The Hofburg and The Natural History Museum
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The first day we were 'adventuring' on our own. First we went to the Hofburg, and the Sissi Museum. We saw the outside the day before, but we...or actually I...wanted to see the museum as well. I simply love those movies.
The nice thing was we could buy one ticket for 5 attractions, the so-called Sissi ticket, which gave access to the Silver collection, Sissi-museum, the Imperial Apartments, Furniture museum (but we haven't been there) and Schloss Schönbrunn. They also had an audio tour included, which was nice. But personally, especially with the silver collection, it could get a bit too much.
As said, we started with the Silver Collection, the glass- and silverware used during the Hapsburg Dynasty. You can see how the taste for silverware changed during that time, and how the dining tables looked like, not only for family, but also for banquets.
From the Silver Collection we moved on to the Sissi-Museum. It depicts the life of Sissi from when she was a little girl to her assassination in 1898 in Geneva. You can see items from her childhood, the dress she wore the evening before her wedding, the one she wore at the coronation in Hungary and a few other dresses, portraits, jewels, and even some of her poems are on display. It tells her story about how she felt about the life as a princess/empress, her rebellion against the courts ceremonial business, the obsession with her beauty, and her death wish.
From the sad story that Sissi's life had become we entered the Imperial apartments. Emperor Franz Joseph and Sissi lived here with their children and the entire royal household.
The Natural History Museum was about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Museam Quartier. It is really immense. No other museum i've been to was that big, and that was only from the outside. It first started with a huge mineral collection, as in 4 big rooms entirely filled with everything from tiny pieces in showcases to large chunks of minerals.
There also was a Vivarum, unfortunately part of it was under construction, so we could only see it partially. There were all kinds of bugs, and a whole bunch of exotic fish, It was also nice to actually see something alive in there after all the stuffed animals. Actually it is pretty sad if you realize that a big part of what is displayed there....is extinct, and never to be seen again.