Leaving the light heartiness of Bratislava we traveled north to Vienna. Or Wein (Veen) as it's pronounced in German. A magical city that has many different influences of architecture but one monarchy that lasted 600 years. The Habsburg's ruled the Austria-Hungarian empire from 1218 with King Rudolf I. When the Archduke Frans Ferdinand, a Habsburg, was assassinated in 1914 by a Serbian Nationalist, it led to WWI and affectively ended their dynasty and just about all monarchies in Europe.
The Schoenbrunn summer palace was build for the Habsburgs. This 1,441 room summer home of Rococo architecture built in the 1700's is now a tourist attraction. It housed the British contingent after WWII.
|A Christmas Market in the Schonbrunn Square|
|Schonbrunn, The Habsburg Summer Palace|
The day was concluded with music of Mozart and Strauss by a chamber orchestra in a fantastic hall just for the passengers of our UniWorld ship, River Beatrice.
|An operetta from Mozart's Don Giovanni|
|A. J. Strauss Waltz|