What you see today is 18th-century Baroque. Imagine that the most powerful woman in Europe either was pregnant or had a newborn for half of her 40 year reign. Renting the audioguide brings the exhibits to life and lets you hear the collection's fascinating old instruments being played. A century later, after losing WWI and its empire, Vienna's just more laid back. In other words, for generations, this has been the place for far-away food. Locals who contributed each symbolically "own" one for their donation. Six centuries of Habsburgs ruled from here, including Maria Theresa in the late 1700s. The church and its towers, especially the 450-foot south tower, give the city its most iconic image. The venerable Café Sperl is still furnished as it was on the day it opened back in 1880. The Italian collection is particularly strong. Paperback $13.99 $ 13. Melk's restored abbey is one of Europe's great sights. $3.99 shipping. Vienna. One of the world's most stunning collections of royal regalia, the Hofburg Treasury shows off sparkling crowns, jewels, gowns, and assorted Habsburg bling in darkened rooms. Sauerkraut vendor: Four days old! For centuries, Vienna was the crown jewel of the rich and powerful Habsburg Empire. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Vienna, Austria and find out what to do on your next trip. Sisi's hard-earned tiny waist was 21 inches around at age 50…after giving birth to four children. The German-speaking locals call their town "Wien." See all. They change regularly and reflect current happenings in town. Room after luxurious room, the palace heralds the story of a powerful family. Here in the foothills of the Alps, locals enjoy their natural backyard. She was famous for having 16 children and cleverly marrying many of them into Europe's various royal families in order to expand her empire. Rick: Umm, that's more powerful; it's more sweet — I like it. This title will be released on February 25, 2020. WWII damage was heavy inside and out. The 11th-century Imperial Cross preceded the emperor in ceremonies. Farther from the center, the Naschmarkt becomes likably seedy, less expensive, and surrounded by sausage stands, Turkish döner kebab stalls, cafés, and theaters. The choice of style seems to fit the buildings' function. King Solomon's portrait is Old Testament proof that kings can be wise and good. About 2,000 spots on comfy benches face a 60-foot-wide screen up against the City Hall's Neo-Gothic facade. Bagpipes symbolized hedonism. Her main goals in life seem to have been preserving her beautiful empress image, maintaining her Barbie-Doll figure, and tending to her cascading hair. This fresco shows off her state-of-the art military. While it's fun to chase down all these royal body parts, remember that the real legacy of the Habsburgs is the magnificence of their city. This was Franz Josef in 1915, when he was 85 years old. In 1898, while visiting Geneva, in Switzerland, Empress Elisabeth was assassinated by an Italian anarchist. When I think about Vienna, I think about good living: elegant parks, romantic Danube River, imperial art collections, great music. Sisi's often been compared with Princess Diana because of her beauty, her bittersweet life, and her tragic death. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, It was here, in Vienna's City Park, in the Kursalon, where the "Waltz King" himself directed wildly popular concerts in the late 1800s. Vienna has long been the easternmost city of the West. Kindle $9.99 $ 9. see our FAQ. You can also stroll the gardens, tour the Imperial Carriage Museum, and visit a handful of lesser sights nearby. But we're here in July…and nothing's scheduled. Rick Steves' Europe. Immersed in music history — this portrait is of a 13-year-old Beethoven — visitors can actually hear these precious instruments being played with the accompanying audio guide. 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