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My final trip before returning home was a weekend trip to Vienna, Austria; March 23-24. Karin gave me the choice of a Chinese Circus in Prague or a weekend trip to Vienna… of course I chose Vienna 🙂 We left early Saturday morning, no later than 8am. Me, of course driving, until we hit the small villages when Karin took over. We parked near the Parliament Building, not far from the Rathaus. Karin, her mother and I spent the day exploring Vienna. Past thru the Hofburg palace, the Spanish riding school and on to the Albertina.
I would definitely recommend a visit to the Albertina if at all possible. The exibit of Max Ernst was my favorite, though it was amazing to be able to see real paintings by Monet, Rembrandt, Piccaso, and Renior, etc. My absolute favorite painting would have to be Landscape with Lanterns by Paul Delvaux done in 1958.
A trip to the Sacher Cafe, I’m told is tradition when in town. The cake was amazing, but the hot chocolate left much to be desired.
St Stephen’s Cathedral was so gorgeous!! As Easter was approaching at the time, several pieces on the inside were draped in purple, making pictures hard to take. St Peter’s was small, and not fond of tourists sadly.
I might be a bit morbid, but I LOVE going to ancient crypts. Vienna has the Hapsburg Crypt that dates from the beginning to the most recent death in 2011. Karin and her mother refused to go in, of course the creepy clerk at the front didn’t help matters, haha.
I was so excited to actually get to see Swarovski. I’ve seen so much on tv about it and was hoping to find Dallas’ wedding present. As maid of honor, I wanted to make sure it was good… it was!! Almost everything in the store was gorgeous. Seems Swarovski is Austrian. I had no clue!!
That night we went in search of a little tavern Karin found on one of her earlier trips to Vienna years ago. I think we drove around for an hour trying to find this place, and then a parking spot once we found it. Oh! I have to recommend the Viennesse sausage meal with the house dark beer. So amazing!! The ambiance was perfect.
We then drove on to Bratislava, Slovakia because, well, it’s only 60km away and Karin booked us in the Sheraton there again. Totally worth the drive. The Bratislava Marathon was taking place there as well. Tons of crazy people running around in the snow in small running outfits. I would never have been able!! haha.
Day 2 was comprised of driving back to Vienna to see as much as possible before the dreaded drive back to Prague. The Schonbrunn Palace actually took around 3 hours to see… but so worth it!! I booked the Grand Tour (only 16euros) and used an audio tour guide (free). The palace was the Hapsburg hunting palace. I think I could have stayed in there forever. Sadly some of the rooms were closed off, or under reconstruction. There are nearly 1500 rooms, but we were only allowed to see about 100, but the grand ballroom as included.
The last place we actually saw before leaving Vienna was a quick trip to the Leopold Museum for Karin’s mother to see it. Most definitely not my choice of museum, but pretty… interesting, haha.