Vienna, Vienna, Austria
 

Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Memorial to soldiers from Hütteldorf who fell in WWI. The memorial is in front of the Hütteldorfer Pfarrkirche.

Memorial to soldiers from Hütteldorf who fell in WWI. The memorial is in front of the Hütteldorfer Pfarrkirche.

Vienna Light Table 5

2008-01-24 12:00

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Memorial to the Austrian vicims of the Nazis at Schwedenplatz. A transcript, where I have inserted capitalization and punctuation as I see fit:

Memorial to the Austrian vicims of the Nazis at Schwedenplatz. A transcript, where I have inserted capitalization and punctuation as I see fit:

Niemals Vergessen

Hier stand das Haus der Gestapo. Es war für die Bekenner Österreichs die Hölle. Es war für viele von ihnen der Vorhof des Todes. Es ist in Trümmer gesunken wie das tausendjährige Reich. Österreich aber ist wiederauferstanden und mit ihm unsere Toten, die unsterblichen Opfer.

Approximate translation (trying to preserve idioms) into English is:

Never Forget

Here stood the house of the Gestapo. It was Hell for the confessors[a] of Austria. It was the antechamber of death for many of them. It is buried in ruins, as is the Thousand-Year Reich[b]. But Austria is reborn and with her our dead, the immortal victims.

The Gestapo, however, was not some kind of all-knowing Big Brother - in order to inflict its suffering on its victims it was almost entirely dependent on a complicit population:

As historian Robert Gellately's analysis of the local offices established, the Gestapo was for the most part made up of bureaucrats and clerical workers who depended upon denunciations by ordinary Germans for their information. Indeed, the Gestapo was overwhelmed with denunciations and spent most of its time sorting out the credible from the less credible denunciations. (...) 80% of all Gestapo investigations were started in response to information provided by denunciations by "ordinary" Germans; while 10% were started in response in to information provided by other branches of the German government and another 10% started in response to information that the Gestapo itself unearthed.

Wikipedia[c]

Unlike Germany, which has done more than any other nation to uncover its crimes during WW2, Austria has hidden behind the excuse that they, too, were invaded by Hitler. But the fact that large parts of Austrian society was totally behind Hitler can't be denied, and it is only recently that Austria has started to examine its own actions during the Nazi era.

Vienna Light Table 5

2008-01-24 20:42

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Situated in the ultra-trendy MQ opposite the entrace to the Museum of Modern Art, Halle has everything from a six-euro lunch to gourmet food - and it all tastes great. For the times when you're hungry and prefer quantity with your quality, you can go for the Cheeseburger or the Club Sandwich. Both are excellent, and both will keep you full for the rest of the day. Even if you speak no German, you may want to ask for the German menu, as the lunch specials are not printed on the English one.

Situated in the ultra-trendy MQ opposite the entrace to the Museum of Modern Art, Halle has everything from a six-euro lunch to gourmet food - and it all tastes great. For the times when you're hungry and prefer quantity with your quality, you can go for the Cheeseburger or the Club Sandwich. Both are excellent, and both will keep you full for the rest of the day. Even if you speak no German, you may want to ask for the German menu, as the lunch specials are not printed on the English one.

Vienna in a Nutshell in a Nutshell

2007-12-01 17:02

Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Halle
Vienna, Austria
Kantine
Vienna, Austria
Urban-Loritz-Platz
Vienna, Austria

Halle, Kantine, Urban-Loritz-Platz

Right opposite Halle near the QDK (Quarter for Digital Culture) in MQ is Kantine. Not as big as Halle, and with less "upmarket" food while still being of high quality, you can get a great filled pita or Asian here, as well as soups and breakfast.

Right opposite Halle near the QDK (Quarter for Digital Culture) in MQ is Kantine. Not as big as Halle, and with less "upmarket" food while still being of high quality, you can get a great filled pita or Asian here, as well as soups and breakfast.

