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When the Social Democrats came into power at the beginning of the 1920s, they started a social project to construct more buildings in the hope of improving the bad living conditions in crowded Vienna. The Karl-Marx-Hof is an impressive example: more than 1km long, with pinnacles and thick walls for the balconies, it looks like a fortress. At one time it really was a fortress: in 1934, on February 12th, the building was bombarded with cannons. The revolution called for by the Social Democrats, who hid themselves in the Karl-Marx-Hof and tried in vain to prevent the elimination of the democratic institutions in Austria, was quashed.
The Danube Canal, for a long time neglected, now boasts a fine cycle path. The path starts near the city center and leads north to Klosterneuburg. The path meets the Danube near Nußdorf and continues past steep slopes and through forests to Klosterneuburg, where cyclists could round off their trip with a refreshing swim in the lake - or with a refreshing beer in one of the taverns! Energetic cyclists could then head on to Greifenstein, Melk, Linz or Passau.
The clue is in the name: Nußdorf (nut village) got its name from the many walnut trees that grow here. If you don't want to go straight to a tavern, you can take a walk up the very romantic Beethovengang or down to the Danube. The smaller houses here are reminiscent of this place in former times; this is a suburb of Vienna, which became a part of the city just 100 years ago. The Viennese like to visit the taverns here because of their pleasant atmosphere.
The architect Friedensreich Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser is very well known to tourists for the municipal lodgings he has built in the Löwengasse. His style presents color, nature, and a belief that nothing should ever be even! The suitability of the embellishments to the chimney of the neighboring heating plant was the subject of much discussion in Vienna. Finally, the plant's roof was crowned with a big hat, typical of Hundertwasser's work. It's a very bright, colorful building - well worth a look.
Feel like horse riding in Vienna? Head to Spanische Hofreitschule or the Spanish Riding School. Learn this equestrian sport from professionals and enjoy the thrill of riding. The school has excellent safety measures as well as facilities for food and beverages; whether you are a professional or a learner, you are sure to have a great time here. You can also take away a few accessories or postcards from their interesting gift shop. The vast area of the school is also sought after for various corporate and social events.
The capital city of Vienna needs no introduction. Home to world-renowned operas and musicals, Vienna is truly meant for art connoisseurs. It is also a popular destination for international conventions. A city with a rich past, there are several medieval castles, buildings and monuments that are worth a look. The Austrian Parliament, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Schönbrunn Palace and the City Hall are noteworthy attractions. Savor delicious Austrian desserts and snacks, while strolling down idle lanes or spend hours at bustling cafes and restaurants.
All Viennese children learn the story of the Basilisk: in 1212, there was a Basilisk, a cross-breed of a cock and a toad, which lived in the well at the baker's house. All who looked into his eyes were immediately turned to stone. The clever apprentice to the baker showed a mirror to the beast and so it was turned into stone itself. An inscription and a drawing still remind us of his heroic deed. Walking down the Schönlaterngasse and the little neighboring roads with their small old buildings is a real trip down memory lane.
Unlike most typical cycle rentals, which are usually only open during the warm season, Vienna's train stations offer bikes to rent the whole year around, so visitors can even go on a cycling tour in February. The rent for a city-bike is EUR12 per day and is even cheaper with a train ticket. For more than one bike, it is advisable to make a reservation in advance.