My night at the museums in Vienna, Austria

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It’s been a month since my last post. I had been busy with work and moved to Vienna (Austria) last week for a new assignment. Just yesterday I had time to venture out on this beautiful city and that warranted a new post.

My colleague mentioned about the ‘Long Night of the Museums‘ event that happens every year in October. This year it happened yesterday, 4th October 2014. On this day, all the participating museums can be visited from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am for just 13 euros that includes the transportation cost too.

My colleague and I went to the Albertina museum around 6:30 pm. There was a long queue for the tickets. We waited and got our tickets.

Sculptures on the walls of Albertina Museum

Sculptures on the walls of Albertina Museum

Sculptures on the walls of Albertina Museum

Sculptures on the walls of Albertina Museum

The Albertina museum had many paintings of various artist including some of Picasso’s on its display.

A painting by Picasso

A painting by Picasso

Most painting were beyond our comprehension. However, there were some landscape and portrait paintings that we liked.

A painting we liked

A painting we liked

Another painting we liked

Another painting we liked

A Spanish guitar band was performing in one of the halls inside Albertina. It was so soothing to listen to them playing. We waited for a while in the hall anticipating they will perform a Flamenco and we weren’t disappointed. Their performance was the main attraction at Albertina that night.

Spanish band performing inside Albertina

Spanish band performing inside Albertina

The view from the upper floor of Albertina was spectacular in the night. We took few photos and came to the ground floor.

View from Albertina Museum

View from Albertina Museum

Located near the Albertina Museum is the Film Museum. We watched a Arabic short-film. We then decided to visit the Belvedere Palace and Museum. We crossed the Vienna Opera House that looked spectacular with the lights.

Vienna Opera House

Vienna Opera House

We took a tram to Belvedere museum, but we got down unknowingly at the wrong stop. We had to walk more than a mile to reach the museum. But the walk was worth it. We saw a big fountain and a Russian memorial on second world war. The fountain was brightly lit with blue lights.

Big fountain and Russian War Memorial

Big fountain and Russian War Memorial

The location offered wonderful views of the surroundings.

View from the fountain

View from the fountain

We finally reached the Belvedere palace and museum. It must have been 10:30 pm. The Belvedere museum has two separate buildings, upper and lower. We went inside the upper building first.

Upper Belvedere Palace

Upper Belvedere Palace

The upper building had on its display many wonderful paintings that I have ever seen. It was well worth the time spent. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in most of the halls in the building, but we managed to take few. The level of detail in most of the painting on display were unbelievable. Some paintings even looked like 3D images from a distance.

Painting of Napolean Bonaparte

Painting of Napolean Bonaparte

A painting on the domb ceiling

A painting on the domb ceiling

A little closer of the painting on the ceiling

A little closer of the painting on the ceiling

More closer of the painting on the ceiling

More closer of the painting on the ceiling

Another painting on the ceiling

Another painting on the ceiling

A chandelier in Belvedere Palace

A chandelier in Belvedere Palace

When we came out it was almost 00:20 am. We still had forty minutes left for completion of the event. So, we went to the lower Belvedere building. We didn’t see anything of much interest in the lower building. There was a weird exhibition on mirror theme that had various objects build on mirrors and broken mirror pieces. There was also few screens displaying some movies that had some famous mirror scenes. I was happy to see the well-known mirror scene from the movie, Taxi Driver.

It was almost 01:00 am when we came out. It was good to see lot of people at the train stations at that time. We had a late dinner at one of the eat-outs that was open and we parted to our rooms. I reached my hotel around 02:30 am and went to sleep in minutes.

Oh yes, the customary photographs of my colleague and me.

Fathima standing next to a painting she liked

Fathima standing next to a painting she liked

Yours truly...

Yours truly…

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