Wien Day 2

Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Saturday, June 5, 2010

A packed day!!

Today we got up early and had breakfast at the hostel before heading to the Schönbrunn Palace. This palace was the Imperial summer residence and had very extensive grounds. We had to wait 2 hours before our tour began since there were so many tourists so we walked around the gardens, up to the Gloriette Gate for a view of the city and through a Labyrinth hedge maze. Also in the gardens are the worlds oldest zoo (Tiergarten) founded in 1752, an orangerie and a Palm house.and 32 statues. The palace was beautiful and it is so hard to compare it to all of the other palaces I have toured because each is so unique. The best room was the one in which Mozart gave his first performance at the age of 7!!

Then we took the U-bahn back into the city to tour the Natural history museum. There were lots of rocks, gems, meteorites, animals and even a Darwin exhibit. The building itself was just as special as the museum part. We walked to the east of the city and found the Secession building and the Naschmarkt which is a permenant market with fruit, spices, meat, fish and other food from around the world. Then we took a tram to the southeastern part of the city to a huge cemetery where very famous politicians (presidents-) and musicians are buried, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert a memorial grave to Mozart (his original grave was lost) and the physicist Boltzmann. Then we went back to the city to stop by the Belvedere palaces (Upper and Lower) which also has a great garden. We were too late to tour either of the buildings but the Upper palace has a collection of artwork by Klimt. After dinner we went to the famous Sacher Hotel Café for sachertorte cake! It tasted just like my mom's sachertorte cookies she makes at Christmas time (dark base cookie with apricot jelly filling and chocolate on top).

After dessert we went to the northeaster part of the city near the Danube canal to a park and permenant carnival area called the Wiener Prater. There are hundreds of rides, games, food stands, including some very scary looking rides! The boys were chickens and wouldn’t even ride either of the 2 very safe looking ferris wheels including the famous Riesenrad. We did ride some fun go karts though. Also in the area is a micronation called Kugelmugel but we didn’t see that.  After a long day we went back to the hostel and went to bed. See day 3!!
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