Vienna - Day 1
|St Stephan's Cathedral. Our hotel is on the right|
of the building at the right of the frame.
|The beautiful patterned tile roof of the cathedral|
was restored after bomb damage in WW2.
|This peculiar column is the Pestsäule or "Plague Column" erected|
after the Great Plague in 1679. Many central European cities
and towns have such a column - but it's usually much less ornate.
|The top section of the Pestsäule is unusually ornate|
|At the end of the street looms just a small portion of the expansive Hopburg.|
|Beautiful old buildings in the "Graben" shopping mall.|
|Not a table decoration for a ball, but a showpiece for a "cakeshop" window.|
|Inside the famous "Demel" pastry shop and chocolaterie. It was|
established in 1786 and became a "Purveyor to the Imperial and Royal Court"
|When in Vienna ... drink coffee and eat cake like the Viennese. Delicious!|
The Hofburg and the Spanish Riding School
|The hall is 55 meters long and 18 meters wide.|
The Royal Box is at the far end, opposite the
entrance above which this picture was taken.
|The figurines on sale in the Gift Shop show the uniforms worn by the riders.|
|Spanish Riding School Lippizan stallions in the Winter Riding School arena.|
Photo by "sparre" (2003), uploaded to Wikipedia
|The exit from the covered carriageway into the inner courtyard.|
|On the exterior façade and in the courtyard the large gateway|
is flanked by large statues of mythological heroes.
This could be Hercules again - he's often seen clubbing people.
|The inner courtyard in the Hofburg Palace complex.|
Emperor Franz I stands out in the cold.
|The "new castle" section (1881 - 1913)|
|The Museum of Art History seen from its "twin", the Museum of Natural History.|
|Along the façade are statues representing the|
continents - here "America and Australia".
|The entrance foyer is impressive in itself.|
|The work of art in the foyer was "um ... er ...interesting!" and defied description!|
|The false dome above foyer with opening to the upper levels of the museum.|
|The splendid staircase to the upper levels.|
|A particularly beautiful mineral specimen|
|The coffee shop /cafe is on the upper level beneath|
the main dome with a view down to the foyer.
|The dome of the museum building.|
|Visitors gather in the entrance hall waiting for a tour in one of several languages.|
|Several composers famously associated with Viennese musical life|
are commemorated by busts high up near the ceiling. Some are
no longer well known, but Beethoven's "star" has never faded!
|Decoration in the entrance hall.|
|Beautiful decoration along the passage ways and stair cases|
|Technicians and stage hands install sets for the evening's performance of Fidelio.|
There is a different opera or ballet every night, so each day the stage is reset.
|A section of the beautiful auditorium|
Vienna has long enjoyed a reputation as a city with a fine appreciation of the arts and many of its composers, musicians, poets and writers are recognised by statues, busts or names of streets and public places.
|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)|
Poet, dramatist, scientific writer and statesman.
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)|
Composer, performer, musical genius
|Franz Joseph I|
Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia.
President of the German Confederation (1856-1866)
|Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)|
Composer and pianist.
Vienna after dark
We were fortunate to see Vienna wearing its Christmas lights and decorations as they came down just after we left. The streets looked particularly beautiful at night.
|Vienna by night|
|The "Graben" pedestrian mall|
|Decorations along "Rotenturm Strasse"|
(Red Tower Street)
|The view into the pedestrian mall from our hotel window.|
Paul & Judy