The Albertina is a pretty darn cool art museum. It's one of the best in Vienna, and it needs to be on any to-do list when visiting the city.
I'll be honest, though. I wasn't too excited about visiting the place when we'd decided that we would try it out. We'd planned on seeing multiple art museums during our trip, and the weather was dark and rainy.
I wasn't in an "enjoy art" type of mood. You know what I mean?
But then I got into the place, and they had some excellent pieces and a few names that I recognized. Which is impressive.
Because I dunno too much thingies about purdy stuff.
Entering The Albertina
The Albertina began as a section of Vienna's fortifications in the 17th Century.
In 1744, it was refurbished by a notoriously fussy man (fact not confirmed) named Emanuel Teles Count Silva-Tarouca. From there it passed to a couple of Dukes, a Doge (no clue what that is), and some Counts.
Eventually, the Hapsburgs, the ruling family of Austria, took ownership of the building and its collection of prints and drawings.
It reeks of royalty. Dig it:
My Unhealthy Fascination With Bathrooms
I walk into this mint green room. And I'm all alone, staring at the random ceramic radiator that sits in the middle of the wall.
When out of nowhere, some random ginger dude walks OUT OF THE FUCKING WALL.
Once I got over the initial shock, my brain latched back onto reality, and I assumed that the door was there for personnel only.
But then a little sliver "Man" symbol caught my eye, and I got an inappropriate amount of excited.
I was going to live out every little boy's dream. I was going to pee in a secret room.
And I did.
And it was magical.
Some Art In Vienna
Albertina Exceeds Expectations
If you are a casual art fan with a limited amount of time to spend in Vienna, this is the museum for you. They have big name artists and unbelievably ornate rooms.
You won't be dissapointed.