We had a whole day at leisure today so we decided to join the optional excursions to the infamous Schonbrunn Palace to appreciate the summer residence of the Hapsburg. Then we spent the whole afternoon exploring the city on our own. Later, we attended a concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.
Dog is strictly prohibited
The Christmas Market at the palace
The traffic was bad during this time of the year. Everyone was rushing for their last minute Christmas shopping.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Statue of Mozart in Burggarten. The trebleclef is normally full with colourful flowers during summer/spring.
The Heldenplatz is located in Front of the Hofburg and was built under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph, as part of Kaiserforum (imperial forum), but was never completed.
At the background is the statue of Archduke Charles of Austria who are remembered as great military leaders
The monument of Maria Theresia, constructed by Kaspar Zumbusch and Karl Hasenauer in 1887. Around her on the pedestal are the four military generals Daun, Laudon, Traun and Khevenhueller.
Domgasse number 5 is the apartment the great composer, Mozart lived from 1784-1787. Although Mozart lived at a dozen different addresses in Vienna, it is the only one of Mozart’s apartments that still exists today. The apartment is now a museum where the life and works of Mozart are presented.
Yummy maroni (roasted chestnuts)
Saw this gorgeous puffy Japanese Spitz, cute isn't she?
It was Rick's birthday the day before. Our tour director, briggette had the whole touring bus singing the birthday song to him yersterday morning. And today, an Aussie couple was so sweet to give him a birthday present, albeit belated. Now that's a very special birthday!
Yes, this is the present
It's vienna chocolate!