Liechtenstein City Palais Reopens
The City Palais of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, situated in the heart of Vienna, Austria, recently underwent four years of significant renovation and reopened in April in all its former glory. Rather than set hours open to the public, the Liechtenstein Palais will now focus on pre-booked tours and event hosting.
City Palace Facade at night. © Palais Liechtenstein GMBH_Podpod
To undertake the extensive renovation, an average of 200 to 250 individuals worked on site each day, with especially taxing days calling for up to 500 workers. The renovation cost around 100 million Euros in total, two-thirds of which were spent on labor costs, due to the painstaking care and high-level expertise needed to ensure the authenticity of the palace. Damage from subsidence and war was repaired, while a steel skeleton and three-story underground storage vault was constructed to provide support. Restoration work relied on genuine materials and traditional building techniques to maintain the appearance of the period.
City Palace Ballroom. © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienna
The City Palace, the residence of the princely family until 1938, is considered to be the first major High Baroque building in Vienna and has a Rococo Revival interior containing original furnishings and parquet flooring by Michael Thonet.
On view at the City Palais are paintings and furniture from one of the most productive and independent periods in the history of Viennese art, the almost inseparable Neoclassicism and Biedermeier era, including masterpieces from the works of Friedrich von Amerling, Friedrich Gauermann and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, creating an interesting dialogue with the original interior of the building.
City Palace Bouquet Room. © LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vaduz-Vienna
In addition to the City Palace, the Liechtenstein Garden Palais, also located in Vienna, is home to the Princely Collections, the private art collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein. This collection contains masterpieces from the early Renaissance to the Biedermeier era, with pieces from artists including Raphael, Rembrandt, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, and Peter Paul Rubens. Precious prints and engravings, Italian bronzes from the 16th and 17th centuries, furniture, porcelain, tapestries, ivories, pietra dura pieces, and arms are also contained within the collection.
Garden Palace Hercules Hall © Palais Liechtenstein GMBH_Fotomanufaktur Grünwald.
Information on booking tours of either the City Palace or the Garden Palace can be found here.
The City Palace and the Garden Palace are run as of 2012 by the recently-founded Palais Liechtenstein GmbH, directed by Erich Urban. More information at www.palaisliechtenstein.com.