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Vienna/Outer West

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Outer West is in Vienna.

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  • Technical Museum, Penzing (near the Schoenbrunn Palace, trams 10, 52, 58 stop Penzinger Strasse), [1]. This newly renovated museum exhibits machines, transportations, electronic equipment, and the like from their first design up to their current form. It also depicts the development of Vienna as a city, on all its technical aspects, including recycling, power, sewage. The museum is huge at 22,000 square meters and requires at least two hours to go through.  edit
  • Wagner Villa, Hüttelbergstraße 26, Penzing (tram 49 last stop or Bus 148 from U4 Station Hütteldorf), [2]. You can see his private lodging in a very eccentric design. The villa is in the woods. In the rooms some paintings of Fuchs are exhibited, a painter who bought the house from the Wagner family. His painting were surprisingly influenced by the style of the villa.  edit
Gloriette at Schönbrunn, Wien
  • Schloss Schönbrunn, Hietzing (U4 get off at Schönbrunn, tram, take 10, 58 detrain at Schönbrunn, 10A bus and alight at Schönbrunn), [3]. Apr—Jun 8:30AM–5PM, Jul—Aug 8:30AM–6PM, Sep—Oct 8:30AM–5PM, Nov—Mar 8:30AM–4:30PM (zoo until 4PM). Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. It is the ultimate palace experience in Vienna, because the Habsburg summer palace can be found here. It is comparable in grandeur to Versailles and is definitely a must-see in Vienna. Its zoo is the oldest in the world, built for Maria Theresa's husband in 1752. The palace has seen its fair share of excitement over the years, including a meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschchev at the height of the cold war. The Palace Park offers a lot of attractions, such as the Privy Garden, a maze and labyrinth, and the top-of-the-hill Gloriette with its Panorama Terrace. There are two possible tours available, the Imperial Tour showing 22 rooms and the Grand Tour showing 40 rooms. Entrance includes audio or written guide. The shorter tour takes you into the west wing including the apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Sisi), as well as the imposing state rooms in the central wing. With the Grand Tour you can also visit the 18th-century rooms from the time of Maria Theresa. No photos, video taping, or backpacks allowed inside. The palace is wheelchair-accessible.  edit
Otto Wagner Kirche
  • Kirche am Steinhof, Baumgartner Höhe 1, Penzing (from U4 station Unter St.Veit take bus 47A up to Psychiatrisches Zentrum or at Dr. Karl Renner Ring take Bus 48A to Psych. Zentrum, takes 35 minutes, or from U3 Ottakring take bus 48A to Psychiatrisches Zentrum; you have to enter the area of Psychiatrisches Zentrum, walk up the garden, it takes some minutes), (+43 1) 910 60/11007, [4]. Sa 3PM. A special church constructed by the Viennese master architect, Otto Wagner. It is in a psychiatric hospital on the hills near the wood overlooking Vienna. Very beautiful.  edit
  • Hietzing, (Hietzing U4, trams 10, 58 and 60, then walk). A residential area which used to be a village once, but gained importance as the Schönbrunn Palace, was erected nearby. A very beautiful area for a stroll among old villas.  edit
  • Werkbundsiedlung Wien, Hietzing, between Jagdschlossgasse and Veitingergasse (Ober Sankt Veith U4, bus 54B direction Stock im Weg, Stop Veitingergasse). Inspired by the Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart and initiated by architect Josef Frank, the Werkbundsiedlung in the Lainz Municipality of Hietzing was built from 1930 to 1932 by numerous national and international architects of the time (amongst those famous names like Adolf Loos and Gerrit Rietvelt) and has fine examples of Bauhaus style architecture. This public estate complex consisted of 76 buildings of which 32 still exist.  edit
  • Türkenschanzpark, Währing (tram 41 or bus 10A, get off at Türkenschanzpark). A very beautiful park, inaugurated in 1888 by Austrian emperor Franz Joseph. The park is situated at the location of and presumably named after a Turkish entrenchment ("Türken-Schanze") of the first Ottoman siege on Vienna in 1529. Due to the contiguity to the University of Agriculture, the park also features a variety of botanic rarities from all continents.  edit
  • Karl Marx-Hof, Döbling (tram D or U4 to Heilgenstadt). Built between 1927 and 1930 by the Otto-Wagner-Student Karl Ehn, the Karl Marx-Hof is a public housing complex (called "Gemeindebau" in Vienna), from the time of the social-democratic public housing programme during Austria's First Republic. With its 1382 Apartments and roughly 1,1 Km in lenght, Marx-Hof is the worlds longest contigious public housing complex and probably Vienna's most famous "Gemeindebau".  edit
  • Grinzing, Döbling (38 Tram from Schottentor (University)or Bus 38A from U4 Heiligenstadt (Direction Kahlenberg)). Dating back to the times of Roman settlement in Vienna, this is the oldest neighbourhood of the Döbling district and is famous for its vineyards and "Heurige" (Austrian wine taverns).  edit

