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Tour of Vienna

Aired April 10, 2013 - 03:30:00   ET


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ALEX WIESER: And we're in a Vienna bass band Deckchair Orange.

CHRIS WIESER: This is a Cafe Phil (ph), or we like to call it our extended living room, because we spend most of our free time here.


ALEX WIESER: Vienna is known for its coffee culture and the cozy coffee houses you can spend days and days and afternoons and afternoons in. And this place is the modern take of it.

It's not just a coffee house, you can even get books and you can read them here or buy them and take them home.

CHRIS WIESER: If you see the (inaudible) on the lights up there, you can also buy them and you can buy the chairs people sit on while having their coffee. You can buy everything here.

ALEX WIESER: If you come here, you won't be bored, you find something new. You find something interesting. And you can spend a whole afternoon here or a whole, like start with coffee and end with beer, that's basically it.


CHRIS WIESER: We are at the Wesley Gallery right now, which is the only gallery dedicated to photography in Vienna. This place really, really huge collection of the world's best photography as well as a really, really collection of rare, old cameras.


ALEX WIESER: This is the first picture taken by hidden camera by a journalist -- a woman has been executed, an American in prison. This is a small camera they used to attach to pigeons in World War I to spy on the enemy.

CHRIS WIESER: These two cameras were actually one of the first cameras used in space.


ALEX WIESER: As you see, there are a lot of hidden cameras here. This one is spilled in a walking stick.

CHRIS WIESER: And it's a detective camera.

ALEX WIESER: It's a detective camera -- spy (inaudible). And it looks scary.

CHRIS WIESER: Yes. This is a -- it was used by the Japanese police, actually.


ALEX WIESER: This is a very old picture taken in 1842 with this camera. It's the oldest camera in the world. Now we're going to go there and have our pictures taken.

This is (inaudible). You can have great food here. You can enjoy light music and we're going to meet our other band members now.

Yeah guys, how are you doing?

This is Klaus (ph), this is Royston (ph), and this is Johib (ph).


CHRIS WIESER: There's also live music here, but not in the part of the restaurant you might expect.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hello everybody. Welcome to the toilet session (inaudible).


ALEX WIESER: Live music here takes place in the bathroom, in a unisex bathroom. It's actually quite a big band, so a lot of people have been in there. And it's quite enjoyable to listen to a concert in there.



ALEX WIESER: Finally, the end of the night. Here we are at the Top Kino at the bar and the cinema. Nice is you want to catch a movie or have a drink or two.


ALEX WIESER: They have a very find collection of movies that they show here. A place where a lot of young, creative people show their movies or even music videos. We screened our music videos here as well.

CHRIS WIESER: You actually feel the creativity going on. It's like a melting pot.

ALEX WIESER: So now it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.

ILEANA TONCA, SOLOIST, VIENNA STATE OPERA: Hi, I'm Ileana Tonca. I'm a soloist at the Vienna State Opera. Let me show you my favorite spot in Vienna.


TONCA: I think that not many people know that Beethoven and Schubert was buried here in Wahring Cemetery. They are now in Zentralfriedhof, but they were here, both of them.

Schubert loved and admired very much the -- our Beethoven and that's why he wanted to be buried next to him here in Wahring Cemetery.

Thank you for your music.


TONCA: This is -- was for my favorite church, St. Agyd, not just because we were married seven years ago here, and also because I sang here many times for benefit concerts. It sounds beautiful, as you heard. I like very much this church, because it's so quiet here. You can pray very well here. You can sing very well. I like to sing here. For me, it's one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna.

The acoustics are so beautiful here. You -- it's enough to think every note just pianissimo and you can hear all. It's like in a -- antique theater, you know. Listen.






POHL: We are the Austrian champions in Viennese waltz.

BECK: And now we're going to show you our favorite spots in Vienna.


POHL: To be able to practice every day we need a good and rich breakfast.

BECK: And this is one of our favorite places where we go to breakfast, Corns n Pops.

POHL: So, here's the breakfast bar. And we have many different cereals, the basic cereals like whole wheat, Corn Flakes, your (inaudible) flakes, loops, chocolate (inaudible) and everything you like.

BECK: Yeah, but actually the best part of this shop are there are 50 different toppings. Actually the best part for me is the unhealthy one, the gummy bears and chocolate chips.


POHL: So this is the actually coolest part of (inaudible) is the so- called (inaudible) -- Circle of -- Tree of Life. It's a circle of 40 different trees and according to your own birthday, you can find your own personal tree of life. So let's search for our tree of life.


POHL: So my birthday is on July 25. Look, there's my tree. It's like a tree horoscope. It says that I'm very individual, I'm very tolerant, and I'm a happy person, trustful, everything correct.

BECK: Yeah, my birthday on the 5th of May. And it looks like me. I'm active, yes. I'm trustful, open-minded, I have -- oh, I'm the friend for life.



