At The Volksgarten


Lovely view at the Volksgarten today. A lot of people were enjoying the weather and the flowers...and bonus music from a violinist.

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April weather

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There's a German piece of poetry that children often recite when the weather turns unpredictable...and it always happens in April. In other months when this happens, we call it Aprilwetter. The poem goes as below (a close English translation is after the text.)

April, April, der weiß nicht was er will.
Mal Regen und mal Sonnenschein,
Dann schneit's auch wieder zwischendrein.
April, April, der weiß nicht was er will.

Nun seht, nun seht, wie es wieder stürmt und weht.
Und jetzt, oh weh, oh weh,
Da fällt auch dicker Schnee.
April, April, der weiß nicht was er will.


April, April, does not know what it wants.
At times there's rain and at times there's sunshine,
Then it's snowing again in between.
April, April, does not know what it wants.

Now see, now see how it storms again and blows.
And now, oh woe, oh woe,
There, thick snow also falls.
April, April, does not know what it wants.

                                              Aprilwetter (das):  [Ap·ril·wet·ter]  - April weather
                                                               (changeable/volatile weather)

Karlsplatz train station, 2017
1010 Vienna


Most Livable City, 8th year in a row

Hot chocolate before going on ice, Wiener Eistraum.
Vienna emerged as the most livable city for the 8th time per Mercer's 'Quality of Living' survey. And while I have been featuring a chunk of Vienna for the past 10 years (almost), it felt as though the result is not as surprising. While the survey has a number of criteria in benchmarking various cities, I can only prove Vienna's livability through the photos featured here, through the years. Here are some of the favourites.   
Volksgarten in full bloom and the Rathausman on his tower in the background. 
Vienna is green...yet many-hued. Not only the Volksgarten thrive with colourful roses, tulips, and other fragrant blossoms, all the gardens (city gardens, district gardens, borough gardens) around the city are well-maintained come spring and summer. (Many thanks to the Unsere Garten team!) 
Setagaya, Japanese garden

fall slide
Foliage carpet
Not to be overlooked, fall and winter sceneries are also worth taking photos of. When the leaves fall, Vienna is like having a second spring, only with leaves on it.  And snow? I guess Vienna looks beautiful in whatever color mother nature paints it. Whether it be orange/yellow/brown or white, the playgrounds are still very attractive to both kids and kids at heart.

abc snow play
Winter-happy kids

Physical and mind exercise...

Speaking of playgrounds, Viennese children enjoy various installations in each that would challenge them physically and mentally. From climbing rope pyramids to giant slides, table tennis, slack ropes, giant chess, basketball courts, just name it and you'll find it here. And for the more matured folks? Free gym at the park! :) 

Come winter, there are lots of massive indoor playgrounds the little ones can visit to sweat and have fun. 

foggy night
Ringstrasse at night.
Walking around the city center at night has been and would always be a delight. These two photos would convey what I mean. 

Wiener staatsoper, late night
Vienna's Riesenrad
After the rain, Praterstern

Ah yes, for someone who likes to take photos, Vienna is your haven.

Danube Tower 

Kunsthistorisches museum (art museum), mirror image of the Naturhistorisches museum (natural history museum) opposite it.

Architecture? Interior design? Baroque, Romanesque, Art Noveau, Wien Moderne among other styles can be found in Vienna.  Three hundred and sixty-five days would not be enough to feature one photo of them a day. 

Schönrunn grounds
Schönbrunn Palace's ballroom (I borrowed this photo for now, will change to one of mine tomorrow)
Details, Austrian National Library...