Visit Vienna every year, but always seemed to be out of sync with this museum - whenever had the time to spare, it was seemingly closed (it is in fact only closed on Tuesdays, but guess that's when we've always been available in the past!). Anyway, made a point to visit it this time around and wasn't disappointed in the least. The collection is, well, fantastic. The regalia of the Hapsburgs and the various dominions over which they had connections at one time or another (the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia, etc.) is quite breathtaking. Sure, there are the gold and jewels galore, but the craftsmanship is what is really astounding. It is also amazing how important religious relics were in centuries past - supposed "true" pieces of Jesus' cross were prized above all else apparently, given the elaborate settings created to contain them. There are other oddities worth seeing as well, the huge agate bowl claimed to be the holy grail (as the container for Jesus' blood) and the world's largest emerald (cut into a curiously odd looking jar). The audio commentary (available at an extra charge in various languages) is a fairly good accompaniment to the displays. Overall a great way to spend a couple of hours.
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