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"Heya Girls!"
Corona almost put a spoke in my wheel there. But then everything worked out by a hair’s breadth, after all. I wanted to bring a dream of mine to reality: to explore the underground of Vienna and write a book about it. Since the Middle Ages, there has actually been a real city under the city in Vienna – and exciting parts of it can be visited and experienced anytime until today. There are day spas in 500-year-old vaults, wine clubs in the deepest cellars of Vienna, swimming pools and galleries in underground vaults and trendy bars deep under the pavement. There is even a shoe shop in the underground Art Nouveau theatre. And from now on you can read about it and try it all out in CitySpotterGirl’s new book! The pocket guide “Der Untergrund von Wien” (“The Underground of Vienna”) is now available in bookshops and the webshop – and here you can already take a peek at it. Shop, eat, relax or have fun: everything is possible in the depths beneath our Vienna!
Wishing you an adventurous week,
Your CitySpotterGirl
Der Untergrund von Wien. Ein Taschenführer zur Stadt unter der Stadt. Now available in every book shop online. Web
Photo: Wundergarten Verlag
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eigensinnig Archive Sale
Very avant-garde, very cool: The “eigensinnig” is definitely one of the most interesting concept stores in town. And if the character pieces, almost all of which are in black and grey, are available here at a reduced price, then you just gotta be there! Especially since the sale is under the motto “When spring becomes summer”. A discount of up to 70% is available on summer-light unique pieces by selected designers and samples from their own collections: jackets and trousers, scarves and shawls, caps and hats. Insider tip: this time the selection is – due to the crisis – larger than usual.

eigensinnig, Sankt-Ulrichs-Platz 4, 1070 Vienna. Mon-Fri 11:00 to 19:00, Sat 10:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Markus Wache
Theatre in the Park
Will possibly be the most beautiful open-air theatre in the city! In the romantic private garden of Palais Schwarzenberg a stage has been set up in the last few days under the aegis of Michael Niavarani – secluded under centuries-old trees and with sufficient safety distance you can enjoy an carefree outdoor theatre experience from today. On the stage there will be lots of cabaret luminaries and music stars like Michael Mittermeier, Maria Happel, Christian Altenburger, Dieter Nuhr romping around. And if a performance cannot take place, the full ticket price will be refunded.

Theater im Park, Schwarzenbergpark, entrance Prinz Eugen Straße, 1030 Vienna. From 2 July. Web
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Remembrance at Baranka Park
For many centuries, the former Hellerwiese in Favoriten – today’s Belgradplatz with the Baranka Park – was a campsite and resting spot for different Roma and Sinti families dealing in carpets, textiles, and horses. Until 80 years ago. Because in autumn of 1941, all men, women, and children camping there were deported to concentration camps where most of them were killed. In remembrance of this, they play music today from 17:00 under the red chestnut tree – with Harri Stojka (after whose murdered grandmother the park was named), Tommy Hojsa and Aliosha Biz.

Belgradplatz, Baranka Park, 1100 Vienna. 2 July 17:00 to 22:00. Free entry. Web
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 Marios & Julie
Greek Garden Party
Short holiday at the sunny Mediterranean! The Retsina flows in streams and the barbecue is sizzling promisingly: that's how relaxed Greek vibes feel and that's exactly what the Greek garden party on the Pawlatschen in the Vienna Metropol is all about today. The duo Marios and Julia provide the right Mediterranean sound on the open-air stage with bouzouki and guitar. They play traditional rebetiko, the “Greek blues”, but also folk music from Crete and songs by Mikis Theodorakis, the most famous Greek composer of the 20th century. Tickets are available for a total of three dates.
Metropol, Hernalser Hauptstraße 55, 1170 Vienna. 3 July 19:30. 22 €. Web
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 Erste Wiener Kulturkutsche
Legend Carriage
Yes, Vienna actually has a “Legend Carriage" now. And with it the legends of the city are told in an unusual way! In a horse-drawn carriage you roll through the alleys around the Ilgplatz and listen to the stories, brought to life by puppeteer Michaela Aigner. There are five puppets to choose from, each one representing a legend: The devil, who messes with the construction of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the basilisk, who sits in the fountain giving off a terrible smell, and of course death can’t be left out of the Viennese legends, either. The programme is designed for families, as suitable for adults as for younger people. Only with reservation!

Departure: corner of Venediger Au/Ausstellungsstraße, 1020 Vienna. 120 €. 3 July 14:00. Web
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 Serena Laker
Summer Sale at Balancerie
Lovers of natural cosmetics have to be quick today. Every Friday in July, you get a discount of up to 50% on selected goods at Balancerie’s big summer sale. It includes products like Soft Shea Butter by ERUi, face cream by Marias, shampoo bars (!) and body lotions by Maienfelser Naturkosmetik. For all those who don’t yet know Serena Laker’s shop: all her products are exclusively produced in Austria and on top of that the aroma practitioner offers deeply relaxing Duft.Klang-massages for stressed souls. Pure recuperation!

