Vienna – City of Gold

Vienna, or “Wien” as it is called in the local parlance, has long been a city defined by elegance, and extravagance. As early as 1278, the Habsburg family came to power in Vienna, and created a dynasty which would consume all surrounding countries, and eventually even envelope much of the aging Roman Empire, to create the so-called “Habsburg Dynasty”. This powerful family lived and ruled in Vienna, building extravagant monuments to their own greatness in the form of a monstrous family compound and palace. Remnants of this era of immoderation and great power remain even to this day.

The palaces and lavish lifestyles of the ruling class caused great unrest and suffering amongst the common people of the day. In spite of this facet of Viennese history, the city now enjoys the highest standard of living in the entire world, with high wages and advanced city structures leading to the lowest per-capita crime rate in Europe. The Habsburg legacy remains embedded in the walls of the city even today, and the Viennese people embrace this legacy by enjoying lives of comfort and influence, and by setting the bar for cities across the world.

The modest home of a minor Habsburg cousin.

A few casual candelabras for when the in-laws are in town.

Even the lights are gold. That isn't brass!

The Volkstheater, a public theater founded by a collection of private citizens in 1889, as a response to the lavish Hapsburgtheater, built purely for the wealthy.

One of the many churches in the city, each more opulent than the last.

An example of modern architectural tastes contrasting with the traditions of a different time.

No city, no matter how clean or wealthy, is exempt from the touch of street artists.

A statue of Ferdinand Raimund, a famed actor, stands near the Volkstheater.

 

Apologies for the delay between posts, I have been slacking! We haven't stayed in one place long enough to finish a post, Prague and the Swiss Alps coming soon!

-T.S.