Many visitors to Vienna have seen the major tourist sights and look for some other interesting but perhaps lesser known things to see.

The following is just a sample .

 

the Hofmobiliendepot- ( Court Furniture Depot)

Andreasgasse 7

easy to reach by u-bahn -U-3  Zieglergasse stop    ; bus 13 A Neubaugasse stop

Depot is not far from Mariahilfer Strasse.

Open Tuesday- Sunday   10-6

Exhibits of original Habsburg furniture - much Beidermeier .

Few realize that the Habsburg rulers had so many palaces and castles that it was impossible to adequately furnish them all. Until the mid 1800s  , the depot was used as the central storage place for royal furniture. When the family was to travel somewhere- the depot was called upon to supply all the furniture needed for the visit. Thus , the furniture was shipped and then set -up to provide good living conditions for the family when they arrived.

The two buildings have nice  exhibits.

Furniture from the depot is still used today in government offices and the Hofburg. Austrian embassies and diplomats also use the extensive collection

www.hofmobiliendepot.at

 

The Military Museum   ( Heeresgeschictliches Museum)

 at the armory- not far from the end of streetcar " D " at the Sudbahnhof

A " Must " for military history buffs  and other with an interest in history.

Daily except Fridays 9-5

The building itself is worth a visit- An arsenal and military barracks- many fine statues.

Military exhibits outlining  from 17th century  -Turkish tents and other items from the sieges of Vienna

 The car that Archduke Ferdinand was riding in when shot and killed - the event that led to World War 1

Many weapons and militaria.

information on Austrian Navy too.

Many do not know that this building was the site of the last official visit of Crown Prince Rudolph before his trip to Mayerling and suicide.

His signature is in the Guest book there.

www.hgm.or.at

 

Better known but often  missed by visitors

 

The Zentralfriedhof  ( Central Cemetery )

Simmering

Take subway U-6 to end station  Simmering -then streetcar 71 to cemetary.

This cemetery is so big it has 3 stops on the streetcar line and an internal bus line

Best stop  - tor 2   ( Door 2)

Many famous composers buried here  together in a nice area - Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Strauss - father and son

Not Mozart - some questions about his actual burial place, but probably St Marxer Friedhof in a communal, unmarked grave.

The cemetery was also the site of several scenes in the film classic "The Third Man"

A visit offers an insight into the Culture of Death in Vienna with many magnificent monuments.  The neglected Jewish area is a poignant reminder of the loss of most of Vienna's Jewish Community before and during the Second World War.

November 1 finds almost all graves with flowers and candles for a religious Holiday.

 http://www.wien.gv.at/verwaltung/frie...

There is an Austrian Chef offering half day cooking classes on traditional Austrian cooking. The class includes a trip to the open air produce market Vienna Naschmarkt. Classes all year round at adult ed center in Hietzing (13th district.) There has been some press coverage (though German only) and the adult ed center's homepage promotes the classes too. http://www.austriancookingschool.com

http://www.diepresse.com/home/leben/a...