It’s tough being an Emperor. By your definition, everyone else is “beneath you”.
Fortunately, there are ways and means of avoiding the unwashed masses. You could, for example, have your own private station entrance for catching the train outside your summer palace.
Not just any old entrance, of course: it’s got to look properly Imperial. Which leads us to the Hofpavillon at Hietzing station.
- The Emperor’s private railway pavilion built in 1899
- Architect Otto Wagner’s only “Imperial” building
- Small exhibition inside
- Opens at weekends in the warmer months
- €5 for an adult ticket (or free with the Vienna Pass*)
- See also: Otto Wagner locations
The expansion of Vienna’s Stadtbahn metropolitan railway system at the end of the 19th century included construction of the Wientallinie, a rail line which followed the course of the River Wien. This took it past Schönbrunn palace, sometime summer home of Emperor Franz Joseph.
Architect Otto Wagner designed the new Stadtbahn stations, including the famous Karlsplatz pavilions. He was quite keen to get a foot in the door with the Imperial court, so he suggested building a private pavilion for Franz Joseph that would give the Emperor and his retinue their own access to the station platforms at Hietzing.
The Emperor approved of the proposal, leading to the opening of the Hofpavillon in 1899.
It didn’t help Wagner much. Great as his architectural achievements in Vienna were, the Hofpavillon was his only Imperial building. Also, the Emperor only used the building twice. So all-in-all not a great return on investment.
Inside the Hofpavillon
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