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If Dogs Run Free – Vienna, Austria

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Wandering down Gumpendorfer on a late, breezy afternoon, we peered into a dim doorway and a monster stared back at us!

What is this place?? Gallery, Attraction, Curiosity Shoppe, kink  Museum ??

Better then – and in its way, including all of the above – we found ourselves in a  very stylish cocktail bar!

Quite beautiful in design, by co-owners Tzou Lubroth Architects, and named after the Bob Dylan song, the bar is quite a relaxing hangout in the afternoon.  Drinks are served with style and taste in crystal vessels, finished and garnished in true mixologist fashion.

Rumor has it on weekends that place can get a bit active.  We have to check out before we comment; but if we judge by the surrounds, it could be quite the happening scene!

Across from fabled Café Sperl;  If Dogs Run Free is a nice part of an afternoon itinerary of moseying down the picturesque local Gumpendorfer Straße!

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If Dogs Run Free
(34) 1 – 913 2132
Gumpendorfer Straße 10;  1060 Wien, Austria
www.ifdogsrunfree.com
Open Hours:
18:30 – 2:00    Monday to Thursday
18:30 – 4:00    Friday & Saturday

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Saint Charles Apotheke – Vienna, Austria

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Saint Charles Apotheke

(34) 1 – 586 1363
Gumpendorfer Straße 30
1060 Wien, Austria

www.saint.info

Open Hours:
8:00 – 18:30    Monday to Friday
8:00 – 13:00    Saturday

Originally named “Apotheke zur heiligen Dreifaltigkeit“ (Holy Trinity Pharmacy) the Saint Charles Apotheke has been preparing and selling herbal remedies since 1886.  They now also sell their own cosmetic line, as well as other natural cosmetic  brands.

One can make an appointment with one of the pharmacist to get specially made tonics and creams designed for your personal ecosystem.

A full complement of quality remedies makes Saint Charles worth a visit,  but don’t expect a very friendly staff.    🙂

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Loos American Bar – Vienna, Austria

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Loos American Bar 

(formerly the Kärntner Bar)
(34) 1 – 512 3283
Kärntner Durchgang 10
1010 Wien, Austria

www.loosbar.at

Open Hours:
12:00 – 5:00    Thursday to Saturday
12:00 – 4:00    Sunday to Wednesday

Miniscule but grand, intimate yet expansive, Loos Bar American plays on an optical trick of parallel mirrors endlessly reflecting  the onyx balustrades and reddish Skyros marble of the high ceiling. The actual bar is only 4.45m (14′) wide by 6.15 (20′) long

This dark, alluring, smoke filled bar, designed in 1908 by Adolf Loos,  is a must for architecture lovers and drinkers alike.

The venerable bar is not very easy to find in the warmer months as the sign is lost in a flock of giant parasols, and the outside tables are overlay branded with modern mundane logos; not deserving of this aesthetic jewel that is Loos Bar American.

The “American Bar” is an original nod to its original concept – being an American style cocktail bar in this city of Coffee Houses.  Keep an eye out to the back wall, where there is a portrate of writer Peter Altenberg; close friend of Adolf Loos.

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Swarovski Kristallwelten – Wattens, Austria

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Swarovski Kristallwelten

43 (0)5224 51080
Kristallweltenstrasse 1
A-6112 Wattens, Austria

www.kristallwelten.com

OPEN HOURS:
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Last admission at 5:30 pm

 

Take the train to Innsbruck from Vienna or Zurich or even Verina (italy) or come via plane – however you need to come, the trip to Innsbruck is worth Kristallwelten alone! (a local bus will drop you directly in front of Kristallwelten).

 

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In 1995 to cellebrate  the occasion of the 100-year-jubilee of the company, an installation of lasting value, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds was created.

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(above right photo Stefan Olah) Laviathan by Thomas Feuerstein

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(above right photo Marc Gilsdorf) one of the Christal theatre creations by Susanne Schmogner

In 2003, under the direction of André Heller, Swarovski brought together innovative interpretations of renowned international artists through the medium of  multi-faceted crystalline colours.  Creative forms merge with the world of scent and sound into a kaleidoscope for all the senses.

The mind-blowing installations include works by Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Chagall, Miro, Keith Haring and Niki de Saint Phalle, Susanne Schmogner,Thomas Feuerstein, Fabrizio Plessi, Brian Eno, Alexander McQueen, Toord Bontje, Hans-Magnus Enzensberger, André Heller.

“Just as the crystal stands as an age-old symbol for change and transformation, the Crystal Worlds are continually extended, redesigned and transformed, in order to create new space for dreaming. They invite, far from everyday life, to a magical experience. Within the interior of the “Giant”, fascinating Chambers of Wonder, the so-called Crystal Stage, the largest world-wide Swarovski Shop,” (From vacation in Austria

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At the end of the journey one finds themselves in the shop – a dazzling maze where an extensive array of crystal shapes and colours mesmerizes & tantalizes you ….. we were trapped for about an hour!

 

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Café-Luna (now renamed Café-Terra) is a place to relax with a  perfect pumpkin soup and Gulash – Austrian specialties.  Here five original Picasso’s adorn the walls!  There is also the Zero private dining room.

If you are anywhere near Innsbrück – make the Swarovski Krystallwelten a destination. It is truly a marvel.


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