Comment from Vienna Expert: Valerie
Do you know Heinz Fischer, the Austrian President? Do you want to meet Empress Maria Theresia, after having seen her castles in Vienna? Or would you prefer to consult Doctor Sigmund Freud?
Since 1st April 2011 we have Madame Tussauds in town with 65 figures a lot of local celebrities. More than 250 precise measurements and photos are needed before work on the figure can begin. Molds are then made of the head and body – the head and body are made separately. A hot wax mixture is poured into the molds then left to cool and harden. Once the wax is ready, it’s time for hair and make up. There is no quick way of fixing hair onto a wax figure - each strand has to be inserted individually and the job usually takes around five weeks. Next, teeth and eyes are added before the figure is coloured using oil based paint. The paint has to be applied in layers to create a realistic skin colour and texture. Finally, hundreds of hours after the initial sitting, its show time for the finished figure here at Madame Tussauds.Finally, hundreds of hours after the initial sitting, its show time for the finished figure here at Madame Tussauds. In Vienna you have the chance to see how Beethoven looked like or how Johann Strauss directed the “Blue Danube Waltz”.
By the way you should visit it at the Prater, Vienna´s largest park, where Madame Tussauds is located and combine it with a tour on the famous giant wheel. At last don´t forget to go to Restaurant Schweizerhaus afterward, to enjoy the “Stelze” (knuckle of pork) accompanied by the delicious original beer from Budweis. Viennese people love this place in spring and summer time!
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