10/16/22, Day 6, Eroica Hall and Art History Museum

Buying admission tickets at the Palais Lobkowitz (a.k.a, today's "Theater Museum")
in order to see the "Eroica Saal" (Heroic Hall) upstairs.

The Eroica Hall today, with a small stage at the far front.
From the number of chairs placed in the hall, it can seat about 100.

Ceiling frescos of the Eroica Hall.

Introduction to the fresco paintings and the hall.

Pretty fountains in the old town on our way to Kärntner Straße to find lunch.

This branch of Nordsee restaurant on Kärntner Straße was very spacious and inviting.

VT opted for salad with grilled shrimps, and MC chose grilled salmon with potatoes.
Both were very good.

After lunch, we waited in line outside Café Sacher to try its famous Sacher Torte.
The queue spilled from inside the shop to the sidewalk, so it took 40 minutes for us to be seated.
(Café Sacher is located just behind the State Opera.)

We were seated in the upstairs room.
For hot beverage, VT had hot chocolate, and MC ordered Sacher Melange, which
is espresso with steamed milk and whipped cream.

Its Sacher Torte is "the original Sacher Torte."
Regardless of where you might have read that it was too dry, or too expensive (at €8.90 a slice),
we thought the cake was marvelous.

Other parts of the upstairs of the cafe.

We walked along this tree-lined sidewalk of the ring road to the Art History Museum.
This segment of the ring road is called Burgring,
because it is near Hofburg Wien, the Habsburg's Imperial Palace.

As we turned left toward the Art History Museum, this view of a pretty square greeted us.
It was Maria-Theresien-Platz and the Museum of Natural History on the north side of the square.
The Museum of Natural History building is nearly identical to the Art History Museum building on the south side of the square.

Empress Maria Theresia's monument in the Maria-Theresien-Platz square.

The Art History Museum on the south side of the square where we were visiting.

The grand entrance to the Art History Museum.

An unusual floor pattern.

The main staircase was decorated with statues and beautiful ceiling paintings.

The focal point was a statue of Theseus clubbing a centaur.

Just opulence every inch along the main staircase.

A beautiful cafe at the upstairs landing.

A painting of Emperor Joseph II and his younger brother.
Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) was the music-loving emperor
featured in the Amadeus movie who told Mozart that his music had “too many notes”.

Cannot take my eyes off this view of the square and the Natural History Museum.