Schonbrunn Palace and the city viewed from the Gloriette's terrace
Albertina Museum- wished we had time to see the Monet to Picasso Art Exhibit that was going on
Kaiser Jubilaums Kirche or Emperor Jubilee Church aka St Francis of Assisi Church in honor of Joseph Franz's 50th anniversary reign
Danube Tower overlooking the Danube River
Bikes for rent at the State Opera House
City tour, anyone?
Hofburg Palace- grandiose, again wished we had more time here
Parliament building- just passing by
Benediktushaus (the building in the middle)- an 800 year old monastery, stayed here for 2 nights, good location, nice beds, good breakfast, very clean and renovated rooms, just don't stay here during the hottest days of August as there're no in-room air conditioning. I can tell you the little table fan provided didn't do a very good job of cooling down the room. Be prepared to sweat thru your sleep during the warm summer nights. Oh, parking was 80 euros for 2 days. Not knowing beforehand there was a price difference depending on where we paid (pay at the parking attendant booth for 27 euros/ day vs the parking machine at the garage exit for 40 euros /day), we paid at the machine. When we asked the parking attendant afterwards why the price difference, he just said it was what it was and no refund whatsoever would be issued. Wished the guesthouse reception had told us of the price difference as they had quoted us the lower parking fees.
Gloriette Cafe's Sacher Torte- rich and chocolatey, not bad
Gloriette's beef goulash with potato dumpling- very good
Nordsee's seafood on Kartner Strasse- fresh and inviting
Nordsee's half lobster tail- 27 euros, sweet and succulent, makes a great morning snack
Almdudler- Austria's national soft drink. Had this drink at Purstner Restaurant which is a local Austrian restaurant just a few blocks from St Stephens Cathedral.
Purstner's black pudding with potatoes and shredded cabbage. To this day, my kids had no idea that they ate pork blood since it tasted so meaty and so good.
Wiener schnitzel- huge portion but a little bland
I thought I had ordered veal liver but when this dish turned up, it tasted like pork scallopine. Oh, well!
Peppered beef at a cafe close to Benediktushaus- can't remember the cafe's name, though
Tafelspitz- boiled beef in broth- tender meat with wonderful flavors
Kasekrainer- cheese stuffed sausage, greasy and good