Monday, 5 March 2012

Kärtnerstrasse, Austrian shopping street in the old city of Vienna

These photos were taken on a business trip a few months ago on a sunny fall evening. So, I decided to write my four remaining articles of Vienna. The first blog entry is about the Kärtnerstrasse, the main shopping street in the old city centre. Since I was alone, without Kristel, shopping is about architecture and not about buying stuff. The facades of historical buildings are fantastic and some shops have a high glamour appearance. Occasionally you see a modern display covering the old walls or a McDonald's sign, totally misplaced against a magnificent house. The power of McDonald's must be enormous to get a permit for this.

Deze foto´s zijn genomen op een zakenreis enkele maanden geleden op een zonnige herfstdagavond. Ik heb besloten mijn vier achterstallige artikelen van Wenen te schrijven. Het eerste gaat over de Kärtnerstrasse, de hoofdwinkelstaat in het oude stadscentrum. Daar ik hier alleen was, zonder Kristel, gaat het over architectuur en niet over het winkelen. De gevels van de historische gebouwen zijn fantastisch en sommige winkels hebben een ongelooflijke glamour uitstraling. Soms zie je moderne winkeldecoratie die de oude gevel verbergt of een McDonald's reclamebord die de schoonheid van de gevel besmeurd. De macht van McDonald's moet enorm zijn om hier toelating voor te krijgen..

Kärtnerstrasse
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Previous Vienna article: The Belvedere exterior and castle garden in Vienna

Previous shoppping article: A perfect mix of shopping and historical architecture, Brugge

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24 comments:

  1. Foto 4 en 5 zijn echt heel fraai gemaakt Filip

    Groet, Joop

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  2. Wenen is een prachtige stad, ben er vroeger een paar keer geweest.

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  3. nooit in wenen geweest
    ik moet er dringend werk van maken

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  4. beautiful details and buildings...you do love the city a lot, right?:-)

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  5. nice photographs with amazing sculptures...
    thanks for sharing...

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  6. Statues of photo 1 and 3 resembles much with some statues that are found on a building in my city. I like the light in photo 4.
    Greetings, Carmen

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  7. Wonderful photos from Vienna. Beautiful details too. I live not in the South, but we have the first warm days in Leipzig now.
    Kind regards, Synnöve

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  8. I was in Vienna many years ago and I love this city. There are so much to see and enjoy and just walking in all these historical places.

    You took such a great pictures!!!! Filip, the architecture is simply fantastic and you showed it so beautifully.

    Thank you for giving me nice memories of this beautiful city.

    Greetings and hugs from Kaya.

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  9. Prachtig gedaan.
    Groetjes, Mirthe

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  10. The next to last picture is very interesting, I have not seen anything quite like it. And I love that beautiful mural painted on the wall!

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  11. Vienna is a beautiful city,and your photos show
    the truely magnificent old and new architecture
    to perfection.I just love the elegant shops!!

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  12. Such wonderful and detailed architecture. The McDonald's seem to be out of place in such an environment. As for the other modern stores, I wonder what stood there when the buildings were first built.

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  13. With buildings like these, why even go inside....I could just walk around outside for hours enjoying it all and snapping pictures the entire time! Thanks for sharing these!

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  14. Beautiful. I do so enjoy your photography with your comments on what you have taken. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. zo als altijd weer een mooie serie. In Wenen ben ik helaas nog niet geweest, misschien kom ik er nog wel. Groetjes Dietmut

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  16. It's been too long since I was in Vienna. Such a beautiful city. Great architecture, you captured it well Filip.

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  17. Spacerowałam ta piękną ulicą, ale sporo lat temu. Bardzo ładne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam. *** Walked this beautiful street, but many years ago. Very nice pictures. Yours.

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  18. Those are certainly some fancy shops! I've never been to Vienna, but it's definitely on my list. :)

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  19. Hello!!! superbe ton reportage sur Vienne et bravo pour les photos car ce n'est pas simple des photos d'architecture!!Merci pour ton passage sur mon blogs! @++++

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  20. The architecture in this old part of Vienna looks lovely. Great photos, and yes,it is amazing where you can find mc donalds. My first midnight meal ever in Paris was on the Rue di Rivoli in McDonalds. Pretty shocking to me that i ended up there, but was desparate. also, one of the first places i noticed in the Galleria in Milan was Mcdonalds. How innappropriate is that. Love your photos! Best wishes, Jeanne

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  21. I can't believe McDonalds can get away with that. But I also can't believe McDonalds can make enough money somewhere that makes such divine chocolate! It's a funny world!!

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  22. It's hard to find building like this in Malaysia =/

    Its sure is pretty :D

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