One of the best places to be in Vienna during summer is the film festival at Rathausplatz. Starting on July 2nd it will attract thousands of people over the following weeks, providing an “outdoor cinema” free of charge(!) with classical dance-and music films as well as operas on a large video wall just in front of the beautiful scenery of Rathaus. Several films are shown every evening, starting as soon as it gets dark enough and only if it does not rain.
The DiningCity restaurant week is on again. From June 27th to July 3rd 2011 you can dine exclusively and pay surprisingly little.
There are numerous restaurants in Vienna that participate in this promotional week. You can get a 3-course surprise-dinner for 25€ and a 2-course lunch for 12.50€. Gourmet restaurants charge an additional 5€ or 10€ for lunch or dinner respectively.
The Donauinselfest – Danube Island Festival- is the largest open air festival in Europe. It provides 7 areas with different styles of music. The so-called “islands” host: alternative, Indie, Hip Hop (FM4), Rock (ATV), Electro (PULS 4), Culture, Cabarett and international music (Ö1), German speaking folk music (Wr. Städtische), country and western (Donau Versicherung); and of course pop music (Ö3). The 28th Danube Island Festival will take place from Friday, 24th of June to Sunday 26th of June.
On the 18th of June 2011 the 16th rainbow parade will take place in Vienna. Since 1996 the parade has become one of the most important events for the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender movement. It’s a sign for tolerance, equality and solidarity. Every year the parade reminds of the resistance of lesbians and gays against the police’s systematic repression in June 1969 in New York’s Christopher Street.
On Monday, the 6th of June we hosted a wine & specialties tasting in the beautiful garden of Boutiquehotel Stadthalle. In cooperation with La Salvia, a deli specializing on wines and delis from Italy (Friuli-Venetia-Giulia) and Slovenia (Istria), and some of the winemakers, a variety of biodynamic wines and unpasteurized cheese, olive oils and organic fish such as sea bass were tasted and enjoyed.
Here are some impressions of this culinary evening
From today, June 3rd till Sunday, June 5th 2011 the Danube-Canal-Festival will take place. It is one of the many outdoor festivities in June, which focus on arts, culture and music
From Spittelau (U4, U6) to Franzensbrücke there will be many locations hosting this years programme.
The following locations are part of the festival:
Badeschiff, but there are many more!
Tonight you can watch THE most important football match: AUSTRIA-GERMANY qualification for the European Championship. But there will also be concerts by bands such as ” A life, a song, a cigarette” and Violetta Parisini. If the whole event gets too hot, you can cool down at the Pool Party at Badeschiff!
Boutiquehotel Stadthalle wishes you a beautiful weekend!!
This Saturday, May 21st, the Life Ball 2011 will take place in Vienna. “Spread the Wings of Tolerance” is this year’s theme, trying to illustrate the invisibility of the HI Virus, as well as of air. Air is one of the 4 elements that have been part of each year’s theme at the life ball.
Sales numbers have risen dramatically in the past couple of months and are prone to increase even more in the future: E-bikes and e-scooters are the current trend in city life mobility.
It is incredible how eco-friendly one can actually move around if one only wants to. E-bikes have become more and more popular. Austrias society for transport systems (VCÖ) stated that the number of e-bicycles sold last year was 20,000 and the number is expected to double to 40,000 sold e-bicycles this year, due to the high gas prices.
E-scooters also become more and more interesting to Austrians. An increase of 57% was recorded last year and hopes are high that these numbers will keep on improving.
But what exactly are the advantages of an e-scooter and what is it that you need to keep in mind when thinking of buying one?
We did a little bit of research for you to help you buy the most suitable e-scooter tailored to your needs.
- Keep in mind that e-scooters are much cheaper than real scooters in terms of “gasoline”. While an e-scooter needs roughly 4 kwh on 100km, calculated with an electricity price of 21cents per hour, 100km roughly cost 84 cents ordinary scooters normally need around 3 liters on 100km which means roughly around 3.60€.
- You can invest from 800 to 4,000€ into buying an e-scooter therefore always make sure you compare prices, because there are often great differences. The price will mostly depend on: the battery and the operating distance.
The better the battery, the higher the price, but also the higher the number of charging cycles; The battery but also the motor of the e-scooter influence the operating distance. If you buy a bike with an energy-saving motor and a good battery you will have a great operating distance. For occasional usage a scooter with an operating distance of 50-70km will probably suffice, but if you plan to use the scooter as your main means of transportation you will probably need to think of buying one with a larger operating distance.
All in all you will probably need to think of investing around 1,000€ if you only plan to use the e-scooter in the city from time to time. If you wish to go further and plan on roughly 150km of operating distance, you will be wise to invest 2,500€ and more.
Vienna has already got around 40 e-charging stations spreading throughout the city. You can find out online where you can charge your scooter: e-charging stations
If you want to give it a first try: come by and rent our e-scooters and velos at Boutiquehotel Stadthalle for a day or a half day.
Sunday May 8th Stadtpark will be all about food. A large selection
of regional specialities, starting with Viennese ham, home-made jam and cheese
specialities from Vorarlberg (west Austria) up to smoked fish specialities from
Burgenland will be offered to all visitors.
From the 5th of May to the 8th of May 2011 the Pop-festival Vienna will take place in front of the Church of St. Charles (Karlskirche). 41 young and individual musicians will show their music projects. For this year’s opening they have invited a special guest: Skero. He is famous in Austria for his song “Kabinenparty”. This year he will perform with a big band of 15 people and he’ll present a new musician from the Austrian pop-scene, Lylit.