So I have been doing some power touristing in Vienna. I bought a two day Vienna Pass which gets you the hop on/off bus plus numerous museums. Yesterday I visited:The MAK museum of decorarive art and did two routes of the hop on/off bus.I also went to the Votive church, which for some inexplicable reason has weird coloured lights on the alter section.…and the museum of natural history which, amongst other things, has an extensive meteorite collection.Today was even fuller, starting with a visit to the art history museum. As well as a fine collection of paintings, they have an exceptional collection of decorative objects, which left me awestruck by the craftmanship.This was followed by a visit to the Leopold museum. After 5 solid hours of art galleries, I took the hop on bus.…to the world heritage site. Schonbrunn Palace and gardens. This is a picture of the Belvedere, the picture at the top of the post is the actual palace, as seen from this building.The tour of the actual palace was impressive. So were the grounds. I was already dead tired at this point so I took the silly tourist train through the gardens.And if that wasn’t enough, I cued up for half an hour to buy a standing room ticket for the opera. I gave myself permission to leave before the end, fearing I might collapse if I didn’t.
I took a short walk in the train station area of Innsbruck before heading out.We got to Feldkirch, Austria yesterday and we are staying in the youth hostel. It is a building that was used as a leper/plague sanitorium in the late 1300’s.Today we bought a day ticket on the Lichtenstein bus service. We overshot our stop and ended up going through and into Switzerland accidentally before turning round.On the way back we stopped in Vaduz, Lichtenstein and walked around a bit. Lichtensten is lovely, full of mountain views, but it is quite built up and super expensive. We didn’t visit the castle you can see on the cliff above the building in the foreground. Charles is a bit castled out and I was happy enough not to bother myself.
Have I mentioned lately how much I love to travel?Spending a day swiching from train to bus to train with easy connections. Hearing the announcer say ‘Kitzbuhel’ and realizing this is where they ski on tv.Having a couple of hours to kill in a town that ends up being super pretty.With really random statues.Rolling past mountains and lakes and rivers and streams. And ending up in Innsbruck with a half hour walk to the hostel, and seeing mountains through every break between buildings and breathing the famously crisp mountain air.