Vienna is music and after the evening concert this adage rings true.
However, it also is a city of pastry and chocolate.
And one of faith, St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
But did I mention Lipizzaner Stallions? Our tour was lucky enough to see the passing of not one,
The Lipizzaner Stallions are a 450 year old tradition in Vienna. They train 6 days a week and rest on the 7th. There are currently 72 horses and if you speak German you can apply for the honor of working with these horses.
From horses we moved to the royal Winter Palace and the porch from where Hitler gave a speech annexing Austria to the German Empire.
And the Parliament buildings which after 150 years are being remodeled.
Vienna is where Dr. Sigmund Freud studied and practiced psychoanalysis, and Mozart lived the last 10 years of his life. But in modern day this vibrant City of 8.8 million is rated one of the best cities in the world to live. While WWII damaged 30% of the City much has been renovated. The Viennese have an extensive subway, tram, and bus system with residents enjoying and thriving through its use.
Free education is available for all residents and students who are residents of EU member countries. This stated the City welcomes and has a large student population.
As we traveled to Schonbrunn Palace, we past a rather odd site. This gold topped cylinder is an incinerator which provides energy for the City. Our guide explained this incinerator is a source of clean energy.
This Palace was the summer home of the Hapsburgs monarchs. It is the most visited site in Austria and was the home of the only female ruler of the Hapsburgs, Maria Therese. She and her husband Francis had 16 children with Marie Antionette, queen of France her most famous offspring.
The Palace tour is generous with many rooms available to visit. It is a Palace which is unique to none experienced. While not as large as Versailles it often is placed in the same category as the French castle.
The grounds of the palace are also spectacular with many statutes throughout the gardens and the entrance to the Vienna Zoo can be glimpsed beyond this statute in the yellow building.
Another busy day comes to a close with Bratislava next.