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First Evening

Evening reception at the Liechtenstein GARDEN PALACE

The program for the first evening is a special guided tour through the Liechtenstein Garden Palace and its Princely Collection.

The Liechtenstein GARDEN PALACE is home to one of the world’s largest and most important private art collections, owned by the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein. Set in an extensive park, the GARDEN PALACE has a unique atmosphere, conveying an impression of aristocratic life in bygone ages. Exclusive guided tours of the Princely Collections reveal fascinating insights into 400 years of artistic patrona.

THE HISTORY OF THE LIECHTENSTEIN GARDEN PALACE (© Palais Liechtenstein GmbH)

THE PRINCELY DESMESE OF LICHTENTHAL
In 1687 Prince Johann Adam Andreas I von Liechtenstein (1657–1712) purchased from the Auersperg family a parcel of land in the Rossau quarter, then outside the city walls of Vienna, which he subsequently enlarged by the acquisition of adjoining land. The area was to be developed as a self-contained model estate which came to be known by the name of Lichtenthal and is one of the rare examples of large-scale Baroque urban planning in Vienna.
The central north-south axis led from the kitchens, orangery and cour d'honneur, which was enclosed by stabling, via the palace as the nucleus of the complex, through the Baroque gardens to the Belvedere. Behind this was a model estate laid out on a grid around a church, the living of which was in the gift of the Liechtenstein family. The bounds of this extensive demesne were marked by a brewery.

THE LIECHTENSTEIN GARDEN PALACE
The Liechtenstein GARDEN PALACE in the Rossau quarter was commissioned around 1700 by Prince Johann Adam Andreas I von Liechtenstein, who was also responsible for a large number of major building projects in Bohemia and Moravia (including Feldsberg/Valtice and Eisgrub/Lednice) as well as the Liechtenstein CITY PALACE on Bankgasse in the centre of Vienna.
The first architect engaged by the prince to design his GARDEN PALACE was Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656–1723). However, the prince's predilection for the work of Italian artists soon brought him into contact with Domenico Egidio Rossi (1659–1715), a Bologna-trained architect. From 1692, the latter's designs were in turn adapted by the Luccanese architect Domenico Martinelli (1650–1718), who finalised the prince's idea of a palatial urban villa in the Roman style. With the changes made by Martinelli, the building assumed an almost classicistic, cool monumentality which was far removed from the light, airy pavilion-like architecture of Fischer's original design but in its impressive scale and unity of style had an enormous influence on the development of Viennese Baroque architecture.

THE PRINCELY COLLECTIONS
The Princely Collections contain major works of European art spanning five centuries and are among the most important private collections in the world. Dating back to the seventeenth century, they are rooted in the Baroque ideal of princely patronage of the arts. For generations, the House of Liechtenstein has consistently nurtured this ideal, systematically adding to the collection's holdings in keeping with an an active acquisitions policy which continues to this day. This allows existing focal areas of the collection to be extended and enhanced through the acquisition of artworks of the highest quality, thus ensuring the enduring attraction of the Princely Collections.

Address:
The Liechtenstein GARDEN PALACE
Fürstengasse 1
A-1090 Vienna
Tel +43 1 319 57 67-0
Fax +43 1 319 57 67-20
office@palaisliechtenstein.com

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More information:
The Liechtenstein GARDEN PALACE
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LIECHTENSTEIN. THE PRINCELY COLLECTIONS
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Second Evening

Evening Dinner at the "Heurigen"

The program for the second evening will be a dinner in a traditional wine-restaurant called "Heuriger".
Located in the heart of Neustift am Walde between vineyards and the Vienna Woods Ernst and Gerti Huber's Winery with its cosy parlours and romantic patio has been a popular wine tavern for almost 30 years. The architect for the house was Professor Walter von Hoesslin, the stage designer of the Vienna Opera House. Mrs Huber herself took over the interior design: the rustic atmosphere is always cosy no matter where you are: the "Pressstüberl", the "Schmiede", the "Stadl", the "Keller" or the "Dachböden"

The best way to reach the "Heurigen"-restaurant is by public transport. There is a bus line 35A into the direction of "Salmannsdorf/Neustift" and has its stop, called "Neustift am Walde", in front of the restaurant. For those who are not so familiar with the transport system in Vienna we will organize a meeting point and will lead you there.

Fuhrgassl - Huber  
Neustift am Walde 68  
A - 1190 Wien  
Fon +43-1-440 1 405

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