Celebrities from bygone days around the Ring

On a monument tour

Around the Ringstrasse and in the Burg- and Volksgarten there are lots of statues or artists and other famous personalities. The imperial couple is a very hot tip. You are only allowed to walk past quickly if you are hungry. ;) Otherwise you should take your time and become an art connoisseur.




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    Empress Elisabeth

    Sisi is a legend - a romantic image was given to the restless, egocentric and, above all, sensitive Empress in the personification of Romy Schneider. Actually, even the planning of this statue was complicated, which should depict her "in the prime of her life". Over 70 design concepts were considered before this draft, which was not included in the competiton, was selected in 1907.

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    Archduke Albrecht

    The statue of the eldest son of Archduke Karl is situated on Albertinaplatz in front of the Albertina - just behind the Vienna State Opera House. The image of the rider was created by Caspar Ritter von Zumbusch. The particular thing about this statue was that it was financed by the army out of gratitude to the field commander.

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    Archduke Karl

    The monument to Archduke Karl, the victor of the Battle of Aspern, towers in the middle of Vienna's Heldenplatz. One of the special things about this statue is that it shows the horse rearing up on its hindlegs. This pose was new at the time - the counterpart to the statue is the equestrian statue of Prince Eugene. The monument was erected at the request of his nephew, Emperor Franz Josef I.

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    Elisabeth bridge statues

    In the vernacular, they are called the "eight chimney sweeps" and are now no longer on the Elisabeth Bridge but flank the access road from the Ringstrasse to the City Hall - chimney sweeps because they were completely blackened by the soot from the formerly steam-powered city light railway.
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    Emperor Franz Joseph

    The last chapter of old Austria began with his coronation. Franz Joseph I, the longest standing monarch of his dynasty, husband of Empress Sisi and a modest huntsman. This modesty is reflected in the monument - not a big monument, but an image of the introverted emperor.

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