Vienna

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum

  Arsenal Objekt 1      +43 1 79 56 10     more than a year ago
The Museum of Military History features a survey of Austrian and European conflict spanning more than four centuries, all presented within Vienna’s former barracks and armoury. Artefacts, arms and armour from practically every continental conflict since the 17th century include original Turkish tents, the car and couch where Emperor Franz Ferdinand was shot and died, Nazi propaganda, various aircraft, a tank garden and (remarkably for a landlocked country) an extensive naval wing. Audio guides in four languages included.

Tram stop

Südbahnhof

Website

Open

Open 09:00-17:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission €6/4, first Sun in the month free.

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13.06.2014
Lance Grundy
Great Britain
The Austrian Museum of Military History is a must-see for anyone visiting Vienna this year, the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the spark that ignited the First World War. The Museum's WW1 exhibition [Der Erste Weltkrieg] opens on 28.06.2014 exactly 100 years to the day of the Archduke’s assassination. Among the numerous exhibits are the car the Archduke and his wife were riding in when they were killed and the bloodstained uniform Franz Ferdinand was wearing that fateful day. There's much more covered here though than just WW1. An entire hall of the Ground Floor is devoted to the Anschluss and WW2 and it contains an outstanding display of mostly German militaria. Other periods of Austrian military history are covered in great depth too and there is a rather surprising [for a landlocked country] exhibition on the Austrian navy including a model of the pride of the WW1 Austro-Hungarian navy, the massive battleship Viribus Unitis. To get here from the Innere Stadt take tram D from in front of the Staatsoper to the Sudbahnhof and walk through the park. There is a pleasant open-air café/bar located in the park that serves an excellent Wiener Schnitzel with salad for only 8 euros. If the weather is fine it's a very pleasant hour-long walk back into town through the Belvedere Palace and gardens.
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