Monthly Archives: February 2018

Meine Lieblingssehenswürdigkeiten in Wien

Hallo zusammen,

wart ihr schon in Wien? Was würdet ihr machen, wenn ihr einen Monat in Wien verbringen könntet? Ich würde gerne mit euch meine Lieblingssehenswürdigkeiten teilen, um einige Ideen zu geben.

Natürlich ist die Stadt sehr groß, aber ein Monat in Wien zu verbringen? Diese Zeit ist genug für alles, was man sich vorstellen kann.

Eines meiner Lieblingssehenswürdigkeiten ist der Donauturm. Donauturm ist ein Aussichtsturm in

Wien. Wegen der Gesamthöhe des Turmes kann man die Stadt genau beobachten. Ich würde euch empfehlen, den Turm beim Sonnenuntergang zu besichtigen, weil man den Anblick auf die Stadt nie vergessen kann. 

Neben dem Donauturm muss ich auch den Karlsplatz erwähnen. Im Sommer ist der Platz sehr beliebt. Die Leute sitzen auf den Bänken und genießen den Sonnenschein. Die Atmosphäre mag ich sehr dort. Die Karlskirche gehört zum Karlsplatz, was ich auch wunderbar finde. Die Karlskirche ist eine römisch-katolische Kirche, die unter Denkmalschutz steht.

Ich hoffe, wenn ihr in der Zukunft Wien besuchen werdet, werdet ihr auch diese Sehenswürdigkeiten besichtigen. 🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Johanna

Demel chocolaterie

Good afternoon, guys!

This post is devoted to all readers who have a weakness for sweets, chocolate and cakes and those who are interested or eager to learn a part of the Vienna’s culinary history.

Demel is a pastry shop at Kohlmarkt 14 established by Ludwig Dehne in 1786. The original name of the chocolaterie is the surname of the founder’s journeyman Christoph Demel who bought the pastry shop after the death of Ludwig Dehne. The place is also titled Hofzuckerbäcker due to the fact that the shop was chosen as a supplier of the imperial court. Nowadays candied petals of violets which were delivered to Vienna’s imperial family are the most favorable treats of tourists.

Besides them you can also buy typical Austrian apple strudel and Sacher there. However, Demel’s Sacher is different from others as it has no middle layer of apricot confiture in contrast to one baked in Hotel Sacher. The thing is that Franz Zacher’s cake recipe was supplemented by his son during his training program in this confectionery what led to the conflict regarding the rights to the name between Demel and hotel. Thus, today they use different recipes. An innumerate number of other cakes, sweets and famous gingerbreads is also provided for guests.

Furthermore, every time you come there you can see how cook assistants are working on the creation of delicious desserts through the glass panel separating the cafe room from the kitchen.

Enjoy not only the taste but also the process of Demel’s cakes and sweets preparation.

Best wishes,

Anna

Thank you! Vielen Dank! Χίλια ευχαριστώ!

I would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to DeutschAkademie for giving me the opportunity to express my thoughts about their German course and Vienna. It was such an amazing experience writing to their blog! The journey doesn’t finish here because I am very impatient to read more blog entries from other students of DeutschAkademie. I can’t wait! Are you ready?

Liebe Grüße,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

Tiergarten Schönbrunn

When I visited Vienna for the first time, it was at the end of March. The sun was shining but it was really cold outside. Due to my outrageous love for animals, I didn’t miss the chance to take a long walk in the Vienna Zoo, known as “Tiergarten Schönbrunn”. The Schönbrunn Zoo is located in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace. It can be reached either by car or by public transport. If you are travelling with public transport, you can take U4 metro underground line (stop at the station “Hietzing”), tramway (10, 58, 60) and bus (51A, 56A, 56B, 58A). In case you are hungry, there are various choices for food and drinks, such as Tirolergarten Tavern, Emperor’s Pavillion, Cafe Atelier Nonja, Cafe Hietzing, Jumbo Buffet, Rhino Bar Ice Cream Parlor, Beer Garden, and the Landtmann Park Cafe. My favourite one is Emperor’s Pavillion because it is in the heart of the zoo and from the terrace, you can watch flamingos, zebras, cheetahs, giant pandas, hippopotamuses, and antelopes.

I highly recommend you to visit the Vienna Zoo, when the weather is getting warmer and warmer. The reason why is double. One reason is to enjoy your walk to the Zoo without having in mind that might get a cold or flu. The second reason is that you can see the majority of animals which like to come out of their caves or hidden places when the sun is shining.

Last but not least, if you want a panoramic view of the grounds of Schönbrunn, you can ride in comfort to all of its attractions on the diesel-powered Schönbrunn Panorama Train. The stations of that train are Schönbrunn Palace, Wagenburg, Hietzinger Gate, Zoo/Palm House, Tirolergarten Tavern, Gloriette Hill, Hohenbergstraße/Tivoli, Obelisk Fountain /Schönbrunn Spa, and Meidlinger Gate. The duration of the journey is about fifty minutes.

