This morning we set off to tour Vienna fist looking at the Schonbrunn Palace. It was big set on 400 acres of grounds with various French gardens, fountains, mazes, aviary’s and much more that we would never have enough time to see. The Palace has over 100 rooms with 40 of them still still with original furnishings.
The walls were filled with gold leaf patterns and huge paintings on the ceilings and on the walls. Each room was decorated in different themes with a lot of Asian art as that was the most expensive in the day.
Next we toured the city with a guide, went through St Steven’s Cathedral, which is a slightly smaller version of the Cathedral in Cologne, through Hofburg Palace and then through the streets of Vienna. We then had a bit of time on our own to see what we could. Vienna central is a very old and nice city, most of the inner city is old with the occasional section that have been rebuilt after the war. What previously was nice old buildings were replaced by 1940’s style box shaped buildings.
Tonight we are went to an Opera, since we are in the heart of Mozart and Strauss home town why not do as the Austrians do. The concert was in a lovely concert hall in the centre of Vienna that was built in 1865. The orchestra played well known music from Mozart and Strauss, some with opera singers and waltz dancers. It was a great night and great at a venue, it certainly made us feel like we are in Vienna.