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Schonbrunn Palace 皇室盛宴音樂夜 An Imperial Night of Feast & Music at the Schonbrunn Palace

Habsburg 王朝的華麗皇宮、巴洛克式建築風格,是中歐宮廷建築典範,皇宮於1996年被列入世界文化遺產。宮內有超過千間房,現在只開放部分給參觀,如「鏡廳」、「大廳」、美麗黑金亮漆的「漆廳」、耗資百萬的「百萬之廳」、Maria Theresa 、Franz Joseph I 及夫人Sisi 的寢宮。當晚的音樂會前安排品嚐Franz Joseph I 最愛的美饌,再到Great Gallery欣賞莫扎特和約翰·施特勞斯音樂會,渡過人生中最難忘一夜之一!

The gorgeous palace of the Habsburg Dynasty and the baroque architecture is an icon for the Central European palaces. The palace was listed as the world’s cultural heritage in 1996. There are more than a thousand rooms in the palace. Selected area are now only open to visitors, such as “Mirrors Room”, “The Great Gallery”, a beautiful black gold lacquer painted hall “Vieux Laque Room”, “Millions Room” worth a million in value, the bedroom of Maria Theresa, Franz Joseph I and his wife Sisi. It was one of the most memorable nights in my life – enjoying the Franz Joseph I ‘s favorites and a Mozart and John Strauss concert at the Great Gallery!

Franz Joseph I 的辦公室。

The office area of Franz Joseph I.

Franz Joseph I 及 Sisi 新婚的寢宮。

The bedroom of Franz Joseph I and Sisi on their wedding day.

Sisi 二八年華當時的畫像 。

The portrait of Sisi when young.

 

典雅白色與金色的「鏡廳」(Mirror Room),當時只得6歲的莫扎特於這裏向Maria Theresa 獻技!

The elegant Mirror room of white and gold. This is where the 6-year-old Mozart performed to Maria Theresa!

 

長達40m 的「大廳」(Great Gallery),頂上的壁畫歌頌Maria Theresa的統治;昔日重要宴會及晚會也於此舉行。

Look up to 40-metre-high Great Gallery, you can see the fresco of Maria Theresa’s reign. This was where important banquets and parties were held back then.

 

Sisi 的小偏廳。

One of Sisi’s pavilions.

 

Maria Theresa 的偏廳,佈置很女性化,牆上掛了她所有13個在世兒女的畫像,包括

Marie Antoinette (上角)。

A feminine pavilion of Maria Theresa. With the portraits of her 13 children on the wall, including Marie Antoinette in the upper corner.

 

偏廳窗紗以蕾絲編織而成,燈光柔和。

Love the lace woven curtain and soft lighting of the pavilion.

 

宮殿內最貴的房間 (Million Room),整個廳用紅木 (rosewood)建成,並鑲入印度及波斯的微小畫作,價值連城。

Millions Room, the most expensive room in the palace. The whole hall was built with rosewood and embedded some tin paintings from India and Persia. Luxury.

 

 

行完目不暇給的皇宮後,準備品嚐盛宴。

Ready for an imperial feast after a visit to the palace.

 

傳統的牛肉清湯,再加入煎薄餅,配以豐厚香醇的香料,齒頰留香。

Traditional beef broth with fried pancakes, topped with herbs that add rich aroma. Delicious!

Franz Joseph I 最愛的清燉牛肉,加入蔬菜與香料熬煮,牛肉鮮嫩不老,通常配以酸忌廉一起吃。

Franz Joseph I ‘s favorite beef stew. The beef is slow cooked with vegetables and herbs till it is completely tender. Usually serve with sour cream.

 

甜品是Apple Strudel,蘋果片加肉桂和葡萄乾,甜味適中而且氣味芬香。

Dessert is Apple Strudel. Apple slices are wrapped with cinnamon and raisins, perfect sweetness and fragrance.

 

吃飽後慢慢地到宮中欣賞當晚壓軸表演,當晚音樂會全滿,預留的位置很不錯!

Finale – A slow walk to the performance venue of the night. Full house and great reservation seating!

當晚表演都是耳熟能詳的典目,如莫扎特的費加洛的婚禮,並以約翰·施特勞斯

的藍色多瑙河作終結,令人依依不捨。

Well known melody of the night, such as Mozart’s “Figaro’s wedding”. The night was ended with John Strauss’s “The Blue Danube”. Missed the concert!

 

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咖啡文化。 風韻猶存 Coffee Culture with Long Standing History

維也納咖啡館源自由來已久的文化。若要體會奧地利人生活的精髓,一定要置身於當地的咖啡館。你會感受舒適、悠閒的氣氛,並且與世界接軌的感覺。奧地利人喜歡與朋友到咖啡聚會、看報紙或作思想上的交流 。

Café in Vienna represented a long-standing culture. To experience the essence of Austrian life, be sure to stay in a local cafe. You will feel comfortable and relaxed with the atmosphere, and the feeling of convergence with the world. Austrians like spend their time with friends, read newspaper or make some intellectual conversations at café.

