Day 23: VIENNA. Thursday 21 July

Trip Start Jun 26, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 23: VIENNA. Thursday 21 July
There's so much to see on your included sightseeing tour: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. (B)

Hotel: Austria Trend Ananas Rechte Wienzeile 93-95 Vienna Austria Tel: 431546200

this Hotel is 30 min walk to Hofburg Palace

CITY: Vienna
Kursalon Waltz Show 
The Vienna Kursalon was built between 1865 and 1867 in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The Kursalon sparkles in renewed splendor, inviting audiences to experience the musical pleasures that have thrilled visitors since the famed Promenade Concerts of the Strauss brothers. Enjoy the unique Viennese ambience and partake of this wonderful musical journey through time.
Approximate value: EUR €43 per person

Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens 
A guided tour of part of the magnificent palace of Schönbrunn, which was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperors for nearly 150 years. It was built between 1695 and 1749 with over 100 rooms and beautiful gardens. End the tour with free time in the main gardens.
Approximate value: EUR €40 per person

Evening in the Viennese Woods 
A visit to Vienna is incomplete without seeing one of its famous wine villages. Enjoy typical vintner's fare and taste Heurigen (new wine). With musicians to entertain you, this is a convivial, and jovial evening.
Approximate value: EUR €42 per person

What we did:

I was up early on a rainy day to upload the previous four days in the lobby where the signal is both good and free. We had our breakfast and started with the included guided bus/walking tour of Vienna. We drove around some before going to see the former apartments of Strauss the waltz king. Then we continued our drive along the Ringstrasse road and stopped to walk through the Hofburg Palace grounds. We got on and off one last time to walk to the Stephenplatz church where we were free to be on our own. Some went to see the Swarovski crystal store which is on the main pedestrian walkway The Kartnerstrasse. Nancy and I went to see inside the Hofburg Palace which is the winter residence of Elizebeth and Franz Joseph Hofburg. A few people who went to see The Shoenbrune summer residence thought it was better than Versailles Palace. The Hofburg Palace was nice as well and the audio guide that comes with 10 Euro self guided tour has lots of info. Pick your pace and dial in for the info you want or just read the info cards. 60-90 minutes would be appropriate for me but we took almost 3 hours including an hour for the huge silver collection. We returned to the hotel via Nauchtmarket and the local grocery store "Billa" which we found to be the best place to replenish your refreshment supply. At 5:30 we left for the optional “Evening in the Viennese Woods”. This was handled again by a local coach and driver so it was great that Giogio could join us for the party. The hills are pretty as is the village “Gumpoldskirchen” where our supper is tonight. The food, wine, setting, and service were excellent but the biggest thrill and surprise for many was the terrific musicians Milan & Luca. The breadth and execution of their musical repertoire was truly impressive. There was enough eating, drinking, dancing, singing and silliness for all of us that continued going home on the bus (singing & fun that is).  
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