Sunday, 7 January 2018

Vienna, Christmas 2017/18

I have just returned from spending a two week Christmas break in Vienna with my wife. During the time there, I was able to visit a few military themed sites. The first was the Soviet memorial to the attackers of the city in 1945. These were in the Vienna Central Cemetery that was a short tram ride from the centre.

Then I had a look at the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum (the Austrian Military Museum). In their Napoleonic section there was Napoleon's saddle bag:

And the Russian artillery coat he also wore on campaign:

I really like this cutaway of a Manlicher rifle:

Then it was over to the excellent First World War exhibition. The car that the Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie were travelling in on THAT day in Sarajevo.

The bullet hole that entered the car's body and killed Sophie.

The blood-stained uniform of the Arch-Duke.

The assassin's weapons.

The main exhibition was excellent, and had tons of things I have never seen before, like this listening device for incoming aircraft:

Austrian Stormtrooper kit:

The 38cm Seige Mortar took up most of the centre of the room.

A prototype Albatros BII:

And this interesting boardgame called 'Who Will Win?' Sales probably plummeted after November 1918...

The Second World War gallery also had some interesting kit, such as this Kubelwagon:


PAK 40:

2cm AA Gun:

A lovely 8.8cm AA gun:

Raupenschlepper Ost:

Zis-3, which I've never seen before in real life:

And a heavily corroded Borgward IV:

And to wrap up, we also visited the Belvedere gallery which housed the magnificent portrait of Napoleon on the San Bernadino Pass by David:

All in all a great visit and the HGM is well worth a visit if you're ever in the city. It was a good price, only 6 Euro entry with a 2 Euro photo ticket. The cheapest place we visited in the fortnight!

Thanks for reading!


  1. Replies
    1. It is David, definitely worth popping in if you're in the area.

  2. Cracking photos. Thanks for sharing.



    1. Thanks Pete, no problem, I am glad you enjoyed them!

  3. Love that museum, only wish I had more time when I was there. I went with a two year old and my wife, and there was only so much they could take...


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