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Hermann Fankhauser: My Vienna


Hermann Fankhauser is the founder of avant-garde label Wendy & Jim. He is the only Austrian in the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode in Paris, but prefers to live and work in the windy city of Vienna, he tells Paulina Szmydke

City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

Where were you born?
Zillertal in the Tyrol.

Where do you live?
Vienna.

What’s best about your neighbourhood?
The Vienna Prater and the Danube Canal, which is right outside my door. My neighbourhood is multicultural and downtown Vienna is just a 10-minute walk away.

If money was no object where would you live?
New Mexico or Arizona.

What’s your favourite street in Vienna?
I have many: Graben, Kohlmarkt, the left and right banks of the Danube Canal with their clubs, bars and restaurants. It depends on my mood, really.

And your favourite Vienna store?
Amicis on Parkring, a great store with a good selection.

Do you have a favourite place for dinner?
Skopik & Lohn on Leopoldsgasse.

Where do you go for a drink with friends?
The Blaue Bar at the Hotel Sacher on Philharmonikerstrasse, the Loos Bar on Kärntner Durchgang or Fabios on Tuchlauben – it depends on how late it is.

Any recommendations for Austrian dishes to try?
A lot. Besides Wiener schnitzel, I recommend everyone tries a Zillertaler krapfen [cheese pastry] at least once in their lifetime, and also Styrian wurzelfleisch [stew]. For those with a sweet tooth, I recommend baked pears in sour cream or Salzburger nockerl [soufflé].

Where do you take out-of-town friends?
In the summer, to the Neusiedlersee. When it’s cold, to Styria with its thermal spas – the region is breathtakingly beautiful!

What do you think is the best museum in town?
MUMOK [Museum Moderner Kunst].

Which Viennese person do you most admire?
Anyone that’s not grumpy.

What don’t you like about your city?
The weather. It’s often windy and the fog can stay for a whole month.

What can’t you live without?
Family, friends, jogging and the opportunity to travel.

Any places you’d recommend visitors avoid?
McDonald’s, Starbucks, H&M, Zara and the rest of them.

Any advice for those visiting your city?
Take a tour around the Ringstrasse.

Can you recommend a good hotel?
The Style Hotel in the city centre, right next to the Café Central.

Tell us a secret?
I am not blond.

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