About this listing
PARKING INFORMATION-SEE BOTTOM
I own the apartment and it is available for a minimum two night stay. It is an entire floor, 70 sq. meters, in a hundred year old house that is situated in the inner court of the apartment houses lining the surrounding streets. Because of this, it is absolutely quiet. The court has large, shady trees, with birds in the warmer weather.
There are two large rooms with high ceilings (bedroom and living room) on the wings of the house, with a modern kitchen, bathroom and hallway in the center between the two large rooms. I've attractively and artistically designed the place, as I think the photos show. There are a number of pieces reflecting my interest in the Arab world, particularly Palestine, where I have traveled extensively and been involved for over thirty years. The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed, plus an attractive futon couch which opens to sleep two. In the living room, the large, oversized couch (see photo) is flat and comfortable, and has easily slept two adults. So really, six people could sleep, but for a number of days, four people would be a more comfortable number. All bedding covers provided.
The apartment is very convenient to the inner city, also known as Old Vienna, or the First District. This is where most of Vienna's famous buildings, monuments and sites are. I am 1.5 blocks from the #43 tram, which is then only five stops away from the Ringstrasse, the border of the inner city. It is a ten minute tram ride, or, a nice thirty minute walk through the student area bordering the University of Vienna. If you take the tram in the direction opposite the inner city, you'll wind up at the end of the tram line, and near the famous Vienna woods.
There are many restaurants and supermarkets in the immediate area, especially in Yppenplatz, two blocks away. An Do is an outstanding fish restaurant there, and Kent is a very reasonable Turkish restaurant with a casual, even family style atmosphere. There is an open air Turkish style market in Yppenplatz also, next to the Turkish bakery with a huge brick oven for fresh baked bread.
To hook up with the world class Vienna UBahn system, take the #43 tram toward Old Vienna and get off after just one stop to transfer to the UBahn line #6. This puts the whole city in the palm of your hand via the easy to use network of subway, trams and buses.
PARKING: Things are changing rapidly in Vienna in regard to free parking. Recently, free parking in the 18th District, the district next to mine, was canceled. Now, the nearest districts where free parking on the street seems to be possible are the 19th and the 21st. Fortunately, both connect with the U6 UBahn line, which includes my own UBahn stop at Alserstrasse. The 19th is closest. However, you must make inquiries by contacting the districts and asking about changes. The website below is about parking in Vienna. Note I have also copied some info about free parking in the various districts.
Short-stay parking zones in Vienna are:
•Districts 1 to 9 and 20: Monday to Friday, except public holidays, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., max. stay 2 hours
•Districts 12 and 14 to 18: Monday to Friday, except public holidays, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., max. stay 3 hours
•Special scheme near the Stadthalle: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., max. stay 2 hours
•Find the parking zones on the Vienna City Map - klick on "Parking" to get further information
There is a hairdrier, and plug-in access for phones at night close to the sleeping areas.
Interaction with guests
Not at all. My neighbor downstairs, Astrid, handles the key and requests for help. But I am always out of town during rental times.
Proximity to major supermarkets and to the outdoor cafe scene in Yppenplatz, just two blocks away.
UBahn and streetcars just down the street take you everywhere in Vienna.
House rules are pretty simple, but important:
Make sure all doors to all buildings are closed after you enter.
Keep the noise down after 10 p.m.
No shoes inside the apartment. These should be removed, and replaced with house slippers, in the front entrance area of the flat.
No smoking whatsoever inside the building anywhere.
Don't grab hold of thin bar holding up shower curtain. Use the several handrails instead.
Rinse the hair catch screen in bathtub after EACH AND EVERY shower.
Generally respect the order and cleanliness with how the apartment is when you arrived.
During cold weather, heat thermostat is NOT to be turned above the 20 degree celsius setting. At night, turn down to 15 or it'll be too warm to sleep.
No more than TWO showers per person, per day.
Any questions for repairs, see Astrid in the flat on the first level (first door) as you enter the back, yellow building.
I am an internationalist sort of person, an American who for over forty years now has traveled all over, and outside, the United States. I had previously lived overseas a couple of times, in Greece and in England, and have traveled extensively in the Arab world. After meeting an Austrian while I was living in Greece one summer, I eventually moved from California to marry and set up my life here in Austria, where I teach English literature in the Middle Years program at Vienna International School. In addition to offering my apartment in Vienna for rent during school vacation times, we are building a house in a beautiful place in the Greek islands, which we will eventually rent out at times (see my fourth photo for the view from our land). I motorcycle in the Austrian Alps, play Irish tunes on guitar, and study Middle East history and politics. My wife Dagmar is a teacher also (Art and ESL), and has been a student and teacher of bellydance for many years.