Pretty much all the remaining Vienna photos here, including shots from (below) the roof of a museum inside the “MuseumsQuartier” complex which encompasses the land on which the former imperial stables were housed and (above) one entrance to the huge Hofburg complex, aka the main imperial palace are which now houses a mix of state offices (e.g. Austrian President’s office) and public museums.
The Secession Building, located quite close to the high-baroque Karlskirche featured in our last post, was designed in 1897 as a statement of modernity by a leader in a new movement of artists and designers then flourishing in Vienna. After being burnt by retreating German forces at the end of WWII, it was later lovingly restored.
All my remaining photos of the grounds and building of Schönbrunn Palace. Just above, the west wing of the palace as seen from the west gardens, and above that, a greenhouse we didn’t enter, on the west side of the grounds. Immediately below, two photos I snuck while touring the rooms inside that wing and the rest of the palace: the photo out the window is looking out towards the Gloriette, built at the highest point in the park and from which (or of which) came most of the photos in the larger gallery further below. Just below the two circular indoor photos is one of my total favorite elements: a fake Roman Ruin! Yes, the Habsurgs must have suffered from imposter syndrome because they seem at some point in the 18th century or so to have decided it would enhance their prestige to have a “Roman Ruin” on the grounds of their summer palace. Umm, ok…. :-).
A (rainy) daytime view of Vienna’s Stephansdom (of you’ve seen the nighttime view in an earlier post), along with a few scenes from the plaza and adjoining streets around it on that particular afternoon.
That’s the actual Schönbrunn Palace at the bottom of the hill — and we will show more of it in future posts, I promise – but since the stroll through the grounds with autumnal foliage everywhere was so lovely, that’s the focus today :-).