Carriage Museum – Schoenbrunn – Vienna

Carriage Museum – Schoenbrunn – Vienna

Most of the exhibition area of ​​the Carriage Museum (Wagenburg) are occupied by numerous 19th-century carriages, which may be of particular interest only to specialists. Therefore, it is best to quickly go to the gallery, where there is a collection of carriages and sleds that once served as a means of transport for imperial children. The most impressive is a phaeton built especially for Napoleon's son, Eaglet. It has eagle-wing fenders, and on the sides it is decorated with bee patterns, symbol of the Bonaparte family.

The greatest attractions of the collection can be seen behind the gallery. Habsburg baroque and rococo carriages stand there. The most remarkable is the coronation carriage of Franciszek Stefan, Maria Teresa's husband, extremely long vehicle, dripping from gold, with Venetian glass windows. Painted inserts were added in 1764 r. before the coronation of Joseph II as ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The whole thing weighs, which is hard to believe, four tons. It was often so, that the carriage had to be broken into pieces and transported to the coronation ceremonies in Budapest, Frankfurt or Milan. It is worth paying attention to the wonderful harnesses, embroidered with red velvet and gold, and horse plumes of ostrich feathers.

Opposite is a black-painted carriage, used during the ceremony of receiving the feudal tribute by the new ruler. The ceremony coincided with the period of official mourning for the deceased beneficiary. It is worth paying attention to the modest red leather two-wheel decorated with above 11 000 gold nails and staples. It was built with long journeys in mind, horses or mules were harnessed to it. After 1705 r. it was used once, only for this, to transport the hat of the Archduke of Austria from Klosterneuburg to Vienna and back on the occasion of the feast ceremony.

The richly carved and gilded Maria Teresa racing sleigh is the only surviving specimen of the set made for a special competition for ladies held at the Winter Driving School in 1743 r. It is worth taking a closer look at the bells that belong to the elements decorating the horse's manes. Sleighs were used quite often during the carnival for rides in the park or on the glacis outside the city walls. If winter was snowless, wheels were attached to the sled. The horses were harnessed, and the coachmen sat in the rear seats, who drove, holding the reins over the heads of the passengers.

In the gallery you can see the riding crop belonging to Empress Elizabeth. It has an ivory handle and is decorated with the image of the emperor. Another exhibit is a horse's hoof, ridden by Emperor Franz Joseph I on the day of his coronation as King of Hungary in 1867 r.

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