Balancerie, Nußdorfer Straße 52, 1090 Vienna. Friday in July 14:00 to 18:00. Web
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 Karl Gaster
Charity Event: Live Art
Unicorn ahead! For bathing in the crowd at the benefit concert “Live-Art” today, a very special accessory ensures a safe distance: unicorn swimming tires are available for all visitors of the free concerts at Ulrichsplatz. Occasion: a solidarity event to support the cultural sector. Starting at noon, top-class artists such as the singer Violetta Parisini will perform on three stages, Ankathie Koi will perform 80s pop, and Russkaja will be wild and loud. Bar and food stalls will take care of the hungry. Tip: take the unicorn home afterwards and donate the deposit (25 €) ;-)
Live Art, Sankt Ulrichsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. 4 July 12:00 to 22:00. Free. Web
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Linusch Bazaar
Haggle hard and then strike! There are no fixed prices at the sale of fashion and textile designer Tehilla Gitterle. Like at a colourful bazaar, every piece is a matter of negotiation. In the newly designed shop atelier in Hernals, collections from her label Linusch will be under the hammer for three days. Today is the last chance to buy one of her timelessly ingenious graphic pattern pieces at a lower price. The label's design is mainly characterised by geometric shapes, the collections are called Art Deco or Tricolore. Don’t forget: put on your poker face ;-)
Linusch, Hernalser Hauptstraße 49, 1170 Vienna. 2+3 July 15:00 to 19:00, 4 July 11:00 to 15:00. Web
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 Ingo Pertramer
Tartarotti at Usus am Wasser
A new cultural stage is anchoring this summer on the New Danube in Floridsdorf. The cool event “Usus am Wasser Live” brings cabaret, readings and music to Transdanubia, the open-air stage directly on the waterfront is even weatherproof with a rain roof. In July, the stage belongs to the small art scene, today the ex-married couple Guido Tartarotti and Birgit Braunrath give each other a run for their money. With wine and pointed truths, the two work through 12 years of relationship in “Happily Divorced". Separate doubles with a shared sense of humour.
Usus am Wasser, An der Neuen Donau 1, 1210 Vienna. 4 July 20:00. 17 €. Web
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 Peter Barci
Garage Sale at magdas Hotel
The training of refugees is at the heart of the famous magdas Hotel, but it’s precisely this that's threatened by the corona crisis. Refugees learn cooking and service jobs here, many of the apprentices are now on short-time work. To get them out of there, they need powerful support. That's why the house is selling hotel treasures at the garage flea market for a day today: selected furniture, suitcases, fine enamel pots, lampshades and other cool vintage pieces are available, the proceeds go directly to the apprentice campaign on Startnext. Come by in large numbers and browse diligently!
magdas Hotel, Laufbergergasse 12, 1020 Vienna. 5 July from 10:00. Web
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 Spela Cadez
dotdotdot: See you outside!
Open-air festival with summery cricket chirping – in the middle of the city! In the cosy garden of Volkskundemuseum, the dotdotdot short film festival “See you outside!” starts today: Three evenings a week until the end of August, selected short films will be presented in the outdoors. Altogether there will be 120 films from 40 countries. This year's solo artist focus is dedicated to the filmmaker Marie Losier, born in France in 1972. Nine puppet animated films will be shown at the start today. Tickets are available in advance, payment is at your discretion in one of the three price categories.
Volkskundemuseum, Laudongasse 15–19, 1080 Vienna. 5 July 21:30. From 6.50 €. Web
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Full moon boat ride at the Old Danube
Finally something for the romantics among us – in hopefully nice weather, you can fully indulge in your feelings and take a boat ride at the Old Danube in the evening air and under the full moon. The boat hirers extend their opening hours so you may sail to the most romantic places until shortly before midnight. Hopefully in nice company and definitely with a bottle of Prosecco because that is included in the price. There are sailing boats, rowing boats, electric boats and paddle boats available for the nightly trip. Aloha Oe!

