We had 6 nights in Vienna so we had plenty of time to explore the city. We decided to choose one main thing each day and then spend the rest of the time just looking around. We had a good trip from Budapest to Vienna. The Railjets have been the best trains we have travelled on by far. Once we got settled in we found a laundry and caught up on some much needed washing.
Day 1 we headed off to the Belvedere. It is a palace which houses the Art History Museum. The main reason for going was to see the works of Gustav Klimt, especially “The Kiss”. Claire was not disappointed. There were several other works by Klimt which were well worth seeing. The palace and grounds were lovely as well.
We walked back to the Old Town, getting a feel for the places to visit later. There are lots of parks with interesting statues.
While exploring the parks we were approached by someone selling tickets to a Mozart concert at Schonbrunn Castle. We wanted to go there so it seemed a good opportunity.
Next day the concert was in the evening so we spent some time in the city in the morning.
We wandered through the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) grounds.
Then we made our way into the centre of the ‘Old Town’. The Cathedral, Stephansdom, is a lot like the Duomo in Florence. Right in the centre of the city and difficult to photograph.
Someone decided to climb the 343 steps up the tower (we are still arguing over whose idea it was). The view was spectacular.
We caught the underground out to Schonbrunn with enough time to look around the Palace and grounds before the concert. We are glad we did because the grounds rival Versailles, perhaps not in size, but certainly in beauty and interest.
We even had a go in the Maze. Peter beat Claire to the centre!
The concert was held in the Grand Gallery and we thoroughly enjoyed it.