Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream

For more than a thousand years Vienna was the pivotal city in Europe. From the age of the Romans until WWII, its strategic position on the River Danube made it witness to war, intrigue, deceit and struggles for power.

In this new three-part series, writer and broadcaster Simon Sebag Montefiore tells the story of an extraordinary city, through the Habsburgs who ruled it - and through those who tried to take it from them.

Home to the Holy Roman Emperors and the target of Ottoman aggression, Vienna is a city that nurtured Gothic architecture and Baroque music. This is a story in which Napoleon, Hitler, Mozart, Strauss, Freud, Stalin and Klimt all played their part.

Show Info

Network: United Kingdom BBC Four (2016 - 2016)
Schedule: Thursdays at 21:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Episodes ordered: 3 episodes

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Episode 3

Episode 1x03; Dec 22, 2016

In the final episode, Simon Sebag Montefiore follows the Habsburgs to their dramatic demise. From his struggles with Napoleon III and Bismarck and the suicide of his son Rudolf, to the assassination of his beautiful wife Sisi, Emperor Franz Josef's e

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x03: Episode 3Dec 22, 2016
1x02: Episode 2Dec 15, 2016
1x01: Episode 1Dec 8, 2016
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