why is vienna so loud in summer?

Please, can anybody tell me, why Vienna is so fucking loud in summer? I live in a quiet small street in the 4th district, but every summer it turns into hell, because the street gets opened up and displays it’s inside (boring pipes and cables, as You can imagine).
But this year is absolutey high-score-noise-pollution in Rienößlgasse: The workers started by the beginning of June, cracking open the whole street with percussion drills (really adequate word for the diabolic machine) and now 12th of August, they are doing the VERY SAME again, only that they are enlarging the holes a little bit (10cm – 50cm). And of course in between there was no weekday without noise from exactly 7 a.m. on.
Not to mention that the other side of the building (the yardside, our livingroom) is also exposed to the same amount of noise since about 1 1/2 months because a building is beeing completely holed (including construction workers throwing whole walls out of the windows into the yard).
I really don’t know how I deserve this and if they don’t finish soon, I swear I will go nuts and join the league of Viennese maniacs.

5 Comments so far

  1. Japhy (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 2:17 am

    Now come on…
    OK, loud noise from construction work is annoying. But I guess you could also have that in Berlin/London/NY,…
    I’m living in Theobaldgasse (6th distric), next to the well-known “Titanic” disco. When we moved there about 10 months ago, the first night I woke up at about 3:30 because of police-light (that rotating blue one, looked fine on our bedroom-wall though) and someone screaming “fuck you” for about half an hour. The same thing happens every night from wednesday to saturday, starting at about 2am till about 4am.
    People leaving the Titanic and SCREAMING to each other because they’re deaf from the noise…
    But I don’t want to complain since it’s so much better to live here in the 6th distric than in Floridsdorf (where we lived before that) with all the maniacs.


  2. philipp droessler (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 4:01 am

    you all don’t know how lucky you are. i live in the 23rd district, in the middle of nowhere. no people, no cars, just trees and grass and a small path leading down to the road.
    I WANT CITY LIGHTS!
    i want loud music! taxi drivers cursing! car crashes at 4 a.m.! children falling to their deaths, crashing into my balcony! nuclear explosions every friday from 9-5!
    oh, wait. skip the children. but the rest would be great.
    anybody wanna trade flats? :)


  3. Daniela (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 12:45 pm

    ha, thats sooooooooo nothing!
    in my house there are constantly children in the stairhall, either crying screaming or laughing. or eveything together, hard to say, its too loud.
    your big advantage is, you can scream and insult the people that make the noise. if i do that, the mommy and daddy will most likely beat me up.
    and the idea of having a league of ze maniacs is quite interesting. so elite we could be!
    lets start one!
    now!


  4. Karin Harrasser (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 9:34 am

    Thanks for the beautiful noise-stories. I feel much better now. Blogging as therapy for pre-maniacs ;-)


  5. (unregistered) on August 16th, 2004 @ 10:43 am

    For all you Vienna and London qvetchers — get over it. It’s loud everywhere. You have no monopoly on noise. Thing is, people believe they have all kinds of rights. Loudest being the right to be heard. Like what they say or do is so important, and that extends to us all wanting nice sewer systems and roads which require drilling 24/7. OK, I too want to be heard, and appreciate this quiet opportunity to make a point without disturbing anyone’s sleep. On an international level, I blame media dreck like Jerry Springer, where screaming and fucking up become pubic entertainment. People everywhere I go are pretty much needy and sad, desperate, lonely souls. We all need to walk more, and shut up.



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