But before we get into the city walk, there is still some work to do. There are around 3000 people working at A1 HQ, located on Lassallestrasse, and sometimes you can almost see them all in one place, namely the company cafeteria, on those almost infamous Schnitzel Wednesdays, when the place seems more like a busy fairground than a corporate canteen. Add to that some of our colleagues’ children running through the hallways, chased by our “flying nannies”, and the noise levels sometimes hit the roof. No worries, however – those in need of a quiet lunch can eat at one of the restaurants surrounding the HQ building – at Pan’s for example, where half their terrace is usually occupied by A1 employees. And a little more of a picturesque option is a picnic lunch at the park located behind the office building ;-)
Let’s go for a spritzer (or a “seidl” beer)
It’s 5:30pm and the workday is coming to an end. It’s summer, which means the sun is still out. Perfect, we think, and decide to go on a mini-holiday. No, this doesn’t mean getting on a plane in order to stick our feet in the sand and gaze upon the ocean somewhere far away and exotic, but rather just hopping on the underground, which takes us directly to the Vienna Danube canal where, aside from all the cool graffiti walls and relaxed humans sitting and wandering around, our absolute favourite after-work hangout is located: “Figar macht Urlaub”. At Adria next door, you can even stick your toes in the sand and gaze upon the water for real. That’s how you do a holiday in Vienna. And while enjoying some white wine spritzers, we start thinking about a number of other very cool after-work drinking holes in the city. There are more after-work places to visit than there’s work to do, really. How about a pedal boat outing on the old Danube, for example? Or a drink at the super hip MuseumsQuartier? Vienna being the only large city in Europe with a significant wine production output, we obviously have to visit one of its legendary local “Heuriger” pubs. Chin chin!