My last day in Vienna and I woke to beautiful sunny skies. I had nothing to do and all day to do it. I headed off to the subway to find Belvedere Palace, solely because I’d seen some nice pictures of it.
The pond was frozen so I couldn’t get a nice reflection photo, but I’m glad I went anyway.
Using the Google Maps app on my phone, I made my way to the Naschmarkt, the largest urban market in Vienna. A market has been operating on that site since at least the 1780’s when it was a dairy farmer’s market. When Vienna’s 2nd river was roofed over 100 years ago, the long wide plaza that was created became the site of today’s market. It’s over half a km long and has 100 permanent stalls, ranging from restaurants to butchers and fruit and vegetable vendors.
Then I hopped back on the subway (the U4 this time) and headed to Schonbrunn Palace, another one of the summer palaces of the Habsburg dynasty. The grounds are especially beautiful, I can only imagine how nice this must be in the summer.
The way the trees were cut against the blue sky gives this photo a strange effect…
A gloriette is a building in a garden that is elevated; the one at Schonbrunn was the last building erected in the garden there and sits majestically on the hill behind. From it you have a beautiful view of the palace, it’s gardens and Vienna below.
Looking back to the gardens and gloriette from the palace
Tired from all the picture taking (and the hike up the hill) I headed back to the city.
The entrance to the subway station
The famous Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher. I wasn’t prepare to pay 13 Euro for a cake or to wait in line for a seat at the Cafe, so I passed. Maybe next time…
Swarovski crystal anyone? I swear they have a store on almost every corner! Being a bull in a china shop, I thought it wise to stay outside.
After dinner and a quick nap, I headed across the street to the Opera House for The Barber of Seville. I’m glad I didn’t waste my time (or money) on a tour of the Opera House, after the one in Budapest it just seemed, well, plain.
I enjoyed the production, and it was a fitting end to my time in Vienna.
Until next time – Auf Wiedersehen