There are 10 focus areas in Vienna, which receive investment from the EU, and face fast population growth and some social challenges. We are cooperating with the Planning Department of Vienna City Council and Plansinn in focusing on one of these districts, the Westgürtel. Eugene has been making presentations and leading adventures through the Viertel. After a summer walk called Secrets (Geheimnisse) of the Westguertel and an Autumn exploration of some Faces (Gesichter) of the Westgürtel, now it’s time for our spring walks, first Stories (Geschichten) of the Westguertel, then a repeat of our first ever walk (Geheimnisse, 17/5, 21Uhr) and then a Smells (Gerüche) of Westguertel (28/5, 17Uhr, U6 Alser Str).
The Secrets walk is a different way of getting to know a district. Instead of focusing on the usual architectural highlights, we want to hear about real life in the district in 2019, about the characters who bring it to life, the feel of the streets, the sounds and rhythm of this part of west Vienna. It is dominated by the Outer Ring Road, which slices it in two, but also provides arches which have become a hub of creativity, music, food and entrepreneurial energy. The district is younger, cooler and more fun than most others in Vienna, with lower rents and many languages spoken in local bars and squares. Since we have already looked at the Mid and South of the focus area, this time we will look at some of the hidden elements in the North, such as street art, Donaukanal, a club, some 100 year old trains, the Hundertwasser incinerator, some social housing, a park, university, swimming pool, a beautiful square, the nightlife of Westgürtel and the elegant Otto Wagner Stadtbahn.
The Grunderzeitwestgürtel Zielgebiet stretches from Donaukanal down to Wiental, is densely-populated with little green space, and has the same population as Salzburg, in an area 10 times smaller than that city.
Meet: Friday, 17 May 2019, at 9pm
Place: 1., Albertinaplatz, under the Albertina Gallery, at the entrance to the Filmmuseum. The reason we are meeting there is that we will be enjoying a drink before the walk, as part of a retrospective of Vienna on Film, inside the Museum, from 19:00 (and with live opera before that, in the same location. See kommraus.wien for all details. U1/2/4 Karlsplatz.
No registration needed.
Guide: Eugene Quinn (0680 1254354)