Woke up nice and early to head to the Schönbrunn Palace! I thought Buckingham palace was big....but It’s nothing compared to this! Previously owned by the Habsburgs who were one of the most influential and outstanding royal houses of Europe. The throne of the Holy Roman Empire was continuously occupied by the Habsburgs between 1438 and 1740, so they are pretty important in the history of Europe. With this power came great wealth, and they knew how to show it off! Each of the 1441 rooms were uniquely decorated by its many rulers to their own tastes, making it very interesting throughout. This fun continued into the gardens. With mazes, swimming pools, a zoo, and too many fountains, you’ll never get bored in the 1km-square park.
Next I caught the train to Hundertwasserhaus – (say that 3 times fast)! In a city FILLED with baroque architecture, this quirky building stands out like dog-balls on a cat! The man that designed it obviously hated straight lines, monotone colour, or “normal". Every angle you look at it, you’ll see nothing “boring".
I then checked out the beautiful Austrian national library. Another Habsburg creation (so imagine anything "expensive", then multiply it by 10)! This building shows off its 7.4 million items within the 18th century walls (some items dating back to the 4th century).
A quick stop at Karls church was one of my favourites simply because it was so different. After mostly seeing gothic, dark churches/cathedrals, this one stood out! The architect clearly wanted whites and golds throughout! Even the beautiful art on the globe ceiling kept inline with this theme. Must see!
That evening I watched a concert in the gorgeous St. Anne’s church. The quartet played pieces from none other than the honorary Austrians Mozart, and Beethoven! I was completely blown away by the talented performers!
I then finished the night by seeing the st Stephen’s cathedral all lit up!
Over 29,000 steps, 3 trains, 1 tram, and I’m off to Hungary tomorrow!