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City of Vienna Resident Orchestra at Palais Auersper‏g, Vienna

Music can at times move you to tears and/or give you goosebumps and this concert – that happens nightly at the grand Palais Auersperg in central Vienna – certainly did just that to us and also others sat near us during the course of the two-part performance. The Queen Anne-style building’s acoustics were superb, the decoration –  Corinthian columns and classical friezes showing chariot racing and wrestling – inspirational and the lead musician, playing a violin that was thirty years older than Mozart would have been, had a swagger be-fitting…

The Albertina, Vienna

From the moment we entered the Albertina I was unsure of the photography rules. I thought I saw a ‘No Photography’ sign, but then I saw lots of people taking photos very openly, in front of the guards. You may say, what’s the point in even talking about this, why take photos in art galleries anyhow? And yes, the way that most people were doing it at the Albertina, as a way to own part of what they were seeing, would bear that point of view out. They were mostly…

The Leopold Museum, Vienna

The Gustav Klimt images were the first thing that seriously caught my imagination, a few minutes after we’d arrived. It was their square format mostly. I find I can get confidence as a photographer from looking at paintings by great artists, and ideas about composition too. In this case the square format made me think in the direction of using a Hasselblad, a box pinhole and perhaps even a Polaroid. His ‘Death and Life’ made us think of Botticelli’s ‘Primavera’, and from that an idea came forth about portraying death…

Classic Exclusive Quartet, Vienna

As we arrived at St Anne’s Church (which is about five minutes walk from Stephansplatz in the very centre of the city) we were handed a printed sheet, telling us the program for the night. There were going to be the four movements of KV 387 (the ‘Spring’ quartet) by Mozart, then the four that make up Opus 18 No 4 by Beethoven. At the bottom of the page was printed ‘It is not common to applaud between the movements.’ I was so pleased to see that; a few days…

The Spanish Riding School (performance), Vienna

On the day we saw the Spanish Riding School perform it was a full house. The ticket office was manic (so definitely pick up your tickets in advance, or you might well miss the start of the performance) and we were shown to our seats by ushers, who also offered programs. The chandeliers were glowing violet as we sat waiting; we were just six rows back on the ground floor and only had one tall person sat  in front of us, we had a superb view and were very excited! A Japanese…

Hirsch & Kamel Restaurant, Vienna

Hirsch & Kamel is an Austrian/Perisan restaurant less than five minutes walk from the Hotel Kugel. Christmas carols were playing as we arrived and there was a festive theme throughout with red, green and gold table linen and Middle Eastern-style statuettes lining the white washed walls of the barrel vaulted interior. There are two rooms available to diners; the first, where we settled, has wooden lower walls and is shaped like a traditional beer hall whilst the second room seats less people (perhaps ten to fifteen) in a slightly more casual…

Context Travel Introduction Tour of Vienna’s 1st District

We met Alexa, our Docent (guide), at Rupertsplatz, next to the oldest existing church in the city and the location of the first salt markets. Our group was small and consisted of just three others, a local guy and also a mother and daughter duo from America who were all very keen, curious and decent people. Alexa had been a guide for 26 years and had masters degrees in various subjects, art history being one. She reminded us of our Context Travel guide in Athens, Vassilis, who was also cultured,…

The Third Man Museum, Vienna

The Third Man Museum in Vienna is a short walk from the Naschmarkt and central Ring and stretches over three parts of the building. The first two parts are in rooms at street level and are devoted to the classic Third Man film, which was set – and filmed – in Vienna, and the last part is imaginatively built into the basement of the building and tell the story of pre and post war Vienna as well as offering a bit of a fun recreation of the famous sewer chase scene….

The Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna

The Sigmund Freud Museum is a five minute walk around the corner from the PolaWalk office. You press the doorbell on arrival, as if you’re visiting the doctor himself, and then the staff buzz you in and you go up the outer stairs to what used to be the doctor’s own front door. Once inside we were given headsets and a laminated map of the property that we could take with us. The idea being that when you enter a room you press the button on the headset controller and then…

The Hotel Kugel, Vienna

We stayed at the Hotel Kugel for a week whilst researching our city guide to Vienna and loved it. It’s very central, Christina and Johannes, the owners, are charming hosts and it’s very comfortable with a timelessly classy feel to the decor.  Here are a few photos and observations that we made during our stay; at the bottom of this review is a video that’ll give you a further idea of the hotel. Location – There’s a bus stop outside, with a bus going direct to the main train station. The west train…