Elizabeth and I headed out to see Schonbrunn Palace during my last full day in Vienna.
We ended up not paying to go inside (you even need a ticket to be able to walk through the gardens)... but we did explore what we could... and even found out that there is a nightly orchestra that plays in a grand ballroom AND even polka music is included! Next time I visit... we plan on making a night of that! : )
The Schonbrunn Palace is still in the city of Vienna but some distance from the center of the city. This was the Habsburg royal family's summer residence of choice... while they spent the rest of the year at the Hofburg Palace in the center of the city.
The Graben, just off of Stephansplatz (with the cathedral) is a main street in Vienna... and was once a trench in front of the medieval city walls. The trench was filled in and leveled around the late 13th century (using money that was Richard the Lionheart's ransom!). Trench in German is Graben... and this name still stands today.
Today, the Graben is a main street in the center of the city... lined with fancy shopping stores, souvenir shops, and restaurants.
Day 2 spent walking around and enjoying Vienna was... GREAT! Beautiful city, beautiful weather, and lots of laughs. Vince and I are enjoying the time together... and Elizabeth and I had a fun time going to dinner last night at the Rathaus.
Below are some of my favorite photos from the day's adventures:
The Majolikahaus in Vienna is one of the two Wagner Apartments, located near the Naschmarkt. Beautifully tiled detailing covers the facade.