Monday, October 27, 2008

Photo Scapbook: Vienna, Part I

We spent four nights in Vienna at the Hotel Austria Trend. The first evening we attended a Strauss-Mozart concert in Redoutensaal Hall in the Hofburg Palace complex.
The Vienna Opera House was built between 1863 and 1869 on the new Ring Boulevard; on March 12, 1945, the interior was mostly destroyed. It reopened in November 1955 with the facade and main foyer restored; interior renovations were modified due to cost. Doug and I toured the opera house, which presents more than 60 operas and ballet works on 285 days for the 2008-09 season. We attended Holy Mass at the Hofburgkapelle in the Hofburg Palace complex; the Vienna Boys' choir sang that morning.

We toured the Hofburg Palace, residence of the Habsburg dynasty for over 600 years until 1918. The Imperial Silver Collection was magnificent as were the 19 state and private rooms of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. This table was set for a "typical" family dinner at the Hofburg Palace.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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