Vienna in a Nutshell in a Nutshell

2007-12-08 16:24

Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Halle
Vienna, Austria
Kantine
Vienna, Austria
Urban-Loritz-Platz
Vienna, Austria

Halle, Kantine, Urban-Loritz-Platz

I don't even think it has a name, but here it is, marked on the photo. And on the map. Best döner and dürüm I've ever eaten in, well, anywhere. Lean, tender, grilled chicken meat with tomato and yoghurt sauce, all packaged with onion and salad. If you've ever only eaten Swedish kebabs - this is nothing like them. The kebabs served in northern latitudes are rubbery strips of brown meat. These are not. About as addictive as crack cocaine these greasy divine gifts from Turkey make for an excellent snack or late night emergency food.

I don't even think it has a name, but here it is, marked on the photo. And on the map. Best döner and dürüm I've ever eaten in, well, anywhere. Lean, tender, grilled chicken meat with tomato and yoghurt sauce, all packaged with onion and salad. If you've ever only eaten Swedish kebabs - this is nothing like them. The kebabs served in northern latitudes are rubbery strips of brown meat. These are not. About as addictive as crack cocaine these greasy divine gifts from Turkey make for an excellent snack or late night emergency food.

Vienna in a Nutshell in a Nutshell

2007-12-08 21:15

Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Halle
Vienna, Austria
Kantine
Vienna, Austria
Urban-Loritz-Platz
Vienna, Austria

Halle, Kantine, Urban-Loritz-Platz

This ice-cream bar just north of St. Stephen's is probably the easiest and most pleasurable way of gaining weight. My preferred mode of doing so is the strawberry crepe, seen to the left.

This ice-cream bar just north of St. Stephen's is probably the easiest and most pleasurable way of gaining weight. My preferred mode of doing so is the strawberry crepe, seen to the left.

Vienna in a Nutshell in a Nutshell

2007-12-08 17:24

Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Halle
Vienna, Austria
Kantine
Vienna, Austria
Urban-Loritz-Platz
Vienna, Austria

Halle, Kantine, Urban-Loritz-Platz

Along the Wienfluss, the stream that goes through Vienna.

Along the Wienfluss, the stream that goes through Vienna.

Vienna Light Table 2

2006-08-14 19:43

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The Wienfluss, up close.

The Wienfluss, up close.

Vienna Light Table 2

2006-08-14 19:46

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

View from the top of the library at Burggasse / Stadthalle U-Bahn.

View from the top of the library at Burggasse / Stadthalle U-Bahn.

Vienna Light Table 2

2006-12-06 14:34

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Market at the Rathausplatz.

Market at the Rathausplatz.

Vienna Light Table 2

2007-01-20 18:06

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The Gasometer. Old gas storage tanks now emptied and repurposed as the outer shell of a shopping mall.

The Gasometer. Old gas storage tanks now emptied and repurposed as the outer shell of a shopping mall.

Vienna Light Table 2

2007-01-20 19:13

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Housing block built against the Gasometer.

Housing block built against the Gasometer.

Vienna Light Table 2

2007-01-20 19:23

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Taken from the Donaupromenad across the Danube river. Geocode was ok.

Taken from the Donaupromenad across the Danube river. Geocode was ok.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 17:14

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Taken from the Donauinsel. Geocode agrees - sort of - Google maps places me in the water by the shore when using satellite imagery, but right when using the "Map" view.

Taken from the Donauinsel. Geocode agrees - sort of - Google maps places me in the water by the shore when using satellite imagery, but right when using the "Map" view.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 17:41

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Spot on geocoding places me in Leopoldau, at the northernmost end of the U1 subway line.

Spot on geocoding places me in Leopoldau, at the northernmost end of the U1 subway line.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 18:10

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

This one is also spot-on geocoded.

This one is also spot-on geocoded.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 18:12

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Really bad geocode places me several kilometers off.

