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A teenager’s guide to a Vienna summer
Vienna, the cultural centre of Europe often appeals to an older visitor but as I found Vienna has plenty of entertainment on offer for teenagers, if you know where to look.
Austrian Times Teen reporter Jack Denisov explores.....
Rathaus and Stadthalle offer plenty of cultural events. Cinemas, swimming pools, and bowling alleys are a great way to waste time with friends. Clubs and bars will cover your night-life. Relaxing at Danube Island, enjoying all the Prater rides ,or going skydiving, is all possible in Vienna.
The Rathaus attracts a lot of visitors young and old in summer and winter. Christmas market and ice-skating are extremely popular during winter, especially with teenagers. During summer, the film festival becomes the main attraction at the Rathaus. All sorts of restaurants open small booths offering a selection of their cultural food for visitors to buy, with the Rathaus park a perfect place to eat all that food with your friends. Every day, in the evening, recordings of operas, plays, or movies are played on a huge screen in front of Rathaus, free of charge.
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Stadthalle is a giant hall where some of the most famous stars come to perform. This summer some of the highlights include Madonna on her World Tour 2012, performing there on 29 July 2012. Lady Gaga will also perform for her The Born This Way Ball Europa Tour on 18 August 2012. If you wish to watch a performance at Stadthalle, you will have to book tickets way in advance, since most events sell out extremely fast. It is always possible to buy tickets from second hand retailers, but the prices will be a lot higher. Another attraction is the ice skating that opens every Tuesday throughout summer giving people the chance to escape the hot Vienna summer for a few hours.
Cinemas in Vienna offer a great way to waste your free time. There are plenty of German speaking cinemas spread across all of Vienna, but there are also English language cinemas. The most popular English cinemas are Haydn, located at Mariahilfer and Artis International right off Wipplingerstrasse. Both offer a very cosy atmosphere, but are relatively small. Never-the-less, both play most of the mainstream movies and offer a selection of different junk food. Haydn, even though being smaller then Artis even offers toffee popcorn.
Swimming pools in Vienna become increasingly popular during the summer season. Most of the public pools in Vienna are owned by the city. The pools are well maintained and usually have more then a single pool, a place to get food and lots of greenery. Some great pools include Shafberg pool, Döblinger pool, and Stadionbad in Prater. Since there are so many, you are sure to find one or two located close by, and most of them have plenty of rides to keep you entertained the entire day long.
Bowling is another great way to pass time, especially if you are with your friends. There are quite a few bowling alleys spread through out Vienna, so there are plenty of options to pick from. Some of the more popular bowling centres include Brunswick Bowling Prater, Brunswick Bowling Hernals, Ocean Park at Millenium City, and Skyline Bowling and Billiard Center. Many of the bowling alleys have other forms of entertainment beside bowling, such as pool, bars, or even an arcade, in case of Millenium City.
Clubs in Vienna are considered high quality and offer a wide variety of different genres of music that they play. Passage is one of the most famous clubs in Vienna, usually playing a range of mainstream music. Out of alternative clubs, Flex takes the spotlight. Considered to be the best club in Vienna, it is the most renowned one. After a renovation, Q Kju Bar has risen to the top, regardless of it's small size. Plenty of other clubs around Vienna offer their high quality services.
Bars and pubs are another way to experience night-life in Vienna. Depending on what you want, Vienna offers a variety of choices. Alcazar offers a huge variety of cocktails and it's centre location makes it extremely popular, since most of night-life entertainment is located in the centre of Vienna. Stylez is a bar worth visiting if you want some lively music and a memorable night. Kaktus is another bar that can offer crazy parties and lots of fun with it's spirited atmosphere. Whatever bar, or pub you choose though, make sure to bring someone along, since a bar or a pub is only as good as the friends you are with.
If you want to experience something exciting, then skydiving might do the trick. A club is available for those who wish to try sky diving. There are no age restrictions and no prior experience required. You'll be jumping with an instructor from up to 4,300 meters height. Although not located in Vienna, the company claims it is 40 minutes away from the city. Another option available for risk takers is bungee jumping. Located at Danube Tower, there is a 152 metre drop from the platform to the ground and a great view of Vienna to enjoy before your jump.
Even though the Open Air Festival just finished, Danube Island remains a great area to take your friends to. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to enjoy. It is possible to go for a swim, a bike ride, or even go canoeing. There are a number of beaches and it is possible to have a BBQ. A relaxing atmosphere contributes to the whole experience. It is one of the great place to visit with friends, even when there is nothing going on.
Prater is the only amusement park in Vienna. It boasts a wide variety of rides, from bumper cars to ejection seat. While all different rides are great, an individual payment is required for each ride and many have age/ height restrictions. However, with the new Prater card, you can simply pay to have a set amount on the card and enjoy all the rides until that amount runs out. Beside all the rides, there are many cafés, carnival games with all sort of prizes and much more. If you are looking for a more relaxed evening, Prater has huge green areas just for that. Since the park closes at the end of October, it is worth visiting while still opened.
Have a great summer!
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