This is the other side of the Spanish Riding School, with the Austrian National Library.
I loved the quadrigia at the top.
Outside the butterfly house, Chloe spotted a man dressed as a tomato.
And then we reached the imperial apartments.
We queued up to visit the silver collection (Silberkammer) and the imperial apartments. The silverware was fascinating and I was surprised to learn that as late as the 19th century the court only ate off porcelain dishes for soup and dessert; the rest of the time they ate off silver plates.
The table centrepieces were astonishing, and one was ten metres long! (Obviously this is only a bit of it.)
In the Sisi museum we learned that Empress Elisabeth had ankle-length hair; it took 3 hours every day to dress her hair, during which she studied languages. (Washing it in eggs and cognac took a whole day.) She was tiny, with a a 20-inch waist. Her coronation gown was gorgeous, as were the replicas of her jewels. (We loved the ‘Sisi stars’ in her hair. Later in the week I couldn't resist a necklace.)
The Royal apartments were very revealing; Franz Joseph was clearly a real family man and had very simple tastes (nothing gaudy or over-luxurious). Apparently his working day started at 5am - at the same time as his wife's beauty routine. No photographs were allowed, sadly, as the dining room was stunning. Just outside it was one of the ceramic heaters used rather than coal fires (very modern, I thought).