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12 Apr

Spring Looks | Vienna | Austria

Schloss Schönbrunn is a former Imperial summer residence especially for the Habsburg monarchs for over 300 years re-constructed by Queen Maria Theresa in 1743.

 

 

 

Schloss Schönbrunn

 

 

My dears,

Good morning! Life is like a miracle. Don’t you think so?

I would love to go Keukenhof to admire the most beautiful Tulips garden in the world, but it’s a pity that I didn’t have any flights during this beautiful season to Netherland. Nevertheless, I had a Vienna flight which is one of my favourite destinations in Europe. The Schloss Schönbrunn garden might be the vivacious full of the spring flowers as well, I guessed.

As I expected, every corner of the Schloss Schönbrunn was so magical. The tree walls in the garden are actually a maze behind. And I was surrounded by the beautiful purple flowers named Purple vine at the entry of the garden and It seems like I were in the fantastic dream world wearing the embroidery dress. Moreover, the garden will be changed and decorated with huge amount of roses in a completely new look and I wish i could come back here again.

How to be there? Take the subway Green Line 4 directly to Schönbrunn.

Schloss Schönbrunn is a former Imperial summer residence especially for the Habsburg monarchs for over 300 years re-constructed by Queen Maria Theresa in 1743. In the palace museum, you can see the bedroom of some living detail of the famous and legend Queen Sissi and the King Franz Josef. If you are more interested in the stories of Sissi, you can just visit the Sissi Museum in Hofburg. I believe you will fall in love with this inspired woman.

I walked slowly with excitement upon to the top of the hill with my black high heel boots on the way to the gorgeous Gloriette. Those amazing decorations of the fountains are related to the Greek mythology characters and the whole garden view looking from the top is always breathtaking.  I didn’t order the coffee to stay inside of the café but chose to sit on the grass while admiring the sun was falling down before disappeared in the horizon.

 

早安,維也納。

每年春季都好想到荷蘭看鬱金香花海,卻總是錯過與鬱金香近距離接觸的最佳機會,趁現在是正值綠意盎然的季節,應該可以搜集到不少維也納美麗的容貌,雖然無法趕上6月玫瑰花盛開,想必美泉宮後花園也仍有其他美麗的花朵。

交通方式:搭地鐵綠線至Schönbrunn站即可

美泉宮 (Schloss Schönbrunn),在神聖羅馬帝國時期、奧地利帝國、奧匈帝國和巴布斯堡王朝家族的皇宮,位在維也納西南部,在1743年,當時的奧地利女皇瑪麗亞.特蕾莎下令將「美泉」這一地區建造成巴洛克式的皇宮和花園,面積僅次於法國的凡爾賽宮。

 

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皇宮內展出的主要是當時最令人津津樂道的Sissi公主與國王法蘭克約瑟夫以及女皇瑪麗亞.特蕾莎起居室為主,更想要了解西西公主的成長故事與宮廷禮服等,可以再到霍夫堡內專門的西西博物館 (Sissi Museum),相信對時這傳奇性的人物,當時歐洲最美的西西公主會有更多的了解。

果然如心裡所想的一樣,在美泉宮感受到了春天的美麗,喜歡皇宮內的每個角落,而花園一側由綠樹修剪成的翠綠牆面,其實向下鳥瞰是樹的迷宮。巧遇紫藤花的季節,皇宮花園的藤蔓園佈滿了一株株垂落的紫花,彷彿墜入了夢幻的精靈世界,紫藤花的花語是:沉迷的愛、醉人的戀情。

今年的歐美風格流行,有發現共同點嗎?刺繡。不論是高價品牌或是平價服飾,洋裝或是上衣都不難看見大量刺繡細膩的花或鳥圖騰,我也穿著喜愛的白色刺繡蛋糕洋裝,飄逸地漫步在石子路上,在美泉宮裡翩翩起舞。

記得那時在紫藤花園內拍這系列的時候,一個會說中文的歐爸在一旁疑惑地問:「怎麼漂亮的正臉不拍,反而要拍背影呢?」(我os:劇情需要,誤) 大概也是從那次開始,才意識到原來有一段期間被Instagram影響,拍了太多的意境照,反而失去了當時自己在旅行中真實的笑容。

