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Terry & Dave Taylor

Naschmarkt + Schloss Schonbrunn

Vienna, Austria:  We realize three days in Vienna isn't enough time to explore Vienna, but this is all the time we could find and three days in Vienna is far better than no days in Vienna.

We started our morning with another strudel test, knowing full-well the apple strudel I had yesterday at Cafe Central could never win. It was pretty, but the pastry didn't taste very good and the apples were far too crunchy to be considered for any type of "best strudel" category contention at all in any way.

Demel

The Cafe Central strudel wins in the looks department, but the strudel served at Demel this morning was so much better tasting. The apples were actually cooked. No crunch. Just soft lovely apples, with just a hint of spice.

At Cafe Central yesterday, Martin ordered a plate with a soft boiled egg and breads. By the time his breakfast had arrived, Dave, Shirley and I had finished our pastries and had ordered a second coffee. This morning, we had all finished our pastries before Martin's eggs (scrambled today) arrived.

Martin

From now on, we insist Martin order his eggs to moment he sits down.

I do not need to mention the glorious, dense, dark, tender breads, do I?

Our plan for the day was to visit the open-air market - the Naschmarkt - and then continue on to visit Schloss Schonbrunn. Again, the temperatures climbed above 90 degrees. Today there was also a cloud cover in the morning, turning Vienna into a sauna.

Naschmarkt

The Naschmarkt has been a gathering place in Vienna for over 500 years. Fresh fruits and vegetables, restaurants, fish mongers, butchers, craftspeople - and a lot of touristy junk - are sold from small kiosks lining the Wien River for about a mile. It was fun looking through the stalls in the market, but a bit frustrating not having a kitchen to prepare any of the beautiful foods.

Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt

I had never seen the huge (and I mean HUGE) red olives before. A vendor gave me a sample and the red olive tasted exactly like an olive. Later, I learned the olives are dyed red. I did not ask with what or why.

After the market stroll, we caught the hop-on hop-off tourist bus and continued to the Schonbrunn Palace - the magnificent rural estate of the Hapsburg family, used as the summer home of Maria Theresa. The palace and grounds are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Schloss Schonbrunn

Photography is not allowed inside the palace (see video tour link below), but we spent a few hours exploring the grounds via a shuttle train (hop-on hop-off again!) that circled through the estate. This allowed DT to see everything and not have to walk much.

Shirley
Shirley outside Schloss Schonbrunn

Schloss Schonbrunn
Schloss Schonbrunn

Schloss Schonbrunn
We walked a bit through a garden on the side of the castle

Schloss Schonbrunn
Art everywhere

Schloss Schonbrunn
The rear of Schloss Schonbrunn

Schloss Schonbrunn
View from the rear of the castle, up the hill to the Gloriette - built in 1775

Gloriette
Gardens

Gloriette
Gloriette

Gloriette
View from the Gloriette, back to the palace

Schloss Schonbrunn
The Orangerie (greenhouse) on the grounds

 

 

After returning to downtown on the hop-on hop-off - sitting in the hot sun - we were all parched and tired.

Opera
View of the Opera House from the bus

Vienna
Vienna street scene - the buildings are so beautiful

flower stand in Vienna
Flower stall in Vienna

Shirley
An ice cold beer was just what we needed after our day of touristing

food
And... a snack of gravlox on toast

Shirley + Martin
Shirley & Martin

After a rest, we walked to the Jewish Quarter for dinner at Ellas in the Judenplatz, across from the Holocaust Memorial.

Ellas Vienna
Gnocchi - with olives

Ellas Vienna
Chicken with red beets and sweet potatoes

friends

After seeing so much beauty today, we were all taken aback by a display in window of the Prada shop we passed on the way back to our hotel after dinner.

Prada

Men's shoes. Only $1008 US dollars.

Until my next update, I remain, your palacial correspondent.

My review of our hotel in Vienna: Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof

You may also like:
Video tour of the palace
The art collection inside the palace
Austrian Tourist Board
City of Vienna travel info



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