Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Vienna - Rathaus

Date of visit: 12th April 2014

Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria, being 1 of the 9 states of country. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of more than 2.5 million @ roughly 20% of Austria's population. It is a city of where Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centres are located. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.

A unique city tram in front of Volksgarten

One of the last and most exciting places that we visited is the 142 year old building Rathaus before heading back to the hotel to get our luggage to the train station. Duly planned, we will visit another city in Austria, famously called as City of Mozart thereafter. Due to our tired feet, we almost decided to skip Rathaus but seeing a standout Rathaus from Hofburg Imperial Palace, we forced our energy to move on. It was, I must tell you, a right decision for us all.

The Rathaus (now a Town Hall) is a building in Vienna which serves as the seat both of the mayor and city council of the city of Vienna. The town hall also serves, in personal union, as Governor and Assembly of the State of Vienna, a state with the Austrian federal system. Please take note that the House of parliament seated on the same row with Rathaus.

The Rathaus was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt in the Gothic style, and built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the tower is the Rathausmann, one of the symbols of Vienna. Facing the Rathaus is a large park, the Rathauspark. The Rathaus also accommodates the historic 'Wiener Rathauskeller' restaurant. The traditional restaurant consists of several baroque halls, offering small traditional Viennese delicacies to grand gala buffets. We did not get a chance to see any of the beautiful internal side of the building. The building is currently under renovation which officially commenced since late 2012 with expected budget of 35 million euro. It was expected to complete by the year 2023.

There was a local festival held at the courtyard of Rathaus at the time of our visit. The whole place was full of crowds, folks musicians, foods bazaar etc. unfortunately we could not get to ask what festival was that. I guessed all ladies were busy taking photos and posing and most importantly admiring (guys of course – I have proof) locals with their national costumes.

Talking about proof, I caught Anne in a below photo when she zoom her camera lenses toward 2 handsome guys. What I did thereafter was a huge surprised to her. I went straight and approach both of them for a photo with my friend. They were delighted to do so (maybe after looking at my pitiful pleading looking face). Suddenly and out of nowhere, the other ladies join in as they can sniff the handsome guys somewhere near their friend even from a far distance. 

By the time we finished with that satisfactory shots, we move on and started to look for direction back to the hotel. It was rather a long walk and by the time we reached the destination, my bad behavior reveals themselves, clearly seen on my sour face. Argh… I am a bad person, easily get angry out of no reason. It’s a sign that I must learn how tolerate with people more and be calm on any situation. I must change and practicing to be a lot more nicer to peoples around me.

Wish me luck!

 Source: mostly Wikipedia
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