Vrooooom! What was that? That was my five lazy days in Vienna. Ah, what a relief it has been, having come here from a stressful Stockholm. I dearly needed some ego time of my own, and I truly found it in this multifaceted city. Laden meine Batterie. Jetz bin ich voll Energie.
Just by chance I rented Alfons flat. Call me a romantic fool, but I do love the feeling of going to the baker for bread, a butcher’s shop (the Radatz Markt) for a choice of more than a hundred sausages, the Ottakringer Brauerei for something to drink at home, and of course the Hübler Kaffee nearby the flat for my breakfasts.
The Ottakring area is how I guess that Södermalm (a hipster reservation district in Stockholm, Sweden) was in the late 50’s, early 60’s. No mazelike supermarkets to be seen, no soul eating shopping malls, no copy pasted chain stores, no generic 7-Eleven kiosks anywhere to avoid, no glass and concrete skyscrapers hiding the sky, no high speed car traffic that cuts through the city. Just a wonderful old time part of Vienna.
Excursions: Nachmarkt is really cool: a very large, cozy market with everything you could possibly need for cooking anything at all. Best on Saturdays, the experts say.
A really exiting experience was my visit to the vomFASS shop on 7. Siebensterngasse 46, with a very good selection of spirits. You buy just as much you want, poured from small wooden casks and large-scale glass jars. Bring your own (empty) bottle and fill it up, or get the empty bottles you need in the shop. Free tastings before you buy. They have Austrian whiskey!
The MuseumsQuartier is a hit or a miss, depending on where you go. Do yourself a favor and study what's on exhibition before you go. There's a lot of different museums here; I'm sure you'll find something interesting.
I so love the tramways. Hop on, hop off. Walk a bit, take another tram; sooner or later they all stop by a U-Bahn station somewhere.
And to be able to buy different newspapers (in German) hanging from lamp posts and road signs in the area, it's just amazing. They hang in plastic covers; you take a magazine out, and pay by inserting coins into a small plastic box. That's a sure sign of how people trust you to do the right thing. That's Austria/Vienna for me.
And Alfons, what a wonderful host you are! Super simple to check in and check out. The flat was just a expected, very clean and silent, everything functioned as expected, and the Ottakring area is just wonderful to experience. When I had a couple of questions, you responded very quickly; that's very much appreciated. If I ever become an Airbnb host myself in the future, then you have set the standard of how the perfect host should be.
That’s about it. I dearly love this city, and ”I’ll be back”, as the famous Austrian actor says.