I can’t wait for the Spring to come and go again to the Vienna Zoo! What about you?

Liebe Grüße,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

Donauzentrum VS Millennium Tower

Two of the most well-known shopping centres in Vienna are Donauzentrum and Millennium Tower. Both are easily accessible by the means of public transportation and many families choose them as their Saturday morning destination, for coffee, food and shopping. In this article, I will try to compare the two malls, discuss their pros and cons and decide which one maybe fits best your needs.

Donauzentrum

Donauzentrum is located in the 22nd district of Vienna. By getting off at the S-Bahn stop in Kagran (tram 25) it’s impossible not to notice the huge building on your left-hand side extended in three blocks connected with bridges. Donauzentrum has more than 100 different stores that can cover the needs of the most demanding client. It is a common destination for families, as parents can enjoy some relaxed mornings and evenings while their kids are playing safely in the big playground located within its premises. Furthermore, someone can find a huge variety of merchandise at different prices while keeping a good quality level. Donauzentrum can be divided into two main parts: first is the shopping part, where all the stores are located and second the part where restaurants and snack-bars of different types and countries can be found. I suggest you visit Donauzentrum as soon as possible, if you haven’t done so already, and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Millennium Tower

Millennium Tower is located in the 22nd district of Vienna. It’s a two-minute walk from the U-Bahn station in Handelskai. Millennium Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Vienna (171m) and a great destination for shopping and entertainment. Even though the range of merchandise can be found in Millennium tower is, of course, more restricted than Donauzentrum, it is an even greater destination if you want to have some fun. Ocean Park, located in the basement of Millennium tower can serve for this scope. Ocean Park is a small amusement park frequently visited by bowling, pool and table tennis fans. It’s a place where many children decide to celebrate their birthdays and many different types of games such as pinball, table football and much more can found. I believe it’s a place that everyone should visit at least once and a great option to spend time with friends or kids.

Which one to choose

Both! But for different reasons. If you want to combine great variety in your shopping options with food or coffee then Donauzentrum would be the best fit for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for a place to have fun and laugh with your friends and combine it with good food, then Millennium tower is the place you are looking for.

Have a magnificent week!

Liebe Grüße,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

Grammatik üben zu Hause

Hallo zusammen,

ich glaube, dass jeder, der Deutsch lernt, kann mit mir einverstanden sein. Die deutsche Grammatik ist nicht so einfach und mann sollte nach jedem Kurstag zu Hause üben.

Ich habe Glück, weil wir an dem Kurs immer auch Übungen machen, deshalb habe ich keinen Grammatiktrainer, sondern trainiere ich mich zu Hause. Ich hatte Probleme mit der Konjunktiv I, aber DeutschAkademie hat eine Möglichkeit für Deutsch lernende. 

Es gibt auf dem Internet einen Grammatikkurs, der für alle günstig ist. Mann muss für diese Grammatikübungen nicht bezahlen, deshalb würde ich an deiner Stelle unbedingt anschauen. 🙂

Ich habe ein Heft nur für die deutsche Grammatik. Organisation beim Lernen finde ich sehr wichtig, damit man immer den gelernten Stoff leicht wiederholen kann. 🙂

Liebe Grüße,

Johanna

DeutschAkademie’s classroom poster

I have already talked about one of the things that I love more at DeutschAkademie. Their minimalistic classrooms (remember this post here)! In my new classroom of the A2.2 level, I discovered one more favourite spot. It’ s the grammar poster that you can see below! This poster includes some of the most important basic grammatical phenomena and rules. In detail, in this poster you can find easily and quickly:

  • The meaning of prepositions

  • Which is the prepositions’ syntax into the sentence

  • Which prepositions go in every case with Accusative, Dative and GenitiveThe masculine, feminine, neutral and plural articles with nouns in Nominative, Genitive, Dative and Accusative

  • Which verbs need Nominative, Dative and Accusative

  • Different types of syntax in a sentence

  • Which is the form of the verbs in Imperative

  • Two types of questions

I hope that you find this poster of DeutschAkademie as helpful as I do!

Liebe Grüße,

With much love,

Με πολλή αγάπη,

Sofia <3

Architectural excursus

Good morning!

Today I would like to talk about Vienna’s architecture, as you have probably noticed there are several different styles represented in the Austrian capital. We are not at the lecture at some school of art so I would like to mention the main features briefly and acquaint you with my favorite creations. So, what architectural styles can you observe at the streets of Vienna?

  • Gothic – southern tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Marie am Gestade church
  • Baroque – Lower Belvedere, Schönbrunn Palace, Karlskirche 
  • Biedermeier – multi-storey and multi-apartment houses, private buildings
  • Vienna Secession – the main building of the University of Vienna, Museum of Art History, Parliament building
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Certainly, in the 20th century new trends that were reflected in modern laconic structures appeared, for example, pay attention to the buildings of the Museums Quarter. However, I would like to highlight one architect whose outstanding work is unlike everything you’ve seen before.

