Exploring Central Europe: VIENNA PART TWO

NOTE: After our return from Europe in December, I got caught up in holiday preparations in particuler and day-to-day life in general. Then we went to Mexico for three weeks in late January/early February to get away from the cold, rainy weather of Northern California—we try to go someplace warm at this time each year. See my “A Getaway in Mexico” posts if you’d like to know more about that.

VIENNA, Austria’s capital, borders the Danube River in the eastern part of the country. The city is known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The Christkindlmarkt was on while we were there, making it a festive site as well.

Schonbrunn Palace

Vienna’s artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Additionally, it is the home of a number of historic and contemporary museums including the Belvedere, home of Gustav Klimt paintings among many others.

Entrance to the Belvedere

Klimt’s famous “The Kiss”–picture taking not aloud, so “borrowed” this from the internet

The Belvedere, which sits high above Vienna,   has beautiful gardens that overlook the city.





View of downtown Vienna from the Belvedere Garden

Another museum, the Albertine, houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world. Also on exhibit there are some of the royal staterooms formerly inhabited by the Hapsburgs.

 Two other features we enjoyed were the Giant Wheel and the Danube Tower, each of which were on an On-and-Off bus tour route near each other.

A feature totally unique to Vienna is Huntertwasser Village. It is so unique, in fact, that it deserves its own blog…stay posted.


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