Tuesday, October 29, 2019

VIENNA - AUSTRIA

Vienna's imperial grandeur is the legacy of the powerful Habsburg monarchy. Their home for more than six centuries, the Hofburg palace complex, incorporates the Burgkapelle (Imperial Chapel), where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings Sunday Mass, and the famed Spanish Riding School, where Lipizzaner stallions perform elegant equine ballet, along with a trove of museums, including in the chandeliered Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments). Other immense palaces include the baroque Schloss Belvedere and the Habsburgs' 1441-room summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, while 19th-century splendours such as the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall) line the magnificent Ringstrasse encircling the Innere Stadt (inner city). More about Vienna

Vienna was our last city to visit before we returned to Munich where our tour ended.
Of course in half a day you only get a glimpse of Vienna and you have to decide if you want to come back or not.




Entrance to the Ringstrasse encircling the Innere Stadt (inner city).



The city hall





we crossed a market







and saw the Sissi Museum only from outside. But I had seen already a lot of her rooms and furniture and also the movies of course So I didn't regret that I had no time to visit it










Schloss Schönbrunn, an enormous castle with two wings, one for the emperor Franz Joseph and one for his wife "Sissi" Elisabeth.

We have seen quite a lot of Vienna, unfortunately I had difficulties with my camera and had to stop taking pictures.




Our group gathering towards the bus which would take us to our hotel.

Early evening our guide took us what she called the best Restaurant for "Wiener Schnitzel" that they would be very good and tasty. I fortunately don't remember the name, it was in a basement. Indeed the decoration was beautiful, very old and romantic, but the Schnitzel was the worst I have ever eaten and my travel friends agreed with me. Even our guide didn't mention the Schnitzel again the next morning ! At least I have something special to remember : The worst "Wiener Schnitzel" I have eaten in my life was in Vienna where it comes from  !



Now when I think back I liked Vienna very much ! Despite the fact that it is such a huge city, it gave me the feeling of well being and not too much hustle and bustle

The long shopping street with all famous brands represented, the cafés, bars and restaurants everything looked warm and cosy.

I certainly would go back there and really visit the city !

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