一如往常,爬上小山丘前往葛洛麗葉閣樓(Gloriette),這是美泉宮內的凱旋門並且是具有標誌性的建築物,我並沒有進到閣樓內的咖啡館裡點杯飲料坐在室內,而是在一片翠綠的大草皮上坐著,俯瞰的美景直到太陽西下,才心滿意足地緩慢起身,輕盈地漫步下山,離開這每次都讓我雀躍不已的後花園。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parliament

 

 

 

Parliament ,this spectacular white giant Architecture of 13,500 square meter was acknowledged as the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It is just located upon the the entry of the” Volkstheater” station which is one of my favorite spots in Vienna. Every time I came back to this area it always reminded me of the happiest student time on the way to the Uni.

There are always S-Bahn on the both sides of the road coming ad going around the first district which develops a popular tourist circle line. In German, the locals call this route is “Wiener Ring”combined with the gorgeous Baroque and Gothic architectures.

If you are standing in front of the Parliament, you will see, for example, Volksgarden, Homburg and both the Art History Museum and Natural History Museum and go further are Staatsoper and Stephansdom on the right hand side. On the other hand, there are Volkstheater, Rathausplatz and University of Vienna on the left.

Why Parliament is the most particular one? Because this Architecture was conducted to imitate Parthenon in Athen and there is a huge sculpture of Athena wearing the golden helmet and taking golden Halberd shining as a star especially under the bright blue sky. The small fountain with the Greek mythology characters is under the sculpture.

Even though it looks like a tourist sightseeing spot, inside of this building, it looks glorious as well with all the golden classic Greek style decorations. In addition, there are actually over 100 formal conference rooms for the national Austrian councils and it is even a place where a national ceremony takes place.

Parliament is opened from Monday to Friday at 8:30 to 18:30 pm and on Saturday at 09:30 to 14:30.

It is allowed to visit in side of the Parliament as like Rathaus (city hall) for free, but you have to make the reservation first and follow the personal guide and under the instructions to visit the rooms. Moreover, there  is a time limit which means you cannot stay as long as you wish like visiting a museum.

When I was walking on the way from Parliament to the museum area in the afternoon, I unexpectedly encountered there was a electric music activity like a street party from 3 pm to 10 pm on the Maria Theresien Platz between the art history museum and natural history museum. How big contrast it is! People were with friends together chatting and sitting on the graces and drinking beer. Miss the life and everything in Europe.

 

雄偉壯麗的古希臘雅典唯美建築,座落在維也納地鐵國民劇院站(Volkstheater)出口,這就是奧地利的國會大廈(Parlament)。國會大廈的右方,包含國民花園、霍夫堡以及排名世界前五名內的藝術史美術館,延伸至維也納市立歌劇院與史蒂芬大教堂。左方則是國民劇院以及市政廳,再往左則是歐洲最古老的大學之一的維也納大學,是以前每天上課必經的景點。

這一帶屬於維也納環繞市中心的熱門景點,只要搭上路面電車即可在短時間內繞舊城區一圈,沿途欣賞維也納獨特的藝術氣息,華麗的巴洛克式與哥德式建築交錯在這環形路線上,這棟白色雄偉的建築物佔地13,500平方公尺,被聯合國列為世界文化遺址。

如果說,國會大廈在所有景點中可以說是最獨特的一個,它的建築風格是走氣派的仿古希臘雅典的白色圓柱,兩方是寬敞的走道向下延伸至道路上,正前方是雅典娜女神的雕像,金色的頭盔與手上的戰戟,在藍天白雲的襯托之下閃爍,雕像下方則是希臘神話中的人物噴泉,僅在夏秋時有泉水運作,其餘的時間都是封口的狀態。

這棟建築物看似一個氣派的景點,別忘了,它實際上內部是國會大廈,有超過100個房間,其中最重要的是眾議院、參議院和原帝國下議院,更重要的是國家典禮的場地。國會大廈除了是國會議員的開會場所,更重要的是,不僅建築物外觀是古希臘建築,連內部也是如同皇宮般金碧輝煌,令人感受到了當時的古典氣息,如同其他巴洛克風格的教堂般,富麗堂皇而不失莊嚴,這些藝術細緻的裝潢令人目不轉睛,很難想像這是一個決議的重要場合。

