Day 2 in Vienna

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Schloss Schönbrunn

Alex from Romania, one of my roommates in Vienna, and I decided to explore Schloss Schönbrunn together.  It was in the opposite direction of the rest of the city.  About half way there, we got a little turned around and asked for directions.  The nice individual we asked would not tell us where it was until we had pronounced it correctly.  Once we had done so, he told us that it was very close, just on the other side of some trees.  We could only smile after that experience - we each had our accents and trying to say it was a little challenging.  I will be prepared if I ever go back!

As we came through the trees, the palace was just huge in front of us, a really neat yellow.  We were there rather early, so the lines were short.

View of Schloss Schönbrunn and Vienna
  We looked at the ticket options and got one that included the palace, the gardens, going up the terrace, the hedge maze, and a demonstration on how to make apple streusel...and have some!  We first walked through the palace (although no photos were allowed), and that alone was worth the admission.  After that, we headed out back to the gardens.  The gardens stretched for what seemed like miles, with The Gloriette in the distance.  This is a lookout point for the palace and all of Vienna.  We headed up to the top and got some great shots.

Coming back down, we headed into the hedge maze since we had a little time before the next streusel demo started.  We battled our way through the maze and eventually found the end, which happened to be a lookout point in the middle of the maze.

Grave of Wolfgang Mozart
  From there you can watch others who are lost, and plan your way back out.  It took a little longer than we though (it was a big challenging!), so we had to hurry to catch the next streusel demonstation.  We made it in time though, and the friendly chefs there showed us how the streusel is made.  They even provided us with a recipe and let us sample the goods.

We left Schönbrunn and decided that we would head a little ways from Vienna to St. Marx Cemetary, where the composer Mozart is buried.  Although the exact location is unknown, there is a grave for him with a marker.  His remains were moved at some point in history, and the actual location was lost.  We then headed to another cemetary nearby, Zentralfriedhof, which was much larger.  It is there that the other famous composers from Vienna lay, including Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, and Schubert.

After some time at the site, we headed back into Vienna.  Heading downtown, we found a memorial to the Russian soldiers who had faught in World War II.  We continued through Vienna and eventually reached the Danube River.  As it began to get dark, we took some photos and headed back for the evening.

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Schloss Schönbrunn
Schloss Schönbrunn
View of Schloss Schönbrunn and Vi…
View of Schloss Schönbrunn and V…
Grave of Wolfgang Mozart
Grave of Wolfgang Mozart
Grave of Ludwig von Beethoven
Grave of Ludwig von Beethoven
Grave of Johann Strauss
Grave of Johann Strauss
Grave of Johannes Brahms
Grave of Johannes Brahms
Grave of Franz Schubert
Grave of Franz Schubert
Russian memorial
Russian memorial
At the gardens of Schloss Schönbr…
At the gardens of Schloss Schönb…
The Gloriette at Schloss Schönbru…
The Gloriette at Schloss Schönbr…
The hedge maze at Schloss Schönbr…
The hedge maze at Schloss Schönb…
Some of the Schloss Schönbrunn ga…
Some of the Schloss Schönbrunn g…
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
The gardens at Schloss Schönbrunn
Learning to make apple streusel at…
Learning to make apple streusel a…
The Danube
The Danube
These things will get you all over…
These things will get you all ove…
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photo by: EmyG