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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
July 26, 2010
From journal 4 Days in Vienna
London, United Kingdom
July 10, 2001
From journal Vienna: City of Imperial Nostalgia
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
May 22, 2006
From journal Vienna Getaway
Williams Lake, British Columbia
September 10, 2000
From journal Four days in Vienna
November 29, 2000
From journal Austria: Vienna
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 23, 2010
From journal Vienna at Christmas
by wanderer 2005
December 10, 2008
From journal Great Pizza in Vienna?
New Delhi, India
July 13, 2006
The tour of the Imperial Apartments includes both public and private rooms. Among the public rooms, the more prominent ones are:
1. The waiting room for subjects seeking an audience with the Emperor. Anybody from the Austro-Hungarian empire could meet the Emperor, the only stipulation being that they must be either formally dressed, or if they did not possess formal clothes, should wear national dress—a costume often adopted by peasants. The room, though not exceptional in itself, contains life size figures dressed in the national costumes of people from across the empire.2. The conference room, richly decorated in shades of greenish-blue. Although Franz Josef had somewhat simple tastes himself, this room, being a public one, is sumptuous.3. The Bergl rooms, immensely striking rooms named for the artist who painted them. The walls and ceilings of the rooms are covered with a continuous mural depicting exotic flora and fauna. It’s a sight to be seen.
The private rooms include the Emperor’s own bedroom and study, both low on luxury and decorated mainly with photographs and paintings of his wife and children. Franz Josef comes across as a home-loving and simple man, very different from his eccentric and flamboyant wife.
Sisi’s rooms (all gold and white stucco), which follow, are much more luxurious and almost act as an extension of the Sisi Museum. These chambers, which Sisi crowded with flower arrangements, contain original furniture, furnishings, fittings and displays, although her will, which lies on her desk, is a facsimile. You’ll see her bedroom and her bathroom, where she had installed Austria’s first bathtub. Incidentally, it used to take Sisi a full day to wash her ankle-length hair, and it used to be shampooed with a mixture of egg yolks and cognac. A hairdresser would spend 2-3 hours daily in dressing Sisi’s hair, and Sisi would spend the time in learning Greek from her tutor (other than German and Greek, Sisi was also fluent in English, French and Hungarian).
As part of Sisi’s rooms, you’ll also get to see the wooden gymnastics equipment Sisi used to keep in shape (and boy, was she in shape: at 5’9", she had a waist of 20"!) Unlike her husband, Sisi does not appear to have been particularly attached to either her spouse or her children: portraits and other reminders of these people are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, Sisi’s rooms are more full of pictures of her own siblings and other family from Bavaria.
All in all, the Hofburg palace complex is worth a visit. It offers a fairly in-depth view of the Imperial household, and is definitely worth every cent you spend on it.
From journal Vienna Rolls--And Rocks!
March 10, 2001
From journal Vienna in January