I hardly ever have occasion to go into Vienna’s First District during the week. Most of my clients have moved their offices to other parts of town, where the property costs less and people–employees and customers–can park. This means my experience is limited to the weekend.
What is different during the week? This morning I had cause to go into the Graben to meet a client and had a chance to explore. First of all, there is a lot more traffic–cars, trucks, and busses. (The bicycles and scooters are always around.) Not only are the streets different, but the sidewalk cafés and restaurants are filled with a different clientele. Depending on the price range, they are either formally suited office workers or workers in blue or orange uniforms. The feel is different, too. Instead of people sipping coffee over the newspaper the customers are clearly in something of a hurry. In other words, a perfectly normal scene for a workday.