While main tourist attractions like the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty are nice to see and photograph, we Travelettes are always on the lookout for unique and alternative sights that will give us an authentic insight into the character of a foreign city.

So when traveling to Vienna, of course we will make sure to visit the Albertina, have a ride on the big ferris wheel of the Prater and browse the Naschmarkt, but we’ll also do our best to explore outside the traditional must-sees. For example by spending an afternoon chilling and socialising in one of the funky hammocks of Flederhaus.

The Flederhaus was created by the achitectural firm Heri & Salli, who designed the five-story building as a meeting point and social hub for curious and forward-thinking people. It is completely free to use, and all 28 hammocks are arranged to facilitate contact and communication between visitors.

According to its creators, the Flederhaus  is also supposed to be a monument to sustainability. It is largely constructed from wood, a CO2-neutral resource.

What distinguishes the Flederhaus from other hip local hangouts is that it is completely open in the front and back. Pro: you’re sure to have an amazing view. Con: it might get a bit chilly in the winter.

But then again, you’re a Travelette, so suck it up, put on a warm coat and bring a thermos filled with tea. There is no reason to miss out on the Flederhaus!

You can currently find the Flederhaus in front of the Museumsquartier (museum quarter) in Vienna. However, there are plans to move it to a new location sometime soon, so we’ll make sure to keep you updated on its whereabouts. Opening hours are daily from 11 – 19 o’clock.

All photos by Mischa Erben.