Vienna's Imperial Furniture Collection - trip report

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11-30-2010 08:41 PM

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So. We are returned from our opera trip to Vienna. Without doubt the highlight was a spectacular Alcina, followed closely by an excellent Rigoletto, and ended with a pretty poor Manon Lescaut.
Vienna is, quite simply, spectacular – everywhere you turn is a palace, mansion, park, or some other splendid building. Having been before about 10 years ago we skipped the palaces – there’s only so much ornate goldwork one can view in one lifetime. And for 14 euros you can get a week-long travel ticket and ride the buses, trams and metro from dawn ‘till dusk and beyond, stopping anywhere that looks interesting – I love those tickets.

But. To woodworking. My wife and I stumbled across the Imperial Furniture Museum, and spent about 5 hours wandering around, reading the plaques (all in English and German), and being amazed. To be sure, it’s very Vienna centric, but who knew that they used to move the entire furniture from one palace to another when the family moved?! I’d have thought they could afford a set per palace, but apparently not. Much of it, of course, is behind a pretty high-tech security system, but there was a hall where you could sit in (and look at the construction of) one of around 30 chairs…

(The museum has, my wife told me having read a plaque that I didn’t, over 18,000 chairs! (yes, eighteen thousand))
There was this quite amazing (reproduction of) an old veneer making machine…

and some lovely pieces everywhere (depending, of course, on your taste)...

Apologies for the poor photo quality – cheapest mobile phone on the market.

If you’re ever in Vienna I’d have no hesitation in recommending a visit.
If you’re thinking of going, I’d be happy to tell you what we found out – just drop me a PM.

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 09:50 PM

Interesting, Jenn and I often talk of taking a trip overseas, Vienna would be one of the key places to go.

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