Today was SUMMER palace day...Schonbrunn and Belvedere. Just like Versailles, the Schonbrunn began as a hunting lodge in the 17th century. In the 18th century, Empress Maria Theresa mainly influenced the building activities of what we see today.
The Belvedere was the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Today the Belvedere houses the Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day...including Klimt's 'The Kiss'.
Our day ended with a walk through Stadpark, and dinner/concert at the Kursalon
Stadtpark - Johann Strauss monumentThe Stadtpark was Vienna's first public park (opened in 1862). The Strauss monument is one of the world's most photographed monuments. Strauss Senior was honored with developing the Waltz but Strauss Jr ensured the musical form stood the test of time (he penned the famous waltz classics - The Blue Danube).
KursalonOne of the many venues where Strauss performed and where today we enjoyed a concert as well.
Kursalon - concertThe very room where Strauss himself directed his orchestra from the position of first violin. Notice the festive ceiling and dazzling chandeliers.
Kursalon - concertBesides the orchestra, we were also entertained by opera singers and couples doing the waltz