The Summer Stage is one of my favourite Viennese spring/summer locations. It is a place where you can ride your bike, roller-skate, jog, walk, eat and drink, all in a beautiful setting under the shades of big old trees, listening to the Donaukanal’s (Danube Canal) murmur. All in all, beautiful.
It is situated in Vienna’s 9th District (Alsergrund), on the Donaukanal’s bank and directly above it, on the street that used to be a promenade (hence its old name, Elisabethpromenade) and today one of the city’s busiest traffic roads. If you are using public transport, you’ll need the line U4 and the Rossauer Lände station.
This underground line, following the Danube Canal, was designed by Otto Wagner and first opened in 1901, operating with steam trains. By 1925, steam trains were replaced with electrical and it was the year in which the electrical trains were introduced. The line itself has been reconstructed several times and now has numerous new and modern stations; however, this one is a great example of the Jahrhundertwende architecture.
Ok, back to the Summer Stage. This is one of my favourite terraces. It is situated directly above the Danube Canal and it feels great to sit above the flowing river.
A narrow path intended for cycling, roller-skating, jogging and walking is following the canal, leading you from the 19th District up to Schwedenplatz, a very central city location.
Directly above this terrace, there are a number of other cafes and restaurants offering local and international cuisine.
And in order to create a real summer feel, there are the palm trees in xxl-pots.
There is a place for beach volleyball…
…and a trampoline.
So, it is actually not important whether you’d like to spend an active afternoon or just sit with your friends and sip a cocktail, this is a perfect place for both. And now I’ll greet you with a large cup of a perfect Wiener Melange.
For more information, please click here: http://www.summerstage.at/
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