on December 10, 2008
This is a not to miss site on your tour of Vienna. The artifacts, rooms and riches on this tour are amazing to see. The Habsburgs really lived in the lap of luxury….even by todays standards.The building itself still houses the offices of the President of Austria as well as an important congress center and numerous art collections, but there is a good portion set aside as a museum. See how Empress Elizabeth spent her days and nights in her wonderfully appointed apartment.The tour starts off with the impressive silver collection as well as all the different china services. The Habsburgs changed the design on all the china, each year. We’re talkin’ 4,000 pieces, feeding at least 3,000 on any given day with all the staff as well as family.There are steamer trunks filled with dishes for their frequent boat trips, as well a a duck press. Apparently Elizabeth was under the impression that the raw juice that came from ducks helped preserve her youth, so hence the duck press.There is a room dedicated to Empress Elizabeths’ murder as well.You can visit her bathroom, bedroom and sitting room as well as see some of her dresses and hair ornaments.It’s a really interesting tour and takes a couple hours to go thru the entire thing. With your admission, you get a handset for your language and it will take you thru each and every room.I recommend it for the history lesson as well as the awe of royal living.The adult cost is 9.90Euro without the audioguide and 12.40Euro with the audioguide.We had a Vienna Card and it was a little cheaper to get in, but I can’t recall the cost.The best part about the trip is that you can go at your own pace if you have an audioguide.
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