Vienna: The “Smaller” Sights

Vienna is home to a lot of public artwork, many of which is located in the underground metro stations. I passed by a lot of these, though I didn’t take pictures, including Pi, a multimedia installation created by Ken Lum, a Canadian Artist. The exhibit features a representation of pi up to 478 decimal places and display cases that convey a variety of statistical data, from world population to the number of eaten Wiener Schnitzels in Vienna to the growth of the Saraha, in real-time. Also in Vienna are a lot of sculptures including one interesting contrast to the Vienna Opera House: a giant pink bunny. Based off of Albrecht Dürer’s “Young Hare,” housed in the Albertina Museum in Vienna, it was created by Ottmar Hörl, the president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.

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As we saw the winter palace of the Habsburg family, it was only natural we would tour their summer palace as well. Located a little outside of the main city, Schönbrunn Palace consists of 1,441 rooms and numerous gardens. We took an audio tour of the palace, learning more about the Habsburg family, particularly focusing on Sissi, the beloved Bavarian princess, and her husband Emperor Franz Joseph I.

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The backside of the Schönbrunn Palace.

The last of these miscellaneous sites was the Sigmund Freud Museum. Located in Freud’s old apartment, you must push a buzzer to enter the building, climb the stairs (the walls of which cover a timeline of Freud’s life), and ring the doorbell labeled Prof. Dr. Freud before gaining entrance into the actual museum. Opened in 1971, the museum focuses more on his family life than anything else; it has over 2,000 documents, mostly photographs, but also letters and furniture. This allows the visitor to really see a new side of the famous figure.

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The hallway of the ground floor.
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The doorbell to Freud’s apartments.
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