Really bad geocode places me several kilometers off.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 18:41

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Geocode is slightly off - I'm supposed to be at Mahlerstrasse, which is about 100 meters south. GPS:s don't work that well in cities with big, sky-and-satellite-blocking buildings, though, so this is only to be expected.

Geocode is slightly off - I'm supposed to be at Mahlerstrasse, which is about 100 meters south. GPS:s don't work that well in cities with big, sky-and-satellite-blocking buildings, though, so this is only to be expected.

Shiny New Toy

2006-11-23 19:05

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

This is the church at Karlsplatz, about a hundred meters from where I live. Every evening at 1800 until the 24th of December, there is a light / music / dance show called "The Angel".

This is the church at Karlsplatz, about a hundred meters from where I live. Every evening at 1800 until the 24th of December, there is a light / music / dance show called "The Angel".

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:15

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

This is, in its own words:

This is, in its own words:

Memorial to the honor of the soldiers of the Soviet Army that fell during the liberation of Austria from fascism April 1945.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:31

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The memorial has a quote from Uncle Joe that I unfortunately can't translate.

The memorial has a quote from Uncle Joe that I unfortunately can't translate.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 14:33

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

View from the hallway into my apartment at Mühlgasse 15.

View from the hallway into my apartment at Mühlgasse 15.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The outer door opens into the kitchen.

The outer door opens into the kitchen.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Past the kitchen is the living room.

Past the kitchen is the living room.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Living room (left).

Living room (left).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Living room (left back).

Living room (left back).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Living room (right back).

Living room (right back).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Living room (right).

Living room (right).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The door to the right in the living room leads to the bedroom.

The door to the right in the living room leads to the bedroom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The bedroom.

The bedroom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 16:48

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Just a few subway stops to the north of me is Schwedenplatz (Sweden-square).

Just a few subway stops to the north of me is Schwedenplatz (Sweden-square).

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 17:47

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Of course with a Schweden-Shop, although I could not for the life of me find anything particularly Swedish in there.

Of course with a Schweden-Shop, although I could not for the life of me find anything particularly Swedish in there.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 17:49

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The Stephansdom is the center of Vienna.

The Stephansdom is the center of Vienna.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 18:06

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

With its huge 140-somthing meter tower it is - I think - the largest example of gothic architecture in Europe.

With its huge 140-somthing meter tower it is - I think - the largest example of gothic architecture in Europe.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-11-30 18:08

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Inside the Stephansdom.

Inside the Stephansdom.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:37

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The candles.

The candles.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:40

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The altar.

The altar.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 10:41

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

School children in their yellow hats.

School children in their yellow hats.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 11:17

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

I found this in a subway magazine under the "what is new and great in town":

I found this in a subway magazine under the "what is new and great in town":

We take care of your balls

The "No-scalpel-vasectomy" is quickly and easily done by our experienced urologists. The safest insurance for fun without consequences.

Well, I guess the ol' nazi sterilization programs had to go somewhere. (Besides it is only without consequences if you ignore STDs...)

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-01 11:25

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The Spittelau Heating Plant, designed by Hundertwasser. I think it looks like a death camp furnace designed by Willy Wonka.

The Spittelau Heating Plant, designed by Hundertwasser. I think it looks like a death camp furnace designed by Willy Wonka.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 15:30

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

The Donaukanal by Spittelau.

The Donaukanal by Spittelau.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 15:32

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Me, on the Donaupromenad, a walkway along the bridge from the south bank of the Danube to the elongated island in the middle of the Danube (Donauinsel), with the Danube in the background.

Me, on the Donaupromenad, a walkway along the bridge from the south bank of the Danube to the elongated island in the middle of the Danube (Donauinsel), with the Danube in the background.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 16:24

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

A picture from the Donauinsel toward Millennium City.

A picture from the Donauinsel toward Millennium City.

Ich bin ein Wiener

2005-12-04 16:31

Vienna
Vienna, Austria

[a]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessor_of_the_Faith

[b]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Germany

[c]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestapo#Daily_operations