Today we are trying to see more sites in Vienna
and trying to drive to Prague. We anticipated the drive to Prague to be about 5 hours. So, in order to get there at a reasonable time, we wanted to leave Vienna no later than 1 o'clock. Half of the people on the trip were still adjusting to European time so waking up early on Sunday just wasn't happening. Unfortunately our hotel isn't walking distance to any cool sites so we just went across the street, had some coffee and waited for the rest to get up. It's true what they say about Vienesse coffee. It's pretty darn good and it does give you a good kick to start the morning.
At about 10 o'clock, we were all ready to go. The agenda for the day was to explore the Schonbrunn, the Winter Palace.
By the time we got there , the crowds were in full effect. There were people everywhere and it was pretty hard to walk a straight line without bumping into someone.
Within the grounds, you can take a guided tour of the Palace, visit the zoo or try to make your way through the garden's maze. We decided to take a tour of the gardens (which requires no fee) and walk up to the Gloriette. The gardens are in the French style with beautifully sculpted rose bushes and other shrubs. There are also Greek-like statuettes that are scattered throughout the gardens. It's pretty immense and quite an amazing site.
Before making the trip up to the top, you are welcomed by a wonderful fountain, Neptunbrunnen, which depicts Neptune and Greek mythology. It was erected in the late 1700's and still stands as a wondefull work of art.
We decided to make the hike up to the Gloriette and we were glad we did. Not only did the hike weed a lot of people out, making there less foot traffic, but the views from above were absolutely breath taking. You could see the Vienna sky line for miles with the red rooftops. You also had a bird's eye view of the Palace and the gardens. It was well worth the 20 minute walk. The actual structure has a cafe in it. When we got there we debated on having a beverage but thought better of it considering half of our party was waiting for us at the bottom.
After a stop at the gift shop and buying some sandwiches for the road, we were back in the car making our way to Prague.