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  • Wiener Metropol, Hernals, [5]. A beautiful little theatre, mostly frequented by Viennese.  edit
  • Football. Has a long and vivid history in Vienna. Until about 40 years ago, Austrian football was dominated by a large number of Viennese clubs. Since then, their strength has faded, reflecting the overall decline of Austrian football compared to other European football. Today, only two Viennese clubs are left in the Austrian top football division, Rapid Vienna and Austria Magna. Rapid has won the Austrian league 31 times, more than any other club. They are known as the people's club, having working class roots and regularly attracting fairly big crowds of around 15,000. Home fixtures are played at the Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion. Season usually starts in late July and ends in May, with a break in winter from early December until late February. Tickets are available at the stadium, at various tobacco shops (Trafik) around town and also on the internet at Skrapid [6]. Ticket prices for league matches are €18-26. Ladies, students, and children will receive considerable discounts. For a schedule of fixtures in English go to Soccerassociation [7], click "Austria" and "Bundesliga".  edit

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  • Außere Mariahilferstraße, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (U3 Westbahnhof). Continuation of the main shopping street comming from Neubau and Mariahilf. It is home to several hostels and plenty of immigrant shops but is also known as one of the main prostitution drags and houses some of Vienna's oddest flagship stores like the Cros store. There are a few leftist spaces on some of the cross-streets.  edit
  • Lugner City, Gürtel, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (U6 Burggasse-Stadthalle), [8]. Moderately sized mall housing chain stores and a cinema.  edit
  • Manner Factory Store, Wilhelminenstrasse 6, Hernals, [9]. Factory store famous for Viennese sweets, especially wafers (Schnitten).  edit

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  • Kent cafe restaurant, Brunnengasse. At first approach, this looks like a greasy kebab joint strictly for Turks, but struggle past the first room and you will find a large garden and huge restaurant serving moderately priced food with an infinite supply of free Turkish bread. Good for veggies and meat eaters alike. Also try the Turkish breakfast. Expect to pay under €10.  edit
  • Pizzeria Mafioso, Reindorfgasse 15, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus. Pizzas start at about €3.60 and you get a Viennese ''Spritzer'' (white wine mixed with soda) for around €1.  edit

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  • Hostel Ruthensteiner, Robert Hamerlinggasse 24, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, +43-1-8934202, [10]. checkout: 10AM. Free wifi, bar 7PM-11PM, nice rooms, outdoor area plus kitchen, traveller-run hostel. Dorms from €17, doubles €26pp.  edit
  • Hütteldorf Hacking, Schlossberggasse 8, Penzing (U4 Hütteldorf, exit the station on the south side, follow signs about 10 minutes). HI Hostel in a peaceful neighborhood.  edit
  • Wombats City Hostel Vienna: The Base, Grangasse 6, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (near Westbahnhof), +43/1/8972336 (), [11]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. It is clean and simple. €16-39.  edit
  • Wombats City Hostel Vienna: The Lounge, Mariahilferstrasse 137, Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (directly at Westbahnhof), +43/1/8972336 (), [12]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. It is clean and chic with a party atmosphere. Opened 2006, it touts an imperial facade from 1880. €17-39.  edit

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