Welcome to one of Vienna’s trendiest quarters. The
second district has witnessed a turbulent ride, from
medieval swamp to vibrant Jewish quarter, from
pleasure ground for the noble and humble to current
hip residence and workplace of Vienna’s creative
crowd. Cross the Danube Canal from the city center and
take in life on Taborstrasse with its mix of old
townhouses, churches, theaters, discount shops and
ethnic restaurants. Head for Augarten via
Karmelitermarkt, Leopoldstadt’s trendy marketplace.
Baroque Augarten itself hosts a bizarre mix of
manicured hedges and flowerbeds in front of a colossal
World War II defense tower, the publicly accessible
300-year-old Augarten porcelain manufactory, the
palatial boarding school and funky concert hall of the
Vienna Boys Choir, and the modern art museum TBA21. At
its opposite corner, The Prater not only houses the
Giant Ferris Wheel but blends a bustling amusement
park with lush woodland, perfect for a bike tour.
Further east is the old derby racing ground of Krieau.