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Vienna/Inner East

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Inner East is in Vienna.

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  • Prater (Park), Leopoldstadt (U1, tram O, 5, 21 Praterstern, S1-S3, S7, S15 Wien Nord), 729 54 30, [1]. May-Sep 9AM-midnight. It began its life as a carriage-riding area for the nobility. It is still a popular place to spend a weekend afternoon with family. An English engineering firm (Walter Basset) built the Giant Ferris Wheel (Riesenrad) from 1896-97. Others of the same era, built for world exhibitions and other parks in Chicago, London, Paris, etc. have long since been torn down. The Riesenrad has become a well-known symbol of Vienna, featured in many movies (most famously The Third Man) and picture postcards. It has 15 gondolas, some of which are incredibly ornate and large enough to host an extended family inside, offering a spectacular panorama of the city. The weirdest attraction in the Prater, though, is the Kugelmugel, a spherical house (diameter 7.68m) that, after failing to get a planning permit, declared independence from Austria. Originally built elsewhere, it was forcibly carted off to the Prater by Austrian authorities and now sits uninhabited and fenced off with barbed wire.  edit
  • The Danube Island, (U1 Donauinsel), [2]. Home to Europe's biggest Rock festival. In summer, this is a very nice park with a lot of Viennese bathers. There are also floating pubs on the Danube. A nice experience.  edit

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  • Vienna Boys Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben), Leopoldstadt, [3]. Founded at the pleasure of the Habsburgs. On 20 July 1498, Emperor Maximilian decided to hire six singing boys, the first permanent boys choir attached to the court. He also made arrangements for their education – fringe benefits that are difficult to get from a modern employer. The choir served the monarchy until its demise at the beginning of the first World War. The last Imperial Chaplain, Monsignor Josef Schnitt reestablished the Boys Choir in 1924 as a private institution. To earn money, the choir began to perform outside the Imperial Chapel. Even though they are a not-for-profit organization, the rising costs of educating the choristers from a very young age as well as providing music required establishing the Verein Wiener Sängerknaben necessary. The choir sings high mass every Sunday morning (Sep-Jun) at the Imperial Chappel (Hofburgkapelle) in the Imperial Palace. Reserve well ahead by email. They also appear regulary at evening concerts in Musikverein.  edit

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  • Taborstraße, Leopoldstadt (runs from Schwedenplatz through the district several kilometers, U2 Taborstraße, tram 2 runs its length). It offers a mix of Jewish and ethnic businesses as well as plenty of quirky independent shops, galliers and spaces in the side streets and a few streets directly parellel to it. As you get further away from the canal there are more ethnic businesses, like African wig shops.  edit
  • Praterstraße, (runs through the Leopoldstadt from the Danube Canal at the Innere Stadt near Schwedenplatz to Praterstern; U1 Nestroyplatz, U1/U2/S Praterstern). There are plenty of interesting buildings and many cafes and local business located along this green boulevard.  edit
  • Wallensteinstraße, Brigettenau (U4 Friedesbrücke). Has been revitalized through a project called Lebendige (lively). There are lots of local shops along this street including some very impressive facades and open squares. Businesses reflect the diversity that a recent influx of Turkish immigrants has brought to the area also acliamed resturants can be found here.  edit
  • Millennium City, (U6/S Handelskai), [4]. A medium-sized shopping mall.  edit
  • Stadion Center, (U2 Stadion), [5]. A new small mall in Leopoldstadt with several lower-end clothing stores.  edit

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  • Pancho, Blumauergasse 1a, Leopoldstadt (U2 Taborstraße), 01 2125869, [6]. Decent Austro-Mex food, but come for the cocktails.  edit
  • Taco's Lopez, Praterstraße 56, Leopoldstadt (U1/U2/S Praterstern), +43 (0) 699/125 89 266, [7]. Vienna's authenic Mexican resturant. Very homey feel and super food. €10-20.  edit
  • Pizza Mari, Leopoldsgasse 23A, Leopoldstadt (U2 Taborstraße), [8]. A very authenitic and chic pizza parlor. Large, delicous pizzas but also a range of Italian food. Pizzas from €6.  edit
  • Schöne Perle, Große Pfarrgasse 2, Leopoldstadt (in the Karmaliterviertel, U2 Taborstraße), +43 664 / 243 35 93. Contemparay Austrian and international food. Stylish yet informal restaurant with good lunch specials. English menu. Separate non-smoking section.  edit

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  • Skopik & Lohn, Leopoldsgasse 17, Leopoldstadt (near the Karmaliterviertel, U2 Taborstraße), [9]. M-Sa 6PM-1AM. A very low-key, classy yuppie resturant. Entrés €10-20.  edit

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  • Schweizerhaus, Prater 116, Leopoldstadt (in the Prater), 7280152 13, [10]. Mar 15-Oct 31 11AM-11PM. Large beer garden, some say they have the best beer in Vienna and they also offer traditional Austrian dishes at moderate prices. Also well-known for its excellent Stelze (knuckle of pork).  edit
  • Prater Dome, (in the Prater amusement park, Praterstern U1, U2), [11]. Austria's largest club. Come dressed like euro-trash to get in. Thursday is ladies' night with free entry and drinks. Popular with the young conservative working class.  edit
  • Bricks, Leopoldstadt (Taborstraße U2). A small bar with a dj and dance floor. It is a very local place and the crowd is an array of people of all ages from the neighborhood.  edit
  • Fluc, (between the Prater Park and Praterstern Station,U1, U2), [12]. An upstairs bar and its downstairs club-like half Fluc Wanne (meaning tub). Most of the club is underground in an former underpass, so do not miss it. More alternative with very diverse djs and bands.  edit
  • Pratersauna, [13]. Vienna's edgiest hot-spot club located well inside the Prater amusement park, it can be hard to find. Ask directions or take a cab. The club is a former sauna normally with a pool and sauna area depending on the current configuration. There are several dance floors, an outdoor area and a dark room.  edit

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  • AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna2***, Große Schiffgasse 12, +43 (0)1 212 16 68 (, fax: +43 (0)1 218 34 71), [14]. The 3-Star-Seasonal Hotel is open from 1 July to 30 September and has 122 non-smoking rooms en-suite with hairdryer, Flat-TV with satellite access and free internet, 2 handicapped accessible rooms, Tranquil garden, Lift, Lobby with seating, Hotel Garage (extra charge), Drinks and snacks machine, Breakfast buffet, Luggage storage, Concierge Service.  edit

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  • Austria Classic Hotel Wien, Praterstrasse 72, +43 1 211 30-0 (, fax: +43 1 211 30-72), [15]. Formerly the Hotel Nordbahn, this is a good, friendly atmosphered hotel and also the birthplace of Max Steiner, perhaps the most legendary of the pioneer film composers. The Hotel offers 81 non-smoking rooms, all with shower or bath and WC, hairdryer, telephone, cable-TV with flat screen, radio, safety deposit box, minibar and free of charge WLAN, a small Workout Gym and a Business-Meeting Room, Breakfast Buffet until 11:00. Most of the rooms are facing the quiet courtyard. 159 euro.  edit

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