Austrian wins rent-free flat in treasure hunt

Austrian wins rent-free flat in treasure hunt
An Austrian woman is going to live rent-free for two years after winning the largest prize in a treasure hunt held in Vienna over the weekend.

A giant construction site in the third district’s Erdberger Lände was transformed into a treasure hunter's dream. At the Laendyard Rush Festival, 400 adults and children dug up boxes with possible hidden treasures, such as silver coins and club tickets.

Attendees were told to bring shovels and spades to dig around in the sand at a chance to win prizes, the biggest being the chance to live rent-free for two years in a two-bedroom apartment decorated by Kare Design.

Kerstin Frey, 28, from Simmering was the lucky winner. The apartment will be in one of the several buildings going up in the area and construction is set to start this summer.

Winner Kerstin Frey (middle) Photo: Lipiarski/Nilsson

Frey was very excited about the prospect of a new apartment. “I will be one of the first tenants of the new neighbourhood,” she said.

Mathew Kanniakonil, another lucky winner, walked away with a brand new bicycle.

The treasure hunt was accompanied by music from DJ Hermes and 88,6, as well as food stands, graffiti workshops and pop-up stores.

JP Immobilien, the real-estate agency in charge of the construction site, said they wanted to use the site to hold the treasure hunt before they begin building new office and residential spaces there.

Written by: Helena Uhl


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