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London, United Kingdom
July 26, 2001
The parts we visited are the only parts open to the public - the Imperial Apartments and the Imperial Silver Collection.
The exhibits, admittedly fantastic, were a bit "dry" - there's only so many china plates and candlesticks you can look at in one day! The simple wander around the imperial apartments was a bit of a let down as well.
All in all, I mostly recommend a night visit where you can sit in front of the palace as long as you want and gaze at its simply magnificent architecture. The museum itself is a bit of a let down.
From journal Viennese Whirl
July 10, 2001
From journal Vienna: City of Imperial Nostalgia
March 10, 2001
From journal Vienna in January
March 9, 2001
The Royal Apartments are dedicated to the memory of Emperor Franz Josef and his wife the Empress Elizabeth "Sisi". Their portraits by the famed artist Franz Xavier Winterhaulter are in the Grand Salon. Sisi is gorgeous in a white ball gown with stars in her hair and Franz Josef is dressed in a red and white military uniform. There is another Winterhaulter portait of Sisi in the Emperor's study which is informal with her very long hair hanging loose and this is said to be the emperor's favorite picture of his wife. Since she spent a great deal of time away from him it must have been cold comfort.
We had a headphone tour of the apartments which was quite interesting. As you begin the tour there is a large genealogy chart so that you can try to figure out who some of the people are. The rooms are of impressive size and the decorations are luxurious but there is an underlying sadness here for a time that has past and will never return.
One of the early rooms has lots of informal childhood pictures that give a pretty good idea of what kind of a life imperial children led. Some of their toys have been preserved. In Sisi's room her exercise equipment is still there waiting for her and we learned that she perhaps was one of the early anorexics. She was obsessed with keeping her figure and almost never ate. This caused problems at dinner parties where guests were not allowed to eat after the empress or emperor had finished, guests soon learned to eat before they came to a dinner party at the palace.
We got to walk through their personal rooms as well as the formal rooms and the dining room was especially attractive, set up for a small family dinner. I have included a picture that I took of it; photography was discouraged in the apartments.
November 29, 2000
From journal Austria: Vienna
New York, New York
October 30, 2000
From journal Wonderful Vienna
Williams Lake, British Columbia
September 10, 2000
From journal Four days in Vienna