Vienna Day 1
Our first day in Vienna! We began our walk downtown and happened upon the Secession building by Otto Wagner and Gustav Klimt! We learned about this building in Architecture History and it was so cool to see it in person. We also walked around the Opera the outside of the Opera House. They had these really cool glass things in the windows. It was a cool interplay between modern and old. We continued our Rick Steves’ walk through the center of town and went into the Cathedral. It was beautiful! and huge! Unfortunately we weren’t able to explore the whole thing because they were closing down for midday mass and the way the rest of the day was planned we never made it back inside. We went on and looked at other cool city monuments and ate some cute sandwiches down a little street.
Next on the List was the Hapsburg Palace. Our ticket began with us going through the royal silver collection. There was a lot more than silver there. There was so much gold and silver and porcelain and just SO MUCH STUFF! It was unfathomable where and how they kept and used all of these items. They explained how they had needed to use them and how they kept things but it was still amazing. You could even see the little scratch marks from the knives and forks. Napoleon or the Emperor of Austria could have eaten ON THIS PLATE! It was crazy! Next in the museum/palace was the Sisi Museum. This was dedicated to the Austrian Empress Sisi, who was one of the most beautiful women of her day. She led a troubled life with some serious health and psychological disorders, but overall was mainly misunderstood. She loved her husband, the Emperor, but did not love the life of royalty. She longed for life outside the palace and wanted to participate in things like sport where it was not suitable for an Empress to partake in. She often traveled on vacations simply to escape the palace and she didn’t even care so much for her own children. The museum also went into her obsessions with exercise and with yummy chocolate treats and her beauty routines (2 hours to brush her hair!) She was murdered by an Italian (oops!) but was given what she ultimately longed for – peace in death. She became severely depressed after her son, the heir to the throne was killed/committed suicide over a lost love. It was very interesting and sad, but you came to love and appreciate this woman who lived so long ago.
Our final destination for the day was the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Which had little pieces of Klimt work on the walls. Most of it was filled with painting after painting after painting. Most of them I didn’t recognize but there were SO MANY. They were so huge and some so small and paintings from all over Europe. It was a bit overwhelming and exhausting and I wish we would have bought the audio guide instead of just reading about it. When you have to read about artwork it detracts a bit from the work itself because you’re standing so close to the work you can’t appreciate what it’s describing. Lesson learned there.
We finished the day getting some yummy Austrian food at a little cafe we found on the way home. Seemed kinda touristy but oh well – it was nourishment.
PLP Break Day 5 – Vienna, a set on Flickr.