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.
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.
The Belvedere, which sits high above Vienna, has beautiful gardens that overlook the city.
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.
A feature totally unique to Vienna is Huntertwasser Village. It is so unique, in fact, that it deserves its own blog…stay posted.