Monday, September 25, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
After our busy day in Vienna, it was nice to spend a relaxing day strolling around Dürnstein in the morning and cruising on the Danube in the afternoon. Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube River and one of the most visited tourist spots in the Wachau region. It wasn't very crowded and offered some beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Schönbrunn Palace started out as a hunting lodge in the 17th century. It was later built and remodeled during the reign (1740-1780) of the Empress Maria Theresa and was used as her imperial summer residence. Following her death in 1780, the palace was not used again until the reign of Emperor Franz II in the early 19th century. At that time, it was renovated and refurbished to bring it up to date and given the appearance it still retains today. Franz Joseph, the longest reigning emperor of Austria, was born here in 1830 and spent much of his life at Schönbrunn. He died here at the age of 86 in 1916. Following the downfall of the Habsburg Monarchy in 1918, the palace became the property of the Austrian Republic and was preserved as a museum.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
After leaving Bratislava, we sailed through the night and woke up the next morning in Vienna, Austria. It was cloudy and a little rainy for our morning tour of the city, so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked. It did clear up and the sun came out in the afternoon for our tour of Schönbrunn Palace and I will show those photos tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The capital and largest city in Slovakia, Bratislava was the first stop on our Danube River cruise after leaving Budapest. We spent the afternoon walking around the Old Town district and also did a little shopping.
Linking to Tom's Tuesday's Treasures.