Monday, March 23, 2015

Windy Seestadt



Seestadt metro station; Vienna blog
Yesterday, despite a strong wind we decided to take a walk to Seestadt (Aspern - Vienna’s Urban Lakeside). During the past months the cranes have been disappearing one by one, so it seemed like "the city" is finally more or less ready. Additionally, the U2 line is now going the Seestadt station more and more often, and the Wiener Linien has already changed the bus 84A end destination from "Hausfeldstrasse" to "Seestadt". All of that indicated that it would be a good idea to pay our new neighbours a visit...


My friend compared Seestadt to Las Vegas, but not because of its architecture or choice in entertainment, but because it's located in the middle of nowhere too.
To get to  Seestadt you have to first cross a wide open area surrounding the urban center on all sides where wind blows stronger than everywhere else in Vienna.


Las Vegas; Vienna blogSeestadt; Vienna blog













Seestadt can really surprise by the size and design, although a big part of the buildings is still empty or still to be finished. Soon, in fast developing Seestadt will live around 20 000 people and the area will take more than 20.000 m², making it one of the Europe’s biggest urban development projects. In a few months, on a less windy day, we're going to come back to see the progress .


Seestadt; Vienna blog


Seestadt; Vienna blog

Seestadt; Vienna blog



Seestadt; Vienna blog

Seestadt; Vienna blog

Seestadt; Vienna blog


Seestadt; Vienna blog

Seestadt; Vienna blog

Seestadt; Vienna blog

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5 comments :

  1. I compare Seestadt to North Korea or Sochi or a film backlot. Walking around, it feels not real, like a facade. Probably because there are a lack of people and it's not finished. Once it's hustling and bustling, then it will feel much different.

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  2. You've been to N.Korea and Sochi?

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    1. I've never been there, but I know what do you mean :) Yes, it seemed just like that, especially because I was there on Sunday, so just a few people were walking around. Like a facade - like a perfect title city, but totally empty, silent :).Let's see how it will be in a few months ... I'm curious about traffic...20 000 people= many many cars...

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  3. A couple of weeks ago I went to Seestadt, too. It was like a reverse ghosttown... or like a film set. It was raining and super windy, very interesting though. Strange feeling. One should definitely check it out before people are living there!

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