Bruce and Elly do the Danube, Vienna and lots of vaseline!

Wien: Wienfluß wanderings, Saturday 7 July

From Donauzentrum to Capri by bike

From Donauzentrum to Capri by bike
(movie, take 2)

We liked this scooter's
colour and style.


by the Wienfluß

U-bahn crossing the Wienfluß

Zollamtbrücue over the Wienfluß

along the Wienfluß

further along the Wienfluß

The Wienfluß disappears.

another sight of the disappearing

Grieskirchner dunkelbier and Eiskaffee
in Stadtpark

Stadpark propaganda

Where we were

I think this is Karlsplatz.


along Linke Wienzeite

model, with Random Bozo's ghost

along Linke Wienzeite

We've had Happy Noodles
so here's Happy Needles.

Not a Bechstein

What does this place sell?

One of my reasons for liking Vienna
is that it's proud of housing
its citizens.

Another is the architecture...

…and named buildings…

…of any style…

…including 1920s U-bahnhofs.

The font is so sensuous.

Naschmarkt fag-end

The Wienfluß re-emerges...

…and turns south.

As best as I can translate:
'WARNING! This path/route will not
be cleaned by lying snow.
The use of it is very dangerous.'

I like creative graffiti.

exposed U-bahn

You know what this place is!

more creative graffiti

onion-domes on a housing block.

Doctor's door

Brenntag chemical industries

translation needed

location shot 1

location shot 2

more creative graffiti

even more creative graffiti

I like this bridge and street-name.




more nice buildings

but you can tell we're in
a red-light district.

Gumpendorfer Strasse U-bahnhof

round the back

Jimmy Cliff and Armin van Buuren?

in Loving Hut

vegan Wienerschnitzl!

vegan Wienerschnitzl!

vegan chocolate cake

vegan chocolate cake

make your own vegan cosmetics!

This would be propaganda
if it wasn't completely correct.

vegan cats and dogs

back out on the Gürtel 1

back out on the Gürtel 2

Langenfeldgasse U-bahnhof

U-bahn arriving

Hotel details: Hotel Capri Vienna, Praterstraße 44-46, 1020 Wien, Österrerich

Distance cycled: 0 miles (cumulative total for Vienna: 0 miles; cumulative total for Austria: 231 miles)

So today we moved from the horrible Donauzentrum to our preferred viennese hotel, hotel Capri. It's not in Mitte (the medieval city centre), so isn't stupidly expensive, but is just across the Donalkanal in Leopoldstadt right outside the entrance to Nestroyplatz U-bahnhof (U1 line) so you can easily go from it to anywhere in Vienna.

So Elly took our bags on the U1 from Kagran U-bahnhof (just outside Donauzentrum) straight to Nestroyplatz, while I cycled Curt. Here's a map. As you can see, the cycle path wiggles a bit to take cyclists through the UN complex. I then took the U1 back to Kagran, collected Vonny and cycled him to Capri. I tried videoing the route but most of the time I had the phone pointed too low so all you can see is tarmac. I'll post it anyway when I can.

We had to return to Donauzentrum because we'd left some things in the safe in our hotel room. By then both of us were hungry so we had lunch at 'Happy Noodles' in the Donauzentrum shopping mall.

Wienfluß wanderings

I've always been curious about the way the Wienfluß seems to appear from under concrete, just before it meets the Donaukanal under Radetsky bridge/Urania, so I wanted to see some more of it. Here's some of what Wikipedia says:
The Wien has its source in the western Wienerwald near Rekawinkel and its mouth at the eastern end of the city centre of Vienna, next to the Urania, where it flows into the Donaukanal ("Danube canal"), a branch of the Danube.

Within the city limits, the river bed consists almost entirely of concrete, which was installed between 1895 and 1899 in order to stop the devastating floods, sometimes accompanied by cholera, which the river had regularly caused before that time. At the same time, the Stadtbahn ("city railway") was built, which makes use of the concrete river bed and is only separated from the river by a wall. It is now part of the Vienna U-Bahn system.

The Wien is subject to huge variations in flow. In its headwaters in the Wienerwald, the soil is underlain by sandstone. Because of this, during heavy rain the soil quickly saturates, resulting in substantial runoff. Thus, the flow of the Wien can quickly increase from a creek-like 200 litres per second to 450,000 litres per second in the heaviest rains or during the spring snowmelt in the Wienerwald, a ratio of over 2000.

Along the course of the river, the Naschmarkt and the Theater an der Wien can be found. Much of the river is covered over in the city, particularly in front of Schönbrunn palace, in the Meidling and Naschmarkt neighbourhoods and around Karlsplatz near the city centre.

For safety reasons, cycling or walking in the concrete bed of the Wienfluss is officially prohibited. A continually controversial topic is whether to build cycle paths and footpaths next to the water. Proponents believe the water flow can be safely regulated, while opponents do not believe this is possible. In 2005, a short segment was opened to the public, near Hütteldorf railway station. It features an audible and visual alarm system to warn users to leave the path if flooding is imminent. Extensions to this path have been proposed, but continue to receive much opposition. The path is open from March to October.
So we took the U-bahn from Nestroyplatz to Schwedenplatz. Then we walkedthen had a drinks stop where I had a Greiskirchner dunkel bier. Then we walked on Neither of us fancied walking back so we took the U-bahn back to Nestroyplatz and sleep!

And while we walked, this was happening in the UK.

Other emails:

Weather bearable hot but providing excuses to drink cold beers and Eiskaffee all day!
Hi again, I'm glad that all is going well. Do you really need an excuse to drink a nice cold beer? I would never need an excuse or even a reason to drink coffee. Hot, cold or with or without ice-cream or Schlag, I can take it any way that it is offered. Cheers for now, Dad
Interestingly, the vegan restaurant's waiter is a Pole. The chocolate cake was excellent, the Eiskaffee worth trying (you know I usually run away from coffee). I also had a mango lassi.
All about Pilgramgasse and the S-bahn

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