奧地利國家大事的決議或是其他歐洲聯盟的會議都是在裡面的會議廳內舉行。不過,臨時想參觀內部需要等待參訪的預定時間,經由導覽員帶領介紹才能在內部走動,一旦導覽結束之後,就不能在內部逗留,一定要跟著離開才行,這跟許多皇宮的導覽模式雷同。

如果有機會來維也納,除了坐在咖啡館內或是參觀知名博物館,不妨進來國會大廈參觀內部空間,從星期一至星期五上午08:30至下午18:30,以及星期六09:30至16:30,不需要花費任何一毛錢,感受這沒有充滿商業氣息的獨特景點吧!

沒想到意外走到美術館區,藝術史博物館和自然史博物館之間的瑪麗亞特雷西亞廣場,從下午3點到晚上10點,有免費的電音活動,不管路人或是學生經過,先買瓶啤酒坐在大太陽的草皮上,聽DJ放音樂和一群朋友們聊天完再離開,想念這樣的生活模式。

 

 

 

Hundertwasserhaus

 

 

Hello Spring Hundertwasserhaus!

Walking in front of the Fairy Tale Apartment which is my favourite sightseeing spot in Vienna and i didn’t want to wake up in this colourful dream. I might Look very “Girly” recently just because I could not resist of the pretty Spring and the coming Summer dresses! Actually, I’m the Jeans big fan outside the screen.

百水公寓,我在維也納最愛的百水公寓,終於看到春天的模樣。不想從夢裡醒來。相信到過維也納的人,應該去過那五彩繽紛又可愛的百水公寓(Hunderwasser Haus)吧?

“The straight line does not exist in nature”, Mr. Hundertwasser said. He was one of my favourite architects and there are some specific architectures not only in Vienna and Austria but also in other European countries. I really appreciate his creation and imagination for creating all the unusual architectures with colourful painting and Mosaic tiles combined as an incredible art work.

百水先生 (Hundertwasser)是我在學生時期最喜歡的藝術家之一,不只在維也納,在奧地利境內以及歐洲其他國家也都有他獨特風格的建築創作。我也愛上百水先生所秉持的「自然界裡沒有直線」的理念,欣賞他的鬼斧神工以及無與倫比的想像力與創造力,從他手中塑造的所有東西都宛如在童話世界一般,可以用幾何圖形及繽紛的色彩,創作出獨一無二的作品,彷彿進入童話世界,令人讚嘆並覺得不可思議。

 

How to go there?

Just take the red line U1 or orange line U3 to Stephansdom and transit to the green line U4 to Schwedenplatz. Take the Straßenbahn Nr. 1 to Hetzgasse by walking for 1 Min., and you will find this magical place.

從紅線或橘線出Stephansdom站之後,往綠線Schwedenplatz站的方向走,或是不出站轉地鐵也可以。

地鐵綠線U4 Schwedenplatz 站或是橘線U3 Volkstheater站 (路面電車的站名是 Burggasse),搭1號路面電車Hetzgasse下車,步行1分鐘。基本上,只要在環形觀光路線任何有1號路面電車的站都可以上車,就會看見傳說中的百水公寓。

 

 

 

 

 

Hundertwasser Village

 

Even though the management of the Hundertwasserhaus seems very commercial, but the “Karl Village” which consists of some souvenir shops makes this place more attractive because inside of the village looks like another fairy tale world you don’t even want to leave.

儘管百水公寓的外觀經營很商業化,對面的百水村莊 (Hundertwasser Village),是紀念品小店與休憩的地方,走進去都是百水先生的設計風格,撇開商業化來說,每間小店都長得不一樣,同樣是不規則的造型,彷彿進入童話世界一樣很不真實。

 

Kunsthaus Wien

 

Let’s go forward to the next building on the same street. There is a “Kunsthaus Wien” with the black and withe checks tiles displayed the art works from Hundertwasser inside. If you are the person who are interested in modern art. Congratulations! you will fall in love with this magical place. The wave design on the ground is also atttractive.

