The daily use carriages of the Habsburgs, the so-called “Ordinari-Wägen,” are also on display in the Carriage Museum at the Schoenbrunn Castle. In good weather they could also be driven with the top down.
Inside of the Schönbrunn Park is the world’s oldest, still existing zoo, the Tiergarten Schönbrunn. Right next to the zoo, the largest greenhouse on the European continent, the Palm House, soars into the sky.
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For more than 600 years Vienna was the center of imperial elegance and the Habsburg power. From the 13th century to the end of World War I, the Habsburg dynasty reigned over their large, multinational empire from Vienna. The epicenter of imperial power was the Hofburg. Each of the emperors expanded the Hofburg by another new castle.
Vienna is still stuffed with strange customs and curious places, royal mummies and catacombs. If you want to know the flip side of this beautiful city, you are here at the right place.
The Habsburg Dynasty had a tradition that was a bit like that of the Pharaohs: After the death of a Habsburg the heart and viscera were removed from the body according to strict ceremony.
In Vienna lived and worked Antonio Vivaldi, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauß, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg and many other famous composers.
In a city with such a rich musical tradition, it is no surprise to find an above-average number of outstanding opera and concert houses.
When were you last in a restaurant that was first mentioned in documents fifty years before the discovery of America and has been in the same place ever since?
Or in the one where Ludwig van Beethoven regularly ordered his indispensible dose of red wine and coffee?
And what about the coffeehouse that Adolf Hitler and Gustav Klimt visited at same time for years?
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With its wide avenues, noble palais and imperial castles, Vienna is an open-air monument to the Habsburg Empire.
Some of the most beautiful and interesting castles are here.
The architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach designed the baroque complex for the Emperor Leopold I. The various wings of the palace contain more than 1,400 rooms, many of which have been maintained in their original condition: mostly in Rococo style with wall ornamentation in gold leaf.
The Palace Theater where Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once performed is located in one of the side wings of the palace.
This is where Mozart lost a contest for composers to his perpetual rival Antonio Salieri.
Schönbrunn Park, Vienna (Photo: Maximilian Just)
Behind the palace is the Schönbrunn Park. The ample, sculptured park design from the time of Maria Theresa has mostly been maintained in its original Baroque style.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is one of the five most important fine arts museums in the world.
But what differentiates this museum from other important museums is its artistic staging of the building itself.
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