Viena preserva riqueza e sofisticação dos tempos imperiais

Vienna preserves wealth and sophistication from imperial times

Vienna is a city that exudes the sophistication of an erudite culture. There are dozens of theaters, palaces and other buildings that recall the height of the famous dynasties and composers.

Imposing buildings, which impress by their beautiful shapes and ostentation, preserve the same characteristics of centuries ago, the time of Habsburg and of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Haydn.

But Vienna does not live only from memories of the past, from the height of Habsburg power. Until today, the cultural and social program is effervescent: more than 150 gala balls are held each year in the Austrian capital, a tradition since the Habsburg era, which opened the imperial halls to the city’s inhabitants.

Vienna also keeps other traditions, such as the tailoring that manufactured some of the coats of the Imperial Court, which is still in operation, under the tutelage of the same family.

Vienna has an important and well preserved set of historic and still active buildings, with emphasis on the magnificent Vienna State Opera (Staatsoper), which hosts more than 300 shows a year.

Vienna State Opera is the most important classical music place in the world

Masterpieces residences

There are many places dedicated to the visual arts. In them are the originals of the works of art that enchant the world and are abundantly reproduced.

The Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) is an impressive journey through the world of the arts, with works by Vermeer, Brueghel, Velásquez and Rafael, in addition to having an extensive collection of Egyptian objects.

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The cream of the visual arts

Albertina is a gallery that has one of the most exciting collections in all of Europe. They are works signed by Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Juan Miró, Wassilij Wassiljewitsch Kandinsky and Edvard Munch, among many others.

Sumptuous palaces

Vienna’s palaces, many preserved today, reflect the wealth and glamor of the nobility of the Austrian empire. Schönbrunn, for example, where Empress Maria Theresia Habsburg lived, has more than 1,000 retirees, built in the Rococo style. Highlight for the large ballroom, with its large mirrors and chandeliers, and the beautiful garden right at the entrance to the property.

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World of Sisi

For more than 500 years, the Hofburg Palace was the residence of the Habsburgs. Today, the rooms and luxurious items of the monarchy are preserved and open to public visitation, such as glass cases, silver and porcelain objects, kitchen utensils and table games.

The visit is divided into three parts: the Imperial Apartments (Kaiserappartements), the Silver Court and the Museum of Sisi.

The wife of Emperor Francisco José I, Isabel Amália Eugénia, Sisi, became known for her rebelliousness towards life at court, her obsession with beauty (and thinness) and profound melancholy. In the museum, dresses, utensils and portraits of the empress, who ended up murdered in Geneva, 1898, are on display.

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In addition to the preserved buildings, the glamor of this golden age is also present in the various stores of decoration pieces and sophisticated household items, and also at Flohmarkt, the popular “flea market”, a gigantic open-air market where the most popular products are sold. several articles.

In Vienna, markets to “take a bite” or to panic relics

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