Travel to the Austrian Danube
Day 10 Tulln - Vienna - Tulln
(in 33 km) Schönbrunn palace: We arrive at this imposing palace, former summer residence of Habsburgs located on the outskirts of Vienna, by Haupttor, the main entrance flanked by two obelisks. Our first disappointment is that at the time of buying the tickets we are told that our visit to the interior of the palace is scheduled in 3 and half hours. This will cause us to lose all day, reason why we decided not to enter and visit only the gardens, which are freely accessible. The second problem of the day is the temperature. The heat wave of previous days persists. People stroll through the gardens looking for shadows and there are queues at the water fountains to hydrate. We enter to the right of the garden, crossing the rose bushes of the Kammergarten, and we advance until arriving at the Neptune fountain.
Neptune fountain (Neptunbrunnen), built in 1780, it is located at the base of the hill of the Gloriette. The fountain is made up of large statues of Greek mythology and two lateral stairs allow access from behind the fountain until a pair of viewpoints where you can take photographs of the palace from behind the waterfall. At the top of the hill is the Gloriette, raised in 1775 to recall the victory of Austria during the Seven Years´ War at the Battle of Kolin. We return through the main parterre, observing the palace building consisting of 1441 rooms, among them the Great Gallery, the Round Chinese Room used by the Empress Maria Theresa, the Blue Chinese Salon or the Rosa Rooms.
Schönbrunn palace - Gloriette
(in 5 km) Belvedere palace: Closer to the center of the city we visit the gardens and palaces of the Belvedere. The palace, built between 1714 and 1723, consists of two main buildings: the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere. In the first of these we visit the museum where is the famous masterpiece "The kiss" by Gustav Klimt and works by other artists including Monet and Vincent van Gogh. In the lower Belvedere, where temporary exhibitions are shown, stands the Golden Cabinet and the Marble Hall. In the exterior they emphasize the spectacular stairs and cascades , its fountains and the basin.
Vienna - Belvedere palace
(in 5 km) Vienna: After the visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Kärntner Strasse, we focus on the afternoon to contemplate the buildings of the Ringstrasse, the circular avenue that surrounds the center of Vienna. We start again from the opera house and then we arrive at Burggarten, a garden with a small equestrian statue (1780) of the emperor Francis I and the structure of the greenhouses (1901-1907) that currently operate as a bar (Palmhouse). One of the wings of the Hofburg Imperial Palace faced to this park. We overpass this building to reach the imposing square Heldenplatz.
Vienna - Hofburg imperial palace
Hofburg imperial palace was the winter residence of Habsburgs. It is the largest architectural complex in Vienna and has 2,600 rooms, among which are the Imperial Rooms (Kaiserappartements) that inhabited Franz Josef I from 1857 to 1916, and the same in which lived the Empress Elisabeth (Sissi), Albertina, the main hall (Prunksaal) of the National Library, Augustinerkirche, the Spanish Riding School (Hofreitschule), the Burgkapelle where sing the The Vienna Boys Choir, Neue Burg, Etc.
Vienna - Parlament
We continue along the Ringstrasse and we find Volksgarten, a park in the center from which we observe the Teseo temple (1819-1823), a Renaissance fountain, rose gardens, etc. At the end of the park is the Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theater), popularly known as "die Burg", one of the most important theaters in the world in German. In 1945 the building was totally destroyed, first by a bombing and then by a fire, being rebuilt in 1955 according to the original plans. It stands out for its marble facade and especially for the interior staircase. On the other side of Ringstrasse is the Parliament building, a classical Greek style built during the years 1874-1883. In front of this building stands the statue of the goddess of wisdom of Greek mythology, Pallas Athena.
Vienna - Wiener Rathaus
The last building that we contemplate is the Wiener Rathaus (City Hall), located in the Fredrich-Schmitz-Platz. The neogothic style building was built between 1872 and 1883. On the top of the impresive tower stands the Rathausmann, a 3.5-meter-high golden sculpture that has become a symbol of Vienna. In front of the town hall, in the Rathauspark, we find a lot of food stalls that are part of the celebration of some film festival.
(in 45 km) Tulln an der Donau: We returned to our base camp in this area.