If you don’t have to time to visit the exhibition, you can just go around the shop to find some particular paintings or postcards you like the most.  Most of the works are painted with curve and swirl style and even with the silver colour to be seemed as the abstract painting. Don’t forget there are actually some environmental expression behind each postcard.

藏身在街角的維也納藝術館(Kunsthaus Wien),裡面展示著百水先生的天馬行空的畫作。如果你是喜歡現代藝術的人或許會對這些創作很感興趣。走進藝術館的地面也是呈現如海浪般形狀,裡面的gift shop全是令人眼睛為之一亮的畫作與明信片,琳瑯滿目,我之前買了幾張明信片,要翻到背面才會知道其中的涵意,很有意思。

百水先生不只在建築上是以流線型的風格為特色,就連在繪畫上也是,多數的作品都畫成漩渦狀的曲線或形狀,別小看每一幅畫,很多都是有環保寓意,晶晶亮亮的,卻又充滿無限想像空間,我很喜歡如此跳脫傳統的色彩藝術。

 

12 Horoscope Paintings

 

Keep walking and you will find something to surprise you!  There is a long painting wall on the other side of the building are the specific 12 horoscope with cute paining around the corner.

這座公寓繼續往巷弄裡面走,藏身在街角的沿路的牆上會看到有特色的12星座的磚畫,我們都找到自己的星座,十分有趣。

 

Incinerator in Spittelau

 

How to go there?

Take the Green line to Spittelau, you will find the incinerator created by Hundertwasser as well.

搭地鐵綠線U4到Spittelau,出站就會看百水先生創作的焚化爐。

Over couple of decades ago, Mr. Hunderwassert had already put high attention on the environmental issue at the time people were not aware of to make such a normal incinerator become a great art work. Now, the incinerator still works but attracts the tourist for a visit as well.

百水先生早在幾十年前對於環保議題就已十分重視,更何況是如此不討喜的焚化爐,卻因為建築風格的特殊設計,呈現如此可愛繽紛的模樣,也讓這維也納的市容增添不少迷人風采。

 

Stadtpark

 

 

Sometimes, we cannot ignore “What Tourist Must Do”but I do love to go around in Stadtpark and visit this “Jahann Strauss” golden Statue. That’s why Vienna is called the City of the Music! Did you see the little girl who is more stylish than me while taking the picture?

I didn’t expect there were local activities in Stadtpark and would just went around to take a picture. But I found some of the food stands were so popular selling their traditional handmade dishes and attracted the huge amount of people waiting for a long time.

I ordered “Kitschkrainer” which is special grilled sausage and “Kinder Himbeer Bowie” which means the strawberry cocktail. Finally, I found a place on the grass to sit down to have my personal picnic time.

想說很久沒到市立公園走一走,身後的小妹妹站在圓舞曲之父 – 約翰史特勞斯的小金人雕像旁,她的pose的氣勢完全大贏過我。

一踏進公園內看見整個市立公園都佈滿了熱鬧的假日市集攤販,啊!因為今天是週末,於是跟著排隊的人潮點了熱門的草莓香檳雞尾酒和家香味烤香腸,隨意在草地上享用午餐,度過一個愉快的午後時光。

 

 

Zum Bettelstudent

 

這間基本上都是奧地利家鄉菜。奧地利的菜餚上方很喜歡加一個底部煎酥,但上面是半熟的蛋,記得以前剛來維也納的時候,我和服務生說,可以幫我把蛋煎熟一點嗎?我想他應該知道我想要蛋的另一面也煎一下。沒想到菜再呈上來的時候,我笑暈了,另一面已經煎過的蛋變得更酥了,而上面還是維持滑嫩的半熟感。

 

 Graben St.

 

 

I was so happy about the E-mail I got from the company. The title is the best service award. What I covered is my name. That was last flight from Vienna back to Taipei, and a passenger wrote a compliment letter to admire my service in flight. But I couldn’t remember what I’ve done and whom I talked to? I just do what I should do.

維也納飛完之後,同樣地,我收到了這趟客人所寫的讚揚信,內心無比興奮與感動,相信客人都看得見我們在機艙內認真服務的精神,何時再回維也納呢?總之,期待下次很快再見。

 

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