咖啡館歷史

一切源於一袋咖啡豆。1683年土耳其入侵維也納,遺留一袋當時相當昂貴的咖啡豆於城閘。當時皇帝King Jan III 把豆交給軍官 Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki。他把牛奶及糖加進咖啡內,竟成了芳香馥郁的飲品,其後便開了第一間咖啡館。及至18世紀,咖啡館已成為上流社會的時尚,音樂家如貝多芬、莫扎特到咖啡館作公開表演;商家、政治家、文青或音樂愛好者、廚師等也有屬於自己的一家咖啡館。多得Habsburg 皇朝對咖啡及蛋糕的喜愛,宏偉的咖啡館如Café Central, Sperl & Café Landtmann 於19世紀開幕,室內全用大理石或雲石桌子、水晶燈和精緻的餐椅,非常雅緻。咖啡館已於2011年被UNESCO 列入世界非物質文化遺產。如果參觀完博物館,或行街時想找個地方休息,不妨去高貴而優雅的咖啡館小歇閒聊,感覺無比放鬆。

The History of Café

Everything comes from a bag of coffee beans. In 1683, when Turkey invaded Vienna, a bag of expensive coffee beans was left at the city gate. King Jan III passed on the beans to Officer Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki. He put the milk and sugar into the coffee which turned into a drink of fragrance. He thus opened the first coffee shop in Vienna. Until the 18th century, café became a fashion icon for the upper class. Musicians such as Beethoven and Mozart make their appearance in cafés. People from businessmen, politicians, the intellectual youth, music lovers to chefs would have their own coffee shops. Thanks to the passion of coffee and cakes of the Habsburg dynasty, the Café Central, Sperl & Café Landtmann were opened in the 19th century.

You can still find the delicate interior design with the marble walls, marble tables, chandeliers and sophisticated dining furniture. The Café was listed as the UNESCO’s World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011. If you would like to chill out a bit after a museum visit or shopping, have a coffee break in an elegant café in town. It’s just so relaxing!

從1876年開始,Café Central 已成為眾多藝術家、作家流連的場所。這棟是由Ferstel 公爵官邸改建而成的咖啡館,入口有世界名作家Peter Attenberg 的人像坐在椅上,以作紀念。音樂家如貝多芬、舒伯特、約翰史特勞斯父子,畫家如Klimt 也曾是座上客。

Since 1876, Café Central has become a hub for artists and writers. This café was converted from the residence of the Duke of Ferstel. You can see the iconic statue of the world’s famous writer

Peter Attenberg sitting in the chair by the entrance. Musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert, John Strauss and his son, painters such as Klimt were one of the guests.

當晚急不及待,點了奧地利知名的Wiener Schnitzel。

Can’t wait to order the Vienna’s signature Wiener Schnitzel.

 

Café Central 內的甜點與蛋糕,是咖啡的絕配。

The desserts and cakes of Café Central, what a perfect match with coffee.

絕色Café Demel, 高貴而又有氣派的裝修,精緻的蛋糕街知巷聞,店內售賣糖果的一角,很夢幻。

The stunning Café Demel – with noble and stylish interior deco and famous cakes. And how fantastic the candy corner was!

店內換了秋季及主題的陳設。

Displaying the theme of fall.

Demel 的蛋糕,多不勝數,必需留肚品嚐滋味。

Must leave your quota for the colourful cakes of Demel.

坐在吧頭,細味咖啡館內一事一物。

Appreciate the every bits and bites at the bar table.

館內提供多款午餐及小吃。

Lunch and snack menu. With a variety of options.

點了傳統的維也納咖啡及pate。

Classic Vienna coffee and pate.

再吃知名Apfelstrudel。

Echo with the renowned Apfelstrudel.

Café Demel 後的糕點廚房是給客人觀看各式甜點的製造過程。

Visitors are free to take a look at the making of desserts behind the scene from the bakery room behind.

Café Sacher 是維也納五星酒店Hotel Sacher 內,裝潢亮麗。Viennese 咖啡很滑很滋味。Ham Salad 比我想像中大。

Café Sacher is a charming 5-star hotel in the heart of Vienna. Viennese coffee was very silky. The ham Salad was bigger than I thought.

 

這裡著名的Sachertorte, 是到維也納必吃的甜品。它是風味特別的朱古力蛋糕,上層是朱古力片,朱古力醬包著朱古力海綿夾心蛋糕,夾心內有兩層杏桃醬,旁邊再擺上忌廉平衡朱古力的甜味,每一口也是完美配合。

You must not miss the Vienna’s signature dessert Sachertorte here. It’s a special flavor of chocolate cake. The upper layer with chocolate chips, chocolate sponge cake wrapped with chocolate sauce, sandwiched with two layers of apricot sauce. The chocolate sweetness was balanced with the cream next to it… what a perfect blend!

 

不容錯過皇帝煎餅(Kaiserchmarrn),深受Franz Josef 1的喜愛而得名,弄碎的鬆餅上洒上糖粉,配以李子醬,熱騰騰奉上,口感鬆軟,充滿幸福感。

Not to miss his majesty Franz Josef 1’s favourite dessert – Kaiserschmarrn.  A rustic and fulfilling dessert made with pastry with icing sugar sprinkle on top, served with chutney on a hot pan.