The gothic Vienna City Hall, with a 97.9 meter high clock tower, was designed and built by Freidrich Schmidt between 1871 and 1883. Schmidt was a bit of a rogue. When Emperor Franz Joseph decreed that no secular tower could be higher than the 99 meter tower of the Votivkirche ( The Votive Church, commissioned by Archduke Maximillian to thank God for saving the life of his brother, Franz Joseph, during an assassination attempt) Schmidt added an iron standard ( cast from melted down Russian Kopecs) with a medieval knight at the top. This ruse made the tower 104.3 meters tall.
The Festival Hall was constructed in the late 19th century and is the largest hall in Austria (measuring 71 meters long, 20 meters wide, and 18.5 meters high). This is used for large scale events, such as balls, concerts, etc. Theoretically, 1500 couples could dance within this hall, if safety rules allowed it.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.