Sunday, November 29, 2009

Day five in Vienna

We started the day with breakfast at a pastry shop on Kaertner Strasse. Andrew had Orangen Punsch (yum) and we both had pastries. All that sweet for breakfast didn't work too well for us unfortunately. Nursing our aching bellies, we proceeded with our explorations of this amazing city.

First, we went to the Imperial Crypt, which contains the elaborately decorated caskets of many emperors and empresses of the Hapsburg dynasty which ruled the area for almost seven centuries, which happened to be located right across the street from our hotel. (Pictures were allowed, yay!)

Then we walked through the Imperial Palace, the primary winter palace of the Hapsburgs) and across to Museum Quarter, where we toured several floors of the Leopold Museum. There we saw many works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimpt, Koloman Moser, Edvard Munch (special exhibit), and an exhibit of Wiener Werkstaetter furniture.

Next we walked to the Mozart memorial. (Mozart was buried in an unknown mass grave during an epidemic so there is no grave site honoring this genius.)

Finally, after going back to the hotel to dress up a bit, we went to the opera from 4pm to 7pm (Verdi's "The Mascarade Ball"). The incredible Vienna State Opera House is a site itself, but unfortunately we did not get to take pictures there.

After the opera, we had dinner at the Palmenhaus Restaurant located inside the greenhouse (i.e., "palmenhaus") building across the park from the Mozart memorial we saw earlier in the day.

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