This year marks the centenary of the death of Kaiser Franz Josef, the longest-reigning Hapsburg ruler. Across the region a number of museums and palaces are hosting exhibits to mark this occasion, and this one in particular piqued our interest.
The good Kaiser was an avid huntsman, with meticulously maintained records outlining the nearly 50.000 kills he scored over his lifetime, of everything from birds to bears.
Kudos to the curator who created an antler dome in the Chinese Room.
The exhibit was small, but thoroughly held our interest. Through a combination of paintings, photos and artifacts, the Emperor’s love of the hunt was portrayed. This is the Emperor’s riding crop.
And these are the drinking horns!
One of the outbuildings served as the lodge’s kitchen, and has been thoughtfully recreated for this centenary exhibition. While the exhibition runs it is possible to reserve seats for one of the wild game dinners, which could be fun.
Barrels like this one, to shred and pickle cabbage into sauerkraut are still in use today at groceries and markets. Not a visit to the grocery goes by where I do not observe someone filling a carton with the pickled side dish.
As we are wont to do when out in the Marchfeld, lunch is taken at, of all places, a Gasthof in a village of 3.000 that serves Thai cuisine. Make that, excellent Thai cuisine. The restaurant has always been a curiosity to us; on this visit, though, we had the pleasure of meeting the proprietor’s wife, a lovely woman from Thailand. It all makes sense now.