Vienna Sightseeing

2 July

Today’s stop was Vienna, the “City of Waltzes”. We explored Austria’s capital starting with a drive along the Ringstrasse, where we saw Vienna’s world famous Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School (not the actual horses), Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace.

Vienna
Hofburg Palace

08:30 – 09:30 – City tour by bus in four groups. It was followed by a walking tour near St Stephens Cathedral.

 

9:30 – 12:30 – Explore the city on your own.

Vienna
View from St Stephen’s Cathedral
Detail of roof, St Stephen's Cathedral
Detail of roof, St Stephen’s Cathedral
coffee
Coffee with apricot and strawberry strudel – highly recommended

14:30 – We chose not to take the bus back to the ship for lunch but instead had lunch in the city and caught a later bus at 14:30, when the rains came down.

wiener schnitzel
Veal Wiener Schnitzel

14:30 – 17:30 – Rest on board.

17:30 – Port talk by cruise director.

17:45 – 19:45 – Buffet dinner.

buffet
Tempting dessert on board

19:30 – 22:40 – About 80 of us took in the optional Viennese Concert with music from Mozart and Strauss. It was held at the Kursalon Konzert Salon.

Kursalon
Kursalon poster

We were advised to wear (gents) trousers, dress shirt and perhaps a jacket and tie. I was in the minority by abiding by this dress code, but the majority came in their cruising clothes! A few came in shorts, t-shirts and runners. One group was all properly suited and booted.

concert hall
The band comes on stage (no photos allowed during the performance)

There were more than a thousand people packed in the rectangular room where Mozart gave his first concert. It was uncomfortable and hot! I’d advise people to wear clothing suited for hot climates. Nobody checks your dress. The music was excellent.

(The other day option was a Schonbrunn Palace tour from 14:00 to 17:45 but we did not take it.)


Day by day

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