as such were closely related to the architecture of the palace, being an extension of its magnificent interiors. The central axis of the palace formed the backbone of the gardens whose symmetry was determined by orthogonal and diagonal axes. Behind the garden façade of the palace the Parterre occupied the largest space with its strictly symmetrical beds. The beds consisted of formal patterns made with strips of box and coloured stones or sand and were known as "broderie" parterres since these formal motifs were mostly taken from embroidery patterns. To either side of the parterre were boskets or formal plantings of severely clipped hedges forming passageways, small openings and hidden enclosures. Schonbrunn garden

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Steirereck restaurant - the best in Vienna

Steirereck restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Vienna. For reservations call
+43 1 713 31 68

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Stefanka restaurant Bratislava

In 1897 Alexander Feigler Jr., an architect and constructor, built an Electricism-style semi-terraced tenement house at the corner of 59 Palisády Street (Pallisadenweg) and the Hodžovo Square (Kohlmarket). The left part was originally occupied by the Mezey Café. The house was owned by Rosa Fleischmanová, who later rented the first floor to Béla Hackenberger. The Hackenberger family were the managers of the Café from 1904.

In 1935 Mr. Vojtech Hackenberger, the last of the dynasty, reconstructed and modernized its interior. The Café had a telephone, the visitors could listen to the radio, smoke cigars, and in the rear part of the Café were two pool tables. In the 30s and 40s of the last century, Štefánka was one of the most prestigious cafés in Bratislava. It was a favorite meeting place of Bratislava intelligentsia, writers, poets, journalists, bohemians, artists, as well as debauchers. The atmosphere of Štefánka could still be enjoyed by the citizens of Bratislava in the beginning of the 70s, albeit only in a curtailed form. Today Štefánka Café not only returns to its former name, but also to its previous spirit. A reconstruction of the premises has brought about a restoration of the original interior's spirit with elements of art-nouveau, as well as implementation of top-level modern technologies. We are strongly convinced that you will feel yourself well here, and you will express your satisfaction by another visit.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

Twin City Liner

Twin City Liner will connect Bratislava and Vienna since June 2006.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The St. Hubert restaurant Bratislava

The St. Hubert restaurant offers a wide selection of unique specialities from game and fish. You can also try international cuisine. Restaurant offers large wine archive devoted to high quality Slovakian and Moravian wines. Restaurant is located at the Hotel Dukla, Dulovo Namestie 1, Bratislava. Opened daily 11:00 – 23:00. For reservations call +421 2 5596 9815.

The St. Hubert restaurant

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hotel Sacher Wien

It is part of the city like the Opera House, the Prater ferry wheel, the Fiaker horse carriages and the Lipizzaner horses. The Sacher, as the Viennese call it, combines contemporary Viennese comfort and luxury with the charm and feel of the old Habsburg monarchy.

In 1876, Eduard Sacher founded the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. He was the son of the creator of the Original Sacher-Torte, a unique chocolate cake. Soon after its creation, the Sacher became a world famous meeting point for politicians, artists and the aristocracy. Since 1934, the hotel is run by the Gürtler family, who is very keen on maintaining the hotel’s old tradition.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Schonbrunn Neptune fountain

Sited at the foot of the hill behind the palace and designed as the crowning element of the Great Parterre is the Neptune Fountain. It was conceived as part of the overall design of the gardens and park commissioned by Maria Theresa in the 1770s. Excavations for the pool began in 1776 and the fountain was completed four years later, just before the death of the empress. It was very probably designed by Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf von Hohenberg, while the sculptural group of Sterzing marble was executed by Wilhelm Beyer. A retaining wall curving back into the slope of the hill, its balustrade crowned with vases, forms the back wall of the vast basin. At the centre the wall is interrupted by a projecting, semi-oval plinth from which rises a rocky landscape peopled with the sea-god Neptune and his entourage. Retaining wall and plinth are articulated by blind panels, those on the plinth being decorated with masks, while the vertical elements separating them are embellished with garlands. At the centre of the figural group above a rocky grotto stands Neptune in a shell-shaped chariot, his trident in his hand. Read more about Schonbrunn Neptune fountain

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