CNNGo TV in Vienna: Climbing, coffee and Game Boy music
This month CNNGo TV hits Vienna, taking in the venues that give life to Schubert's and Beethoven's masterpieces, the coolest hidden indie music venue where gigs take place inside the toilets and contemplating electronic beats created by retro game consoles.
Apart from its rich musical legacy, Vienna has a well defined coffee culture, one of the world's most impressive vintage camera collections and flurries of fascinating flea markets.
A modern take on Vienna’s coffee house culture, Phil combines a store and a cafe to create a cultural venue that hosts film screenings and lectures.
Everything you see is available to buy -- from the books lining the walls to the furniture you sit on.
Gumpendorferstrasse 10-12, 1060 Vienna, +43 1581 0489; Monday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.,www.phil.info
Zweitbester claims to serve the best cheeseburgers in town. But its most noteworthy claim to fame occurs in its WC.
The unisex bathroom in the restaurant is where live music performances take place.
Heumühlgasse 2, 1040 Vienna; +43 1945 9386; open daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.,www.zweitbester.at
Tucked away behind the Museums Quartier, Donau has no sign or obvious entrance.
This former piano making factory has remained true to its musical roots, hosting live music every night, from string quartets to techno DJs.
All the action takes place against the neo classical architecture and an impressive array of light projections.
Karl Schweighofer Gasse 10, 1070 Vienna; +43 1523 8105; open Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m.-4 a.m., Friday- Saturday, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.; Sunday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; www.myspace.com/donau
Urban boulder climber Paul Ziener doesn't just admire beautiful buildings in the city, he climbs them. During a break in his spidering antics, Zeiner takes us to Vienna’s first indoor climbing venue.
This is a chance to clamber up walls and work up a sweat before heading to the bar and mingling with the city’s other outdoor adventurers.
Hannovergasse 21, 1200 Vienna; +43 1330 1406; open Monday- Friday, 2-11 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., www.boulderbar.net
Memory lane takes on vivid reality in this vintage gaming store.
The shop is stocked with aged electronic games, which customers can play or buy. The shop also has special performances courtesy the Game Boy Music Club -- a group that creates electronic beats with their game consoles.
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna; Wednesday- Saturday, 1-6 p.m., www.subotron.com