Friday, 14 November 2014

Vienna {Part 4}

Our last full day in Vienna, the Monday, we decided to go and see The Schönbrunn Palace. I hadn't done a palace tour before, so wasn't really sure what to expect, while Malcolm has seen inside the Wurzburg Residence. 

With Luitgard's advice, we made use of the audioguide which is included in the price, and embarked on the "Grand Tour" of the Palace. I was at first apprehensive about the audioguide, since it makes the whole experience rather zombie-like, but there is very little info printed so one does rely on the audio to find out about the rooms. It was really interesting and our history knowledge improved greatly! Unfortunately, there are no photos of the interior since photos aren't allowed, but that's what Google images is for, right? It was breathtaking and the rooms are beautiful! 




After touring the palace, we went out into the gardens. They were a bit dreary, as can be expected on a cold, grey day in Autumn. But, we made our way up to the Gloriette and enjoyed the features along the way.







We made it to the top, and hung out a little while, reflecting on the lives of those who had seen this monument and palace built. What it must have been like to live in such opulence and go wandering the garden in those little shoes the ladies wore. Marie Antoinette grew up here, and I can hardly imagine what it must have been like. Seeing the portraits of her and all her siblings, she seems so insignificantly placed as child #15, with the fact that one of her other sisters was her mother's favourite being no secret. It's easy to judge, glorify, or feel either warranted or unwarranted sympathy for historical characters, and my interest in history only goes so far as wanting to understand and see things from multiple perspectives, a lesson in empathy more than facts and dates.


On the way back down we passed by the Obelisk as the sun started making an appearance. It is covered in hieroglyphs supposedly telling the tale of the Habsburg family, though, as the information board clarifies, hieroglyphics was only translated much later than this was constructed.


The Palace does also have a maze garden and a zoo, but we passed those by and left the palace. Feeling hungry, we went to the Naschmarkt again, and tried out some snacks sold along the market, before settling at a restaurant where Luitgard then joined us. Afterwards, we went for a walk through the streets and she showed us an interesting shopping passage way, where we then came out at the Museums Quarter. We went over to the Natural History museum, which we got to see with a blue sky, which makes it a lot prettier in my opinion, and then peeped inside to see the large domed ceiling. We really wanted to see the museum, but time was short and it'll be on our to-do list if we visit Vienna again! 


We split up there, Luitgard heading home and Malcolm and I heading to see the Danube river. It really is big, and the U-bahn station on the island is perfect for hopping out and seeing a bit of it. We walked along the bridge for a while, but it was cold and windy and we still wanted to see St Stephan's again before sunset.



We took the Ubahn back to the city centre and got to see St Stephans again. We went in, hoping to see the interior with less of a crowd. The crowd was less but somehow it was darker than before, so we still couldn't see that much! 


We walked along the streets back towards the Opera house as the sun set, trying to soak in as much as we could on our last evening. In true classy style, we spotted Cinnabon (haven't had cinnabon since we were in PMB!), bought one to share, and sat at the Ubahn station looking over at the Opera House.

We eventually made our way back home to get ready to go out to a Heurigen for supper. It was a really good dinner together with the family all together. 

The next morning we went out to visit Seppy, who was packing up for the summer, and say goodbye. From there, Luitagard drove us to the Airport, we had a chance for a quick photo together, and then it was back into the skies and back to Frankfurt. 



Our trip was so, so, very blessed - we once again experienced such astounding hospitality and had the chance to get to know more family, all while seeing the beautiful city of Vienna.

5 comments:

  1. Ah my mom and I did an Italy trip in the 7th grade and this was our first stop...

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  2. It must have been really cool traveling with your mom!

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  3. what gorgeous photos - your blog always gives me a case of wanderlust. wish wish i could visit europe!

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  4. It gives me a serious case of wanderlust too... every time we're travelling back from somewhere, I start dreaming of the next place I want to visit!

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