POHL: At night, being in Vienna is really cool.

BECK: Yeah, but I (inaudible) Club Donau, because as you can see it's really hidden and there's no (inaudible), but in it it's really cool. So we will check it out now.


BECK: The architecture in (inaudible) with all these artists. And there's a lot of live projections and they change it every night so the club really looks every night different and it (inaudible).

POHL: Really, it (inaudible) and classical bands playing perfectly music in the bar. And the music can change from a classical band to a DJ or techno music, so it's really diverse and changing whole time, every...

BECK: At the end of the night, we need (inaudible) like in a typical Viennese way and that's ordering a really typical Viennese hotdog. So let's do it. (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)


PAUL ZEINER, URBAN BOULDER CLIMBER: Vienna is full of a lot of beautiful walls and bridges and buildings. A lot of people come here and like to look at them, but I like to climb them.

Hi, I'm Paul, and I'm one of Vienna's urban climbers. I quite often come here to climb the walls at (inaudible), but when the weather is not good, there are also some good indoor venues for climbing in Vienna and I'm going to show you one.

So we are here at the Boulder Bar, which is one new climbing venue in town. And the special thing about it is you get the climbing area right here, which is pretty good and you've also got a bar area at the front where you can socialize in between or before or after climbing, have a drink, have a homemade pie.


ZEINER: What I like a lot about urban bouldering is just the reinterpretation of urban structures. I don't see a wall as a barrier, but something you can climb, or just use in a new constructive way.

Vienna is quite conservative city with not a lot of graffiti and street art, but there's one gallery in Vienna which is one of my favorite galleries and they try to definitely change that.


ZEINER: So, this is the Inoperable Gallery, the gallery in Vienna devoted to street art. So you've got a quite international lineup of artists in here. You've got Britain and The States and this one is from Austria, Poland and Israel. So this is from all over the world.

Street art is a big part of skateboarding, so it's pretty obvious that people paint on skateboards, but street art is normally used -- also they use different materials like, for example, over here we have an oak drawer (ph) or just a piece of wood. So just get creative on every surface kind of.


ZEINER: Gradually, urban art is seeping out into the streets of the city and is beginning to change the urban landscape. For example here we've got the street art passage which is right now done by French artist Inveda (ph) who is doing a little space invaders inside the video game, which (inaudible).

So, we are at the (inaudible) where you've got next to all those galleries, you've also got some good shops. For example, this is one is Subotron which specializes in video game culture. And what they got in here is pretty much video game history, a lot of different old gaming consoles and you can even play on them.

So if you're lucky you might even have the chance to do something very unusual which is a concert of the GameBoy Music Club. And those people are so crazy about video games, they can even make music with their GameBoys.



VICTORIA HUBLER, FIGURE SKATER, TEAM AUSTRIA: Hi, my name is Victoria. I am a figure skater. And I'm skating for Team Austria. Come on, I'll show you some of my favorite places in Vienna.


HUBLER: Here, we are at the Naschmarkt. This is one of the oldest markets in Vienna. This is the place where all the people come to buy fresh ingredients and street food.


HUBLER: You can smell it. It's so fresh.

There is a massive Turkish community here. And if you want to experience the authentic Turkish cuisine, you just have to come to the Naschmarkt, because this is the best. So just order a great Falafel sandwich.

Also at the weekend, they have this street market. What I love about this market is that they have so much pretty cool vintage stuff like these cameras. I mean, look at it. This one, on my gosh, so cool. It's handmade -- handmade? Wow. (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

I love all different kinds of food, but when it comes to sweets there is only one place I really love.

This is one of my favorite cafes, the Kaffe Hubler. This is Mrs. Hubler. She's also my granny.




So it's running for 57 years now. My grandmother and my grandfather built it up with just a table. (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Oh, so just two tables, and now it's so huge.

This place is less well known, because it's not in the center of the city, but a lot of people really appreciate it that it's still in the old Viennese style, so it has this Viennese flare from the early times.

Yeah, this is the (inaudible). This is one of my favorites. And this is the (inaudible), the Irish Cream. And my granny really likes it. But I like this one the most, so...

As you can see, my grandma really likes the cakes.


So here we are at Kaffe Urania (ph). This place opened at night, in the evening. And it closes at 6:00 in the morning.

I really like this place, because it has a lot of character and a lot of people come here, like all of the artists and students and young people and they all come together and make party.

This is Hubert (ph), and his mother opened this cafe like 80 years ago. And for 50 years he stays behind this counter every night. And he gets just five hours of sleep each day.

Hubert's (ph) dog is here every night. Now this is a real party animal. There are lots of pictures, because Hubert (ph) is like crazy about taking pictures. And he has collected over 2,000 pictures. And it's a lot of history going on there.

Everything is so retro, I mean like his juke box, you can just select your tune and put in the coin and party the night away.

When I compete, I see a lot of cities and other different countries, but Vienna is something special for me.