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From one imperial capital to another: Pip and I travelled to the beautiful city of Vienna in early 2008. It seems Vienna has three faces: from the monumental, Parisian scale of the Ringstrasse, through the gothic alleys of the city centre, to the crescendo of fin de siècle Vienna.

Athena looks out over imperial Vienna The Austrian Parliament The House Of Deputies
The Austrian Parliament
The Austrian Parliament, by Theophil Hansen, dominates the Ringstrasse. It was originally constructed as the parliament of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The Austrian Parliament The Marble Hall The House Of Deputies
The Rathaus The Opera
The Volkstheater The Rathaus The Stock Exchange
A vast array of monuments line the Ringstrasse.
The Burgtheater Augustinerkirche
The Burgtheater was constructed in the 1880s.
The Natural History Museum The Burgtheater The Museum Of Art
The Neue Burg wing of the Hofburg, facing Heroes' Square
Entrance to the Hofburg The Hofburg
The Hofburg palace sprawls across the centre of Vienna. It includes in its precincts Augustinerkirche (which contains the Herzgruft), the National Library, the state apartments and a number of museums.
The Austrian National Library The exterior of the National Library The Hofburg
The Austrian National Library The Hofburg A glass house in the Hofburg grounds
Vienna University Some sort of giant man The Musikverein
Karlskirche Karlskirche
Karlskirche, at the time of our visit, was spoilt by a gigantic scaffold carrying tourists up to the dome fresco.
It would seem imperial Vienna is Maria Theresa's city A carriage and a view of the Rathaus A statue
St. Stephan's Cathedral St. Stephan's Cathedral
The cathedral Carriages next to the cathedral The glorious pulpit
St. Stephan's Cathedral (Stephansdom) was begun in the 1100s, though most of the visible structure dates from the 1400s. A vast crypt lies under the cathedral containing the innards of the imperial family. The main Imperial Crypt is in the modest Kapuzinerkirche.
The cathedral The cathedral Carriages from above
Peterskirche Peterskirche Peterskirche
Peterskirche is a baroque masterpiece.
The Votivkirche The Votivkirche
The Votivkirche organ The Votivkirche The Votivkirche
The Votivkirche was constructed in the 1800s to celebrate the survival of Emperor Franz Joseph after an attack.
Maria Am Gestade Maria Vom Siege The Schottenstift (Scotch abbey)
Vienna has two further major palaces after the Hofburg.
Belvedere Palace
The Gloriette at Schönbrunn
Schönbrunn Palace
The Gloriette
The Gloriette was constructed in the 1700s in the reign of Maria Theresa.
Wagner's Neustiftgasse building Wagner's Postsparkasse Raiffeisenbank
Vienna is home to a large number of art nouveau buildings, often by the architect Otto Wagner.
Zentralfriedhof Beethoven's grave
Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) contains the graves of many prominent people associated with Vienna, such as Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss.
Zentralfriedhof church Zentralfriedhof church
Zentralfriedhof church Zentralfriedhof Kettenbrückengasse U-Bahn
Otto Wagner also designed a large number of the central U-Bahn stations. Those at Karlsplatz and Hietzing are particularly beautiful.
Karlsplatz U-Bahn Hietzing (Schönbrunn) U-Bahn The other side of Karlsplatz U-Bahn, now a café
The French embassy The Secession building Malerei Architektur Plastik
Wagner's Majolikahaus Majolikahaus (Linke Wienzeile) Zum Anker, by Wagner
Wagner, who was a member of the Vienna Secession, also designed the Majolikahaus and Zum Anker.
Kirche Am Steinhof Kirche Am Steinhof
Kirche Am Steinhof Kirche Am Steinhof Kirche Am Steinhof
The Kirche Am Steinhof (St. Leopold) is Otto Wagner's masterpiece. It is part of a psychiatric hospital, and, following recent restoration, can (at the time of writing) be visited on Saturdays at 3pm.

We also went on a brief, impromptu trip to Bratislava (Pressburg, Pozsony), the capital of modern Slovakia, and capital of Hungary during the long occupation of Hungary proper by the Ottoman Turks.

The Primate's Palace A church and a view of the castle
Michael's Gate The town hall
St. Martin's Cathedral, where Hungarian monarchs were crowned after the destruction of the basilica of Szekesfehervar People at the cathedral
Trinity Church Grassalkovich (Presidential) Palace

In 2011 I made another brief visit to Vienna.

The Natural History Museum
The Museum Of Art Staircase in the Museum Of Art Hercules beating off a centaur
The Egyptian galleries Under the dome The foyer
The Hofburg The Hofburg Glasshouses in grounds
Mozart Maria Theresa
The Rathaus I have a drawing just like this The opera from behind
Piaristenkeller Mozart used to dine here The Imperial Treasury
The True Cross The Holy Lance The Crown Of The Holy Roman Empire
Christ's loincloth A nail from the crucifixion The Crown Of Austria