Trip Start Jun 09, 2006
15Trip End Jul 24, 2006
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Vienna is as charming and beautiful as I expected, the building and architecture is amazing. Our first stop was Anker Clock at noon, it plays songs and has major historical figure that move around (see video). We then went to the imperial Burial Vault, very ornate, it contains most of the Hapsburg family one of the great royal families of Europe. We then went into St. Stephens cathedral, and took a tour of the catacombs, lots of bones and crazy tombs. Then for the horse drawn carriage ride, Fritz and Freda were our horses and that was fantastic, we pretty much saw all the city highlights and didn't even have to walk
Got up early this morning and headed the Schrobrunn Zoo - the oldest zoo in Europe and all the building are of the baroque style. Had to spend the morning looking at animals, one of my favorite past times. In the afternoon we decided to head over to Upper Belvedre and stopped for lunch at a greek restaurant, in which we spent a considerable amount of time, drinking way to much wine. After lunch we went to the museum at Belvedre in order to see Klimt's - The Kiss - absolutely stunning. We then walked through the gardens to lower belvedere, and wandered through the city. That evening we had the Mozart concert with the string quartet. It was in a small house that Mozart lived in for a period of time, very grandiose but small and hot. So I suggested we sit out in the courtyard and watch the concert through the window. Now that was a fantastic and wonderful experience and even better being outside with the music echoing off the building. It was definitely a highlight of the trip.
We decided to go to Hofburg palace to see the Lipizzaner horse practice. It was nice to see the horses, but it was packed and in all honesty a bit boring. So we then decided to go to the Imperial Treasury of the Hasburg royal family. It was crazy. The treasury has a bunch of big religious items - a handkerchief supposedly bearing Christs face, a thorn from the crown of thorns, the knife that stabbed Jesus, etc, etc
We decided to go to the Central Cemetary - it has many of the great composers graves - Strauss, Beethovan, Mozart memorial and Schubert. The Chapel was beautiful and the interior ceiling absolutely stunning. We were then going to go shopping, but unfortunately we are in Europe were most places are closed on Sunday. So instead we wandered around the city. We saw the Jewish Memorial to war, Freud Park and the Votive Church. We then went to Cafe Central were all the old scholars used to go and have intellectual conversations. We then found the oldest church in Vienna which had a famous Mozart memorial plaque. Spent the rest of the day lounging around, till we had to catch our overnight train. To our surprise it was the Orient Express, we had a six man cache and had 4 very nice Korean boys stuck with us. It was very hot but I slept better than expected and arrived in Venice at 10 am