I am living in Vienna now for almost 6 years, which is quite shocking for me to be honest… where did the time go? well… anyway… Since day 1, Vienna and I have this love-hate relationship going on. Every year during the loooooong winter months, when all the Christmas markets closed up , when the Christmas decorations and all the lights are gone , my love for Vienna slowly but steadily fades away. Every year I feel like there is no colors and life left in the city… everywhere you look you see GREY… grey facades, grey streets, grey skies, grey faces and worst of all… grumpy Viennese people.
Every year, this is about the time when I start daydreaming about moving to faraway places again. My thoughts wander to south-american beaches, untouched New Zealand landscapes, to hot and vivid cities and crowds of joyful people.
But then… comes spring. And with the first warm day of the year, you can see Vienna transform into one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And for that reason, come spring… every year Vienna wins over my heart again.
There are hundreds of things I really love about the city during spring and summer, definitely to many to list them all.
I love that there is so many parks in Vienna. You never have to walk more then 15 minutes to stumble upon a piece of gorgeous nature… even in the center of the city. Definitely among my favorites it the Augarten in the second district, besides of the beautiful tree alleys and the imposing remains of the Flaktürme there is also a special kind of crowd hanging out in the Augarten. From sporty people with their slack-lines, Frisbee players, footballer or runners, to artsy people painting in the middle of the lawn or playing their instruments , or groups of people laughing their hearts out whilst doing laughter yoga and kids having the time of their lives on birthday parties. You will find everything in the Augarten, this, for me, plays a big role in creating this special kind of Augarten vibe that I love so much.
I also love the fact that it is totally normal for everybody that you just sit outside in summer ( anywhere in the city and at all times of the day) with a can of beer in your hand and do nothing for the rest of the day, other than maybe grab something to eat and call your friends to join you.
I love that in summer, almost everything in Vienna happens outside, and the best part is, that most of these things are for free. Especially if you like movies, Vienna is probably the best city to live in during summer.
Volxkino, Kino unter Sternen, Kino wie noch nie… those are just a few of the many open air-movie events that happen in Vienna all summer long. For me, an official movie addict, it’s always a mission impossible to decide which one I want to go to…especially because I can’t (or at least shouldn’t) spend every single evening watching a movie somewhere. I’m afraid all those papers for university won’t write themselves! ;P
I also love that with the whole drinking in public places, come hundreds of outdoor events. This year, I feel like there is a public pop-up party, street festival, pick nick or other kinds of open air -events happening every day. Starting from the classics, like the Donauinselfest and the Stadtfest to new events like the Spontantechno parties, organized by http://www.openairs.wien.
There is so many new things happening now in Vienna, there is new stores , bars, cafe’s opening up every single day, Vienna is full of life during summer and at the moment I wouldn’t want to live in a different place at all. Definitely not until it gets cold again… then I’ll probably be dreaming about moving to South America, Australia or New Zealand again.
But I’m sure… even though, Vienna and I are going through rough patches every winter… I’ll fall in love again with the first day of spring.
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