Tuesday, November 1, 2016

180. Farewell to Vienna ...

After two weeks of wandering Vienna's streets, the time has come to think about moving on to my next destination ... but before I pack the computer away, here are a few impressions of this interesting metropolis ...

 View of the city and the two channels of the Danube River
from Kahlberg lookout ... old city to the right and new city to the left 
and vineyards showing off their golden leaves in the foreground ...

  Vienna's most famous citizen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  1756 - 1791

 another famous citizen is St Stephens Cathedral -
dating back to the 15th century - found in the centre of the old city ...

 ... waiting for all those cashed-up tourists ...

interior bling ...


 ... but probably the most famous of all is Franz Joseph I - Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia from 1848 until his death in 1916. It was during his rein of 68 years that much of Vienna's grand public and private buildings - including his many palaces dotted throughout the city - were built.


  ... and his Empress Elizabeth ( Sisi ) 



 Anton Bruckner - composer

 Hans Makart - painter - early teacher of Klimt

  Franz Schubert 

... don't know what these two boys were fighting about ...

 ... but it suddenly turned nasty ...

 ... another couple of fellas having fun ...

 ... maybe they were fighting over who got to wear the fig leaf ...

  ... but then the missus stepped in and that was that ...


 Austrian Parliament Building ...

 ... with Pallas Anthene Brunnen and her team out front ...
... very impressive building ...

  Prinz Eugen von Savoyen

As well as the famous St Stephens Cathedral, Vienna is home to many fine Gothic and Baroque churches - ranging from the simple to the outrageous ...

  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
 
    Karlskirche Cathedral ...

where I attended a wonderful concert of Mozart's Requiem ...

 the - simple from the outside, but wow inside - St Peters Church

came to a beautiful organ recital of Mozart Music 
here on my last night in Vienna ... 

 Jesuitenkirche ...

  ... pretty amazing artworks inside - and not a tourist in sight ...

... Autumn hedge and path in Volksgarten ...

And plenty of art galleries and museums to keep this traveler occupied for 14 days and nights  ... many of which did not allow photography - and some who had exhibitions that were not really worthwhile photographing ... !!! ...

 The Museum Quartier is the main fine art centre - 
with four major galleries through that archway ...

 The Mumok Contemporary Art Gallery ...

 The Karlssplatz art museum ...

 The Leopold Museum ...

 The Museum of Art History

The Museum of Natural History 

Museum of Music

 The Austrian National Library 

 ... beautiful Baroque interior ...

 Neue Burg Palace - museum and art gallery

 ... detail ...

Then of course there are the two principal Habsburg Palaces
where most tourists flock to ...

Schonbrunn Palace

 Belevedere Palace

 ... art instalation in the Palce pond by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei ...
201 Lotus Flowers, each composed of five life vests, 
drawing attention to the plight of refugees.
  
 City Hall - Christmas markets setting up in front ... !!!

Vienna is a city of architecture with extraordinary examples
of 19th and 20th century apartment and business buildings ...






... and the Hundertwasserhaus ... a complex of restored ( 1983 ) apartments and business shop fronts designed by Friedensreich  Hundertwasser ...






 ... and his District Thermal Heating Plant of 1992


 ... then on the other side of the river is the new city - but we wont go there ...

 

 The city has several theatres, but the two principals are

 The Burgtheater

rear view from the Volksgarten ...

 ... and the Vienna Opera House ...

 ... lavish interiors ...


The Opera House was built in the late 1800's but unfortunately fires caused by American bombing towards the end of WWII destroyed all but the front section - including the lavish marble staircases and vestibule. Restoration and redesigning took place after the war between 1948 and 1956.


And so my two weeks in Vienna has come to a close, and after another quick stroll through the Vienna Woods, I head with my packed suitcases to my local underground station - Margaretengurtel

 
... for a quick ride to the grown-up rail station where my shiny red and white coach waits to whisk me off to my next destination ...


 ... stay tuned ...