11 reasons we love AND hate the Donauinselfest - Vienna Würstelstand

11 reasons we love AND hate the Donauinselfest

June 18, 2019
Donauinselfest
Donauinselfest

11 reasons we love
AND hate the
Donauinselfest

June 18, 2019

Vienna Würstelstand's says

Like that guy or girl that we know is bad for us and will give us an obscure STD everytime, but that can’t resist, we have a love-hate relationship with the Donauinselfest. Here’s 11 reasons why:

(Header pic © Niko Havranek)

1. It’s Free

+ Love: that it’s free. Free parties are always good. As its claim to fame goes – it’s the biggest free festival in Europe!
– Hate: that free means hundreds of people crowd the island, making this the largest amount of drunk people to be found on one island (except maybe on Phi Phi island in Thailand).


© Niko Havranek

 

2. Langos

+ Love: the taste of the must-have Donauinselfest snack – the greasy, garlicky langos
– Hate: the lethal, toe-curling, toxic burps and garlic-nfused sweat that follows. Try getting a date with that breath, Langos boy/girl!


© Niko Havranek

 

3. The music

+ Love: that you can discover local up-and-coming bands
– Hate: that most acts are bands that play every year, once had a song on the radio, and you wouldn’t even torrent their music for free


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4. The People

+ Love: that all sorts of people come together at this festival
– Hate: that all kinds of people coming together includes random gangs of bored young guys looking for trouble, and your mother being at the same music festival you are, as she comes to throw her panties at Hansi Hinterseer, or any other Schlager Sänger*in performing there.


© Niko Havranek

 

5. The wigs

+ Love: the colourful wigs for sale
– Hate: the colourful wigs for sale


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6. Backpack beer sellers

+ Love: the illegal backpack beer sellers
– Hate: that they always show up 5 minutes after you’ve spent 5€ on a flat and warm beer


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7. It’s in the open air and out in nature

+ Love: that it’s in nature and on an island
– Hate: how people go all primal in nature leading to vomit and pee pool booby traps all over the island, and sex in the bushes (this is ok if it’s us, of course)


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8. The lucrative beer cup deposit money-making business plan

+ Love: how you can make a profitable night out by collecting the abandoned plastic beer cups with a deposit on them at the end of the night
– Hate: that this is still our main source of income


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9. The passive weed smoking

+ Love: the passive weed smoking at Reggae music acts (or let’s be honest, at any music act)
– Hate: that you have to sit through a Reggae music act to passively smoke weed


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10. The FM4 stage

+ Love: the FM4 stage
– Hate: how it’s so far away from everything else that you fail to make it sometimes


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11. The Dixie Klos

+ Love: people watching the queues in front of the Dixie Klos and putting bets on if they’ll make it, or give up and disappear into the bushes
– Hate: when it’s us in the queue going to the ‘Can-you-stand-the-stink-long-enough-to-pee’ Dixie Klos


© Niko Havranek

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