Alte Donau, between water park and Gänsehäufl, 1220 Vienna. Make a reservation for the boat. 5 July 20:00. Web
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 Katharina Strasky
Advanced lingerie sewing 
Wow, that's stylish. Ladies who already have some experience will be shown by master tailor Katharina Strasky how to sew perfectly fitting underwear and lingerie. After years of working in the costume workshops of the Vienna State Opera, the expert knows her trade well. Starting today, she will spend a semester helping to design your very personal dream underwear: elastic tops, soft bras (bralettes) made of lace and matching briefs, panties or thongs. If enough people are interested, she will also start her course for self-sewing bikinis and swimsuits on the same day.
The Art VHS, Lazarettgasse 27, 1090 Vienna. From July 6th 15:00. 172.80 €. Web
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 Steindesign Regine Weber
Jewellery Design Workshop
For all who want to let off steam creativity-wise! In Regine Weber's course today, your own designer jewellery becomes reality: colourful gemstones, loose beads and accessories are used to make necklaces, matching bracelets and earrings. Or maybe a torn off chain is rolling around in your drawer somewhere, waiting to be finally brought back to life – just bring it with you. With techniques such as the classic bead knotting and threading technique, you can turn it into something beautiful again. It's also great for making something pretty for your loved ones.
Stone design Regine Weber, Lobkowitzplatz 3, 1010 Vienna. 7 July 15:00. 29 €. Web
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 Meine Insel
Floating Concerts at the Old Danube
Chugging along the Danube and letting yourself be swept away by the finest classical music à la Beethoven and Haydn at sunset, while indulging in delicious culinary delights. Sounds like a cheesy schmaltzy film? But it actually takes place on the beautiful Old Danube – on boat islands that look like water lilies from above and are built from recycled PET bottles. The string quartet “Vienna Strings” fiddles in the middle, the culinary treats come from Schinakl and Strandcafé and the wine list is opulent. This comes very close to a fancy summer holiday ;-D
Meeting place: Laberlweg 19, 1220 Vienna. Start 20:00. 59 €. Registration by mail. Web
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 Smart Mental
Positive Stress Management
You often learn to deal with stress involuntarily, which can be damn exhausting. With the eight-week positive stress management of mental trainer Simone Walther, however, you get a whole toolbox for a healthy way of handling it. The methods are acquired during weekly lessons and afterwards discussed again via Zoom session. You learn how to prevent burnout, to say “no” to others respectfully and how to keep calm even during the most stressful workday. The online course is not cheap, but you can also book weeks (and topics) individually.
Smart Mental. Only online! From 7 July 17:30. Web
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 Sportunion Kärnten
Exercise in the Park
Over the summer, all of Vienna is made fit. The “Bewegt im Park” initiative offers sports courses in all districts – completely free for everyone and in the breezy open air. Qualified trainers lead the daily programmes such as Pilates, ball sports and fitness training. Registration is not necessary, you can just show up! In the mornings, they work with energy at the Aktiv-Park Kagran, and in Margareten, you swing to Latin American rhythms in “Dance and have fun”. The functional training “After Work Workout” improves strength and endurance. So much choice!
Bewegt im Park, public parks and squares in Vienna. July to September. Free of charge. Web 
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 Gerhard Mang (Porträt), Slobodan Orescanin (Akt)
Models wanted
This might be an interesting change of perspective for art lovers: Kunst VHS is looking for in the 9th district is looking for nude and portrait models for its painting and drawing courses. Sex, weight or age does not matter – but you do have to be over 18. And for portrait drawings, striking faces are an advantage, including for ladies 70+. By the way, it is also paid, on the basis of minor employment they offer 13.50 per hour for posing and 9.50 Euro/hour for portrait modelling. If you are interested, you can apply by e-mail with a passport photo and your telephone number.
Die Kunst VHS, Lazarettgasse 27, 1090 Vienna. Application by mail to Birgit Fleischhacker. Web
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 Lucija Novak
Folksmilch at Spittelberg
There is probably no music genre that the trio of “Folksmilch” doesn’t have down pat: The crossover band can play stirring folk music as well as intense tango or pop songs for swinging and jazz. Their cover versions of classical and Austropop hits are quite cabaret like. Michael Jackson's “Billie Jean” sounds like tango, Mozart's piano piece “Alla Turca” becomes a groovy Balkan swing and the EAV hit “Fata Morgana” a bizarre operetta. Tonight the band will play their musical melange live at Spittelberg. Provides greats vibes, even to the furthest corner.
Theater am Spittelberg, Spittelberggasse 10, 1070 Vienna. 8 July 19:00. 25 €. Web
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Shop of the Week 
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 Lukas Lorenz
Ströck-Feierabend Bakery
How to battle food waste? Bakery Ströck has now managed an ingenious step towards sustainability. After months of development, you can now by “organic re-bread”. For that, they use one third of “organic rye-pur” bread from the previous day's overproduction, which decreases the amount of valuable food to be disposed of. The result is a particularly tasty bread that tastes fresh even after days. The clever loaves can be bought exclusively in the newly opened bakery in the 1st district, which is also open on Sundays!
Ströck Feierabend, Rotenturmstraße 6, 1010 Vienna. Mon - Fri 7:00 to 20:00, Sat+Sun until 18:00. Web
Restaurant of the Week 
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Rarely have someone else’s childhood memories tasted so delicious to CitySpotterGirl. “Cong You”, a noodle dish from the streets of Shanghai, is soul food as it should be – unflashy but highly addictive. The look of the new restaurant Jinco is also unflashy – but the service is all the more appealing and the Shanghai cuisine is quite the revelation. The owner, a newcomer to the business, was missing the food of his childhood: they opened shortly before Corona, only to have to close immediately. Now the venue is booming – and rightfully so!
Jinco, Rechte Wienzeile 37, 1060 Vienna. Mon-Sun 11:30 to 22:00. Web


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