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Grey Corner Salon

Grauer Ecksalon © BKA/Manuel Gutleb
Princes and monarchs once dined here photo: BKA/Manuel Gutleb

The counterpart to the Marble Corner Salon is the Grey Corner Salon situated between the Congress Hall and the Large Cabinet Room. This Salon, which was originally a dining room, still retains most of its original furnishings and was barely damaged in the Second World War.

Today it is used for ministerial meetings as well as for small receptions and award ceremonies.

Until the middle of the 19th century the walls of the Löwelbastei battlements still ran in front of the South Wing. An iron footbridge connected the Grey Corner Salon and the battlements and was regularly used by Metternich to reach his "Paradeisgartl", where in clement weather he used to take his breakfast. This garden was located roughly where the pavilion in the Volksgarten now stands.

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