VIDEO: Smart City Vienna
Thanks to its compact structure, Vienna is particularly pedestrian friendly. Its beautiful parks, such as those lining the Ringstrasse boulevard, are ideal for whiling away the hours surrounded by greenery. Yet the nearest subway, tram, or bus stop is never far away. Vienna has an excellent public transportation network and more than 1,300 kilometers of environment-friendly cycle paths, bike lanes and cycling routes await discovery in Vienna, with the Citybike scheme among the options for pedal power. Found in 120 docking stations dotted around the city, the 1,500 Citybikes can also be used by visitors. The first hour is free, with a nominal fee for each additional hour. Anyone looking to let someone else take on all the hard work should hail a Faxi (a portmanteau of the German words for bicycle and taxi) The three-wheeled rickshaws can accommodate two passengers.
Smart technologies make life in the city easier and better, bringing benefits to visitors as well as residents. Free wireless internet access can be enjoyed in many of the capital’s public spaces – including at the Tourist Info on Albertinaplatz, on Rathausplatz, on Stephansplatz, in the MuseumsQuartier, on the Naschmarkt, in the Prater park, on the Danube Island and at countless hotels, cafés and bars.
Smart shopping is big business for the Austrian capital. This Viennese fashion label Göttin des Glücks has been flying the fairtrade flag for years, and only uses certified organic cotton in its designs. While Buntwäsche offers clothing made from eco-friendly fabrics for fashion fans of all ages. Gabarage Upcycling Design are all about making creative use of industrial waste materials, transforming shuttlecocks into quirky lamps and subway escalator parts into comfy seating. Auferstanden is full of examples of smart upcycling with old skis among the repurposed items on sale. Shoppers looking for organic produce without packaging waste will be in their element at Lunzers Mass-Greisslerei, where flour, cereals, oil and spices are weighed out ready to take home in the customer’s own containers. Culinary treats for discerning consumers are available all over the capital. Kaas am Markt and Zimmer37 on Karmelitermarkt serve up fantastic dishes and even offer organic and slow food delicacies to take away.
- Citybike Wien, www.citybikewien.at
- MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mqw.at
- Göttin des Glücks, Kirchengasse 17, 1070 Vienna, www.goettindesgluecks.at
- Auferstanden, Neubaugasse 86, 1070 Vienna, www.auferstanden.at
- buntwäsche children's clothing store, Kaiserstrasse 52, 1070 Vienna, www.buntwaesche.at
- Gabarage upcycling design, Schleifmühlgasse 6, 1040 Vienna, www.gabarage.at
- Karls Garten, Treitlstrasse 2, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, www.karlsgarten.at
- Faxi - Das Fahrradtaxi Wien, www.faxi.at
- Lunzers Mass-Greisslerei, Heinestrasse 35, 1020 Vienna, www.mass-greisslerei.at
- Kaas am Markt, Karmelitermarkt 33-36, 1020 Vienna, www.kaasammarkt.at
- Zimmer37, Karmelitermarkt 37-39, 1020 Vienna, www.zimmer37.at