You might have heard of Friedrich Stowasser, who uses the pseudonym Hundertwasser, and saw his creation – the apartment building located in the third district of Vienna.

In the north of it Vienna House of Arts is situated – a furniture factory restructured by the architect, which now gives visitors the opportunity to plunge into the world of creative architecture, to get acquainted with the works of Stowasser and visit temporary exhibitions.

The main features of the ingenious architect, which you could have seen observing one of the most famous buildings of Vienna – Hundertwasserhaus, are mosaic, golden or blue domes-poppies, spirals, minimization of flat surfaces and multicolor. Stowasser believed that it is impossible to live in house-boxes, so everyone should lean out of the window and paint the wall of the house in one’s color as far as the length of the hand allows. He also considered that in order to restore the damage that the society causes to nature it is necessary to plant trees on the roof and the balcony that is why grass and trees are the integral part of his creations.

It is such a coincidence that the windows of my dormitory are looking at the less famous creation of Stowasser – Boiler house Spittelau and every time I pass it by I can’t help to admire the imagination and originality of this talented architect.

Best wishes,

Anna

Ein normaler Kurstag

Hallo zusammen,

am letzten und vorletzten Kurstag haben wir uns mit dem Verbal-, und Nominalstil beschäftigt.

Diese Grammatik finde ich nicht so schwer, aber man muss aufpassen, denn man kann leicht Fehler machen. Vorher habe ich nicht gewusst, dass man den Verbalstil meist in der mündlichen Sprache benutzt und den Nominalstil lieber in der Schriftsprache.

Natürlich lernen wir nicht nur Grammatik an dem ganzen Kurs, sondern auch andere Dinge auch. Wir lösen Aufgaben in Teams, deshalb können wir auch unsere Teamfähigkeiten verbessern. Wir reden sehr viel während der Unterricht. Ich finde das sehr wichtig, weil man ohne Sprechen eine Fremdsprache nicht erwerben kann.

Wir lesen immer einen interessanten Text auch, dann diskutieren wir zusammen über das Thema. Am Donnerstag haben wir über die Pros und Kontras des Studiums und der Ausbildung gesprochen. Diese Aufgaben finde ich sehr interessant, weil ich schon sehr viel über die Länder meiner Kollegen erfahren habe.

Wir bekommen immer Hausübungen, die ich auch sehr wichtig finde, denn ich kann zu Hause üben. Am Wochenende sollen wir immer einen Text schreiben, den unsere Lehrerin immer korrigiert. Dieses Mal geht es um einen Leserbrief.

Liebe Grüße,

Johanna

Wo kann man in Wien Sport treiben?

Hallo zusammen,

heute möchte ich über die Sportmöglichkeiten in Wien schreiben.

Ich halte mich eine sportliche Person, deshalb treibe ich in der Woche viermal Sport. Heutzutage kann man zwischen so vielen Sportarten wählen. Meiner Meinung nach kann jeder einen beliebten Sporttyp finden. Zu meinem Lieblingssport zähle das Krafttraining, weil ich in diesem Sport immer neue Herausforderungen angehen kann.

Ich habe in Wien schon mein Lieblingsfitnessstudio gefunden. Das Gym befindet in der Nähe von mir. Wenn man das Gym benutzten möchte, sollte man einen Vertrag abschließen, aber damit kann man günstig das Studio besuchen. 

 

Natürlich gibt’s auch andere Möglichkeiten. Im Sommer kann man z.B. im Stadtpark laufen, oder Schwimmbäder besuchen.

Ich glaube, dass in dieser Stadt sich niemand über Sportmöglichkeitsmängel stressen sollte.. 🙂

Johanna

 

Go ‘naschen’ to Naschmarkt

Hi!

Today I would like to tell you about one of the liveliest and the most extraordinary Vienna’s places – Nashmarkt.

Everything is mixed there in the variegated and impetuous flow – people of different cultures and skin colors, glib-tough of sellers in different languages touting their products, all kinds of food from typical vegetables to exotic fruits and treats.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a sophisticated gourmet, a professional home-cook or a tourist, Nashmarkt is definitely worth your attention. What attracted me in particular were cheeses of green, blue and pink colors, a million types of hummus, nuts in yoghurt, chocolate, caramel and other various shells, Asian spices and condiments and fruits from far-away southern countries. Everything is fresh and looks so delicious that it will cause salivating!

If you need to have some rest, there are places to eat cheap and tasty falafels and drink sturm or wine staying away from this bustle.

Moreover, I bet you can’t resist to have a look at a flea market which can be found nearby. Clothes, jewelries, books, vinyl records and more other home stuff – everything for old-fashion lovers or curious people.

I have only two pieces of advice for you: be attentive to your pockets and wallet and try as much products for tasting as you can!

Best wishes,

Anna